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Shakespeare, Einstein and the Bottom Line


reviewed by Simon Marginson 2006

coverTitle: Shakespeare, Einstein and the Bottom Line
Author(s): David L. Kirp
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0674016343, Pages: 328, Year: 2004
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David Kirp has written a fine book on higher education. Perhaps it tells us more about universities than any other book currently offered. Shakespeare, Einstein and the Bottom Line is also easily and immensely readable, written in Kirp’s trademark style, which is a superior magazine prose—at home with ideas, good at posing difficult questions, stopping just short of aphorisms, informed less by abstractions than by sharp and systematic observations with plenty of colour. As a public policy specialist located in a major research university, Kirp has a fine eye for power and the foibles of celebrity presidents and professors. It is journalism in depth and with conscience—an exemplary medium for one kind of contribution to public debate. Kirp and his collaborators (several chapters are jointly authored) have interviewed many of the players and been informed by more. He knows his history; and where he uses statistics, which is not very... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 5, 2006, p. 834-838
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12160, Date Accessed: 5/29/2017 7:34:53 AM

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