H. Stuart Hughes GENTLEMEN REBEL CL

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GENTLEMEN REBEL CL

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The author reminisces about his sheltered upbringing, education, experiences during World War II, State Department tenure, and his careers as an educator and politician

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In an urbane, wryly self-deprecating autobiography, 74-year-old Harvard historian Hughes recounts a life that has straddled the worlds of politics and academia and genteel society. This grandson of a U.S. chief justice gathered political intelligence in Algiers and Italy during WW II. As a State Department official, he had a ringside seat as the Cold War was taking shape in 1945-1947. He battled with zealous Washington Cold Warriors, and did preliminary studies for what later became the Marshall Plan. After an unsuccessful bid for a U.S. Senate seat from Massachusetts in 1962, he became an activist, campaigning for disarmament and women's rights, and against the Vietnam War. These crystal-clear yet emotionally reticent recollections do not fully explain why his first marriage to a French Calvinist failed. Hughes is on firmer ground when recalling friendships with Edmund Wilson, Herbert Marcuse, historians Richard Pipes and Richard Hofstadter. Photos.
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Hughes, distinguished author of 11 books on European cultural and intellectual history, applies his analytical and narrative powers to the study of his own life. Now a professor emeritus at University of California, San Diego, he candidly describes his privileged boyhood, careers in the army and at the State Department at the beginning of the Cold War, and academic life at Harvard, Stanford, and San Diego. He also brings honesty and perception to his description of two marriages and the liberal impulses that took such forms as his antinuclear campaign for the U.S. Senate and his feminist commitment to his spouse's professional standing (they left Harvard when the history department refused to promote her) before two-career couples were an academic norm. This lively memoir belongs in both academic and public libraries. Highly recommended.
- Ann H. Sullivan, Tompkins Cort land Community Coll., Dryden,
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