The Price of Excellence: Universities in Conflict during the Cold War Era

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The Price of Excellence is an account of what went wrong with the great experiment to educate America. Though the story bears a negative charge, it also conveys hopeful messages of faith in the future of higher education.

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Jacob Neusner is Research Professor of Religion and Theology at Bard College and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard. He also is a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, and Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, England.

Noam M. M. Neusner is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and studied at the Poynter Institute for Journalism. He works in Washington, D.C.

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Jacob Neusner's mistake was not in taking on almost the entire establishment in 'Jewish Studies.' His mistake was being better at it than all the rest of them put together. His quasi-memoir, written together with one of his sons, is not only an accountof what happens to somebody who takes on establishments and wins, it is also the story of American higher education for the last thirty years. The conclusion one must draw from his story is that the academics don't live up to their principles and neitherdoes the Academy, and when these two are combined it is very, very difficult to be an innovator, especially a brilliant one. (Andrew M. Greeley, Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago and the University of Arizona)

No one with a commitment to the idealism and high standards that should dominate daily life in our college and universities can afford to miss reading this book. Jacob Neusner may anger some and delight others, but the sharpness of his mind and forcefulness of his opinions are not in doubt, and are vigorously evident in this volume. It is a welcome and provocative contribution to our reflections on the state of learning and the future of the university. (Leon Botstein, President of Bard College)

No one with a commitment to the idealism and high standards that should dominate daily life in our college and universities can afford to miss reading this book. Jacob Neusner may anger some and delight others, but the sharpness of his mind and forcefulness of his opinions are not in doubt, and are vigorously evident in this volume. It is a welcome and provocative contribution to our reflections on the state of learning and the future of the university. (Leon Botstein, President of Bard College)

Jacob Neusner's mistake was not in taking on almost the entire establishment in 'Jewish Studies.' His mistake was being better at it than all the rest of them put together. His quasi-memoir, written together with one of his sons, is not only an account of what happens to somebody who takes on establishments and wins, it is also the story of American higher education for the last thirty years. The conclusion one must draw from his story is that the academics don't live up to their principles and neither does the Academy, and when these two are combined it is very, very difficult to be an innovator, especially a brilliant one. (Andrew M. Greeley, Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago and the University of Arizona)

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