It's nice to see this account of Robert Hutchins, whose contributions to the Great Books program are so great, although I note his biographer, Milton Mayer, is no stranger to controversy. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_MayerNor could I help but wonder what Mayer and his fellow Chicagoan, of approximately the same vintage and literary fame, William L. Shirer, might have said in discussion of WWII. It seems the two had so much in common, yet such different views on this seminal event in the last century. One has to wonder if Mayer viewed it, up close and personal, as did Shirer.Mike Murphy/Toronto
Here's a link that provides background on Hutchins and U of C, with many comments from former (now famous) students.http://www.bayarea.net/%7Ekins/AboutMe/HutchinsStartFrame.html
The Mayer book is my favorite of the Hutchins bios. Absorbing throughout; love the wit.Re Mayer on WWII, have you read his 'They Thought They Were Free: The Germans 1933-45'? I haven't, but want to.
>The Mayer book is my favorite of the Hutchins bios. Have you read them all?Unseasonable Truths: The life of Robert Maynard Hutchinsby Harry S. AshmoreLittle, Brown and CompanyLB875.H9753A84 (1989)Robert Maynard Hutchins: A Memoirby Milton MayerUniversity of California PressISBN 0-520-07091-7 (1993)Robert M. Hutchins: Portrait of an Educatorby Mary Ann DzubackUniversity of Chicago PressISBN 0-226-17710-6 (1991)Hutchins' University: A Memoir of the University of Chicagoby William Hardy McNeillUniversity of Chicago PressISBN 0-226-56170-4 (1991)
>Have you read them all?I've read the ones you cite, plus Frank Kelly's 'Court of Reason: Robert Hutchins and the Fund for the Republic.'The Ashmore one is my second favorite after Mayer.Mark Brawner
Ashmore's is more thorough, but Mayer's is more fun!
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