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By Stephen J. Nelson

Decades of Chaos and Revolution: Showdowns for faculty Presidents is the tale and comparability of 2 eras within the historical past of upper schooling. the 1st period covers the interval of the Nineteen Sixties during the mid-1970s, and the second one is the 1st decade of the twenty-first century. either a long time have been marked by means of occasions that shook the principles of faculties and universities, and society as an entire. Nelson weaves a fascinating tale, instructed in the course of the eyes of the presidents of the associations that have been keen on the chaos of these eras.

For faculties and universities and their presidents, those 20 years are the hardest, such a lot stressful and critical of instances within the final hundred years, and certain within the complete heritage of faculties and universities in the United States. the long-lasting photos are equivalent components chaos and alter, revolution and restoration, dashed desires and unflagging hopes. Nelson asks, of the 2 eras, which confronted the higher demanding situations? which period required extra profound management? And which was once the tougher and critical in their time to navigate effectively? it really is transparent that Steve Nelson sees the period of the Sixties and ‘70s because the such a lot tough. He believes that it was once the presidents of that past period who faced dilemmas and controversies unimagined earlier than and never witnessed since.

Decades of Chaos and Revolution offers an insightful photograph of the strain and tumult that presidents of the Sixties and ‘70s had no selection yet to stand. Nelson lines the roots of ideological battles within the collage that experience endured during the last sixty years. He examines what labored and what didn’t within the strategies utilized by presidents within the face of the calls for encouraged through the protests and politics of the Nineteen Sixties and indicates how they've got formed succeeding generations of presidents. Then he unravels the parallel concerns and unfinished enterprise of the Sixties, which developed in resulting many years, and with which presidents within the twenty-first century should also grapple.

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