A Brilliant Book Review

My definition of a brilliant book review is one that interests you in a subject you wouldn't have devoted five seconds to—interests you enough to spend many hours contemplating it.

By that standard, Sheldon Rothblatt's essay on William Clark's Academic Charisma and the Origins of the Research University is brilliant indeed. Almost 700 pages of nuanced erudition tempered with deliberate irony "in the classical rhetorical fashion"? Sign me up!

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