A Life in Our Times by John Kenneth Galbraith

By John Kenneth Galbraith

The richly adventurous memoirs of 1 of the main mind-blowing public figures to dominate the yankee scene during the last decades
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His opponent was a mild-mannered dean of education from Northwestern University named Ernest Melby. Mandel Hall filled to the rafters for the occasion, and loudspeakers in the Reynolds Club accommodated the overflow. I introduced the protagonists, and only once since have I spoken before so large a crowd. My mother, who sat somewhere in the rear, told me afterward that my voice carried well and was firm and mellifluous, at least to her ears. But the debate itself was a travesty. Hutchins, a skilled debater from his undergraduate years, laid verbal traps for Melby, who stumbled into them and could not begin to hold his own, any more than Plato’s Thrasymachus did when debating Socrates.

The regimen at Cornell was very different from what I had known at Chicago. The History Department offered no graduate courses per se. Instead, graduate students were free to listen to any under29 THE PURSUIT OF TRUTH graduate lectures they wished, but were not supposed to write assigned papers or exams. Each professor also conducted a graduate seminar that met once a week. But what happened in such seminars depended entirely on each professor’s good pleasure. When I showed up in the fall of 1939 Stephenson had just completed an essay on the origins of feudalism that was eventually published in the American Historical Review.

Kilkis had been under Communist control for more than a year, and the Communist-led town 50 From Basic Training to The Rise of the West council received me enthusiastically, explaining how they had been duly and democratically elected and deserved to remain in office. Then came the marching men of the newly organized and only halftrained National Guard Battalions, who forcibly expelled the councillors from the town hall despite their angry protests, while a sullen, suspicious crowd of citizens passively watched the change of regime.

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