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For two hundred years Oxford and Cambridge Universities were home to some of Britain's greatest teachers and intellects, each forming the minds of the passing generations of students and influencing the thinking and practice of university learning throughout the country and the world.In this entertaining, informative book, Noel Annan is at his incisive best. Displaying hisFor two hundred years Oxford and Cambridge Universities were home to some of Britain's greatest teachers and intellects, each forming the minds of the passing generations of students and influencing the thinking and practice of university learning throughout the country and the world.In this entertaining, informative book, Noel Annan is at his incisive best. Displaying his customary mastery of his subject, he describes the great dons in all their glory and eccentricities: who they were, what they were like, why they mattered, and what their legacy is. Written with love and wisdom, the great minds of the past—figures such as John Henry Newman, John Sparrrow, and Isaiah Berlin—are brought alive. In addition, Annan's often quoted article "The Intellectual Aristocracy" is included in this book.No other work has ever explained so precisely and so intimately the significance of the dons and their important role in shaping higher education—at a time when the nature of learning is ever more the subject of dissension and uncertainty....

Title : The Dons: Mentors, Eccentrics and Geniuses
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ISBN : 9780226021089
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 367 Pages
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The Dons: Mentors, Eccentrics and Geniuses Reviews

  • Lauren Albert
    2019-03-17 14:46

    I was disappointed that Annan seemed to write the book only for an initiated audience. Knowing little of the governance of British colleges and universities and the general culture, I sometimes struggled to understand. It seemed to me a mistake since it limits the book to the same people who might, in a hundred years, feature in a similar book. There can't be a huge audience there. Anyway, as someone who has always been fascinated with the British academic life (and who has fantasized about it a bit), I still found it interesting especially in later sections like the one on Isaiah Berlin. But I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who not of the above two categories (the initiated and the obsessed).