Synopses & Reviews
A critical examination of Harvards monumental but disconcerting global influence and power, this book examines aspects of Harvards history not generally known. The book begins with analysis of Harvards involvement in the Salem Witch and Sacco-Vanzetti trials. Similarly disquieting, Harvard provided students as strikebreakers in both the 1912 Bread and Roses textile workers strike and the 1919 Boston police strike. Harvard administrators and scientists promoted eugenics in the early 20th century and had a deep impact on Nazi Germanys race theories. Its contemporary ties to U.S. foreign policy and neoliberalism are also profound. Harvards management of Russian economic reform left nightmarish memories, and the university was compelled to pay more than $26 million after the U.S. government sued it. The book also examines Harvards investment policy for its massive endowment, its restrictive labor policies, and its devastation of the adjoining Allston-Brighton neighborhood into which it is expanding. Harvards motto is “VERITAS,” which means “truth” in Latin, and the author explores the ways Harvard has pursued money and power above its quest for truth.
About the Author
Shin Eun-jung is a former television news writer. From 2000 to 2004 she directed the Gwangju Human Rights Film Festival, which screened documentaries from around the world, and she directed the award-winning film of the same title. John Trumpbour is the research director for the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School. He is the author of How Harvard Rules: Reason in the Service of Empire and Selling Hollywood to the World: U.S. and European Struggles for Mastery of the Global Film Industry, 1920-1950, which won the Allan Nevins Prize from the Society of American Historians. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.