Education: Yank at Oxford

The attack appeared first in the Oxford undergraduates' own weekly magazine Isis. Then the London Daily Mail picked it up and splashed it into headlines. All in all, it struck proper Oxonians as one of the cheekiest essays in years. As might have been expected, the author was an American—a second-year Rhodes scholar at Magdalen named Eugene Burdick, ex-U.S.

Navy and Stanford University. Burdick felt disillusioned about Oxford and had decided to say why in print.

He conceded that, academically, Oxford was topnotch and that things like "Magdalen Deer Park on a medium cloudy...

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