National Affairs: AN AUTONOMOUS MAN

Author David Riesman tries to be an autonomous man, and many of his friends think that he achieves a high degree of success. He was born 45 years ago this week into a well-to-do Philadelphia home. At Harvard he majored in chemistry, then switched to law. Later he became a law clerk to Justice Brandeis, practiced in Boston, taught law at the University of Buffalo. He did not become a full-fledged social scientist until 1946, when he joined the Chicago faculty. He wrote The Lonely Crowd during two years at Yale.

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