Education: Strength & Stability

"The most serious problem before the U.S. is not the cold war or inflation; it is the recovery of confidence in our own aims and democratic ideals." The challenging words came from the most articulate conservative in U.S. higher education: burly, hard-hitting Henry M. (for Merritt) Wriston, 70, for three decades one of the nation's foremost college presidents (Wisconsin's Lawrence College, 1925-37, and Brown University, 1937-55). Says Wriston:

"In the U.S. we take sadistic pleasure in trumpeting our stupidities and ineptitudes. What makes The Ugly American a bestseller? Why do the movies hurry it into extravagant production? It is that mood that...

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