Professors: No Room for the Hawk

Most universities would jump at the chance of getting a top presidential aide on their faculty, especially when his academic credentials are as lustrous as those of Walt Whitman Rostow. But when Rostow sought to reclaim his post as a professor of economic history at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which he left eight years ago to join John Kennedy, he was turned down. The most obvious explanation, that Rostow was blackballed for his hard line on Viet Nam, caused the New York Times's James Reston to write last week: "Is a man to be punished for beliefs sincerely held...

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