Books: The A Minus Rebels

THE BATTLE FOR MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS: Why Students Rebel by Roger Kahn. 254 pages. Morrow. $6.95.

It was just after the New York City police used nightsticks, saps, blackjacks and large, bony knuckles to sweep the student occupiers from the sanctums of Columbia University. At this moment, a woman identified as Mrs. Jeanette Cohen was heard to cry: "That the police should do this to such boys! They are all ninety percenters, A minus at the least." The police, most of them from lower-middle-class backgrounds where the status climb stopped with the civil service,...

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