American higher education was transformed in the aftermath of World War II. At Cornell University, enrollment increased 40 percent between May and October 1946; most of the students that fall were veterans of the war. My new book, Postwar Cornell, immerses readers in an increasingly distant era where, in the words of reviewer Frank Rhodes, “the sturdy roots of Cornell’s present greatness are to be found.”
I spent several years collecting eyewitness interviews and archival material for this book. More than one hundred Cornell alumni and friends contributed their stories. The first edition was commissioned by Cornell University’s Class of 1950 and distributed to Class members at their 65th reunion on June 5, with editorial supervision from Marion Steinmann and the late, legendary John Marcham, longtime editor of of the Cornell Alumni News.
I am now revising the material for a second edition that will be released for sale later this year. The book is profusely illustrated with photographs and memorabilia and beautifully designed by Mo Viele. Click on the image for a better look at the cover.
To order your copy, just scroll to the bottom of this page and write your e-mail in the box. I will send you a message later this summer when we’re ready to take orders.