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Autobiography of Andrew Dickson White — Volume 2   By: (1832-1918)

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In the second volume of his detailed autobiography, Andrew Dickson White continues to captivate readers with his remarkable life and the profound impact he had on the world. Spanning from his college years to his remarkable tenure as the first president of Cornell University, White not only portrays his own personal journey but also offers insightful observations on the political and social climate of his time.

One of the most striking aspects of White's autobiography is his ability to seamlessly blend personal anecdotes with historical events. With an impeccable eye for detail, he recounts various encounters and experiences that shaped his worldview. Whether it is his travels in Europe, engaging discussions with intellectuals, or involvement in political affairs, each narrative serves a purpose in providing readers with a deep understanding of the eras White lived through.

White's dedication to education and his passion for intellectual pursuits are evident throughout this volume. As he describes the founding of Cornell University and the challenges he faced as its president, readers are afforded an inside look at the establishment of an institution that would go on to become a renowned center of learning. Furthermore, White's reflections on the purpose and nature of education transcend the boundaries of time, making his words relevant even in today's educational landscape.

What sets White's autobiography apart is his commitment to discussing controversial and sensitive topics of his time. He fearlessly addresses pivotal issues such as racial inequality, women's rights, and the relationship between science and religion. While his viewpoints may not always align with modern perspectives, they provide valuable insights into the intellectual climate of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The prose in Volume 2 is engaging and flowing, making for an enjoyable reading experience. White's eloquence shines through as he effortlessly weaves together personal reflections, historical analysis, and philosophical musings. His ability to convey complex ideas in a comprehensible manner distinguishes him as a skilled writer.

One minor criticism is that at times, the book can become overly detailed, with an abundance of names and dates that might overwhelm some readers. However, this meticulousness also serves as a testament to White's commitment to accuracy and credibility, ensuring that his autobiography remains a valuable resource for historians and scholars alike.

In conclusion, Autobiography of Andrew Dickson White — Volume 2 is a captivating account of an extraordinary life. Through his personal stories and reflections, White offers valuable insight into the intellectual, social, and political climate of his time. This autobiography is a must-read for those interested in the history of education, the development of Cornell University, and the profound impact one individual can have on the world.

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Autobiography of Andrew Dickson White Volume II






Appointment by President Harrison. My stay in London Lord Rothschild; his view of Russian treatment of the Jews. Sir Julian Goldschmidt; impression made by him. Paris; the Vicomte de Vogue; funeral of Renan; the Duke de la Rochefoucauld. Our Minister, William Walter Phelps, and others at Berlin; talk with Count Shuvaloff. Arrival in St. Petersburg. Deadening influences: paralysis of energy as seen on the railways; little apparent change in externals since my former visit; change wrought by emancipation of the serfs. Improvement in the surroundings of the Emperor. Visit to the Foreign Office. Presentation to Alexander III; his view of the Behring Sea Question; his acquiescence in the American view; his allusion to the Chicago Exposition. My conversation with the Archbishop of Warsaw. Conversation with the Empress; her reference to the Rev. Dr. Talmage. Impression made upon me by the Emperor. My presentation to the heir to the Throne, now the Emperor Nicholas II; his evident limitations; main cause of these. Presentation to sundry Grand Dukes. A reminiscence of the Grand Duke Michael... Continue reading book >>

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