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Country of Exiles: The Destruction of Place in American Life by William R. Leach

By William R. Leach

In kingdom of Exiles, William Leach, whose Land of wish was once a finalist for the nationwide booklet Award, explores the troubling results of our nationwide love affair with mobility. He indicates us how the impulse to tug up stakes and discover a new frontier has consistently battled with the necessity to positioned down roots, and the way a brand new cosmopolitanism has seized our nationwide identity.

Leach takes us throughout a featureless the United States, the place strip department shops homogenize a as soon as different and majestic panorama, and the place casinos displace the local American non secular connection to the land. He indicates us a tradition the place each person, from CEOs to workplace temps, abandons the inspiration of corporation loyalty, and the place rootless teachers posit an international without boundary lines. With compelling imaginative and prescient and perception, Leach unearths the profound yet frequently hidden impression of America's disintegrating feel of position on our nationwide and person psyche.

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At a more practical level, because the undergraduate experience inspires unusual loyalty among its alumni, the existence of a college makes possible much of the philanthropy to build the facilities, create the extensive libraries, and endow the professorships that allow the university to produce first-­rate research. Economic development and research also complement one another. A university is in the best position to know of discoveries in its laboratories that can 32 • Chapter Two be turned into useful products and processes.

Of the nine colleges founded before the American Revolution, six were still ranked in the top dozen in 2010, and all nine fit comfortably within the top one hundred. Similarly, while few of the leading corporations from a century ago continue to be successful, or even to exist, the top five universities in 1910 were still ranked among the top five in 2010, and at least two-­thirds of the top twenty retained that distinction a century later. Once a university has obtained a lofty position in the hierarchy, powerful forces help to keep it there.

As research and education have come to be looked upon as vital ingredients of economic growth, countries with highly developed, knowledge-­based economies are all being driven by a common desire to strengthen their universities. In doing so, most have been influenced by the success of the American system and have consciously attempted to adopt many of its features. 17 To attract more students from other parts of the world, a number of departments and even a few entire universities in Europe and elsewhere are now teaching all or many of their courses in English.

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