The Higher Learning in America; A Memorandum on the Conduct of Universities by Business Men

New York: B.W. Huebsch, 1918. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, twelvemo size, 296 pp. Near fine. Item #CNJL2242

Thorstein Bunde Veblen (1857-1929) was, in his time, a well-known economist and critic of capitalism; it was he who coined the terms "conspicuous consumption" and "conspicuous leisure". Veblen's theory of business enterprise laid out a "friction between 'business' and 'industry'." He saw business leaders "as the source of many problems in society, which he felt should be led by people such as engineers, who understood the industrial system and its operation, while also having an interest in the general welfare of society at large" (n.b., per Wiki).

It is not surprising that Veblen had similar concerns about higher education being led, or influenced, by those same business leaders. Of course, many business leaders argued the opposite - that they are fundamentally better-qualified to lead colleges and universities. The debate has continued through much of the 20th century and into our own. While "The Higher Learning in America" was mostly written during the first decade of the 20th century, it was not printed until 1918; in fact, the book's Preface is comprised of over three pages dated March 1916, with a final paragraph dated June 1918.

___DESCRIPTION: Full ribbed green cloth, the front board with a single blind-embossed ruled border and with the publisher's imprint blind-embossed in the middle, gilt lettering and rules on the spine; twelvemo size (7 5/8" by 5 3/8"), pagination: [i-iv] v-x, 1-286.

___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners with minimal rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some light bumping to the head and tail of the spine, a light, stray mark or two on the binding, and some offsetting to the free endpapers - still a near fine example of an important work by a critically thinking and acclaimed economist.

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Price: $125.00