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Axtell, James. The Pleasures of Academe: A Celebration & Defense of Higher Education.
Univ. of Nebraska. 1998. c.360p, permanent paper, index. ISBN 0-8032-1049-3. $35. ED
Axtell (humanities, Coll. of William and Mary) indeed defends and celebrates the pleasures of academic life. As an academic "insider," he responds particularly to those critics of higher education who attack faculty for their failure to increase teaching loads, neglecting to look at national studies or, more broadly, at the meaning of the university to …