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Los Angeles Times"These two volumes are tales of two Berkeleys -- one the academic Berkeley and the other the political Berkeley -- joined together like Siamese twins but with separate minds and mostly separate bodies; quarreling but sharing some of their life support organs," he sums up. "The great mystery of the University of California, and particularly of its Berkeley campus, is how it could achieve so many academic triumphs while being subject to so much political turmoil."
Kerr is too decorous to say it aloud, but the mystery is solved in the pages of The Gold and the Blue. The triumphs were achieved precisely because Kerr was there to play the role for which he was condemned by so many of his adversaries on the left and the right -- he was the classic liberal, committed to the highest ideals but always willing to compromise in service of those ideals. A president with more modest aspirations, or one who was willing to sacrifice himself on principle, would not have accomplished nearly as much. — Jonathan Kirsch