"Anyone connected with California-as alumnus, student, or faculty member-will revel in a new book called Teachers and Scholars. . . . [Nisbet's] memoir is a charming reminder of such loyalty, not only to a university but also to the ideas of a free society."
—William K. Muir, California Monthly
“Rober Nisbet’s memoir of the University of California’s golden age begins in 1932, when he arrived in Berkeley as a freshman. He stayed through graduate school in sociology and became an assistant professor until World War II cut short his career at Cal. Simultaneously . . . Berkeley ceased to be a paradise. This touching, often elegantly written book argues, like Henry May’s earlier account, that Berkeley was a special place in the 1930s. . . . [T]he author offers rare insight into a time which, he insists, marked a transition between an older-style American university created in the early 1900s and the graduate student-oriented research university that emerged after World War II.”
—W. J. Rorabaugh, History of Education Quarterly
“What we can learn from this memoir is . . . the importance of teaching in universities, portraits of some “great” teachers, and the transformative effect of World War II on universities. . . . This 'Memoir of Berkeley in Depression and War' is a nostalgic visit to the past.”
—Robert R. Sherman, Educational Studies
“This memoir is a delightful account of a scholar’s affection for the University of California at Berkeley. . . . Today Berkeley is among the outstanding research universities of the world; but for Nisbet in the 1930s, it was a collection of great teachers who, despite earned scholarly reputations, were devoted to undergraduate teaching.”
—Rosemary Park, Change