Crises and Compassion: From Russia to the Golden Gate

Crises and Compassion: From Russia to the Golden Gate

by John M. Letiche


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Letiche, now in his nineties, provides an intriguing look at the changes that have occurred during his lifetime. Following his Kiev childhood and formative years in Depression-era Montreal, he completed a doctorate at the University of Chicago and took up a Rockefeller fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City. As a technical advisor to the Economic Commission for Africa he conducted trade talks with both gifted and corrupt heads of state in sub-Saharan Africa, and later shared a working White House dinner with an infamous American president. His half-century-long teaching career at Berkeley included a front row seat for the Free Speech Movement and the most documented student revolt in popular history. Told with humour, insight, and humility, Crises and Compassion moves nimbly among weighty events and meaningful personal history, showing how "civility in intellectual exchange" came to be the guiding principle of a life of monumental experiences.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773538207
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 01/13/2011
Series: Footprints Series , #13
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

John M. Letiche is professor emeritus of economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Balance of Payments and Economic Growth and Russian Statecraft.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 My Youth in Soviet Russia 3

2 Leaving Soviet Russia 22

3 My Father's Empires 31

4 A Graduate and the Gauntlet 51

5 A Seminal Sojourn 64

6 At the Council on Foreign Relations, New York City 78

7 Coming West: The Berkeley Environment 1946-1951 97

8 A Landmark Visit to Europe 115

9 Berkeley in Uproar 136

10 Working in Africa: The Sterling Area and Ethiopia 163

11 Working in Africa: The Franc Zone 188

12 Dinner at the White House 200

13 Concluding Observations: The Short Term and the Long 206

Notes 215

Bibliography 219

Index 239

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