No Equal in the World is a comprehensive study of the literature on the American academic presidency from the middle of the nineteenth century—when the first universities, as distinct from colleges, began to emerge—to the present. The book surveys widely divergent literature on the biographies of major presidents at crucial moments in the history of their institutions. The book affords an overview of the development of both the role of the university president and the public’s perception of that role, and indicates where perception and reality diverge. At a time when university presidents must find their way through a minefield of increasingly heated debates over issues such as free speech, curriculum, faculty diversity, and the specter of “political correctness,” Crowley’s book provides a sense of history to those striving to understand the demands of the position. It is an invaluable resource for scholars.
"I could not put the book down. The material, its organization, and the writing style are compelling. The structure and content provide an accessible and logical way to better understand the complex and varied qualities of the presidency—its changes over time, its peculiarity by context and person, its significance, and its joys and sorrows.” —Elisabeth A. Zinser, President, University of Idaho
“I can recommend this book to any present, past, or future college president and to all students of higher education. This volume belongs on any president’s bookshelf and, perhaps, bedside.” —Journal of Higher Education
“I can recommend this book to any present, past, or future college president and to all students of higher education. This volume belongs on any president’s bookshelf and, perhaps, bedside.” -- Journal of Higher Education~Journal of Higher Education