A passion to understand

January 14, 2010 at 10:46 pm 1 comment

In ruminating on the art of teaching and measures of teacher quality, I want to share the name and writings of one professor of history who many of my friends and colleagues remember as the best teacher they ever had—the late Professor Carroll Quigley of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Available here is a PDF version of Professor Quigley’s masterpiece, Tragedy and Hope (1966). (Be aware that at over 1,000 scanned pages, it is a large file.)

A mentor of mine recently sent me the PDF with the note, “You’ll find no better history of the first two-thirds of the 20th Century.” This may be one reason why some hardcovers of Quigley’s books sell for $1,400 on the Internet.

(The friend who sent me the PDF also suggested that one skip the “annoying ‘introduction’ by Michael Chadwick. It was not part of the published Quigley book, but was inserted by whoever scanned the volume, made it into a PDF, and posted it all on-line.”)

The “authentic” CQ website is worth bookmarking, as it is regularly updated: www.carrollquigley.net


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  • 1. jleeger  |  January 16, 2010 at 5:56 am

    Really fascinating. I’ve never heard of this man. Thanks JR!


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Jason R. Atwood

I'm an avid trail runner and doctoral student at U.C. Berkeley who studies motivation and the relationship between the mind and body. This blog is a forum to share research, news, and musings about these topics of interest. More

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