This invaluable source book offers guidance, support and advice for those contemplating or involved in academic careers. The contributions provide rich, personal, sometimes poignant and often humorous accounts of shared and unique experiences of those in the world of academia.


Vance F.Mitchell

I have been through a number of transitions during my adult life. In the fall of 1941, I was a student at the College of Wooster in Ohio. A number of us had joined an organization called the Oxford League, in which we pledged to go to jail rather than fight in “Roosevelt's war,” which we were convinced was coming. Pearl Harbor changed all that, and by August 1942 most of us had joined one of the armed services. Having no desire to be drafted into the infantry, I opted for aviation cadet training as a navigator in the then Army Air Corps. After completing navigation training, I was assigned to the newly formed 398th B-17 Bombardment Group. Then followed 3 months' training ...

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