Written in a lively narrative style, this anthology encompasses a wealth of information. The authors have focused on appealing to the largest possible audience of Iowa State University supporters and well-wishers: alumni, faculty and staff, and fans throughout the state of Iowa. Some will want to read it from cover to cover; others will dip in to relive their years on campus or to pursue a favorite topic like student life or athletics. To enhance the historical narrative, entertaining vignettes about students, faculty and administrative leaders, and alumni appear throughout the book.
Generously illustrated with black-and-white photographs, this book invites casual browsing. Its attractive design increases visual appeal by using a clean, open layout and readable type. To ensure its value as a gift book, a handsome full-color jacket and 8 x 11 format make it suitable for coffee table display wherever loyal Iowa Staters gather.
Part 1 contains 4 chapters, leading off with a survey of the major developments of Iowa State Collegeâs first 80 years, followed by a chronological approach to the years from 1940 forward that highlights presidential administrations. Part 2 broadens the bookâs coverage with 6 chapters telling the ISU story from the perspective of topics such as the physical landscape of campus, the national and international impacts of the University, and Iowa State athletics through the years.
This broad-brushed overview of ISU history is rich with detail yet emphasizes the grand themes that defined the nationâs first land-grant university.
About: As centerpiece to its sesquicentennial celebration in 2007-08, Iowa State University has commissioned a book to record, for the first time, the events and themes of the second half of the 20th century.
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