The Devil and Webster

The Devil and Webster

Large Print - 2017
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"Naomi Roth is the first female president of Webster College, a once conservative school now known for producing fired-up, progressive graduates. A former student radical herself, Naomi isn't alarmed when Webster students, including her own daughter, begin an outdoor encampment to protest a popular professor's denial of tenure, but when Omar Khayal, a charismatic Palestinian student with a devastating personal history, emerges as the group's leader, shocking acts of vandalism begin to destabilize the campus. As the crisis slips beyond her control, Naomi struggles to protect her friends, colleagues, and family from an unknowable adversary."
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2017
Characteristics: 561 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781410498427


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Apr 27, 2017

A look at modern college life through the eyes of a former campus activist turned college president. It brings up multiple issues facing colleges (admissions, tenure, political protest) and tells a dramatic story, but is limited by its very personal viewpoint, and the other characters aren't fully developed.

Apr 22, 2017

Naomi Roth is president, the first woman and Jewish person, at Webster College, a highly regarded liberal arts school in Massachusetts. Omar is a scholarship student with a tragic Palestinian refugee past and Nicholas Gall is a popular teacher who will not receive tenure. Readers will join them and others during a year of demonstrations and media scrutiny, touching on some of higher education’s current issues.

Although entertaining and with pacing that moved right along, I’m not sure the audience for this book is very broad, Plus, for a book with an academic setting, it, ironically, had more copy editor misses than I’ve seen in a long time. Failing grade on those!


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