A Sesquicentennial History of Iowa State University: Tradition and Transformation
In the '40s, young women were invited into the manly profession of engineering to help fill a shortage in the aircraft industry.
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. Emphasizing the years from 1940 to 2000, this book builds on an earlier history of the university by Earle Ross. The authors, knowledgeable about ISU and expert in their subject areas, have meticulously researched and skillfully written 10 chapters that treat specific decades, particular administrations or key topics of interest.
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.
Dorothy Schwieder, Iowa historian and ISU emeritus professor of history, is the volume editor of the history book.
Coffee table quality
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.
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