Richard Bradley

Drew Gilpin Faust and the Incredible Shrinking Harvard

For her first commencement address as president of Harvard University, just a year ago this month, Drew Gilpin Faust spoke in defense of money. The school’s endowment, swollen by years of double-digit returns, had grown to almost $37 billion. As…

Harvard Prez Left Blushing Crimson

Harvard hasn’t been shy about trumpeting its connections to the new Obama administration, from Kennedy School prof and presidential science adviser John Holdren to National Economic Council director Larry Summers, the university’s once-shunned former president. But there’s one appointee Harvard…

City Journal: That’s Just Brilliant

Even now, no one questions that Larry Summers is brilliant. It’s how he’s always been described—check Google, and you’ll find 457,000 references connecting him with that defining trait. Summers’s brilliance was how, back in 2001, the Harvard Corporation marketed its…

Lawrence of Absurdia

In January of 1991, economist Lawrence Summers took a leave from his Harvard professorship and moved to Washington to work for the World Bank. His job was to create economic plans for countries in need of aid. It was a…