In search of the Educational Analog to ‘Thank You for Your Servitude’


Thank You for Your Servitude: Donald Trump’s Washington and the Worth of Submission by Mark Leibovich.

Revealed in July of 2022.

Atlantic employees author (and former NYTimes reporter) Mark Leibovich is aware of virtually none of us needs to waste any extra power or time excited about the Trump presidency. It might be arduous to consider one other trade through which fewer Trump supporters work than increased training.

For a fast apart, I Googled “most liberal industries,” and the second consequence got here again a 2014 Slate article titled Which Industries Are the Most Liberal and Most Conservative? That article reprints a graphic from a 2013 paper revealed within the American Journal of Political Science that reveals how industries lean ideologically based mostly on patterns of political contributions. The takeaway for us is that academia (no shock) comes out probably the most liberal.

Why, then, ought to these of us in increased ed who’ve virtually absolutely decided concerning the Trump presidency learn one other e book concerning the Trump presidency? It is advisable to know one thing about Mark Leibovich’s writing to reply that query.

Readers of his earlier books know that Leibovich is a: uber-plugged in and b: super-funny. These two attributes serve the reader of Thank You for Your Servitude effectively. What Leibovich is after shouldn’t be an train in unique reporting. As an alternative, Thank You for Your Servitude is concerning the politicians that enabled the worst parts of Trump’s behaviors, insurance policies, and actions. Leibovich achieved this objective by making these round Trump look not sinister however ridiculous.

Lindsey Graham and Kevin McCarthy are chief among the many pitiful and tragic-comic characters who solid their lot with Trump. Of their efforts to stay “related,” each politicians deserted first their values after which any declare to decency. In distinction to the majority of the Republican Get together, Liz Cheney, Mitt Romney, and the late John McCain come off as (difficult and flawed) heroes.

Just a few years in the past, I wrote about Julie Schumacher’s satirical tutorial novel, The Shakespeare Requirement. In that assessment, I requested, “Why can we love academia a lot that we’re keen to make enjoyable of ourselves?” My reply was, “I would say that it’s a reward to take our work critically, however ourselves not a lot.”.

I would additionally say that humor is usually one of the best ways to grasp one thing. We love humorous books about academia like MOO, Pricey Committee Member, Straight Man, and Marvel Boys as a result of they permit us to discover our world in a approach that nonfiction accounts don’t.

Thank You for Your Servitude is nonfiction. And hilarious. Leibovich reveals that it’s attainable to jot down about an occasion as horrifying because the Trump presidency and make it humorous.

The place are the humorous nonfiction books about increased ed?

Why have novelists cornered the market on humorous books about academia?

Do we’ve got any examples of nonfiction books about schools and universities which might be prone to trigger us to embarrassingly chortle out loud whereas listening to the audiobook model whereas strolling throughout campus?

Thank You for Your Servitude was the political e book I wanted at this second.

I am looking out for its nonfiction analog set not within the swamp of politics however within the halls of academia. Are you able to supply any strategies?

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