Harvey Mansfield
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One of the most influential academic voices in American conservatism, Dr. Harvey Mansfield is currently William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Government at Harvard University. (Except for brief stints in the Army and at the University of California, Berkeley, he’s been at Harvard more or less since his undergraduate days in the late 1940s.) In addition to Manliness, he has written studies of and translated works by major political philosophers, including Aristotle, Edmund Burke, Niccolò Machiavelli, Alexis de Tocqueville, and Thomas Hobbes. Well-known in Cambridge for his outspoken (and decidedly un-PC) views on everything from grade inflation to affirmative action, Mansfield’s study of manliness stirred up its own fair share of ire, only this time on the national stage. He’s been ribbed by everyone from Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central to Naomi Wolf on ABC. But not all of his critics were unsympathetic. “Mansfield courts wrath and indignation on almost every page,” writes Christina Hoff Sommers in The Weekly Standard. “But many women will be charmed by his effrontery, and grateful for the truth and wisdom in Mansfield’s elegant treatise.”

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