An irrepressible and sometimes irreverent portrait of the author's Alma Mater takes the institution from its colonial beginnings to its current operation with many an unexpected side trip into other revelant areas. There's an ear for the Harvard accent, an eye for its indifference; there's notice of its publications and its musical and dramatic activities: there's plenty about its favorite eating places and its variety of sports; there's quite a section on its architecture. Its early history and presidents keep company with Teddy Roosevelt and FDR while Bissell's own career there enters into the picture and the look at Harvard in the current administration winds it up. There are peripheral comments on other schools; there are excerpts from writings about Harvard, instructors and courses, Radcliff, alumni, fund raising -- and expenses, and many more details fill in an energetic overall of this venerable American manifestation. Lively reading for old and new graduates of all colleges.