Cramer, a historian and economist long associated with the school, recounts the 150-year story of Cleveland's Western Reserve University and of the newer Case School of Applied Science with which it merged in 1970. The material centers on the parade of presidents who have led the two institutions, but there are also some views of 19th and 20th century campus life and some anecdotes about the better-known faculty members, including physicists Albert Michelson and Edward Morley. Perhaps most intriguing is the cyclical character of university life, student protests and attitudes: draft-dodging during the Civil War, an 1871 teacher's comment on the undergraduates' ""eagerness to seize on any pretext for remaining ignorant,"" a 1929 report finding college sports ""sodden with commercialism and professionalism."" Periodic great debates have riven the school: the fury over abolition in the 1830's, the merits of coeducation in the 1870's and 1880's, and the Vietnam War in the late 1960's. Nevertheless this is an institutional history, a very parochial one which will only hold the interest of alumni, faculty, and perhaps currently enrolled students. Perhaps.