President Gannon describes this history of one of the foremost Catholic Universities as ""the frankest ever published in the middle of a $63,000,000 campaign. ""It does not ""even manage to end on a note of triumph."" But it does end on a note of robust hope, and there is much in the story that suffers not in the least from being frankly exposed. The history, on the whole, is thoroughly American and has its counterparts in the histories of colleges and universities of all sorts of origins and educational visions that were born in the nineteenth century. To be sure, the Catholic roots are there, and the distinctly Catholic characteristics. But Father Gannon sets the keynote when he traces the antecedents of Fordham back to colonial landgrants and to Revolutionary and post-Revolutionary personages. Like the story of its counter-parts, much of these one hundred and twenty-five years since the founding in 1841 entail ""plain budgets and high educational thinking."" Today, with its enrollment in the teen-thousands, its expansion in the Lincoln Center complex in New York, its broadened curricular offerings shared with such sister institutions as Union Theological Seminary, Fordham seems on the verge of a whole new era. Reading for all university presidents, alumai, faculty of whatever faith, school, or educational interest.