I am in our northern Virginia home, sorting and packing books, and dipping into books from time to time, this morning. The introduction to the one-volume abridgement of Douglas Southall Freeman’s four-volume life of Robert E. Lee has a wonderful little story.  After sending off the last pages of his manuscript to the publisher, Freeman…

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We are now in our last few days of school here at Exeter:  tomorrow most of the students other than the seniors will depart; graduation is Sunday; I am leaving for Virginia early Tuesday. Yesterday I had the privilege of sitting in my wife’s math class as the students presented their projects.  This was multivariable…

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It is an amazing time of year here at Phillips Exeter, not only because it is finally warm and sunny, but because of the end-of-year displays of student excellence. I have been privileged, over the past week, to see excellence from many students in many forms.  Evan Soltas, the most brilliant 18-year-old economist in America,…

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