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Abstract

Urban School Chiefs Under Fire, by Larry Cuban, gives life to the study of the urban environment by inviting the readers to meet and experience life with three giants of the public school system, Benjamin Willis (Chicago), Carl Hansen (Washington, D.C.), and Harold Spears (San Francisco). Dr. Cuban's stimulating and well-documented biography of three powerful urban leaders permits readers a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of these men, and their service during periods of great urban sensitivity to ethnic imbalance and economic decay. Dr. Cuban not only provides personal vignettes of these three men but also engages the reader in discussions on social issues, educational crises, leadership conceptions and role models. Dr. Cuban's book engages in a methodological struggle between the personal and institutional approach to understanding behavior, and invites readers to travel down the path towards understanding the "personal law" of leadership.

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