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The Guardian Poplar: A Memoir of Deep Roots, Journey, and Rediscovery (Hardback)
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The Guardian Poplar: A Memoir of Deep Roots, Journey, and Rediscovery (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages / Published: 01/04/2012
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When Barney Clark received the Jarvik-7 artificial heart in 1983 and Cold Fusion came under fire in 1989-90, Chase Peterson, as The University of Utah president, was inevitably pulled into these events that occurred on campus. While these episodes may be the best known in Peterson's personal history, they are certainly not the only stories that make his autobiography worth reading. The Guardian Poplar tells of a man who grew up in small-town Utah and carried his pioneer and Mormon heritage to a New England prep school and later to Harvard. He then returned to Utah as a doctor, but unexpectedly found himself back at Harvard as its Dean of Admissions, handling issues such as the Vietnam War and racial and gender reform. The book explains how Peterson's home state recruited him back to become an administrator at The University of Utah and how he would eventually become the university president, taking on new issues and challenges. Peterson recounts these years by drawing on anecdotes that recall the people he served and the moments that brought his life meaning. This autobiography is a compelling account of how Peterson has managed to balance family and career, handle the tensions that have arisen between his faith and his scientific training, and remain solid in the face of his newest challenge-cancer. The book's engaging prose and honest reflections are sure to intrigue and inspire readers who know the man well, as well as those readers who simply want to know a man who can be described as dedicated faithful, hardworking, and hopeful for the future.

Publisher: University of Utah Press,U.S.
ISBN: 9781607811824
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 456 g
Dimensions: 234 x 163 x 25 mm


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"Here is the odyssey of Chase Peterson, a man of remarkable gifts. His charming stories of the privileged places his talents have taken him reveal a man of unusual candor and humility. As he tells us, wherever he went as student, physician, college administrator, or teacher, he never left home."--Richard Lyman Bushman, Gouverneur Morris Professor of History Emeritus, Columbia University


Here is the odyssey of Chase Peterson, a man of remarkable gifts. His charming stories of the privileged places his talents have taken him reveal a man of unusual candor and humility. As he tells us, wherever he went as student, physician, college administrator, or teacher, he never left home. Richard Lyman Bushman, Gouverneur Morris Professor of History Emeritus, Columbia University"


-Here is the odyssey of Chase Peterson, a man of remarkable gifts. His charming stories of the privileged places his talents have taken him reveal a man of unusual candor and humility. As he tells us, wherever he went as student, physician, college administrator, or teacher, he never left home.---Richard Lyman Bushman, Gouverneur Morris Professor of History Emeritus, Columbia University


"Here is the odyssey of Chase Peterson, a man of remarkable gifts. His charming stories of the privileged places his talents have taken him reveal a man of unusual candor and humility. As he tells us, wherever he went as student, physician, college administrator, or teacher, he never left home."--Richard Lyman Bushman, Gouverneur Morris Professor of History Emeritus, Columbia University


"It's all there, the punch lines, the subtle turn of phrase, the native intelligence, the oustide-the-box take on things, that has long made Peterson a serious contender as the most interesting man in Utah--and definitely one of its best talkers. His book reads like a really good, really long chat with Chase. Like all people who know how to tell a good story, in the end, he leaves you only wanting more."--Deseret News

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