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Snapshots of My Father, John Silber

Snapshots of My Father, John Silber

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Peter E. Randall | Rachel Devlin
6.25 X 9.25 in
320 pg

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This is an extensively illustrated memoir of John Silber, who entirely transformed Boston University as its president and was a controversial, yet intellectually formidable, candidate for governor of Massachusetts.

Here, Rachel Devlin looks at her family and her father’s trajectory from Texas to Boston and what life became like there; she examines his personality and temperament; and she describes his later years, the hardships he weathered and his continued accomplishments out of the public eye. As the title implies, each chapter is like a snapshot taken from a daughter’s perspective, peering into the past she saw. Silber championed freedom of speech, believing all sides should be heard, especially on college campuses. He was also the father of seven children. The author often meets people who want to hear what he was like as a father and to tell her their own stories about him.

Here is her clear-eyed vision of this authentic man of principle who had a drive to achieve great things.

Rachel Devlin
Author Bio

Author Rachel Silber Devlin is one of John Silber's six daughters. As a wife, a mother, and a homemaker, she always had a strong sense of who she was apart from any labels.

Devlin says that she sometimes feels like she and her dad grew up together because she knew him so well from a time when he was young and still learning how to make his way in the world.

She divides her time between her homes in Texas and Massachusetts, the states where her children and grandchildren live.

Review text

Impressively illustrated with inserts of historical black-and-white photographs, "Snapshots of My Father, John Silber" by Rachel Silber Devlin is a deftly crafted and inherently interesting memoir showcasing a daughter's account of her distinguished father. While also available for personal reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99), "Snapshots of My Father, John Silber" is a welcome and recommended addition to community and academic library American Biography/Memoir collections.

—Midwest Book Review