Fordham: A History of the Jesuit University in New York:
1841 - 2003
Thomas J. Shelley
Fordham University Press, 2016
By Chris Stasnyiak
Rev. Msgr. Thomas J. Shelley, a Fordham emeritus professor of church history, has put his keen research and writing skills to constructive use in Fordham: A History of the Jesuit University in New York. This history of the Bronx university, written as part of its 175th anniversary, is no short read. The narrative stretches to just over 500 pages. In less expert hands this would be a slog of a tome. But Shelley’s prose makes it a much quicker read, as it ranges over the school’s history, from its humble beginnings as St. John’s College (the Fordham name would come much later) in a relatively pastoral swath of southern Westchester County, to its current status as one of the top Catholic universities in the country.
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