Book Launch - Press Release

June 20, 2014

For Immediate Release

Adventures with a Historian
The Life and Times of John R. “Jack” Hubbard
By John R. Hubbard
Edited by Elizabeth A. Hubbard and George U. Hubbard

Almost a century in the making, John R. “Jack” Hubbard practiced what he preached when he penned the segments of his life’s story he considered most meaningful and most memorable. He told his students, colleagues, and anyone else who would listen that understanding what happened, why it happened, and to whom it happened was more important than rote memorization to be regurgitated then spewed forth on a standardized exam. As a history professor, Hubbard was deeply concerned at the amount of revisionist history increasingly being promulgated without any consideration of the relevant geopolitical, social, or economic issues leading up to the historical event in question. Therefore he took pains to expound personalities, activities, and interpersonal relationships to help transport younger readers back in time so that they could “feel”, and “sense”, and “laugh”, and “cry” vicariously.

A native Texan who earned all of his degrees at The University of Texas, a decorated WWII naval aviator, and an avid sports enthusiast, John R. “Jack” Hubbard is well known as the colorful president of the University of Southern California (USC) during the turbulent 70’s who cost the Trojans 15 yards during the 1978 USC vs U-Hawaii football game for un-sportsman-like conduct, and as U.S. Ambassador to India at the end of President Ronald Reagan’s term of office. This book is about those and many other experiences. Hubbard’s life and writings emphasized the importance of a good liberal arts education for every one – including those pursuing STEM and military careers – because it is the inculcation of the liberal arts that humanizes mankind.

This book includes some of his lesser known yet historically significant adventures such as the desegregation of institutions of higher education in the South, activities during the Cold War, evolution of public education in India, and Washington politics. Adventures with a Historian is also a social commentary providing the reader with an intimate look into the hearts, minds, and activities of academicians, warriors, spies, and politicians – including a rare glimpse into the Kennedy clan, and an understanding of which Kennedy was really supposed to have been President of the United States of America.

Hubbard taught British History at The University of Texas, Louisiana State University, and Yale University before adding university administration to his teaching responsibilities at Sophie Newcomb College (Tulane). He left Sophie Newcomb when he accepted a position with the State Department to serve as USAID’s chief educational advisor in India. Hubbard ended his academic career at the University of Southern California where he served as the university’s eighth president during the turbulent decade of the 70s, and where he also taught British History until shortly before his death in 2011.

Riveting. Fascinating reading providing unique historical, cultural, and global insights into major 20th Century events – Hitler’s Youth, the Battles of Okinawa and Iwo Jima, the Cold War, the turbulent 70s, India’s rising importance, the role of government in higher education – and more. A must read for anyone seeking to understand classical liberal arts’ essential role in the development of exceptional communication, critical thinking, and analytical skills sought after by today’s elite employers.
Dr. Michael J. Savoie, Dean, College of Technology and Computing, Utah Valley University

Jack Hubbard’s life reads like an adventure novel; a fast-paced history of a man and a country back when great men walked the Earth.
Steven R. Travers, author of The Duke, The Longhorns, and Chairman Mao

Dr. Hubbard was a giant man who cared deeply about the education of his students.
Charles “Tree” Young, USC All-American Receiver, NFL (retired)

Jack Hubbard was an important figure in Southern California. He was brilliant and funny and a great leader, and all that comes alive in this book. I loved the man, and I’m glad he will be remembered in these pages.
John Robinson, Head Football Coach, University of Southern California

Dr. John R. “Jack” Hubbard’s leadership inspired USC’s rapid advance throughout the 1970s, and in those pivotal 10 years, the university completely transformed itself.
C. L. Max Nikias, President, University of Southern California

Wonderful book! I love the Stanford band story and the post Missouri “jock” rally story. Jack hired me in 1970 and he was a good friend and supporter of the Trojan Marching Band. Jack, John Robinson, and Bob Fleur – all great Trojans – were a big part of the Trojan family.
Dr. Arthur C. Bartner, Director, University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band

Adventures with a Historian is available in both print and e-book formats. It can be purchased online at, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online stores. For more information contact Elizabeth Hubbard at 940-297-9347.

Published by Roots & Branches, an imprint of AWOC.COM Publishing, P.O. Box 2819, Denton, TX 76202. For more information, contact

Memoir, Paperback Original, $29.95, 611 pages, Trade Paperback, 978-1-62016-050-3
EBook, $9.99, 978-1-62016-051-0

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