Men of Destiny

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A great editorial commentator of the twentieth century, Walter Lippmann, was a major contributor to the central periodicals and journals of the age, including the Atlantic Monthly, Foreign Affairs, Harper's, the New Republic, Saturday Review, and Yale Review. Men of Destiny, a set of biographical essays on leading figures of Lippmann's day, is arguably the best single source for understanding the persons and the policies of the post-World War I period.

In a series of vignettes, the reader is introduced into the lively world of Al Smith, Calvin Coolidge, William Jennings Bryan, H.L. Mencken, Sinclair Lewis, Warren Harding, Andrew Mellon, and Oliver Wendell Holmes. The collection offers a rare glimpse of the first truly modern generation of American politics and society, and also a type of serious, detached writing that presumes a literate audience, but also one not given over to bias and hostility.

The magic of this volume, however, is not in its litany of figures great and small, but Lippmann's comprehensive understanding of the place of America in world affairs. His essay on American imperialism remains a classic: "All the world thinks of the United States today as an empire, except the people of the United States." His advice to Americans is not to continue being evasive and grandiose with the rhetoric of equality, but to recognize the changing conditions and get on with the task of rule in as honorable a state as is possible by a holder of power.

In his perceptive essays on the League of Nations, the efforts to outlaw war through international law, debt and reparations policies, Lippmann appeals to "time and a sense of reality" in examining all matters political. This volume, graced with a new introduction by Paul Roazen, will enable readers now well into the first decade of a new millennium to do just that.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765805140
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/15/2003
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter Lippmann (1889-1974) was the author of many books on political thought and was widely considered America’s most distinguished syndicated columnist. In addition to being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, he won two Pulitzer Prizes for his newspaper column “Today and Tomorrow,” which appeared in the New YorkHerald Tribune. Paul Roazen was professor of social and political science at York University in Toronto. He was the author of Helene Deutsch, Brother Animal, and Encountering Freud, all available from Transaction.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
I Al Smith: A Man of Destiny 1
II Calvin Coolidge: Puritanism de Luxe 10
III The Causes of Political Indifference To-day 18
IV The Catholicism of Al Smith 35
V Bryan and the Dogma of Majority Rule 45
VI H. L. Mencken 61
VII Sinclair Lewis 71
VIII The Nature of the Battle Over Censorship 93
IX An Anticipation of Harding 107
X An Early Estimate of Mr. McAdoo 112
XI Wilson and House 120
XII Borah 140
XIII The Outlawry of War 162
XIV The Greatness of Mr. Mellon 184
XV The Kellogg Doctrine: Vested Rights and Nationalism in Latin America 196
XVI Empire: The Days of Our Nonage Are Over 215
XVII Second Best Statesmen 223
XVIII To Justice Holmes 242
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