A Preface to Politics

A Preface to Politics

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by Walter Lippmann
     
 

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"A Preface to Politics (1913) was the first book of political commentary published by Walter Lippmann, one of the most widely read and influential journalists of the twentieth century. A prevailing theme is that successful politicians know how to tap into public needs and articulate the concerns of the common man. The inherent logic and intellectual respectability of… See more details below

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"A Preface to Politics (1913) was the first book of political commentary published by Walter Lippmann, one of the most widely read and influential journalists of the twentieth century. A prevailing theme is that successful politicians know how to tap into public needs and articulate the concerns of the common man. The inherent logic and intellectual respectability of any particular policy are less important, Lippmann says, than its ability to arouse the emotions and express the deep feelings of a constituency." Lippmann also comments extensively on socialism, a rising political force in the beginning of the twentieth century. Though he felt some sympathy with the socialist cause in this early work, he astutely points out its many weaknesses.

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ISBN-13:
2940000870501
Publisher:
B&R Samizdat Express
Publication date:
03/01/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
440,489
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0 MB

Meet the Author

Walter Lippmann (September 23, 1889 - December 14, 1974) was an American public intellectual, writer, reporter, and political commentator famous for being among the first to introduce the concept of Cold War, coining the term "stereotype" in the modern psychological meaning, and critiquing media and democracy in his newspaper column and several books, most notably his 1922 book Public Opinion. His views regarding the role of journalism in a democracy were contrasted with the contemporaneous writings of John Dewey in what has been retrospectively named the Lippmann-Dewey debate. Lippmann won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for his syndicated newspaper column "Today and Tomorrow" and one for his 1961 interview of Nikita Khruschev.

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