Walter Lippmann and the American Century

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Walter Lippmann began his career as a brilliant young man at Harvard—studying under George Santayana, taking tea with William James, a radical outsider arguing socialism with anyone who would listen—and he ended it in his eighties, writing passionately about the agony of rioting in the streets, war in Asia, and the collapse of a presidency. In between he lived through two world wars, and a depression that shook the foundations of American capitalism.

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Walter Lippmann began his career as a brilliant young man at Harvard—studying under George Santayana, taking tea with William James, a radical outsider arguing socialism with anyone who would listen—and he ended it in his eighties, writing passionately about the agony of rioting in the streets, war in Asia, and the collapse of a presidency. In between he lived through two world wars, and a depression that shook the foundations of American capitalism.

Walter Lippmann (1889-1974) has been hailed as the greatest journalist of his age. For more than sixty years he exerted unprecedented influence on American public opinion through his writing, especially his famous newspaper column “Today and Tomorrow.” Beginning with The New Republic in the halcyon days prior to Woodrow Wilson and the First World War, millions of Americans gradually came to rely on Lippmann to comprehend the vital issues of the day.

In this absorbing biography, Ronald Steel meticulously documents the philosophers and politics, the friendships and quarrels, the trials and triumphs of this man who for six decades stood at the center of American political life. Lippmann’s experience spanned a period when the American empire was born, matured, and began to wane, a time some have called “the American Century.” No one better captured its possibilities and wrote about them so wisely and so well, no one was more the mind, the voice, and the conscience of that era than Walter Lippmann: journalist, moralist, public philosopher.

The prize winning biography of the American journalist who best interpreted America's role as a world power during the 1920s, '30s, '40s, and '50s

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<:st>Reprint of the 1980 classic (cited in ) with a new introduction by Steel. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765804648
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 692
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald Steel has written extensively on American politics and foreign policy, and is the author of several books, including Pax Americana. Born in Ilinois and educated at Northwestern and Harvard Universities, he is professor of international relations and history at the University of Southern California.

Ronald Steel has written extensively on American politics and foreign policy, and is the author of several books, including Pax Americana. Born in Ilinois and educated at Northwestern and Harvard Universities, he is professor of international relations and history at the University of Southern California.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Prologue: The Name That Opened Every Door
Pt. 1 1889-1931
1 The Only Child 3
2 Harvard '10 12
3 A Friend of the Masses 23
4 Muckrakers and Socialists 33
5 A Little Iconoclasm 45
6 Reputation 58
7 "Agitation Isn't My Job" 74
8 "Hypocritical Neutrality" 88
9 Electing a War President 101
10 To the Colors 116
11 The Inquiry 128
12 Captain Lippmann, Propagandist 141
13 "This Is Not Peace" 155
14 Pictures in Their Heads 171
15 A Conspicuous Race 186
16 Lord of the Tower 197
17 Tyranny of the Masses 211
18 A Muted Trumpet 220
19 The Mexican Connection 235
20 Men of Destiny 245
21 The Disinterested Man 257
22 The End of the World 269
Pt. 2 1931-1974
23 An "Amiable Boy Scout" 285
24 A Reluctant Convert 299
25 Times out of Joint 310
26 Treading Water 327
27 A Gate Unlocked 342
28 Starting Over 354
29 The Phony Peace 367
30 Tried and Found Wanting 379
31 Panic and Bungling 393
32 Realpolitik 404
33 Drifting toward Catastrophe 418
34 Swimming up Niagara 433
35 War Scare 450
36 Room at the Top 462
37 Overtaken by Events 479
38 A Private Philosophy 491
39 Waiting for an Innovator 502
40 At the New Frontier 521
41 Mythmaking 532
42 "A Man for This Season" 544
43 Seduction and Betrayal 557
44 An End and a Beginning 573
45 The Worst of Times 585
Chronology 601
Notes 603
Bibliography 632
Acknowledgments 637
Index 639
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