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Popular Front columnist and New Deal propagandist, fearless opponent of McCarthyism and feared scourge of official liars, I. F. Stone (1907–1989)— magnetic, witty, indefatigable—left a permanent mark on our politics and culture. A college dropout, he was already an influential newsman by the age of twenty-five, enjoying extraordinary access to key figures in Washington and New York. Guttenplan finds the key to Stone’s achievements throughout his singular career—not just in the celebrated I. F. Stone’s Weekly—lay in the force and passion of his political commitments. Stone’s calm and forensic yet devastating reports on American politics and institutions sprang from a radical faith in the long-term prospects for American democracy.
In an era when the old radical questions—about war, the economy, health care, and the right to dissent—are suddenly new again, Guttenplan’s lively, provocative book makes clear why so many of Stone’s pronouncements have acquired the force of prophecy.
|Publisher:||Northwestern University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.60(d)|
About the Author
D. D. Guttenplan, London correspondent for The Nation and higher education writer for the International Herald Tribune, is the author of The Holocaust on Trial: History, Justice, and the David Irving Libel Case (2001).
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by Maggie Phair Historian D. D. Guttenplan traces the life of Isador Feinstein from birth; his conflict with his father, who wanted him to work in the family furniture store; his recognition of American anti-semitism and his consequent changing his last name to Stone; through his career as a journalist and his eventual publication of the famous "I. F. Stone's Weekly." In this, he was supported by his wife, Easther, who handled all matters of circulation and subscription. Guttinenplan reports Izzie's membership and chairmanship of the Camden, New Jersey Socialist Party in 1928, and his lifelong friendship and admiration for Norman Thomas; plus his eventual departure from the socialists first for the New Deal and the Democratic Party and ultimately to his long-time status as an independent. I had personally been told that Stone was a leader in the Young People's Socialist League at age 14, but Guttenplan doesn't mention this. Historical omission or party myth? Read the rest on the Socialist WebZine! http://socialistwebzine.blogspot.com/2009/07/book-review-american-radical-life-and.html