Walter Lippmann began his career as a brilliant young man at Harvardstudying 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.

part One|282 pages


chapter 1|12 pages

The Only Child

chapter 2|11 pages

Harvard ’10

chapter 3|10 pages

A Friend of the Masses

chapter 4|12 pages

Muckrakers and Socialists

chapter 5|13 pages

A Little Iconoclasm

chapter 6|16 pages


chapter 7|14 pages

“Agitation Isn’t My Job”

chapter 8|13 pages

“Hypocritical Neutrality”

chapter 9|15 pages

Electing a War President

chapter 10|12 pages

To the Colors

chapter 11|13 pages

The Inquiry

chapter 12|14 pages

Captain Lippmann, Propagandist

chapter 13|16 pages

“This Is Not Peace

chapter 14|15 pages

Pictures in Their Heads

chapter 15|11 pages

A Conspicuous Race

chapter 16|14 pages

Lord of the Tower

chapter 17|9 pages

Tyranny of the Masses

chapter 18|15 pages

A Muted Trumpet

chapter 19|10 pages

The Mexican Connection

chapter 20|12 pages

Men of Destiny

chapter 21|12 pages

The Disinterested Man

chapter 22|14 pages

The End of the World

part Two|318 pages


chapter 23|16 pages

An ‘Amiable Boy Scout”

chapter 24|11 pages

A Reluctant Convert

chapter 25|17 pages

Times out of Joint

chapter 26|15 pages

Treading Water

chapter 27|12 pages

A Gate Unlocked

chapter 28|13 pages

Starting Over

chapter 29|12 pages

The Phony Peace

chapter 30|14 pages

Tried and Found Wanting

chapter 31|11 pages

Panic and Bungling

chapter 32|14 pages


chapter 33|15 pages

Drifting toward Catastrophe

chapter 34|17 pages

Swimming up Niagara

chapter 35|12 pages

War Scare

chapter 36|17 pages

Room at the Top

chapter 37|12 pages

Overtaken by Events

chapter 38|11 pages

A Private Philosophy

chapter 39|19 pages

Waiting for an Innovator

chapter 40|11 pages

At the New Frontier

chapter 41|12 pages


chapter 42|13 pages

“A Man for This Season”

chapter 43|16 pages

Seduction and Betrayal

chapter 44|12 pages

An End and a Beginning

chapter 45|16 pages

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