I Have Seen the Future

A Life of Lincoln Steffens
Product Number: EB00647385
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781582438825
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
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"A fascinating history of the age when magazine writers steered national opinion . . . This is an extraordinary book about a complex man." -American Journalism Review At the dawn of the twentieth century, Lincoln Steffens, an internationally known and respected political insider, went rogue to work for McClure's Magazine. Credited as the proverbial father of muckraking reporting, Steffens quickly rose to the top of McClure's team of investigative journalists, earning him the attention of many powerful politicians who utilized his knack for tireless probing to battle government corruption and greedy politicians. A mentor of Walter Lippmann, friend of Theodore Roosevelt, and advisor of Woodrow Wilson, Steffens is best known for bringing to light the Mexican Revolution, the 1910 bombing of the Los Angeles Times, and the Versailles peace talks. Now, with print journalism and investigative reporters on the decline, Lincoln Steffens' biography serves as a necessary call to arms for the newspaper industry. Hartshorn's extensive research captures each detail of Steffens' life-from his private letters to friends to his long and colorful career-and delves into the ongoing internal struggle between his personal life and his overpowering devotion to the "cause." "Absorbing . . . [Hartshorn] has produced a biography that is prodigiously researched, fantastically interesting, and extremely well-written. Steffens would have been pleased by how well Hartshorn has turned him inside out." -The New York Times "Well-researched and well-written." -The Wall Street Journal "Outstanding . . . those concerned about freedom of the press and the role of investigative journalism will take comfort in Steffens's legacy as artfully told here." -Library Journal, starred review

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Author(s): Peter Hartshorn
Original Publish Date: Apr 10, 2011

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