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A Preface to Politics [Paperback]

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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 20th century. Shortly after its publication, Lippmann cofounded The New Republic magazine, in which he regularly published the kind of astute political analysis that he debuted in A Preface to Politics. He later served in the administration of Woodrow Wilson and had a decisive influence on the formulation of Wilson's famous Fourteen Points. But his greatest influence came from the popular syndicated column called "Today and Tomorrow," which he wrote for thirty years. At its height 250 newspapers across the nation carried Lippmann's column, and eventually it won two Pulitzer Prizes.

A prevailing theme throughout the essays in A Preface to Politics is that successful politicians are those who know how to tap into public needs and give voice to 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. He points to Theodore Roosevelt as the prime example in his day of a politician who understood how to rally the public behind a cause.

He also comments extensively on socialism, which was a rising political force in the beginning of the 20th century. Though he felt some sympathy with the socialist cause in this early work, he also astutely points out its many weaknesses. Later in his career, Lippmann turned completely away from socialism. A book of both historical interest and of enduring insights into the political process, A Preface to Politics will enhance the bookshelves of journalists, political scientists, historians, and all who value good writing.

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Pages   172
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.21" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.37"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 11, 2007
Publisher   Tutis Digital Publishing Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN  8184562640  
ISBN13  9788184562644  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Walter Lippmann (18891974) was an American public intellectual, Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist, and widely read columnist on American politics and foreign policy. He cofounded the "New Republic" magazine, advised several presidents, and notably was the first to popularize the term cold war, in his 1947 book "The Cold War." William E. Leuchtenburg is the William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ganesh Sitaraman is an assistant professor at Vanderbilt Law School and former policy director and senior counsel to candidate and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

Walter Lippmann was born in 1889 and died in 1974.

Walter Lippmann has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Dover Books on History, Political and Social Science

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