Walter Lippmann

Walter Lippmann, 1889–1974, American essayist and editor, b. New York City. He was associate editor of the New Republic in its early days (1914–17), but at the outbreak of World War I he left to become Assistant Secretary of War, later helping to prepare data for the peace conference. From 1921 to 1931 he was on the editorial staff of the New York World, serving as editor the last two years. In 1931 he began writing for the New York Herald Tribune a highly influential syndicated column, which moved to the Washington Post in 1962. He ceased writing a regular newspaper column in 1967. Lippmann's early books, written when he was a champion of liberalism, include A Preface to Politics (1913), Public Opinion (1922), and A Preface to Morals (1929). An early supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, Lippmann became disillusioned and condemned collectivism in The Good Society (1937). His political stance became one of moderate detachment, and he won distinction as a farsighted and incisive analyst of foreign policy. A special Pulitzer Prize citation (1958) praised his powers of news analysis, which he demonstrated in U.S. War Aims (1944), The Cold War (1947), Isolation and Alliances (1952), and Western Unity and the Common Market (1962).

See M. W. Childs and J. B. Reston, ed., Walter Lippmann and His Times (1959); E. W. Weeks, ed., Conversations with Walter Lippmann (1965); R. Steel, Walter Lippmann and the American Century (1980).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Walter Lippmann: Selected full-text books and articles

FREE! A Preface to Politics By Walter Lippmann Holt and Company, 1917
Western Unity and the Common Market By Walter Lippmann Little, Brown, 1962
FREE! The Stakes of Diplomacy By Walter Lippmann H. Holt and Company, 1915
Essays in the Public Philosophy By Walter Lippmann Little Brown, 1955
Community Denied: The Wrong Turn of Pragmatic Liberalism By James Hoopes Cornell University Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Five "Lippmann's Distrust of Democracy"
The Futilitarian Society By William J. Newman G. Braziller, 1961
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "The Public Philosophy of Walter Lippmann and the Quest for Order"
Popular Education and Democratic Thought in America By Rush Welter Columbia University Press, 1962
Librarian’s tip: "Walter Lippmann: Pragmatist" p. 271
Roosevelt, Wilson and the Trusts By Edwin C. Rozwenc Heath, 1950
Librarian’s tip: "Walter Lippmann: Drift and Mastery" p. 97
The Nervous Liberals: Propaganda Anxieties from World War I to the Cold War By Brett Gary Columbia University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Lippmann, Dewey, and the Crisis of Democratic Theory" begins on p. 26
PR! A Social History of Spin By Stuart Ewen Basic Books, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Walter Lippmann begins on p. 146
Invisible Giants: Fifty Americans Who Shaped the Nation but Missed the History Books By Mark Carnes Oxford University Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: "Walter Lippmann (23 September 1889 - 14 December 1974)" begins on p. 176
Biographical Dictionary of American Newspaper Columnists By Sam G. Riley Greenwood Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: "Lippmann, Walter" p. 186
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