FOR forty years Horace Greeley was the busiest and boldest editor in America. He pried under and tipped over with pitiless pertinacity, to become and remain our greatest polemist. Other men have risen high in New York journalism, but mainly on the shoulders of those less agile than themselves. Mr. Greeley climbed alone. He and no one else made the New York Tribune, by pure force of brain and pen. No rival American journalist ever created an influence that penetrated so deeply. The New York Tribune was Horace Greeley. Par and wide men and women followed his guidance in great causes. No matter of moment escaped him, no fears ever made him pause. He gave neither himself nor the nation rest.
To tell what he did, how he did it, and what manner of man he was, to a new generation is the purpose of this volume.
D. C. S.