Books: Austere Moralist, Fallible Man

WALTER LIPPMANN AND THE AMERICAN CENTURY by Ronald Steel; Atlantic-Little, Brown; 669pages; $19.95

He was tutored by George Santayana and recruited as a protégé by William James and Teddy Roosevelt; he lived long enough to receive an honorary degree (from Princeton) on the same platform with Bob Dylan. During his 85 years, Walter Lippmann came to know twelve U.S. Presidents personally and nearly everyone else who mattered in the 20th century. He consorted with poets and politicians, philosophers and financiers. He discussed psychoanalysis with Sigmund Freud, socialism with George Bernard Shaw, economics with...

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