The Press: The Man Who Stands Apart

Twice a week after breakfast, Walter Lippmann sequesters himself in the study of his ivy-clad home on Washington's sedate Woodley Road to write his syndicated column, "Today and Tomorrow." The study is manifestly a scholar's lair. Ceiling-high, Pompeian red bookcases line three walls; the fourth is decked with framed pictures of Lippmann friends, living and dead: Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Woodrow Wilson, Winston Churchill, Georges Clemenceau. A snow of documents mantles the oaken desk.

For an event of such intellectual moment as the birth of a Lippmann column, the setting is deceptively casual....

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