American Radical by D. D. Guttenplan
The Life and Times of I. F. Stone

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Popular Front columnist and New Deal propagandist. Fearless opponent of McCarthyism and feared scourge of official liars. Enterprising, independent reporter and avid amateur classicist. As D.D. Guttenplan puts it in his compelling book, I.F. Stone did what few in his profession could--he always thought for himself. America's most celebrated investigative journalist himself remains something of a mystery, however. Born Isidor Feinstein in Philadelphia, raised in rural New Jersey, by the age of 25 this college drop-out was already an influential newsman, and enjoying extraordinary access to key figures in New Deal Washington and the friendship of important artists in New York.

It is Guttenplan's wisdom to see that the key to Stone's achievements throughout his singular career--and not just in his celebrated I.F. Stone's Weekly--lay in the force and passion of his political commitments. Stone's calm, forensic, yet devastating reports on American politics and institutions sprang from a radical faith in the long-term prospects for American democracy.

His testimony on the legacy of American politics from the New Deal and World War II to the era of the civil rights struggles, the Vietnam War, and beyond amounts to as vivid a record of those times as we are likely to have. Guttenplan's lively, provocative book makes clear why so many of his pronouncements have acquired the force of prophecy.

 

About D. D. Guttenplan

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D. D. Guttenplan, journalist and essayist, lives in London. He has written on the Irving trial for Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, and The Guardian.
 
Published November 30, 2009 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 612 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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The Depression, American Communism, the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, the civil-rights movement, the Vietnam War, Israel and the Middle East, assassinations and political corruption and cultural characters of all sorts—these are all critical to an understanding of Stone’s life and work.

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Dismayed by the coming of the cold war, he opposed NATO but also saw no grounds for hope in the Soviet Union, where Stalin had unleashed “an old-fashioned Russian orgy of suspicion of foreigners, intellectuals and any kind of dissent.” When the Korean War broke out in 1950, Stone was skeptical of...

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Stone’s pilgrimage from outcast to institution was complete.” Stone’s own job description was equally telling: “To write the truth, to defend the weak against the strong, to fight for justice.” After reading Mr. Guttenplan’s extensive, loving reconstruction of Stone’s outside-in approach to journ...

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In 1956, IF Stone recovered the American passport which had been taken away five years earlier when he was being tailed by the FBI, and could travel again.

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D.D. Guttenplan's biography of iconic investigative reporter I.F. Stone is well-researched and gracefully written. American Radical gets inside the head and heart of this anti-establishment journalist who became a Washington insider.

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Guttenplan lovingly recreates the world of early 20th-century journalism, as well as the cultural ambiance of the Popular Front, a wave of progressive enthusiasm in the mid-1930s that made a lasting impression on Stone.

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(The front-page obituary in The New York Times hailed him as an "iconoclast of journalism.") The book is in part Guttenplan's effort to rescue Stone, the subject of three previous biographies, from "his mummification into respectability," and the author's own passions are evident when he writes ...

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If you want to address me as a dingbat right winger well I can not stop you and if you want to desiminate lies as truth it is your right but It is also a right for me to speak aswell that is what My cousin, and Grandfathers died for so that we might live were the exchange of Ideas was not shunned...

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