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Public Philosopher: Selected Letters of Walter Lippmann
Public Philosopher: Selected Letters of Walter Lippmann
Edited by John Morton Blum
Ticknor & Fields, 1985, 652 pp

The first letter in this well-edited collection selected from the Lippmann manuscripts at Yale is dated 1907 (when the author was 18); the last was written in December 1969. Many of the letters are part of Lippmann's lifelong conversations with the political and intellectual leaders of America, Britain and France; e.g., Woodrow Wilson, John Maynard Keynes, Jean Monnet, John Foster Dulles, Felix Frankfurter, and George Kennan. Here is an indispensable complement to Lippmann's published work and Ronald Steel's classic 1980 biography Walter Lippmann and the American Century. The book further illuminates Lippmann's disciplined mind, his insistence on the necessity of realistic and courageous leadership, his disdain for the shallow, the meretricious and the utopian.