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Born: September 23, 1889 - New York, New York
Died: December 14, 1974 - New York, New York


After graduating from Harvard University, Lippmann published A Preface to Politics (1913), a penetrating critique of popular prejudices. In 1914 he helped found the liberal New Republic magazine. His writings there
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influenced Pres. Woodrow Wilson, who, after selecting Lippmann to help formulate his famous Fourteen Points and develop the concept of the League of Nations, sent him to the post-World War I peace negotiations for the Treaty of Versailles.

Lippmann began writing columns in 1921 for the reformist New York World, which he served two years (1929-31) as editor. Moving to the New York Herald-Tribune, he began his long-running column, "Today and Tomorrow." Eventually syndicated worldwide, the column won two Pulitzer Prizes and made Lippmann one of the most respected political columnists in the world.

Over the decades he contributed articles to over 50 magazines. His numerous books included the influential Public Opinion (1922), The Phantom Public (1925), and A Preface to Morals (1929), all of which endorse "liberal democracy." In The Good Society
Works by Walter Lippmann
A Preface to Politics (1913)
Public Opinion (1922)
The Phantom Public (1925)
A Preface to Morals (1929)
The Good Society (1937)
The Cold War (1947)
Essays in the Public Philosophy (1955)
(1937) he criticized the collectivist tendencies of the New Deal, which he had initially supported. Later works include The Cold War (1947) and Essays in the Public Philosophy (1955). Lippmann's analyses over many years earned him a special Pulitzer Prize citation in 1958.

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