Lincoln Steffens

Lincoln Steffens

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The acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winning biographer of Mark Twain and Walt Whitman brings alive the life and world of Lincoln Steffens, the original Muckraker and father of American investigative journalism. Early 20th century America was a nation in the throes of becoming a great industrial power, a land dominated by big business and beset by social struggle and political corruption. It was the era of Sinclair Lewis, Emma Goldman, William Randolph Hearst, and John Reed. It was a time of union busting, anarchism, and Tammany Hall. Lincoln Steffensa€”eternally curious, a worldwide celebrity, and a man of magnetic charma€”was a towering figure at the center of this world. He was friends with everyone from Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson to Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce. As an editor at McClurea€™s magazinea€”along with Ida Tarbell he was one of the original muckrakersa€”he published articles that exposed the political and social corruption of the time. His book, Shame of the Cities, took on the corruption of local politics and his coverage of bad business practices on Wall Street helped lead to the creation of the Federal Reserve. Lincoln Steffens was truly a man of his season, and his life reflects his times: impetuous, vital, creative, striving. In telling the story of this outsized American figure, Justin Kaplan also tells the riveting tale of turn-of-the-century America.But he managed to force the president of the traction company to turn statea#39;s witness and bank officers to open locked boxes and turn ... The problem of St. Louis, then, was really the problem of democracy; corruption anywhere and everywhere involved the ... At Folka#39;s suggestion, Steffens had commissioned Claude Wetmore, a local newspaperman and author of South American adventure books, to writeanbsp;...

Title:Lincoln Steffens
Author:Justin Kaplan
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2013-11-05


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