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American Radical: The Life and Times of I. F. Stone Hardcover – 26 May 2009

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  • Hardcover: 570 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux; First Edition First Printing edition (26 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374183937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374183936
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 4.8 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,702,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Guttenplan's lively biography brings back to life a man whose work has often been forgotten but whose writing and life provide a model for the kind of freethinking journalism missing in society today."--Publishers Weekly

"Guttenplan's lively biography brings back to life a man whose work has often been forgotten but whose writing and life provide a model for the kind of freethinking journalism missing in society today."

--Publishers Weekly

Guttenplan s lively biography brings back to life a man whose work has often been forgotten but whose writing and life provide a model for the kind of freethinking journalism missing in society today.

Publishers Weekly" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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This is an exemplary biography - rich in detail, with an ambitious narrative sweep, embracing multitudinous C20 America. It rests on a profound knowledge of the period, and like Stone himself Guttenplan has the privileged view of US affairs from the left - from where the light and shade fall on what you thought were well known facts in different places. Stone is almost too big a personality for the 500+ pages of this book, which reads at times like a novel by Saul Bellow, but Guttenplan avoids the biographer's vice of wanting to cut his subject down to size, and the book is animated by his lively sympathy for Stone and his work. A pleasure to read.
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Those who have read Barbara Ehrenreich's commencement address to this years graduating class at UC Berkeley know how lucky we are to still have a few such journalists as D.D. Guttenplan. Don is able to tell Izzy Stone's remarkable story from the unique vantage point of one who has already begun to live its contemporary approximation. It takes a journalist who has experienced the obstacles that lie in the path of truth-telling to narrate the exitement, the frustration and the ultimate satisfaction of picking the locks on doors that our rulers intend to remain firmly shut. If you're over fifty, this book will be an extraordinary recreation of some of recent history's worst and best moments; if you're under thirty and want to tell it like it is, it will show you what you're up against.
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Stone is one of those figures everyone should know about, like Peter Levi. Luckily, DD Guttenplan is bringing back the prominence he deserves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough and readable bio of a great American 4 Jan. 2013
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A masterful biography of a journalist who had a great career, a period of loss of influence and access, and then a second great career singlehandedly scooping the big papers. Throughout, his values were clear and moral, although what he had to do to make a living occasionally took him to the edge. It will surprise some of his subscribers of the 1960s and 1970s that he had a period doing corporate analysis for a financial newsletter whose sponsor used his ability to find corruption and malfeasance to develop stockholder lawsuits. Guttenplan gives us the highs and the lows, and describes Stone's difficulty in the period when events in the Thirties forced many progressives to realize that the Soviet Union would never be a model of a humane socialist state - it is hard to remember that many liberals once thought that - and his clarity ever after on the issue. The book is also a useful review of our politics from the Thirties through the Sixties, with ugly battles and craven behavior in government that we seem to have to re-experience in each generation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eternal Hiostility to Bunk 19 Nov. 2009
By Michael Wreszin - Published on Amazon.com
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I.F. Stone has already received at least three other extensive studies, but this is the most comprehensive and detailed social history and biography of Stone.It is I. F. Stone as a radical voice of dissent that is the real subject of this fine biography. Stone emerges as a man of all seasons. Guttenplan refers to Stone's "transit from pariah to a national institution" and frequently sees him as an outsider, but when he traces Stone's life and lists his vast array of important friends and supporters in high places , he appears not as a marginal figure but at the very center of this nation's 20th century history.

These comments are taken for a review I have written for New Politics:A Journal of Socialisst Thought. It is scheduled to appear in its forthcoming issue.
5.0 out of 5 stars Izzy Stone a man of his time 26 Oct. 2013
By Jon J Heimark - Published on Amazon.com
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A good honest look at American History. I came of age in the 60ies an can relate to the events written about in this book. We could sure benefit from another I.F. Stone about now....The man kept his finger on the pulse of the world an reported it's condition, from a small printing Press in his basement.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent biography of a dissident journalist 21 July 2013
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This is an excellent biography of the dissident journalist I. F. Stone, serving also a s a mirror into the 1950s and 1960s, showing what happens to a free society when the mainstream media becomes cowed by political hoodlums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, and very relevant to today 21 July 2009
By P. M. Nolan - Published on Amazon.com
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Well-written biographies are wonderful ways to learn and have a good read. You read without feeling as though you're slogging through a book you have to read for edification, as opposed to entertainment. American Radical is a great read -- on many levels. It works as a story (which we all love), as social history (important for all Americans) and political discourse (crucial, especially in these times). It's a real story, but since it's a true story, it is frankly far more interesting and worthwhile than many novels. Thankfully, the writing is as engaging as a good novel.

Today we are living in strange times -- our(my) tax dollars, as a decidedly middle class person, are being given out in billion dollar bailouts to wealthy firms and used for billion dollar bonuses for already wealthy people. Huh? Those who created the problems in the economy causing true hardship by many are getting rewarded? What happened to the market discipline and supposed utmost fairness of capitalism, that is you do well, you get rewarded, you fail in the marketplace, you lose? These days the rich who got amply rewarded for what is now clear were unethical if not illegal business practices are being amply rewarded again... This book reminds us of how important it is to draw attention to these issues.

IF Stone's biography by D.D. Guttenplan shines the light on not only the journalist's life, but his times, which are like our times.

The other aspect that makes this a must read is the near death experience we're seeing for journalism. Without my local paper, the Boston Globe, the Catholic Church sex abuse story/tragedy/scandal likely would never have come to light. Likewise the abuses in our state government pension system. Yet today many local papers are almost bankrupt. I shudder to think what would happen if journalism, as practiced by people like I F Stone, died. The fourth estate is essential for democracy. Reading this book is not only enjoyable, it is important for anyone who wants to think about and understand how critical journalism is to our way of life.

Buy it, read it, act on the lessons.
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