Walter Lippmann, 1889 - 1974

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

Benefiting from a private education and annual trips to Europe with his family, Lippmann went on to Harvard University. He studied philosophy and language, completing his BA (1909) in three years and staying another year to assist George Santayana. In 1913 he was one of the founding editors of The New Republic, served as assistant to the Secretary of War in 1917, and in 1918 was an advisor to President Woodrow Wilson, working on Wilson's Fourteen Points. He became suspicious of the accuracy of journalism and researched and wrote at length on the subject. Through the '20s he was a writer, and later the editor, of the New York World. When that paper failed he moved to the Herald Tribune where he wrote his syndicated column, "Today and Tomorrow", for thirty years, moving to the Washington Post from 1961 to 1967 when he retired. He opposed the Korean War, the McCarthy inquisition, and the Vietnam war. He developed close personal relationship with Charles de Gaulle and Nikita Khrushchev, while alienating Lyndon Johnson. He published nineteen books, including The Cold War, the source of that phrase.

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