The Best of I.F. Stone

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PublicAffairs, 2006 - History - 350 pages
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Izzy Stone was a reporter, a radical, an idealist, a scholar and, it is clear, a writer whose insights have more than stood the test of time. More than fifteen years after his death, this collection of his work from I.F. Stone's Weekly and elsewhere is astonishing in its relevance to our age, addressing the clash between national security and individual liberty, the protection of minorities, economic fairness, social justice, and the American military abroad.

The core of Stone's genius was his newsletter, I.F. Stone's Weekly, published from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s. His meticulous dissection of the news was unsurpassed, a direct descendent of the great pamphleteers like Thomas Paine, and a forerunner to the best of today's political blogs. Stone's brilliant, investigative reporting; his wonderful, impassioned style; and his commitment to his values all make this collection an inspiration, and a revelation.

  

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Contents

A Word About Myself i
5
WORTH THE RISK
11
Einstein Oxnam and the Inquisition
17
The First Welts on Joe McCarthy
23
Justice and Security
30
The Court Turns Back the Clock
38
In Defense of the Campus Rebels
45
War Comes to Washington
59
Eisenhower Goes NeutralistOn Civil Rights
171
The Beginnings of a Revolution
174
The March on Washington
188
The MasonDixon Line Moves to New York
195
For the JewsLife or Death?
205
Palestine Pilgrimage
213
The Racist Challenge in Israel
219
Holy War
225

Washingtons Forbidden Topic
67
Relaxing Too Soon
75
The Same Old Codgers
83
The End of the War
93
Unnoticed News Bulletin
103
A Chill Falls on Washington
112
National Suicide as a Form of Defense
118
The Legacy of Stalin
130
Almost as Safe as Ivory Soap Is Pure?
138
Fresh Light on the Mystery of the Missiles
147
The Rapid Deterioration in Our National Leadership
156
The Voice of America Falters
163
What Few Know About the Tonkin Bay Incidents
247
Lyndon Johnson Lets the Office Boy Declare War
256
What Its Like to Be in Saigon
266
Why We Fail as Revolutionaries
276
The Mindless Momentum of a Runaway
284
Only the Bums Can Save the Country Now
292
Thomas E Dewey
303
Farewell to F D R
309
LaGuardia and UNRRA
313
Cave Man in a Jet Bomber
326
For a Universal Day of Atonement
339
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I.F. (Izzy) Stone (19071989) had a remarkable journalistic career, as an editorialist at the New York Post during the Great Depression, a longtime staffer at The Nation, the author of many books, and the founder and editor of his own I.F. Stone's Weekly, he "spoke truth to power" with an effectiveness that few have done before or since.

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