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LANCE MORROW, the Henry Grunwald Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is an American essayist whose work appears regularly in the Wall Street Journal and City Journal. For many years he was an essayist for Time magazine. A winner of the National Magazine Award for essay and criticism, he is the author of ten books. He lives in Upstate New York with his wife, the author Susan Brind Morrow, and is the father of two sons.
W.H. Auden wrote, “Poetry makes nothing happen.” Journalism is a different matter. In a brilliant study that is, in part, a memoir of his 40 years as an essayist and critic at Time magazine, Lance Morrow returns to the age of typewriters and to the twentieth century’s extraordinary cast of characters—statesmen and dictators, saints and heroes, liars and monsters, and the reporters, editors, and publishers who interpreted their deeds. He shows how journalism has touched the history of the last 100 years, has shaped it, distorted it, and sometimes proved decisive in its outcomes.
This book is about the partnership of God and Mammon in the New World—about how Americans have made money and lost money, and about how they have thought about that obsessive and peculiarly American subject. Money is the basic American thing, the life’s blood of the country.