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I Have Seen the Future

A Life of Lincoln Steffens

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January 10, 2012 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 416 Pages | ISBN 9781582438078
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"Absorbing... A biography that is prodigiously researched, fantastically interesting and extremely well written." —New York Times Book Review

In 1901, Lincoln Steffens, an internationally known and respected political insider, went rogue to work for McClure’s Magazine. Credited as the proverbial father of muckraking reporting, Steffens quickly rose to the top of McClure’s team of investigative journalists, earning him the attention of many powerful politicians who utilized his knack for tireless probing to battle government corruption and greedy politicians. A mentor of Walter Lippmann, friend of Theodore Roosevelt, and advisor of Woodrow Wilson, Steffens is best known for bringing to light the Mexican Revolution, the 1910 bombing of the Los Angeles Times, and the Versailles peace talks.

Now, with print journalism and investigative reporters on the decline, Lincoln Steffens’ biography serves as a necessary call to arms for the newspaper industry. Peter Hartshorn’s extensive research captures each detail of Steffens’ life—from his private letters to friends to his long and colorful career—and delves into the ongoing internal struggle between his personal life and his overpowering devotion to the “cause.”

PETER HARTSHORN is the author of the internationally known biography James Joyce and Trieste. He holds an MA in English from Northeastern University. Currently a professor at the Showa Institute, he lives in Boston.


“Absorbing… A biography that is prodigiously researched, fantastically interesting and extremely well written. Steffens would have been pleased by how well Hartshorn has turned him inside out.” —New York Times Book Review

“Well-researched and well-written.” —Wall Street Journal

“This outstanding work offers immediate appeal for both students and practitioners of the journalistic art, while those concerned about freedom of the press and the role of investigative journalism will take comfort in Steffens’s legacy as artfully told here. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal Starred Review

“This big, lively book is very well-researched and presents a fascinating history of the age when magazine writers steered national opinion.” —American Journalism Review

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