Peter Hartshorn: "I Have Seen the Future: A Life of Lincoln Steffens"
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In the history of American journalism, Lincoln Steffens has a secure place among the field's most influential figures. One of the earliest "muckrakers," Steffens and his brethren exposed political malfeasance and passionately advocated for social reform. The author of a new biography of Steffens says the journalist chased "revolutions, elections and corruption at the highest levels." In the end, his was a life well-lived, if not always wisely so. We'll talk with the biographer about Steffens' life, his legacy and what today's generation of reporters could learn from him.
author of "James Joyce and Trieste" and professor at Showa Institute
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Excerpted from "I Have Seen the Future: A Life of Lincoln Steffens," by Peter Hartshorn. Copyright 2011 by Peter Hartshorn. Excerpted by kind permission of Counterpoint Press: