By Justin Kaplan
Early twentieth century the United States was once a state within the throes of turning into a superb business strength, a land ruled via immense company and beset via social fight and political corruption. It was once the period of Sinclair Lewis, Emma Goldman, William Randolph Hearst, and John Reed. It was once a time of union busting, anarchism, and Tammany Hall.
Lincoln Steffens—eternally curious, a world big name, and a guy of magnetic charm—was a towering determine on the heart of this international. He was once neighbors with every person from Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson to Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce. As an editor at McClure’s magazine—along with Ida Tarbell he used to be one of many unique muckrakers—he released articles that revealed the political and social corruption of the time. His booklet, Shame of the towns, took at the corruption of neighborhood politics and his assurance of undesirable company practices on Wall highway helped bring about the construction of the Federal Reserve.
Lincoln Steffens was once really a guy of his season, and his existence displays his instances: impetuous, important, inventive, striving. In telling the tale of this oversized American figure, Justin Kaplan additionally tells the riveting story of turn-of-the-century America.