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Walter Lippmann (1889-1974) was the author of many books on political thought and was widely considered America’s most distinguished syndicated columnist. In addition to being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, he won two Pulitzer Prizes for his newspaper column “Today and Tomorrow,” which appeared in the New YorkHerald Tribune.

Gary Dean Best retired after thirty years of teaching history in the University of Hawaii system. He is the author of fifteen books and numerous essays for books and scholarly journals, including Harold Laski and American Liberalism published by Transaction.


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  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers (October 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765808048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765808042
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,076,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Wiktor Sliwinski on November 8, 2009
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Originally published in 1937, The Good Society is a timeless and profound analysis of the liberal cause. I am surprised that the book has not previously been reviewed on Amazon, as the topic covered by Mr. Lippmann is currently under vociferous debate in the United States, and with the election of a liberal President I would expect some resurgent interest in such classic works.

I have to say I was very positively surprised by this book; I was expecting liberal propaganda, espousing policies along FDR's New Deal. Somewhat to the contrary, Mr. Lippmann actually gives liberalism a very careful and thoughtful analysis and his conclusions are distanced from what liberals would probably agree with today. This is a book that should be read by men on both sides of the political spectrum, for it has valuable and relevant insights for the open-minded reader. However, I doubt that either side could ever take this book as a pillar of their platform. For the first half will appeal to generally described right-wingers (let's call them descendants of Hayek's thoughts), while the second half will probably offend them, and may in fact appeal to left-wingers (let's call them Keynesians). After all, Mr. Lippmann was attempting to present the theory of a progressive and liberal Good Society. It is interesting to note that Mr. Lippmann acknowledged the influence of both Hayek and Keynes on his work. Maybe that is why without an open mind, men with strong views on either side of the political spectrum simply struggle to get through The Good Society. The Good Society is not an easy read, but it is highly stimulating. For those with the patience and an open mind - it is well worth it.

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