By Peter Richardson

ISBN-10: 0472115243

ISBN-13: 9780472115242

A long-overdue booklet at the amazing lifestyles and profession of 1 of our best public intellectuals, American Prophet will introduce Carey McWilliams to a brand new new release of readers.

Peter Richardson's soaking up and skillfully paced ebook finds a determine completely engaged with the problems of his time. Deftly interweaving correspondence, diary notes, released writings, and McWilliams's personal and others' observations on a colourful and influential forged of characters from Hollywood, ny, Washington, DC, and the yankee West, Richardson maps the evolution of McWilliams's own lifestyles. between these making an visual appeal are H. L. Mencken (McWilliams's mentor and function model), Louis Adamic, John Fante, Robert Towne, Richard Nixon, Studs Terkel, J. Edgar Hoover, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and Joseph McCarthy.

American Prophet illustrates the arc of McWilliams's existence and profession from his early literary journalism via his criminal and political activism, his stint in kingdom govt, and his twenty years as editor of the Nation. This publication makes the case for McWilliams's position within the Olympian realm of our such a lot influential and prescient political writers.

Peter Richardson is the editorial director at PoliPointPress in Sausalito, California. he's the writer or editor of various works on language, literature, and California public coverage. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the college of California Berkeley.

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