Books Should Be Free
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Search by: Title, Author or Keyword

Preface to Politics

Book cover
By: (1889-1974)

This is the first book in the bibliography of Walter Lippmann, written three years after emerging from Harvard where he studied under the pragmatists Santayana and James. Although the work is a century old, the reader of today may still find in it, with its focus on practical human needs, a refreshing view towards the fundamental purpose (and persistent flaws) of politics, and indeed government itself, just as relevant and meaningful today as when it was written.

First Page:




"A God wilt thou create for thyself out of thy seven devils."

Mitchell Kennerley New York and London 1914 Copyright, 1913, by Mitchell Kennerley




I. Routineer and Inventor 1

II. The Taboo 34

III. The Changing Focus 53

IV. The Golden Rule and After 86

V. Well Meaning but Unmeaning: the Chicago Vice Report 122

VI. Some Necessary Iconoclasm 159

VII. The Making of Creeds 204

VIII. The Red Herring 247

IX. Revolution and Culture 273


The most incisive comment on politics to day is indifference. When men and women begin to feel that elections and legislatures do not matter very much, that politics is a rather distant and unimportant exercise, the reformer might as well put to himself a few searching doubts... Continue reading book >>

Stream audiobook and download chapters

eBook Downloads
ePUB eBook
• iBooks for iPhone and iPad
• Nook
• Sony Reader
Kindle eBook
• Mobi file format for Kindle
Read eBook
• Load eBook in browser
Text File eBook
• Computers
• Windows
• Mac

Review this book

Popular Genres
More Genres
Paid Books