PUBLIC OPINION by Walter Lippman
"First published in 1922, “Public Opinion” is the fascinating study of the role of citizens in a democracy by Walter Lippmann, an American writer, reporter and political commentator. Lippmann’s notable career spanned decades and produced some of the most important journalism in American history. He was the first to introduce the concept of the Cold War, received many awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes, and wrote thousands of articles and columns, earning him the title of the “Great Elucidator”. “Public Opinion” is Lippmann’s assessment of a functional democratic government and the role that citizens play in the democracy. Lippmann examines the dilemmas presented in revolutionary periods of history and raises doubts on the ability of citizens to effectively govern themselves. He draws important attention to the media’s role in shaping public perceptions and opinions and presciently warns against the power of propaganda. Lippmann’s work exploring modern democracy, how it functions, and what situations most threaten its success have made “Public Opinion” a staple in the field of political science. Lippmann’s work was far ahead of its time in understanding the dangers of propaganda and his conclusions remain relevant and thought-provoking nearly a century later."
There were so many amazing choices. I have a few on my personal list thanks to you all. I can't wait to read The Black Count; Black Flags, Blue Waters; and How To Lie With Statistics. I picked PUBLIC OPINION because I thought it looked like a fascinating word from the past that probably has renewed significance right now. I don't know who recommended it. @kellynbosch can you tell me? That person will receive the next book club choice for free!
So, we're off! Go ahead and grab the book (Amazon link below) and get started. Feel free to chat about it here while you're reading. There are no gag orders or anything. We'll convene on or around 3/21 for our first live book club meeting to discuss. (Subscribers only for our live chats)
I feel smarter already!!!
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What an awesome story!