Stone, I. F.

Stone, I. F.,

1907–89, American journalist, b. Philadelphia as Isidor Feinstein. Raised in New Jersey, he moved to New York City shortly after beginning his career as a journalist. Later moving to Washington, D.C., he served as an editor of The Nation (1940–46) and subsequently worked on a series of daily newspapers. In 1953 he began his own journal, I. F. Stone's Weekly, which in 1967 became I. F. Stone's Bi-Weekly; it was published until 1971. In his writing, Stone concentrated on U.S. foreign policy, on the government's justification for that policy, and on the way America's mainstream press reported on these subjects. A determined opponent of the cold warcold war,
term used to describe the shifting struggle for power and prestige between the Western powers and the Communist bloc from the end of World War II until 1989. Of worldwide proportions, the conflict was tacit in the ideological differences between communism and
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 and domestic loyalty measures in the 1950s, Stone was one of the most influential liberal journalists of the postwar period. Late in his life he wrote The Trial of Socrates (1989), a product of his study in his later years of classical Greek.


See K. Weber, ed., The Best of I. F. Stone (2006); A. Patner, I. F. Stone: A Portrait (1990); biographies by R. C. Cottrell (1992), M. MacPherson (2006), and D. D. Guttenplan (2009).

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Stone, I. F. (Isidor Feinstein)

(1907–89) journalist, publisher; born in Philadelphia. After serving on the New York Post and The Nation (1933–46), he founded the radical journal, I. F. Stone's Weekly (later, Biweekly), which he edited until 1971; there and elsewhere he was an early voice of what became the New Left and an early opponent of U.S. policy in Vietnam. A true "gadfly" journalist, he often printed government statements in juxtaposition with contradictory quotes from the same official source.
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