"I loved every page of this book. My God, what fabulous stories -- newspaper stories, political stories, world history, and the greatest tabloid there ever was, all crammed into one life. And above all, what a hero -- indomitable, learned, funny, and fearless. I learned more stuff I didn't know -- that Izzy Stone solved the murder of George Polk, that when his paper told him he couldn't cover the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti, he quit and hitchhiked to Boston. What a combination of integrity and learning. He really did have a wonderful time. Now is the time for all good journalists to read this book and remember what it is all about."
-- Molly Ivins, author of Who Let the Dogs In
"'All Governments Lie' strikes me as the right book at the right time. It is not only the fascinating story of an American original, it is also a sophisticated history of what went wrong between American journalism and American government."
-- Richard Reeves, author of President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination
Myra MacPherson is a brilliant writer who has written a great book about a journalistic idol -- Izzy Stone. Would that he were alive today to lead our country to its greatest ideals again."
-- Helen Thomas, Hearst newspapers columnist and author of Watchdogs of Democracy?
"Izzy Stone comes as close to living up to the rhetoric of free speech and a free press as anyone in the twentieth century. His story is told here in the rich historical context of his time. This book is an important contribution to the current debate about the future and the nature of journalism and why the public as well as journalists should be involved in that debate."
-- Bill Kovach, chairman, Committee of Concerned Journalists
"Thanks to Myra MacPherson, we finally have a nuanced and sophisticated biography of one of the great legends of American journalism. One can only hope that it wakes up some of the lapdog reporters in today's Washington press corps and reminds them, as I. F. Stone taught us during the Cold War, that 'all governments lie.'"
-- Craig Unger, author of House of Bush, House of Saud
"Where is Izzy Stone when we need him? His spirit is back in 'All Governments Lie,' a powerful, passionate biography of the courageous writer who defied Official Washington and inspired several generations of journalists. Myra MacPherson, a pioneer in the art of cutting-edge profiles, is brilliant in evoking his life and times."
-- Curtis Wilkie, author of Dixie
"Stone remains enormously relevant today, in an era of too much journalistic acquiescence. A newspaperman for decades, he became 'an eclectic craftsman,' with a reformist and intellectual bent.... 'Izzy,' as he was called, emerges as a challenging, complex fellow, an ebullient workaholic. But his legacy was earned by a willingness to read documents in depth and apply his eclectic, passionate intelligence -- and MacPherson brings all this to life in this terrific and timely book."
-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"At last! Myra MacPherson has offered us the definitive life and times of the most independent journalist of our epoch -- I. F. Stone. Known as Izzy, he revealed to us in his tiny four-page weekly not the 'objectivity' of the Official Word but a hard truth from the bottom up. This book may become a classic: it is mandatory for all young journalists."
-- Studs Terkel