(1907 - 1989)
Isador Feinstein Stone was born in Philadelphia on
24th December, 1907. His parents were Russian Jewish immigrants who
owned a store in Haddonfield, New Jersey. He studied philosophy at
the University of Pennsylvania and while a student he wrote for the Philadelphia
After leaving university he joined the Camden
Courier-Post. Influenced by the work of Jack London, Stone became
a committed radical journalist. In the 1930s he played an active role
in the Popular Front opposition to Adolf
Stone moved to the New York Post in 1933
and during this period supported Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal.
His first book, The Court Disposes (1937), was a defense of
Roosevelt's attempt to expand the Supreme Court.
After leaving the New York Post in 1939,
Stone became associate editor of The Nation. His next book, Business
as Unusual (1941), was an attack on the country's failure to
prepare for war. Underground
to Palestine (1946) dealt with the migration of Eastern
European Jews at the end of the Second World War.
In 1948 Stone joined the New York Star.
Later he moved to the Daily Compass until it ceased
publication in 1952. A critic of the emerging Cold War, Stone
published the Hidden History of the Korean War (1952).
Inspired by the achievements of George Seldes and
his political weekly, Stone started his own political paper, the I.
F. Stone's Weekly in 1953. Over the next few years Stone led the
attack on McCarthyism and racial discrimination in the United States.
In 1964 Stone was the only American journalist to challenge President
Johnson's account of the Gulf of Tonkin incident.
Throughout the 1960s Stone exposed the futility of
the Vietnam War. The I. F. Stone's Weekly had a circulation of
70,000, but ill-health forced Stone to ceased publication in 1971.
Isador Feinstein Stone continued to write in depth about politics
until his death on 17th July, 1989.