Tilting at Windmills: An Autobiography

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The founder of the Washington Monthly magazine recounts his life and career and describes the ideas and events that have shaped his liberal outlook

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Author of How Washington Really Works, Peters, trained as a lawyer, joined the Peace Corps at 34 and then left government service to found the highly regarded liberal magazine The Washington Monthly, now approaching its 20th year. In this genial but frustratingly self-effacing autobiography, he relates how he raised money to start the magazine and how he "edits by argument." He discusses his professional relationship with such writers as Richard Rovere and James Fallows, and modestly relates how he fulfilled his editorial goal to "look at Washington the way an anthropologist looked at a South Sea Island." Peters dilates on latter-day issues that worry him, including "credentialism" and its relationship to the decline in the quality of teaching in public schools, the adversary system in American law and politics and how it breeds paranoia, and the machismo of the American male, which, he points out, is nowhere so dangerous as in foreign policy.
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Peters's life is interesting in how he learned to define for himself what success is. As editor of the Washington Monthly where he has been the godfather of neoliberalism and mentor to many of today's most accomplished young journalistshe has helped shape many issues that dominate political discussion today, without getting rich or wanting to. Peters has had many wonderful opportunities that he has grasped: as a young West Virginian, he became a campaign aide to John Kennedy in the crucial 1960 West Virginia primary; as an early program evaluator in the Peace Corps, he gained valuable experience, which in his ground-breaking magazine he turned into a call for efficient and honorable government. A compelling account of a quietly inspiring life. Dan Levinson, Thayer Acad., Braintree, Mass.
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