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I.F. Stone
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    (December 24, 1907-June 18, 1989)
    Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Birth name was Isidor Feinstein
    Washington editor for the Nation (1939-53)
    Self-published the magazine 'I.F. Stone's Weekly' (1953-71)
    Wrote the books 'Business as Usual' (1941), 'Underground to Palestine' (1946), 'This Is Israel' (1948), 'The Hidden History of the Korean War' (1952), 'The Haunted Fifties' (1969), 'The Killings at Kent State' (1971) and 'The Trial of Socrates' (1988)
    He graduated from high school 49th in a class of 52.
    He changed his name after an editor suggested his political writing would be better received if he were not perceived as Jewish.
    He was a self-described 'cocky son of a bitch.'
    After watching himself on TV, he said, 'Good God, I look like a Jewish bullfrog.'
    For much of the 30s and 40s, he was a 'fellow traveler' who rarely criticized the Soviet Union.
    He fought for years to get blacks admitted to the National Press Club.
    After a visit to the Soviet Union (1956), he wrote, 'This is not a good society and it is not led by honest men.'
    He was the first US journalist to challenge the official account of the Gulf of Tonkin incident (1964).
    He was married to Esther Roisman for 60 years until his death.
    In his 70s, he learned ancient Greek to conduct research for 'The Trial of Socrates.'
    He said, 'If you really want to be a good journalist, you only have to remember two words: governments lie.'

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