The name of Horace Greeley is synonymous with ""journalism"". In this biography by the author of Johnny Wants to be a Policeman and Sons of the Muddy, one gets a singularly unbiased picture of the nature of the man and his conception of journalism. An owlish, passionately scholarly child, Horace Greeley fought poverty and ignorance from the time he was a small boy. Intoxicated by the smell of printer's ink, Greeley, a crusader and an eccentric, began early to fight for unpopular causes. His career as editor of the New York Tribune brought him numerous enemies as did his curiously monomaniacal political career, a career which ended in frustration. A cut above the mechanical biography of celebrated Americans, this book does not glorify its subject, but for the most part presents him objectively in the light of his acts and contemporary reputation.