Fortune’s Child


This collection of 31 pieces by Lewis H. Lapham scrutinizes our national pathology of greed and self-aggrandizement. Lapham concludes we have engaged in a dissolute foreign policy, suffered a general loss of courage, humor, and clearmindedness, and made a steady retreat from the idea of democracy.


Lewis H. Lapham is the author of more than a dozen books. He is editor emeritus for Harper's Magazine and the founder and editor of Lapham's Quarterly.