Stone often went against the conventional wisdom. "The establishment reporters," he once said, "know a lot of things I don't know. But a lot of what they know isn't true, and a lot of what they know that is true, they can't print." At the time of Stone's death, in 1989, Guttenplan was working for New York Newsday -- writing a column on the New York media and covering national and local politics. He resigned in 1991 in order to work on his study of Stone. "I had a nagging sense of too many stories and not enough time -- of never being sure I knew what I was talking about. Stone's life seemed to me a chance to write honestly about some of the more contested episodes in the country's past -- to connect the dots of twentieth-century American history in a new way."
- THE EDITORS
Photograph by Nicholas Elder.
The Atlantic Monthly; February 2000; 77 North Washington Street - 00.02; Volume 285, No. 2; page 6.