Few public figures of the twentieth century have had as much written about them as American journalist, critic, and iconoclast Henry Louis Mencken (1880–1956). Unfortunately, as Terry Teachout’s recent book The Skeptic: A Life of H. L. Mencken (2002) confirms, the biography that the Sage of Baltimore deserves remains to be published.

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Other Independent Review articles by Richard W. Wilcke
Fall 2004 An Appropriate Ethical Model for Business and a Critique of Milton Friedman’s Thesis
Winter 1999/00 In Restraint of Trade: The Business Campaign against Competition, 1918-1938