Ronald Lewis Steel (born March 25, 1931) is an American writer, historian, and professor. He is the author of the definitive biography of Walter Lippmann.


Ronald Steel was born in 1931 in Morris, Illinois outside of Chicago. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and English from Northwestern University (1953) and a Master of Arts degree in political economy from Harvard University (1955). He served in the United States Army and was a diplomat in the United States Foreign Service. He is the author of ''Walter Lippmann and the American Century'', the definitive biography of Lippman. For this book, he was awarded the 1980 National Book Critics Circle Award in General Nonfiction, a National Book Award,"National Book Awards – 1982"
National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-17.
''Walter Lippman'' won the 1982 award for paperback "Autobiography/Biography".
From 1980 to 1983 in National Book Award history there were dual hardcover and paperback awards in most categories, and several nonfiction subcategories including General Nonfiction. Most of the paperback award-winners were reprints, including this one.
the Bancroft Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History. The book was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Biography. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1973. Steel is a Professor Emeritus of International Relations, History, and Journalism at the University of Southern California. Before teaching at USC, he taught at Yale University, Rutgers University, Wellesley College, Dartmouth College, George Washington University, UCLA, and Princeton University. Later, Steel wrote for ''The New Republic'' in the 1980s. He has also written for the ''Atlantic Monthly'', ''The New York Times'' and ''The New York Review of Books''.


* ''U.S. Foreign Trade Policy'', 1962 * ''Italy'', 1963 * ''The End of Alliance: America and the Future of Europe'', 1964 * ''North Africa'', 1967 *
Pax Americana
', 1967 * ''Imperialists and other Heroes: A chronicle of the American Empire'', 1971 * ''Walter Lippmann and the American century'', 1980 * ''Temptations of a Superpower'', 1995 * ''In Love with Night: the American romance with Robert Kennedy'', 2000



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