Walter Shapiro

is a Washington Monthly contributing editor, a columnist for Roll Call, a fellow at the Brennan Center, and the author of a new book on his con-man great-uncle, Hustling Hitler: The Jewish Vaudevillian Who Fooled the Führer.


As an occasional participant in big-think conferences bemoaning the downward drift of contemporary journalism from its former Olympian heights, I can furrow my brow, sadly shake my head and invoke the sainted memory of Walter Lippmann and Edward R. Murrow with the best of them. But as adept as I am at the public rituals… Read more »