20th century American journalist and author

John Rensselaer Chamberlain (28 October 1903 – 9 April 1995) was an American journalist, business and economic historian, syndicated columnist and literary critic. He was dubbed "one of America’s most trusted book reviewers" by the libertarian magazine The Freeman.


28 Oct 1903, in Connecticut


9 Apr 1995, in New York


The Freeman, Editor, 2 October 1950-9 February 1953


A Reviewer Remembered: John Chamberlain 1903-1995, by Edmund A. Opitz, The Freeman, Jun 1995
"John Chamberlain lived with the printed word most of his life. He was a reader from his earliest years and during his four years at Yale acquired a command of Western Civilization's literary treasures. John's fine literary sense developed early, along with a superb style."
Memoirs of a Simple Honorable Man, by Charles H. Hamilton, The Freeman, Nov 1992
"John Chamberlain has read a remarkable number of books in 89 years; one suspects he was born reading a book (on October 28, 1903). By one count he has published over 20,000 essays and reviews. ... in addition to The Freeman, John had a widely featured three-times-a week syndicated column from 1960 until 1990."
The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder, One of America’s First Libertarians, by David Boaz, Time, 9 May 2015
Focuses on Rose Wilder Lane's life and relates the influence of her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder, as well as Wilder Lane's influence on Roger MacBride
"John Chamberlain, a prominent liberal journalist in the 1930s, recalled the impact those books had on him and other readers at the time: 'If it had been left to pusillanimous males probably nothing much would have happened. ... Indeed, it was three women — Paterson, Rose Wilder Lane, and Ayn Rand — who, with scornful side glances at the male business community, had decided to rekindle a faith in an older American philosophy. There wasn't an economist among them. And none of them was a Ph.D.'"

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