Henry Luce

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Henry Luce (1898-1967) was the cofounder in 1923 and long-time publisher of Time magazine, as well as Life and Fortune magazines. They were the most infleuntial magazines in the country until the 1970s.

Luce was born in China of Presbyterian missionary parents, and always strongly publicized and supported China, especially Chiang Kai-shek. He opposed Communism throughout the Cold War.

A conservative Republican, he was one of the most influential shapers of public opinion from the 1920s to his death. In 1941 he proclaimed the "American Century," --the American mission to spread democracy, freedom and capitalism and prosperity.


His wife Clare Booth Luce was a leading playwright and political activist. Whittaker Chambers was for a while in the 1940s his influential foreign affairs editor.

Further reading

  • Brinkley, Alan. The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century (2010)
  • Baughman, James L. Henry R. Luce and the Rise of the American News Media (2001) excerpt and text search
  • Elson, Robert T. Time Inc: The Intimate History of a Publishing Enterprise, 1923-1941 (1968); vol. 2: The World of Time Inc.: The Intimate History, 1941-1960 (1973)
  • Herzstein, Robert E. Henry R. Luce, Time, and the American Crusade in Asia (2006) excerpt and text search
  • Morris, Sylvia Jukes. Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Boothe Luce (1997)
  • Swanberg, W. A. Luce and His Empire (1972), outdated popular history
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