Books and Articles by and About Drew Pearson:
A Selective Bibliography of Print Materials


By Jim Heintze - January 2009


Encyclopedias and Other Reference Works
 

Allen, Craig M. “Drew Pearson.” Historical Dictionary of American Radio. Ed. Donald G. Godfrey and Frederic A. Leigh. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1998, 200-01.

  • Includes a biography and information on Pearson’s work as a radio commentator.

Applegate, Edd. Muckrakers: A Biographical Dictionary of Writers and Editors. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2008.

  • Includes a brief biography and an inadequate list of references.

Burke, William J. American Authors and Books: 1640 to the Present Day. New York: Crown Publishers, 1962.

  • Includes a very brief biography on p. 564.

Contemporary Authors. Ed. Barbara Harte and Carolyn Riley. Vols. 5-8. Detroit: Gale Research, 1969.

  • On p. 873 is a brief biography on Pearson and a selection of his publications.

“Drew Pearson and Robert Allen.” Current Biography (1941), 658-61.

  • A combined biography of Allen and Pearson and their early years, as well as information on the books they co-wrote. Includes a discussion of the Washington Merry-Go-Round column which Allen shared the byline and how the pair obtained their information.

Dunning, John. “Drew Pearson.” On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. New York: Oxford, 1998.

  • Includes a brief biography, with information on Pearson’s early radio shows.

Hopkins, W. Wat. “Pearson.” Biographical Dictionary of American Journalism. Ed. Joseph P. McKerns. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1989, 551-53.

 

Evensen, Bruce J. “Drew Pearson.” Encyclopedia of American Journalism. Ed. Stephen L. Vaughn. New York: Routledge, 2008.

  • Includes a biography with references to Pearson’s newspaper column, “Washington Merry-Go-Round.”

Historical Materials in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library. Austin, Texas: The Library, 1988.

  • Because the Johnson Presidential Library is one of the major repositories for primary materials on Pearson, this guide is an essential source. Material includes information “on many prominent Americans, including presidents, senators, and congressmen.” Pearson’s personal library of “300 books on diverse subjects” is held here as well. Information on Pearson’s films and audio recordings of his broadcasts is useful.

Hopkins, W. Wat. “Pearson.” Biographical Dictionary of American Journalism. Ed. Joseph P. McKerns. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1989, 551-53.

Keene, Ann T. “Drew Pearson.” American National Biography. Ed. John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999, 17:208-10.

  • An excellent summary of Pearson's life, associates, and impact.

Klingaman, William K. Encyclopedia of the McCarthy Era. New York: Facts on File, 1996.

  • Includes an informative biography of Pearson (pp.297-99) focusing on Pearson’s relationship with Senator Joseph McCarthy. “On February 18, 1950, Pearson became the first nationally syndicated columnist to bring McCarthy’s charges to the attention of a national audience.” Pearson’s attacks on McCarthy’s veracity and information about the disputes the two had are discussed. Includes photograph.

Milburn, Frank H. “Drew Pearson.” Political Profiles: The Kennedy Years. Ed. Nelson Lichtenstein. New York: Facts on File, 1976.

  • Brief biography on pp. 406-07 highlighting Pearson’s newspaper column and his interview with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.

Sies, Luther F. Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960. Jefferson, N.D.: McFarland, 2000.

  • Includes a brief biography of Pearson and a list of the various titles of his radio programs (1935-1947) on p. 436.

Sies, Luther F. “Drew Pearson.” Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2000.

  • Lists Pearson’s radio broadcast shows beginning in 1935, including “Listen America” (1939); “Sunday Evening News of the World, NBC” (1940-41); “Washington Merry-Go-Round, NBC” (1942-44) and “ABC” (1945-47).

Terrace, Vincent. Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of Over 1800 Shows. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1999.

  • On p. 217 mentions Drew Pearson as a “regular” guest on the 30-minute variety show “Calling America,” aired in 1939.

Variety: Television Reviews, 1954-1956. New York: Garland Publishing, 1989.
  • Under the heading of “New Telepix Show,” a15-minute TV broadcast of Washington Merry-go-Round for January 13, 1954, is described; other entries for Pearson shows are under “Celebrity Parade,” March 9, 1955, “Drew Pearson, March 31, 1954, “Drew Pearson Staff Conference,” April 1, 1953, “”Drew Pearson’s Washington Merry Go-Round,” September 26, 1956, and “Drew Pearson Reports on the Holy Land, January 30, 1957.

Who Was Who in America with World Notables, Vol. 5, 1969-1973. Chicago: Marquis Who’s Who, 1973.

  • A brief biography of Pearson on p. 560 that lists his association memberships and publications.


Books and Articles by Drew Pearson

Books

The American Diplomatic Game. With Constantine Brown. New York: Doubleday, Doran, 1935.

 

The Case Against Congress: A Compelling Indictment of Corruption on Capitol Hill. With Jack Anderson. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1968.

 
Diaries, 1949-1959. Ed. Tyler Abell. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1974.
 
More Merry-Go-Round. With Robert S. Allen. New York: Liveright, 1932.
 
The Nine Old Men. With Robert S. Allen. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Doran, 1936.
  • A series of excerpts of this book was published in the Atlanta Constitution, starting with chapter 1 in “Both Sides the Supreme Court Argument: ‘The Nine Old Men,’” 25 April 1937, 7, with other chapters published on a daily basis through May 23.
 

100 Years of Presidential Elections, 1864-1964. [Covered in the Washington Evening Star and Washington Sunday Star]. Washington, D.C.: The Evening Star Newspaper Co., 1968.

 
The President. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1970.
 
The Senator. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1968.
 
U.S.A.: Second Class Power? With John F. Anderson. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1958.
 
Washington Merry-Go-Round. With Robert S. Allen. New York: H. Liveright, 1931.

Articles

“Ambassador Dawes.” Living Age 336 (August 1929): 435-37.
 
“American Gold Bars Complete Unity of Irish, Cosgrave Say.” The North American, 10 February 1924, 1, 3.
  • Written in Dublin, Pearson reports on William Cosgrave, Head of the Irish Free State. “The heavy participation of the northern Protestants in the Free State’s first internal loan points to a desire for unity,” Pearson states.

 

“Barrier to Balance Trade.” Nation 128 (10 April 1929): 423-24.

 

Calkins, Cosmo G. “Drew Pearson’s Reliability.” Chicago Tribune, 22 May 1952, 16.

 
“Can TV Be Saved?” Esquire 60 (December 1963): 210+

 

“Co-authorship of Capital Book Costs His Job,” Chicago Tribune, 3 September 1932, 10.

 
“Columnists as They See Themselves.” Literary Digest 118 (25 August 1934): 13.
 

“Confessions of an S.O.B.” Saturday Evening Post 229: (3 November 1956): 23-25+; (10 November 1956): 38-39+; 17 November 1956): 44-45+; (24 November 1956): 36.
Pearson, Drew, “Confessions of an S.O.B,” Saturday Evening Post 229 (3 November 1956): 38-39; (10 November, 1956): 45-50; (17 November 1956): 44-45, 87-89, 91-92 ; (24 November 1956): 36, 148, 150.

 
“Federal Control of the Power Trust.” Nation 129 (18 September 1929): 300-01.
 
“French Steel King says Business Men Can Control Peace.” The North American, 6 April 1924, 1, 7.
  • Pearson discusses Eugene Schneider, “France’s steel king,” and reports that “French and German steel manufacturers could establish a mutually profitable combine, which would bring peace to the Ruhr, were it not for the meddlesome interference of governments.”

 

“General MacArthur Sues Gossip Columnists.” News Week 3 (26 May 1934): 22.
 
“High Tariff Diplomacy.” Nation 128 (27 February 1929): 250-51.
 
“Hoover and MacDonald on a Log.” Harper’s Monthly Magazine 168 (December 1933): 69-75.
  • President Herbert Hoover and Prime Minister of Great Britain Ramsay MacDonald met in the Rapidan, Virginia, and what likely happened at that meeting.

 

“How I Became Interested in Racial Justice.” Opportunity 26 (April 1948): 62.
 
“How the President Works.” Harper’s Monthly Magazine 173 (June 1936): 1-14.
On Franklin D. Roosevelt and his day-to-day routine as president, including some colorful anecdotes.
 
“How the Supreme Court Works.” Saturday Evening Post 209 (17 April 1937): 10-11+
 
“Loans and Revolutions.” Nation 131 (10 December 1930): 664-47; 132 (14 January 1931): 132.
 
“Machinery of Foreign Affairs.” Saturday Evening Post 201 (1 June 1929): 31.
 
“Only America Could Produce La Guardia.” Scholastic 51 (3 November 1947): 19-20.
 
“Paul Martin Pearson: 1871-1938.” Today’s Speech 7/3 (September 1959): 9-13.
  • Pearson presents a tribute to his father delivered at a meeting of the Speech Association of the Eastern States in April 1959.

 

“Pearson Doing Commie Bidding, McCarthy Says,” Chicago Tribune, 16 December 1950, 9.

 

“Pledge for Pan-American Peace.” Woman’s Journal 14 (November 1929): 22-23.
 
“The President-Elect.” Harper’s Monthly Magazine 166 (February 1933): 257-64.
  • Provides background information on Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt and his rise to the presidency.

 

“Public Works Face the Ax.” Nation 135 (28 December 1932): 640-41.
 
“Says Free Speech Should be Cured.” Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, 15 August 1925.
  • Pearson discusses John Spargo, former socialist leader, who believed that “reading the Constitution may be closely allied to treason.”

 

“Unspeakable Russians.” New Republic 61 (29 January 1930): 269-71.
 
“Watchdogs of the Budget.” Scribner’s 93 (February 1933): 70-73.
 
“Who Chooses Our War?” Collier’s 103 (4 March 1939): 12-13+
 
“Will We Blockade Japan?” Nation 145 (16 October 1937): 394.
 
“Writing of More Merry-Go-Round.” Christian Century 49 (30 November 1932): 1476.
 
With Allen, Robert S. “Crown Prince of the New Deal.” Readers Digest 31/187 (November 1937): 73-76.
  • Condensed from Redbook Magazine. Discusses James Roosevelt, son of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had aspirations to become president of the U.S.

 

With Allen, Robert S. “The Men Around the President.” Harper’s Monthly Magazine 168 (February 1934): 267-77.
  • Discusses the key men around President Roosevelt, including Cordell Hull, Secretary of State, William Phillips, Undersecretary of State, Lewis W. Douglas, Director of the Budget, J.F.T. O’Connor, Comptroller of the Currency, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Chief of Staff, and several others.

 

With Allen, Robert S. “The President’s Trigger Man.” Harper’s Monthly Magazine 170 (March 1935): 385-94.
  • Discusses James A. Farley, New York Athletic Commission, who became Postmaster General of the United States, and the president’s “trigger man.”

 

With Hard, William. “Latin American Commercial Crusaders.” World’s Work 58 (May 1929): 45-49.
 
With Pearson, Leon. “Tennessee Valley Experiment.” Harper’s Monthly Magazine 170 (May 1935): 699-707.
 
With Pearson, Leon. “V.P’s Victory Garden.” Collier’s 112 (11 September 1943): 14.
 
With Ritter, Norman. “Dark Enigma of Congress.” Saturday Evening Post 237 (28 March 1964): 75-79.

 

Books and Articles about Drew Pearson

Books

Anderson, Douglas A. "A Washington Merry-Go-Round” of Libel Actions. Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1980.

 
Anderson, Jack. Washington Money-Go-Round. Seattle, WA: Elliott & James, 1996.
 
Anderson, Jack and James Boyd. Confessions of a Muckraker: The Inside Story of Life in Washington during the Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson Years. New York: Random House, 1979.
 
Bealle, Morris A. All-American Louse: A Candid Biography of Drew A. Pearson. Frenchtown, N.J., 1965.
 
Bliss, Edward, Jr. Now the News: The History of Broadcast Journalism. New York: Columbia University Press, 1991.
 
Buxton, Frank and Bill Owen. The Big Broadcast: 1920-1950. New York: The Viking Press, 1972.
  • Under the section on “News and Newscasters,” Pearson is cited as the newscaster who according to his radio announcer, was “eighty-four per cent accurate” in his predictions.

 

Collins, Max Allan. Majic Man. New York: Dutton, 1999.
  • This a novel in which columnist Drew Pearson and Secretary of Defense James Forrestal are two of the protagonists and the story takes place in 1949. For a review of this book, see Kirkus Reviews: (15 August, 1999).

 

Cronin, Morton John. “Four American Columnists: A Study in the Partisan Anatomy of David Lawrence, Walter Lippmann, Drew Pearson, George Sokolsky.” Ph.D. diss., University of Minnesota, 1953. Dissertation Abstracts International 14/03, 548.

 

Einstein, Daniel. Special Edition: A Guide to Network Television Documentary Series and Special News Reports, 1955-1979. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1987.

  • Includes an entry for January 27, 1956, for “columnist Drew Pearson in Washington, D.C.”
 
Erickson, Hal. Syndicated Television: The First Forty Years, 1947-1987. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1989.
  • Mentions on p. 175 the film Men of Destiny, narrated by Drew Pearson and on p. 87 the TV program Washington Merry-Go-Round produced by MPTV.

 

Fang, Irving. Those Radio Commentators. Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1977.
  • Includes a brief biography of Pearson.

 

Fisher, Charles. The Columnists. New York: Howell, Soskin, 1944.
  • Includes a chapter titled: “Pearson and Allen Go Round,” 210-48.

 

Gould, Harold A. Sikhs, Swamis, Students and Spies: The India Lobby in the United States, 1900-1946. London: Sage Publications, 2006.

  • A chapter titled “The Drew Pearson Affair” is based on an article Pearson wrote on July 24, 1944, in the “Washington Merry-Go-Round” which “revealed the contents of a private letter which the US Special Envoy to New Delhi, Ambassador William Phillips, had addressed to President Franklin D. Roosevelt on May 14, 1943.” Another chapter is titled “’Deep Throat’ and the ‘Washington Merry-Go-Round.’”

 

Herman, Arthur. Joseph McCarthy: Reexamining the Life and Legacy of America’s Most Hated Senator. Free Press, 1999.
 
Kluckhohn, Frank L. and Jay Franklin. The Drew Pearson Story. Chicago: C. Hallberg, 1967.
 
Klurfeld, Herman. Behind the Lines: The World of Drew Pearson. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1968.

 

Moore, Clinton E. “Washington, D.C. on the Merry-Go-Round: Drew Pearson and the Expansion of Journalism in the Mid-Twentieth Century.” M.A. thesis, Texas State University-San Marcos, 2007.

 
Mills, Robert William. “Radio, Television, Film and the Right of Privacy.” M.A. thesis, Indiana University, 1968.
  • Discusses on pp. 37-38 the lawsuit brought against Pearson during the 1940s by Ernest F. Elmhurst who alleged that a radio broadcast by Pearson on July 30, 1944, in which Elmhurst was discussed, “constituted an invasion of his right of privacy” and that Elmhurst was fired from his job at the Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

 

Pilat, Oliver Ramsay. Drew Pearson: An Unauthorized Biography. New York: Harper’s Magazine Press, 1973.
 
Serrin, Judith and William. Muckraking! The Journalism That Changed America. New York: New Press, 2002.
  • Includes a section on how “columnist Drew Pearson turns the tables on a McCarthyite Congressman,” J. Parnell Thomas of New Jersey. The Washington-Merry-Go-Round column printed in syndicated newspapers on August 4, 1948 is here reprinted.

 

Sheeley, Thomas. “Servant of Brotherhood: A Content Analysis of the Columns of Drew Pearson.” M.S. thesis, Boston University, 1951.
 
Sweeney, Michael S. Secrets of Victory. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001.
 
Yarrington, Gary A. ed. Washington Merry-Go-Round, World of Drew Pearson: An Exhibition at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, April 4-September 27, 1987. Austin, Texas: The Library, 1987.
  • Text selected from the personal papers of Drew Pearson, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum Collection. An important source.

Articles

“Accepts; N. S. Shapero Suggests Contest Start Detroit Victory Loan Drive.” New York Times, 26 August 1943, 12, 16.
 
Alexander, J. “Pugnacious Pearson.” Saturday Evening Post 217 (6 January 1945): 9-11+
 
Allen, Robert S. “My Pal, Drew Pearson.” Collier’s 124 (30 July 1949): 14-16.
  • Long-time Pearson colleague, Allen discusses “those fabulous scoops and exposés” that were published in the their column “Washington Merry-Go-Round.” Includes photographs of Pearson, Jack Anderson, Fred Bumenthal, and Attorney General Tom Clark.

 

Anderson, Douglas A. “Pearson, Drew: A Name Synonymous with Libel Actions.” Journalism Quarterly 56/2 (Summer 1979): 235-42.
  • Discusses a few of Pearson’s 123 libel cases and explains his “extraordinary success.”

 

Anderson, Jack. “Drew Pearson: A Great Reporter Dies.” Washington Post, 2 September 1969, D13.
  • Published as a “Washington Merry-Go-Round” column and is a candid reminiscence and tribute to Drew Pearson revealing personal anecdotes about his life and personality.

 

________. “Drew Pearson, Proud Muckraker.” [Philadelphia?] Bulletin Magazine (September 1969).
  • A tribute to Pearson following his death and includes a photo of Anderson and Pearson together.

 

________. “Pearson Foresaw U.N. Failures.” Washington Post, 12 December 1971, 13.
 
Anderson, Patrick. “The Truth about Drew Pearson. Washingtonian 3/9 (June 1968): 37-41, 60, 62, 64-67.
  • An important article with photos not found in other sources. Includes biographical information, the people Pearson met, and the stories behind the events.

 

“As Drew Pearson Revealed. . . .” Time (27 January 1947).

 

“Battle of the Billygoats.” Time 56 (25 December 1950): 11.
 
“Bipartisan Liar?” Newsweek 47 (6 February 1956): 78.
 
“Blue Network Censors Broadcasts Because He Insulted Voters for Pre-War Isolationist Congressmen.” New York Times, 10 February 1943, 15.
 
Brooks, Paula C. “Merry-Go-Round Farm Highlights Features of New American Dream.” Montgomery County Gazette, 13 March 1996.
  • Discusses the history of the farm which Pearson owned and which dated back to the 1930s.

 

Carney, W. P. “Washington Gadfly.” Molders of Opinion. Ed. D. Bulman. Milwaukee: The Bruce Pub. Co., 1946.
 
“Challenged to Test on Ford Health Statement in Broadcast.” New York Times, 25 August 1943, 1.
 
“Charge that United Seamen’s Service is Being Investigated by War Shipping Administration Denied by Capt. E. Macauley.” New York Times, 27 December 1942, 28.
 
“Chatter Checked.” Newsweek 21 (22 February 1941): 92-93.
 
“Chile Honors Six of American Press.” New York Times, 13 January 1949, 8.
  • Drew Pearson is conferred the order “Al Merito,” a decoration that originated in June 1817, by Chile, “for the principles of hemispheric unity and an integral continental defense.”

 

“Chronic Liar.” Time 42 (13 September 1943): 18-20.
 

“Cissie and Drew.” Time 39 (18 May 1942): 67-68.

 

“Clash Over Jack Anderson's Column.” Washington Post, 16 August 2004, C7.
  • “Jack Anderson announces that he prefers not turning over the Washington Merry-Go-Round column to his partner Douglas Cohn, who "blames the dispute in part on 'political differences' between himself and Anderson's more conservative family." Cohn "likens his situation to Anderson's fight to keep the column after the death of its founder, Drew Pearson."
 

“Clashes with Sec. Hull on U.S. Arms Exports to Germany.” New York Times, 7 May 1938, 1.

 

Clement, Hunt, Jr. “Pearson Reviews New Deal Issues.” Atlanta Constitution, 24 February 1934, 1.

 

"Close Up: An Old Hand at tilting with Politicians, Columnist Drew Pearson Turns Novelist." Life 65/6 (9 August 1968).

 

“Code-Breaker?” Time 57 (22 January 1951): 72.

 

Coe, Richard L. “Drew Pearson Lands Tough Movie Role—He’ll Play Himself.” Washington Post, 17 September 1946, 12.

  • Pearson is to appear as a “Washington columnist” in a Hollywood movie.
 
“Columnist Drew Pearson Dies at 71.” New York Times, 2 September 1969, 1.
  • Includes only a photograph.

 

“Columnist Tells of Feud.” Washington Post, 7 December, 1982, B3.
  • “Columnist Jack Anderson testified yesterday in federal court here that his late colleague, Drew Pearson, and the late Sen. John McClellan (D-Ark.) had a ‘bitter, ugly, protracted feud’ two decades ago.”

 

“Columnist Testifies Pearson Feared Blackmail.” New York Times, 7 December 1892, A20.
  • “Drew Pearson, the columnist, believed he would be blackmailed by one of his bitterest enemies, Senator John L. McClellan, when he learned that the Senator had obtained some intimate letters from Mr. Pearson to a civil rights worker, a jury was told today.” The reporter provides the details in this article.

 

Conroy, Sarah Booth. “The Legend that was Luvie: The Late, Beloved Mrs. Drew Pearson.” Washington Post, 10 May 1992, F1, F6.
  • An article about Mrs. Drew Pearson who died on March 21, 1992. Luvie, as she was affectionately referred to, had a gift “as a rousing speechmaker,” said her brother Dan Tyler Moore, “when she and her second husband, ‘Washington Merry-Go-Round’ columnist Drew Pearson, worked together on ‘their masterpiece,’ the Friendship Train, which collected food for war-torn Europe.”

 

Crawford, K.G. “He Refused to Be Smeared.” Saturday Evening Post 222 (26 November 1949): 25+ See discussion 222 (7 January 1950): 4.
 
Disraeli, Robert. “News Pictures from New York and Washington.” Saturday Review of Literature 14/9 (27 June 1936): 11.
  • A photograph by Disraeli of Pearson watering his lawn in his Georgetown residence garden, with mention of Pearson’s book, Nine Old Men, “soon to appear.”

 

“D.M. Nelson Contradicts Column Statements on WPB Personnel.” New York Times, 3 October 1942, 30.
 
“Donation Augments Pearson Collection.” The American Scene 13/2 (11 September 1995): 2.
  • “A gift of several dozen letters, newspaper columns, and other documents representing the work of noted Washington journalist Drew Pearson has been donated to AU’s Bender Library.” Brief article in this American University publication includes a photograph of Barbara Lange Godfrey, sister of Drew Pearson, and Patricia A. Wand, American University Librarian.

 

Draper, George T. “Hard-Hitting Journalism.” Washington Post, 19 June 1999, C14.
  • Discusses Drew Pearson and how he “used his popular column and radio program to criticize many leading political figures, notably Sen. Joseph McCarthy.”

 

“Drew Pearson, Columnist, Dies: Was Often a Center of Conflicts.” New York Times, 2 September 1969, A1, A44.
  • Brief notice with photograph. Pearson died at Georgetown University Hospital on 1 September 1969. Includes photograph.

 

“Drew Pearson [editorial].” Washington Post, 2 September, 1969, 46.
  • “For 36 years, until his death at 71, his column adapted the untiring and often merciless skill of investigative political reporting, known popularly as muckraking, to the modern idiom of the insider’s gossip.”

 

“Drew Pearson in Hospital.” New York Times, 8 August 1969, 39.
  • Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C.

 

“Drew Pearson Named to Legion of Honor.” Washington Post, 20 December 1947, 9.

  • Pearson awarded the French Legion of Honor on December 19, 1947.

 

“Drew Pearson's Phony Scoops Pictures/Story.” Inside Story, March 1955.

 

“Drew Pearson to Speak at Gary Dinner.” Chicago Daily Tribune, 14 June 1959, 58.

 

“Fairbanks Syllogism.” Newsweek 64 (14 December 1964): 48.

 

Feldstein, Mark. “Fighting Quakers: The 1950s Battle between Richard Nixon and Drew Pearson.” Journalism History 30/2 (2004): 76+

 

“Flat-Earth Liberals.” National Review 21 (29 July 1969): 737-38.
 
“Free-For-All.” Time 57 (8 January 1951): 38.
 
“From A to Z.” Time 54 (19 December 1949): 34+
 
“Ghosts that Haunted LBJ.” Look 32 (23 July 1968): 25-29.
 
Gilpatrick, D. H. “Clio and the Columnists.” Proceedings of the South Carolina Historical Association (1968): 52-65.
  • Examines the use of history by syndicated columnists in writing about de Gaulle in 1965, the "yellow peril" of October 1967, and the presidential election of 1968. Among the prominent columnists analyzed are Drew Pearson, Walter Winchell, Holmes Alexander, James Reston, and Westbrook Pegler, and it is found that they both used and misused historical information.

 

Gold, Victor. “Last of the Muckrakers.” Washingtonian (October 1997), 37.
  • “Jack Anderson talks about 50 years of presidents, reporters, and looking under rocks,” and explains that Drew Pearson was his mentor.

 

“Guffey Demands Senatorial Inquiry of Book’s Charges.” Washington Post, 27 January 1937, 26.

  • Senator Joseph F. Guffey (Dem.-PA) calls for a Senate investigation of charges against members of the Supreme Court by Pearson in the latter’s book “The Nine Old Men.”

 

Harwood, Richard. “Two from the Old School,” Washington Post, 5 August, 1997, A15.
  • With assistance from Jack Anderson, the author discusses the impact Drew Pearson had as a journalist, including information on Senator Owen Brewster (Rep-Maine), Lewis Strauss, Wall Street banker, Lyndon Johnson, and Senator Joe McCarthy. Includes photograph of Pearson.

 

Haygood, Wil. “Drew Pearson’s Merry-Go-round.” Boston Globe, 5 August 1987.
  • Obituary. Discusses, in part, Pearson’s materials left to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library.

 

“H-Bomb Misfire.” Time 63 (12 April 1954): 93-95.
 
“He Kept Them Honest.” Newsweek (15 September 1956): 65-66.
 
“Here is My Prediction.” Time 68 (26 November 1956): 80.
  • Discusses Pearson’s reputation of scoring 85% in his “predictions of things to come,” but cites examples where he was incorrect.

 

“How Many Angels.” Time 55 (6 March 1950): 72.
 
“Hundreds of Washington Bylines Daily.” Newsweek 58 (18 December 1961): 68.
 
Huntley, Will. “The Controversy Surrounding Mendel Rivers and His Battle with the Bottle.” Proceedings of the South Carolina Historical Association (1992): 87-94.
  • Examines the problems and the controversy that developed from Charleston, South Carolina, congressman Mendel Rivers's problems with alcoholism while he served in the US Congress. Elected to Congress in 1940, Rivers was already having trouble controlling his drinking but it was not until the late 1950's that it became generally known. Newspaperman Drew Pearson broke the story and continued to write about it, greatly exaggerating the truth, until his own death in 1969. Rivers actually stopped drinking altogether in 1967, three years before his death, stating it was "the greatest victory he ever had."

 

Ickes, H.L. “McCarthy vs Pearson.” New Republic 124 (1 January 1951): 17-18.
 
“Ill Wind.” Time 61 (27 April 1953): 56.
 
Irvine, Ian. “Days Like These: 24 June 1953.” The Independent (London), 24 June 2002, 3.
  • A brief piece that provides a story about what the two said that day when Drew Pearson met former U.S. President Harry Truman.

 

“It Will be Denied, but. . .” Time 68 (5 November 1956): 89.
  • Discusses Pearson’s allegation in a column that President Eisenhower suffered a physical relapse which prompted a press conference by Presidential Press Secretary James C. Hagerty who flatly denied it.

 

Jensen, Robert C. “Heart Attack Ends Long Career as Gadfly of Government.” Washington Post, 2 September 1969, A1, A11.
  • Written as a tribute to Pearson upon his death. Discusses Pearson’s newspaper columns.

 

Kiefer, L. K. “Drew Pearson’s House in Historic Georgetown.” Better Homes & Gardens 26 (December 1947): 44-45.

 

“Legion Asks McCarthy to Give Basis for ‘Red’ Tag on Pearson.” Washington Post, 9 January 1951, 2.

 

Leviebo, Anthony. “Epithet Reaction Pleases President.” New York Times, 25 February 1949, 19.
  • About an “s.o.b. slur at Drew Pearson” by President Truman and the president’s reaction to Pearson’s nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.

 

Literary Digest 118 (25 August 1934): 13.
 
“McCarthy vs Pearson.” Newsweek 36 (25 December 1950): 19-21.
 
Mason, Katrina. “Architects Find a Dream Come True at Potomac’s Merry-Go-Round Farm.” Washington Post, 18 March 2000, G1, G7.
  • Provides some history about the farm which Drew Pearson owned, but mainly that the farmland is broken up into exclusive home site lots.

 

Merrill, William F. “Pearson’s Potshots Hit Sacred Cows.” Montgomery County Sentinel (1960s).
  • The reported comments on Pearson’s address given at Montgomery College and prints answers given by Pearson to questions posed by the audience. A wide array of issues were mentioned, including Congress, the president, and the Vietnam War.

 

“Merry-Go-Round Goes Round.” Newsweek 24 (27 November 1944): 84-85.
 
“Merry-Go-Round Farm Residents Open Their Homes for Tour.” Olney Gazette, 18 January 1995, A52, A54.
  • A community tour on January 22 of the new houses that have been built on the Pearson farmland in rural Maryland.

 

“Merry-Go-Round Moves.” Time 44 (27 November 1944): 62.

 

Moore, William. “Scorn Heaped on Pearson by Irate Senate.” Chicago Daily Tribune, 26 April 1944, 1, 12.

 

Morrissey, Rosset de. “Fountainhead of Vitriol; Interview.” Life 65 (9 August 1968): 30-31.
 
“Muckraker.” Newsweek 67 (27 June 1966): 87.
 
“The News-Briefly.” Christian Science Monitor, 3 September 1969, 2.
  • Two brief paragraphs on the death of Pearson and mentions how the journalist “raised the ire of officials.”

 

“Newswoman Turned Lawyer Aids Drew Pearson Defense.” American University Report (Summer 1967).
  • Discusses a freedom of the press case that was defended by Mrs. Betty Southard Murphy and attorney Warren Woods from the D.C. law firm of McInnis, Wilson, Musnon and Woods on behalf of columnists Drew Pearson and Jack Anderson “against the libel suit of Senator Thomas J. Dodd (D-Conn.). Senator Dodd claims the columnists published confidential information illegally obtained from his office files through some office staff members which illegally pertained to Dodd’s misuses of campaign funds.”

 

“Noted Correspondent to Lecture at Emory.” Atlanta Constitution, 24 February 1935, 7A.

  • Pearson’s address at Emory University on March 11, 1935, was titled: “Washington Merry-Go-Round, or Behind the Scenes with the New Deal.”

 

“Obituary” [of Drew Pearson]. Nation 209 (15 September 1969): 237-38.
 
“Old Foes and a Herring.” Newsweek 43 (18 January 1954): 51.
 
“Old Men’s Turn.” Time 33 (13 February 1939): 34.
 
Palombo, Ruth. “New Neighborhood Building No Two Homes Alike.” Montgomery County Gazette, 1 March 1995, A51.
  • Discusses the custom homes that were built on some of the farmland that was once part of the Merry-Go-Round estate owned by Drew Pearson.

 

Pearson, L.M. “My Thirty-Six Hours with Khruschev.” Saturday Evening Post 235 (7 Aril 1962): 70-72.

 

“Pearson Eats Crow and Ike Gets Apology.” Chicago Daily Tribune, 12 February 1956, 9.
  • Pearson gives his apology to President Eisenhower “for having said the President had intervened in the Al Sarena timberland case.”
 
“Pearson in Bongoland.” Time 66 (10 October 1955): 54.

 

“Pearson Lauds Roosevelt’s Calm in Face of Cabinet Controversies.” Atlanta Constitution, 12 March 1935, 5.

  • A report on Pearson’s address at Glenn Memorial Church, with excerpts of his speech.

 

“Pearson Rescinds Statement, Broadcast.” New York Times, 30 August 1943, 17.
 
“Pearson Smears Again.” National Review 10 (14 January 1961): 10-11.
 
“Pearson’s Communication.” Newsweek 30 (21 July 1947): 21-22.
 
“Pearson’s Go-Round.” Newsweek 32 (22 November 1948): 58.
 
“Pearson’s Hot Potato.” Nation 202 (11 April 1966): 410.
 
“Pearson the Conqueror.” National Review 19 (16 May 1967): 507.
 
“Pearson vs. Hearst.” Newsweek 28 (13 September 1946): 62.
 
Pearson vs. Reagan.” Newsweek 70 (27 November 1967): 88.
  • Discusses Pearson’s statement that was published in his column: “whether the magic charm of Gov. Ronald Reagan can survive the discovery that a homosexual ring has been operating in his office.” Includes Pearson’s comments on how he discovered the story and the fallout from newspapers that are included in the syndication of Pearson’s column.

 

“Pearsons Give Theater Party.” Washington Post, 2 February 1939, 14.

  • A party given by Mr. and Mrs. Drew Pearson, followed by the attendance with guests at Leon Pearson’s new play “Washington Merry-Go-Round” at the Wardman Park Theater.

 

“Portrait.” Time 30 (25 October 1937): 30; 32 (12 September 1938): 23
Newsweek 8 (7 November 1936): 30; Life 24 (28 June 1948): 115; Life 26 (7 March 1949): 32; Time 53 (7 March 1949): 24; Time 42 (12 July 1943): 70; Time 43 (27 March 1944): 56.
 
“Portrait.” Saturday Review of Literature 11 (19 January 1935): 431.
 
Pringle, Henry F. “SRL Washington Poll: Surveying the Capital Correspondents.” Saturday Review of Literature 27 (14 October 1944): 17.
  • Includes a brief biography on Pearson stating that this “Washington correspondent who exerts through his writings the greatest influence on the nation.”

 

“Querulous Quaker.” Time (13 December, 1948): 70-72, 75-76.
  • Discusses the stories and state of affairs for Pearson’s column, Washington Merry-Go-Round, and includes photographs of Pearson’s staff who helped work on the column. An excellent article for its details and for information on Pearson’s daily life.

 

Roberts, Chalmers M. “An Appreciation: Muckraker with a Quaker Conscience.” Washington Post, 2 September 1969, A1, A8.
  • A biography with photograph written on the death of Pearson. Discusses the success of the “Washington Merry-Go-Round” newspaper column and why it was printed next to the comics in the Washington Post.

 

“Roosevelt Blast at Pearson as Liar Climaxes Longtime Feud with Press.” Newsweek 22 (13 September 1943): 79.
 
“Roosevelt Calls Charge Against Sec. Hull and State Dept. a Lie; Pearson Replies; Cites State Dept. Retention of Baltic States Ships.” New York Times, 1 September 1943, 1.
See also “Krock Comment,” 1 September 1943, 4 and “State Dept. Replies,” 2 September 1943, 1 and editorial comment 3 September 1943, 18.
 
“Says R. Howard is Exception to National Defense Cooperation Cited by Roosevelt in Acceptance Speech.” New York Times, 13 August 1940, 7.
 
“Scoop!” Time 66 (31 October 1955): 34.
  • Discusses a story Pearson wrote in a column that Vice President Nixon attempted “to take over the reins of government” on September 24, 1955, when Eisenhower was stricken in Denver. Deputy Attorney General Rogers quickly responded saying the story was not true.

 

“Sec. Hull Denies Charges of U.S. State Dept. Hostility to USSR; Pearson Replies.” New York Times, 31 August 1943, 1.
 
“Sec. Hull Issues Formal Denial of Pearson Article on U.S. Loans to Spain.” New York Times, 22 December 1940, 18. See also 29 December 1940, 19.
 
“Sen Guffey Asks Investigation by Senate Judiciary Committee of Criticism in Books, Nine Old Men, by Him and Pearson.” New York Times, 27 January 1937, 5. See also, 5 and 9 February 1937, 20 and 21, respectively.

 

“Sen. McCarthy Either Kicked, Slapped or Mauled Pearson.” Washington Post, 14 December 1950, 1.

  • The incident took place at the Sulgrave Club.

 

“Senator’s Round.” Time 57 (1 January 1951): 47.
 
“Settles Federal Income Tax Claims for $7,592.” New York Times, 6 December 1955, 74.
 
“7 Pearson Wills Sent to Probate.” New York Times, 12 September 1969, 44.
  • The wills “leave the majority of his estate to his wife of 33 years, Luvie Moore Pearson.” The wills date from 1919-1962.

 

Shaffer, S. “Congress: a Matter of Ethics.” Newsweek 67 (11 April 1966): 29.
  • Discusses Pearson’s charges against Sen. Thomas J. Dodd (CN) who supposedly used his position unethically and failed to report campaign funds. Includes photograph.

 

Sherrill, R. G. “Drew Pearson: An Interview.” Nation 209 (7 July 1969): 7-16.
 
“Silencing Drew Pearson.” New Republic 128 (16 March 1953): 6.
  • Discusses the forthcoming exclusion of Drew Pearson from the airwaves by American Broadcasting Company.

 

Steele, Richard W. “News of the ‘Good War’: World War II News Management.” Journalism Quarterly 62/4 (1985): 707-716, 783.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt's skillful management of World War II and of the press ensured the overwhelmingly positive image of that war. The Office of Censorship withheld demoralizing bad news. Newsreels were shot largely by military photographers. As the war dragged on, the news became more graphic so that Americans would not become complacent. Columnist Drew Pearson, along with some liberal and rightist journalists, opposed Roosevelt's policies and remained outside of his control.

 

Stone, I.F. “V for Vitriperation.” Nation 157 (11 September 1943): 286-87.
 
“Suspicions.” Washington Post Magazine, 12 August, 1979, 5.
  • Includes information on letters written by Gen. Douglas MacArthur to Isabel Rosario Cooper, “a Eurasion beauty the general met in the Philippines.” She eventually sold the letters to Drew Pearson, “who was at the time facing a law suit brought by MacArthur. “When MacArthur learned that Pearson had the letters, he dropped his suit and forwarded $15,000 to Cooper.”

 

“Ten Simple Facts.” Newsweek 48 (5 November 1956): 70.
 
“Tenacious Muckraker.” Time 94 (12 September 1969): 82.
 
“To Sue D. Pearson for Libel.” New York Times, 2 November 1942, 12; see also 3 November 1942, 17.
 
“Two Nosedives.” Time 67 (6 February 1956): 19.
 
“Unbroken Record.” Time 57 (5 February 1951): 43.
 
“Under Fire.” New Republic 122 (26 June 1950): 7.
 
Wallace, Mike. “60 Fascinating Minutes with Mike Wallace.” Good Housekeeping 199 (September 1984), 100+.
  • Wallace interviews Drew Pearson, “the Washington reporter who first claimed President J. F. Kennedy did not write Profiles in Courage.”

 

Warner, E. “Terrors of Washington.” Collier’s 103 (22 April 1939): 11+
 
Warren, Earl. “Address Delivered by Honorable Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the United States.” Presented at the Annual Drew Pearson Prize Luncheon, National Press Club, 13 December 1973. 14 pp. Typescript, Special Collections, American University Library.
  • Warren reminisces about Pearson whom he first met after WWII, and then after 1953 when Warren became Chief Justice. He spoke about the impact of Pearson as a journalist. “He not only fought corruption but also secrecy in Government which makes corruption easier.”

 

“Wayne Morse Lauds Pearson at Service.” New York Times, 5 September 1969, 37.
  • Morse (D-Ore) said Pearson’s “acts of courage were countless.”

 

Wecter, Dixon. “Hearing Is Believing.” Atlantic Monthly 176/1 (July 1945): 37-43.
  • On pp. 41-42, the author discusses Pearson as compared to gossip columnist Walter Winchell and mention’s Pearson’s broadcast of 12 March 1944 “in which he read a cable in strict confidence by the Chicago Tribune, ordering from its London correspondent a story on the Army’s Stars and Stripes,” a Communist paper. Other stories are related as well.

 

Weil, Martin. “Luvie Moore Pearson Dies: Widow of Famed Columnist.” Washington Post, 23 March 1992, C8.
  • Luvie Moore Pearson, who died March 21, 1992, in Easton, Maryland. She was married for 33 years to Drew Pearson.

 

Weinberg, Steve. “Avenging Angel or Deceitful Devil? The Evolution of Drew Pearson, a New Kind of Investigative Journalist.” American Journalism 14/3-4 (1997): 283-302.
 
“Whipping Boy.” Newsweek 27 (21 January 1946): 33.
 
“Will We Blockade Japan?” Nation 145 (16 October 1937): 394.
 
“When is News?” Newsweek 43 (12 April 1954): 86.
 
Whitman, Alden. “Watchdog of Virtue.” New York Times, 2 September 1969, 44.
  • Discusses some of the exploits and disclosures by Pearson that made him “one of the country’s most influential political columnists for more than 35 years.” Mentions his Georgetown office and Maryland farm where he lived.

 

“Who Chooses Our War?” Collier’s 103 (4 March 1939): 12-13+. See also Collier’s for April 22, 1939: 11+

 

“Women Democrats Hear Capital Newswriter.” Washington Post, 17 November 1931, 10.

  • Mentions Pearson’s address on “Manchuria, the Test of World Peace” at the Women’s National Democratic Club meeting in Washington, D.C.