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Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

An extraordinarily frank, honest, and generous book by one of America's most famous and admired women, Personal History is, as its title suggests, a book composed of both personal memoir and history.

It is the story of Graham's parents: the multimillionaire father who left private business and government service to buy and restore the down-and-out Washington Post, and the formidable, self-absorbed mother who was more interested in her political and charity work, and her passionate friendships with men like Thomas Mann and Adlai Stevenson, than in her children.

It is the story of how The Washington Post struggled to succeed — a fascinating and instructive business history as told from the inside (the paper has been run by Graham herself, her father, her husband, and now her son).

It is the story of Phil Graham — Kay's brilliant, charismatic husband (he clerked for two Supreme Court justices) — whose plunge into manic-depression, betrayal, and eventual suicide is movingly and charitably recounted.

Best of all, it is the story of Kay Graham herself. She was brought up in a family of great wealth, yet she learned and understood nothing about money. She is half-Jewish, yet — incredibly — remained unaware of it for many years.She describes herself as having been naive and awkward, yet intelligent and energetic. She married a man she worshipped, and he fascinated and educated her, and then, in his illness, turned from her and abused her. This destruction of her confidence and happiness is a drama in itself, followed by the even more intense drama of her new life as the head of a great newspaper and a great company, a famous (and even feared) woman in her own right. Hers is a life that came into its own with a vengeance — a success story on every level.

Graham's book is populated with a cast of fascinating characters, from fifty years of presidents (and their wives), to Steichen, Brancusi, Felix Frankfurter, Warren Buffett (her great advisor and protector), Robert McNamara, George Schultz (her regular tennis partner), and, of course, the great names from the Post: Woodward, Bernstein, and Graham's editorpartner, Ben Bradlee. She writes of them, and of the most dramatic moments of her stewardship of the Post (including the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, and the pressmen's strike), with acuity, humor, and good judgment. Her book is about learning by doing, about growing and growing up, about Washington, and about a woman liberated by both circumstance and her own great strengths.

Synopsis:

Extravagantly praised by critics, a memoir by the longtime owner of The Washington Post recounts how she rebounded from her influential husband's suicide to command the Post during Vietnam and Watergate. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

Katharine Graham is fondly remembered as the powerful, longtime publisher of the Washington Post. She died in 2001.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307758934
Publisher:
Vintage
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Author:
Graham, Katharine
Subject:
Social Science : Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Washington post
Subject:
Publishers and publishing
Subject:
Mass Media - Newspapers
Subject:
Newspaper publishing -- Washington (D.C.) -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Newspaper publishing
Subject:
Business
Subject:
Media Studies - Print Media
Subject:
History
Subject:
Publishers and publishing -- United States.
Subject:
Graham, Katharine
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography/Business
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Business Communication
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Journalism - General
Subject:
Journalism-Journalists
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19980224
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
688

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Biography » Women
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Journalism » Reference
History and Social Science » Sociology » Media
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
Reference » Publishing

Personal History
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Product details 688 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307758934 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Extravagantly praised by critics, a memoir by the longtime owner of The Washington Post recounts how she rebounded from her influential husband's suicide to command the Post during Vietnam and Watergate. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Katharine Graham is fondly remembered as the powerful, longtime publisher of the Washington Post. She died in 2001.
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