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ISBN13: 9780375701047
ISBN10: 0375701044
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Awards

Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

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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:

In this critically acclaimed memoir, the woman who piloted the Washington Post through the crises of the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, and a pressmen's strike and turned it into a great newspaper now tells her story with courage, candor, and dignity. "Captivating . . . distinguished by a level of introspection that ought to be . . . the touchstone of autobiography". Newsday 688 pp. National media publicity. National print ads. 100,000 print. (Autobiography)

About the Author

Katharine Graham lives in Washington, D.C.

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Nancy L, June 23, 2012 (view all comments by Nancy L)
If you enjoy reading autobiographies or American history, this book is for you. Katharine Graham has an interesting story to tell, and she does so with generosity and candor. In addition to her moving personal story, the reader gets a good dose of American history. Although I expected to read much about her role in exposing Watergate, I was pleasantly surprised that much of the book is focused on her and her family's role in government and business (her father was the first head of the World Bank), about her friendships with the the movers and shakers of her time; and her own story of confronting her unquestioned and conventional views on gender roles as she finds herself at the helm of a large corporation.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375701047
Author:
Graham, Katharine
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Business
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
Mass Media - Newspapers
Subject:
Newspaper publishing
Subject:
Publishers and publishing
Subject:
Washington post
Subject:
Newspaper publishing -- Washington (D.C.) -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Media Studies - Print Media
Subject:
Publishers and publishing -- United States.
Subject:
Graham, Katharine
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography/Business
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
19980231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 PAGES OF BandW PHOTOS
Pages:
688
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 x 1.5 in 1.4375 lb

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"Synopsis" by , In this critically acclaimed memoir, the woman who piloted the Washington Post through the crises of the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, and a pressmen's strike and turned it into a great newspaper now tells her story with courage, candor, and dignity. "Captivating . . . distinguished by a level of introspection that ought to be . . . the touchstone of autobiography". Newsday 688 pp. National media publicity. National print ads. 100,000 print. (Autobiography)
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