Personal History

Personal History

Katharine Graham

Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

An terribly frank, sincere, and beneficiant ebook by means of certainly one of America's most famed and in demand girls, Personal History is, as its name indicates, a e-book composed of either own memoir and history.

It is the tale of Graham's mom and dad: the multimillionaire father who left inner most enterprise and govt carrier to shop for and repair the down-and-out Washington Post, and the ambitious, self-absorbed mom who used to be extra drawn to her political and charity paintings, and her passionate friendships with males like Thomas Mann and Adlai Stevenson, than in her children.

It is the tale of ways The Washington Post struggled to be successful -- a desirable and instructive company historical past as instructed from the interior (the paper has been run by way of Graham herself, her father, her husband, and now her son).

It is the tale of Phil Graham -- Kay's superb, charismatic husband (he clerked for 2 excellent court docket justices) -- whose plunge into manic-depression, betrayal, and eventual suicide is movingly and charitably recounted.

Best of all, it's the tale of Kay Graham herself. She used to be mentioned in a relations of significant wealth, but she realized and understood not anything approximately funds. She is half-Jewish, but -- exceptionally -- remained blind to it for plenty of years.She describes herself as having been naive and awkward, but clever and full of life. She married a guy she worshipped, and he involved and proficient her, after which, in his disorder, became from her and abused her. This destruction of her self belief and happiness is a drama in itself, by way of the much more severe drama of her new existence because the head of a superb newspaper and a very good corporation, a well-known (and even feared) lady in her personal correct. Hers is a lifestyles that got here into its personal with a vengeance -- successful tale on each level.

Graham's publication is populated with a solid of attention-grabbing characters, from fifty years of presidents (and their wives), to Steichen, Brancusi, Felix Frankfurter, Warren Buffett (her nice consultant and protector), Robert McNamara, George Schultz (her commonplace tennis partner), and, in fact, the good names from the Post: Woodward, Bernstein, and Graham's editorpartner, Ben Bradlee. She writes of them, and of the main dramatic moments of her stewardship of the Post (including the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, and the pressmen's strike), with acuity, humor, and common sense. Her ebook is ready studying by means of doing, approximately becoming and becoming up, approximately Washington, and a few girl liberated via either condition and her personal nice strengths.

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