Personal History

Personal History

Paperback - 1998 | 1st ed.
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The captivating, inside story of the woman who helmed the Washington Post during one of the most turbulent periods in the history of American media.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography

In this bestselling and widely acclaimed memoir, Katharine Graham, the woman who piloted the Washington Post through the scandals of the Pentagon Papers and Watergate, tells her story--one that is extraordinary both for the events it encompasses and for the courage, candor, and dignity of its telling.

Here is the awkward child who grew up amid material wealth and emotional isolation; the young bride who watched her brilliant, charismatic husband--a confidant to John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson--plunge into the mental illness that would culminate in his suicide. And here is the widow who shook off her grief and insecurity to take on a president and a pressman's union as she entered the profane boys' club of the newspaper business.

As timely now as ever, Personal History is an exemplary record of our history and of the woman who played such a shaping role within them, discovering her own strength and sense of self as she confronted--and mastered--the personal and professional crises of her fascinating life.
Publisher: New York : Vintage, 1998.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375701047
0375701044
Branch Call Number: B GRAHAM KATHARINE
Characteristics: ix, 642 p., [34] p. of plates : ill. ; 21 cm.

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merci4u
Mar 13, 2018

I haven't read so many biographies, but this is different. Incredible real story with connecting historical people. It is very heart touched story.

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steedy
Feb 03, 2018

I read this autobiography a number of years ago and decided to read it again after I viewed the film, "The Post." I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Katharine Graham vividly describes the political events of the fifties through the seventies as she experienced them. Her description of being a woman in a male-dominated business world is very revealing. If you want to know about the operations of a modern newspaper, this is the book to read. Gay Talese wrote about "The New York Times" in "The Kingdom and the Power." Katharine Graham has done the equivalent in this book. She writes with a journalist's attention to details and events. The book deservedly won a Pulitizer Prize in 1998.

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howiecat
Nov 16, 2015

One of the great auto biography. The story was so interesting. Starting with how Katherine was raised. Her parents story. But, it takes off for me when her husband dies and Katherine becomes the head of the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal. This meek woman takes over the newspaper. I loved the book and would read it again.

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StarGladiator
Oct 21, 2015

Real bio: Hi, I was the publisher of WaPo for decades, which was created from a bunch of newspapers bundled together and given to me by my father, a former Federal Reserve chairman and Wall Street financier. My husband Phil served under Allen Dulles in the OSS during WWII, and when Allen was CIA director [1953-1961, fired!] they played poker every Friday night. I am awesome and great!

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Cabby
Dec 05, 2007

Winner 1998 Pulitzer prize.

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