An extraordinary frank, honest and generous book by one of America's most famous and admired women, owner of one of its greatest newspapers, the "Washington Post". This is more than the mere life story of a successful woman. It deals with power and politics at the centre, and the relationship between the White House and the press, notably over ...Read MoreAn extraordinary frank, honest and generous book by one of America's most famous and admired women, owner of one of its greatest newspapers, the "Washington Post". This is more than the mere life story of a successful woman. It deals with power and politics at the centre, and the relationship between the White House and the press, notably over Watergate. "A well-written, fascinating, moving and, in its social and historical context, important book".- Sarah Bradford, "Daily Telegraph". "Extraordinary...it is frank, self-critical, modest when necessary, proud when justified and, above all, one that can tell a good story"- Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, "New York Times". "The best autobiography to come out of Washington for years...It is a splendid and beguiling story". Patrick Brogan, "Glasgow Herald". "An autobiographical masterpiece, adroitly combining the public and personal spheres. Frank, sensitive and bubbling with humour, it is a fascinating account by an impressive person"- "Economist".Read Less
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I resisted this book for years. How could the autobiography of such a successful businesswoman be anything but dry? Believe, me it isn't. This is truly a personal history, a fascinating journey through one exceptional woman's growth. And growth it was. Fortunately, Katharine Graham was capable of describing a personal and professional life that passed through marriage to a man whose mental condition deteriorated more and more seriously until his death--a death that thrust onto her inexperienced shoulders the executive function of a major publication. To the end, her greatest regret was that she had not attended Harvard Business School. This book is a sharing in the adventure through which the soul and skill and personality of a woman grew along with the changing state of women, and helped in that change. We share the achiement through which she gained an incomparable strength through tragedy, challege, and grit. She is hard to leave when the book is finished.
Publishers Weekly, 1997-01-06 In 1963, Graham took over as publisher of the Washington Post as a classic grieving widow. Her husband, Phil, had shot himself at their country estate, defeated in a prolonged battle with manic depression. Since then, Graham's life has been an amazing ride as she "moved forward blindly and mindlessly into a new and unknown life" to become the tough chief executive who, during Watergate, looked the President of the United States in the eye and didn't blink. She ended up as chairman and CEO of the Washington Post Media company, whose possessions included newspapers, magazines and TV stations. She makes a vivid and persuasive case for why it was so daunting for a woman of her generation to become, in the eyes of many, the most powerful woman in America-a designation she hated. She took over the newspaper to preserve it for her children and came to love it as a publication and as a business. She now sees that her management skills were lacking (financier Warren Buffett gave her a crash course in acquisitions and became a major shareholder and close friend), but she has nothing but pride and pleasure in the newspaper that she led from obscurity to world renown. The first half of her story centers around life with Phil, the second on three pivotal events at the Post: the publication of the Pentagon Papers, the Watergate scandal and the prolonged pressman's strike of 1975. She lovingly attributes much of the Post's success to editor Benjamin C. Bradlee. Her narrative is at times uneven, swinging from passages that sound almost like "what I did last summer" to amazingly detailed insider accounts of moments of national crisis. Household names dot every page, woven in with the lives of her four children, one of whom, Donald, now runs both the paper and the company. Graham is frank but not gossipy, self-critical but not falsely modest. She presents her "personal history" with quiet courage and considerable wit. Photos. 200,000 first printing; Random House audio. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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