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.
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