By Katharine Graham
Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Biography
An terribly frank, sincere, and beneficiant ebook via certainly one of America's most famed and widespread 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 executive carrier to shop for and restoration the down-and-out Washington Post, and the ambitious, self-absorbed mom who was once extra attracted 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 prevail -- a desirable and instructive company background as advised from the interior (the paper has been run by means of Graham herself, her father, her husband, and now her son).
It is the tale of Phil Graham -- Kay's remarkable, charismatic husband (he clerked for 2 ideally suited courtroom 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 was once cited in a relatives of significant wealth, but she realized and understood not anything approximately funds. She is half-Jewish, but -- quite -- remained blind to it for lots of years.She describes herself as having been naive and awkward, but clever and vigorous. She married a guy she worshipped, and he involved and informed her, after which, in his affliction, became from her and abused her. This destruction of her self belief and happiness is a drama in itself, through the much more severe drama of her new existence because the head of a good newspaper and a superb corporation, a well-known (and even feared) lady in her personal correct. Hers is a existence that got here into its personal with a vengeance -- a hit tale on each level.
Graham's e-book is populated with a solid of interesting 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 usual tennis partner), and, in fact, the nice 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 e-book is ready studying by means of doing, approximately becoming and becoming up, approximately Washington, and a couple of girl liberated via either condition and her personal nice strengths.
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Reprinted by means of permission. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication facts Graham, Katharine, [date] own historical past / Katharine Graham. — 1st ed. p. cm. eISBN: 978-0-307-75893-4 1. Graham, Katharine, [date]. 2. Newspaper publishing—Washington (D. C. )—History—20th century. three. Publishers and publishing—United States—Biography. four. Washington put up. I. identify. Z473. G7A3 1997 070. 5′O92—dc21 96-49638 [B] v3. 1 i need to devote this e-book to an important humans in it: my mom and dad, Eugene and Agnes Meyer, my husband, Philip L. Graham, my childrens, Elizabeth (Lally) Weymouth, and Donald, William, and Stephen Graham Contents disguise different Books via This writer name web page Copyright commitment Acknowledgments bankruptcy One bankruptcy bankruptcy 3 bankruptcy 4 bankruptcy 5 bankruptcy Six bankruptcy Seven bankruptcy 8 bankruptcy 9 bankruptcy Ten bankruptcy 11 bankruptcy Twelve bankruptcy 13 bankruptcy Fourteen bankruptcy Fifteen bankruptcy 16 bankruptcy Seventeen bankruptcy Eighteen bankruptcy Nineteen bankruptcy Twenty bankruptcy Twenty-one bankruptcy Twenty-two bankruptcy Twenty-three bankruptcy Twenty-four bankruptcy Twenty-five bankruptcy Twenty-six bankruptcy Twenty-seven bankruptcy Twenty-eight — Acknowledgments — FROM the beginning, I greatly desired to write this e-book myself, even supposing i spotted I wasn’t a true specialist. I good bear in mind the columnist Walter Lippmann as soon as telling me how demanding it used to be, even for him who wrote for all time, to come again into writing after a hiatus of just a couple of weeks. That idea saved habitual while I thought of even if to put in writing alone instead of with a coauthor. yet simply because i needed this to be a private tale, I knew I needed to inform it myself. If I’ve succeeded in any respect, it truly is because of humans: my researcher, Evelyn Small, and my editor, Robert Gottlieb. Ev got here from The Washington submit corporation, the place she was once in company communications, generating an inner publication and doing learn for speeches, together with mine. She labored for numerous years at organizing my papers in any such means that lets jointly have a look again. As time handed, her position grew in significance. She knew as a lot approximately my existence as I did. She took the phrases I wrote and formed them, reminding me of vital info, tactfully disposing of others, including issues from the learn that I’d missed. This e-book couldn't have occurred with out Ev. For 4 years, she was once ably assisted by way of Todd Mendeloff. just a small percent of the tales Ev unearthed and taken to mild back may perhaps locate their manner into the publication itself, which was once additionally real for the greater than 250 interviews we carried out with humans starting from early life classmates and lifetime pals to lots of those that have been concerned with the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, or The Washington submit corporation. yet all of them additional to my standpoint. Bob Gottlieb, whom I first talked with a few publication in 1978, turned my editor while he back to Knopf from the recent Yorker. He has masterfully edited my reproduction with meticulous care and a ruthless eye for repetition, tediousness, and series.