About the Book
In this critically acclaimed memoir, the woman who piloted the "Washington Post" through the crises of the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, and a pressmen's strike and turned it into a great newspaper now tells her story with courage, candor, and dignity. "Captivating . . . distinguished by a level of introspection that ought to be . . . the touchstone of autobiography".--"Newsday".
Book Synopsis 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.
Riveting, moving . . . a wonderful book. --Nora Ephron, The New York Times Book Review
Disarmingly candid and immensely readable. --Time
Captivating . . . distinguished by a level of
introspection that ought to be, but rarely is, the touchstone of autobiography. --Newsday
About the Author
Katharine Graham is fondly remembered as the powerful, longtime publisher of the Washington Post
. She died in 2001.