I am reading this amazing memoir which won the Pulitzer in 1998 and inspired the screenplay of the current movie, The Post. Graham’s story is so relevant now as she gives a personal account of what it was like for a woman to play a pivotal role in the political landscape of the country dominated by men. She had an insider view to history and made some of it with her decision to expose how the government misrepresented the failure of the Vietnam War, and to pursue the Washington Post’s Watergate investigation.
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.
About the Author
Katharine Graham is fondly remembered as the powerful, longtime publisher of the Washington Post. She died in 2001.
"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