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Personal History by Katharine Graham

Personal History (edition 1998)

by Katharine Graham

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Title:Personal History
Authors:Katharine Graham
Info:Vintage (1998), Paperback, 688 pages
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Personal History by Katharine Graham

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An awesome autobiography by an awesome woman who grew up with a silver spoon in her mouth but with little understanding of how the world worked. Yet when she was put in the position of running her company, The Washington Post, she did admirably well. Not that she was without anxiety much of the time but she made good judgments and performed and brought the company to new heights. I admire her and am so glad that I read the book which was a page turner. ( )
  SigmundFraud | Feb 14, 2014 |
It goes to show that you can be born with a silver spoon in your mouth, but can still have some serious shit layed on your plate. The proof in the pudding is how you move ahead, and handle it. Well written and honest in the way good journalism should be. Recommend it for everyone. ( )
  Elpaca | Jul 17, 2013 |
A Who's Who of nearly everyone. But the best parts were when Katharine described what it was like to support a mentally ill spouse before women really had any say in marital decisions. ( )
  Mortybanks | May 28, 2013 |
A fabulous autobiography by a woman who was forced into and mastered a role that she had no interest in and thought beyond her. Wise, honest, and ego-free. ( )
  sallysvenson | Mar 14, 2012 |
Even though I categorized this as an autobiography it is not a traditional "my life" story. Instead, it is Katharine Graham's personal history with The Washington Post first and foremost. She begins with a brief overview of how her parents met, when and where she was born, and her college years. This sets the stage for her increased involvement with the paper. From the time she was 16 years old, when her father bought the failing Washington Post at auction, until the end of her role as chairman of the board in 1991, 58 years of Graham's life was immersed in making the paper a success. Raised without a strong mother-figure or adolescent role models Katharine Graham was a trendsetter for women in business. For her era, her rise to power was nothing short of remarkable. But, in addition what makes Personal History such a fascinating read is Graham's unflinching view of her world. She does not hide the fact she had a strained and difficult relationship with her absentee mother. Her voice drips with contempt when she recounts her mother's failed attempts at guidance in life. Graham addresses her husband's mental illness and subsequent suicide in a matter of fact manner. She does not sugar coat the difficulties she faced being a woman of influence in a world traditionally reserved for the man of the house. Despite being born into privilege Graham exemplified the meaning of hard work and perseverance. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Feb 9, 2012 |
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I would like to dedicate this book to the most important people in it:
my parents, Eugene and Agnes Meyersm
my husband, Philip L. Graham,
my children, Elizabeth (Lally) Weymouth, and Donald, William and Stephen Graham
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My parents' paths first crossed in a museum on 23rd Street in New York.
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ISBN 0736636978 and 0736636986 are an unabridged audio book in two containers; Read by Francis Cassidy.

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In lieu of an unrevealing Famous-People-I-Have-Known autobiography, the owner of the Washington Post has chosen to be remarkably candid about the insecurities prompted by remote parents and a difficult marriage to the charismatic, manic-depressive Phil Graham, who ran the newspaper her father acquired. Katharine's account of her years as subservient daughter and wife is so painful that by the time she finally asserts herself at the Post following Phil's suicide in 1963 (more than halfway through the book), readers will want to cheer. After that, Watergate is practically an anticlimax.

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The longtime owner of the Washington Post recounts her experiences, including how she rebounded from her husband's suicide to command the Post during Vietnam and Watergate

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