By Katharine Graham
Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Biography
An terribly frank, sincere, and beneficiant publication via considered one of America's most renowned and popular ladies, 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 deepest company and govt provider to shop for and restoration the down-and-out Washington Post, and the ambitious, self-absorbed mom who used to be 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 the way The Washington Post struggled to be triumphant -- a desirable and instructive enterprise historical past as instructed from the interior (the paper has been run by way of Graham herself, her father, her husband, and now her son).
It is the tale of Phil Graham -- Kay's exceptional, charismatic husband (he clerked for 2 splendid 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 used to be stated in a kin of serious wealth, but she discovered and understood not anything approximately cash. She is half-Jewish, but -- awfully -- remained ignorant of it for lots of years.She describes herself as having been naive and awkward, but clever and full of life. She married a guy she worshipped, and he involved and knowledgeable her, after which, in his affliction, became from her and abused her. This destruction of her self assurance and happiness is a drama in itself, by way of the much more extreme drama of her new lifestyles because the head of a good newspaper and an exceptional corporation, a well-known (and even feared) girl in her personal correct. Hers is a lifestyles that got here into its personal with a vengeance -- successful tale on each level.
Graham's booklet 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, after all, 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 logic. Her booklet is set studying via doing, approximately becoming and starting to be up, approximately Washington, and a few lady liberated via either situation and her personal nice strengths.