Personal History MOBI Ú Paperback

Personal History MOBI Ú Paperback

    Kindle Welcome to the Kindle ereader store 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 than halfway through the book , readers will want to cheer After that, Watergate is practically an anticlimax."/>
  • Paperback
  • 642 pages
  • Personal History
  • Katharine Graham
  • English
  • 20 August 2019
  • 9780375701047

10 thoughts on “Personal History

  1. Jonathan Eng Jonathan Eng says:

    This book is fascinatingly uninteresting Katharine Graham lived bigger than most of us ever will, meeting Albert Einstein, kicking it with President Kennedy, living in homes decorated with Renoirs and Manets, spending summers at a second home with horses and daily refreshed flower bouquets, traveling the world, attending both Vassar and The University of Chicago, battling unions, investing with Warren Buffet, and broadcasting the Watergate scandal Her life should have made for an interesting read, yet it simply wasn t Too many characters, too much pride, too much passivism I was disappointed to find that the leader of the Washington Post simply deferred to her publisher and her editor in most situations She seemed to know nothing about running the paper, and at the same time, this 630 page monster of a book is ONLY about the paper She spends inadequate time discussing her own feelings Was it really as easy as she made it seem to accept her husband back after his public affair and attempted divorce Did the 4 or 5 miscarriages really not affect her enough to dedicate a full paragraph to them The cover of this book shows an aged Katharine Graham, which seems fitting since it reads as dryly as an old lady reciting the encyclopedia If you want a interesting story, ask me about my day.

  2. Mollie Mollie says:

    I don t always like biographies they can be very self serving and trite But I was blown away by this woman Frankly, I didn t know much about her or her story of taking over the Washington Post upon the death of her husband a job she really had been preparing for her whole life, if she knew it or not Katherine Graham is a amazing, strong and wise woman, and she tells her tale in a very honest way, sharing her flaws, her mistakes and her regrets as lessons for the rest of us She had a seat at the table for some of the biggest stories of our time, yet she makes each of these stories deeply personal in the telling She s an inspiration for women in business, and who struggle to manage family, social, political and work obligations A remarkable woman, a remarkable life, and a remarkable book.

  3. Coco Coco says:

    This book was over six hundred pages and I enjoyed them all While Katharine Graham s autobiography is ostensibly her own history, it s also the history of our country Beginning with her father, Eugene Meyer, and his close dealings with the Hoover Administration and going all the way through her own birds eye view of various presidents, including Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, and, most fascinating of all, Nixon.Graham s life was supposed to be much different Married to Phil Graham who ran her family s paper, the Washington Post, with four children, she thought she would be mother, wife and hostess Sadly, Phil s little understood bipolar disease created havoc for the family before causing him to take his own life She was thrust into the position of taking over the Washington Post.Vast in scope and yet filled with personal insights President Kennedy sent a plane to bring Phil back to Washington when he had a public mental breakdown , it s a fascinating look at the way government really works, in the salons and dining rooms of Georgetown Even though the press often had a tumultuous relationship with many of the administrations, it was interesting that they could all meet for dinner the next evening and behave in a civilized fashion Until Nixon, that is Even though most of us know that Watergate was bad, Mrs Graham s book really made me realize how personal and how vicious Nixon and his White House Guard were The Post was truly out there, hanging in the wind alone, for quite awhile before other papers joined them and the book takes the reader through a series of gutsy decisions that likely changed the course of our nation.My greatest disappointment was learning that Kay Graham died in 2001 I wish I could have written her and let her know how much this book taught me and how much her life meant From a self doubting woman, who was always the only female in the boardroom, to a confident person, she is a wonderful teacher and role model for all of us I read that her daughter, author Lally Weymouth, didn t want her to write this book Perhaps it s because Graham discusses Phil s mental illness, infidelity and suicide I felt she did it with grace and love, however, but I m sure it was hard for her daughter I, for one, however, am grateful she had to courage to do so.

  4. Connie G Connie G says:

    Katharine Meyer Graham s autobiography takes us from her childhood as the daughter of a successful businessman to being the powerful woman at the head of the Washington Post Katharine Meyer and her siblings were mainly raised by their nursemaid and governess as young children Their mother was an eccentric writer and artist, and their father owned the Washington Post After Katharine s college years, she did some writing for the Post She married Phil Graham, a brilliant, charismatic young lawyer who clerked at the Supreme Court Her father passed the Washington Post on to Phil who expanded the business by buying Newsweek and some television stations Phil was very involved in politics, especially with Presidents Kennedy and Johnson Phil s behavior began to become very erratic, he was diagnosed as manic depressive, and he eventually took his own life.People expected Katharine to sell the newspaper, but she wanted to keep it in the family and pass it on to her children She was thrust into the role of publisher, and did a lot of learning on the job Some of the most interesting parts of the book include the Post s coverage of the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, working with the editor Ben Bradlee, and the pressmen s strike Her friends and business associates would fill a volume of Who s Who in America In an age when there were few women executives, Katharine Graham was the only woman in the Fortune 500 She was involved with the successful Washington Post until her mid 80s.In addition to being a fascinating autobiography, Personal History is also an interesting look back at over sixty years of social and political history Katharine used good taste in choosing stories, humorous anecdotes, and personal letters to include in the book It was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography and Autobiography in 1998.

  5. Amanda Amanda says:

    This book had incredible potential It could have easily been one of the most fascinating American autobiographies ever written Instead, though I plowed my way through the whole thing, it was tepid, vapid, and bordered on dull.Katherine Graham was born into the Washington elite She met and socialized with every major political figure during her lifetime She counted Lyndon Johnson, John and Jackie Kennedy, and Truman Capote among her close personal friends Her husband, who grew up on a dairy farm in Florida, made a startling rise to the forefront of politics and became a close political advisor to several presidents and ran both the Washington Post and Newsweek, before suffering a complete mental collapse and committing suicide After his death Kay Graham became one of the first female CEO s of a prominent American company She dated powerful men including Henry Kissinger, Adlai Stevenson, and Warren Buffet As the president of the Washington Post company she was a key player in the publication of the Pentagon Papers and the revelation of the Watergate scandal However, in her hands, her life is reduced to a series of cocktail parties, country house weekends and lunches where everyone is charming and witty and things are just lovely There is no attempt to take the major figures of American History and turn them for the reader into the real people that they were for Graham She provides no real insight into the incredible trauma that she suffered when her husband died and or into the triumphs she enjoyed as a major American businesswoman I felt like the book was constant namedropping and a compilation of memos regarding hiring and firing decisions at the Post company I don t understand why this book won the Pulitzer Prize, unless it was awarded to her for her reputation and accomplishments rather than the actual writing A biography of Katharine Graham, by a talented writer, might be a much satisfying read.

  6. Sherri Sherri says:

    My general rule of thumb when someone writes a book about herself approach it with a healthy amount of skepticism How many of us can turn inward and take a critical look without skewing slanting the results Not many, but after reading this book, I am convinced that is exactly what Katharine Graham did in Personal History Above all things, this book feels honest It is also moving, heartbreaking, perceptive, historical and inspiring The book is multi faceted I appreciated the light it shed on the evolution of the women s movement and the devastating effects mental illness can have on family and loved ones As a professional, the telling of her business experiences in a male dominated industry felt real and perceptive Her decision to go back to work running The Washington Post after being at home to raise her children for several years was inspiring though not without significant personal cost To top all this off her writing was excellent and memorable, a rare find in a memoir.

  7. Dale Leopold Dale Leopold says:

    Katharine Graham was thrust into the middle of history, much against her own introverted instincts She was happy to play supportive housewife and mother while her father ran the Washington Post, succeeded by her brilliant, dynamic and bipolar husband, Phil Graham Phil was a hugely influential figure in Washington in one manic stretch he almost single handedly engineered the Kennedy Johnson presidential ticket But as his illness grew increasingly worse and remained unmedicated , he spiraled out of control, carrying on a very public and for Katharine, humiliating affair with an Australian journalist, and eventually shooting himself Left alone to run the newspaper, she could have handed the job off to other, experienced hands, but she was able to draw on inner strength she didn t know she possessed Through many trials and errors, about which she is unsparing candid, she guided the Post through the Pentagon Papers, labor unrest and Watergate All this at a time when women were almost automatically assumed to be incapable of leading a business Her story, written without resorting to a ghost writer, is fascinating, harrowing and ultimately quite moving It is also, incidentally, a good education on some of the major events of the Twentieth Century from an insider s perspective Highly recommended

  8. Peggy Peggy says:

    Boy this book could have used an editor Although it was an interesting insider look at the newspaper business, Graham was repetitive in the way she described the trajectory of her life and that of her career, using too many specific instances and detail that did not always illuminate her point More showing and less telling would have helped As would have shaping the narrative into themes, rather than just giving us everything as it happened like some sort of chronological laundry list.

  9. Lesley Lesley says:

    I m so happy I read this book, and it tied in nicely after reading No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin Mrs Graham was frightfully honest and this is one of the only times that I can say it was truly necessary to the book I was turned off at first by her description of her grandmother being the most beautiful woman anyone had ever seen or something like that because oh, please, hasn t everyone said that about their grandmother in her heyday And if this is how is starts, where will it go Are there any limits to the self flattery But when you read the rest of the book, you notice how honest she is about the worst moments in her life and you realize, if this is the absolute bottom of the barrell and she is describing it in rich detail to relive it and recreate it for the world to seeI think I might just believe her about her grandmother, she deserves at least that She grew up in very fortunate circumstances, as her father was the definition of success and he eventually purchased the heart of the book the Washington Post When it was her turn to run the Post, she did not get any easy breaks and faced her adversity with admirable strength and self possession There is so much that happens in this book, that I would love to go on and on about it, but I wouldn t possibly ruin it for you nope But do put this one on your list, it is a wonderful family story of success, surviving and thriving, and the Washington DC atmosphere and intimacy with the white house is fascinating.

  10. Kathryn Bashaar Kathryn Bashaar says:

    This book really held my interest from start to finish Graham has great self understanding and perspective on her life, and was very honest about her late husband s mental illness, the things that she both admired and resented about her parents, and her own insecurities as an untrained businesswoman in a world that was still completely dominated by men As a woman in the business world, I completely identified with her I especially loved the scene where she had to decide whether or not to print the Pentagon Papers Half a dozen men were yammering their opinions in her ear, all at the same time, but SHE was the person who had to decide, and she did, going with her gut, in a decision that ultimately put the Washington Post in the same league with the NY Times for the first time She admits that she was terrified and very unsure whether she had made the right decision at the time, which I find very comforting in my own insecure moments Second best part where she basically boinks Adlai Stevenson to DEATH Seriously The guy spent the night with her and a few hours later died of a heart attack.

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Personal History❰Read❯ ➵ Personal History Author Katharine Graham – 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 difficul 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 than halfway through the book , readers will want to cheer After that, Watergate is practically an anticlimax.

About the Author: Katharine Graham

Katharine Meyer Graham was an American publisher She led her family s newspaper, The Washington Post, for than two decades, overseeing its most famous period, the Watergate coverage that eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon Her memoir, Personal History, won the Pulitzer Prize in .