By Katharine Graham
Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Biography
An terribly frank, sincere, and beneficiant booklet by way of one among America's most famed and famous ladies, Personal History is, as its name indicates, a publication composed of either own memoir and history.
It is the tale of Graham's mom and dad: the multimillionaire father who left inner most company and executive carrier to shop for and restoration the down-and-out Washington Post, and the bold, self-absorbed mom who was once extra drawn 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 ways The Washington Post struggled to be successful -- a desirable and instructive company heritage as informed 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 best 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 cited in a kinfolk of serious wealth, but she discovered and understood not anything approximately cash. She is half-Jewish, but -- tremendously -- remained blind to it for plenty 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 proficient 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, via the much more severe drama of her new lifestyles because the head of an outstanding newspaper and a good corporation, a well-known (and even feared) lady in her personal correct. Hers is a lifestyles that got here into its personal with a vengeance -- a hit tale on each level.
Graham's publication is populated with a forged 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 general tennis partner), and, in fact, 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 common sense. Her publication is set studying through doing, approximately turning out to be and turning out to be up, approximately Washington, and a few girl liberated by way of either situation and her personal nice strengths.