Thursday, June 28, 2007


Personal History by katharine Graham

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

2nd Nonfiction Challenge

This authobiography tells the story of an incredible woman. Katharine Meyer was born into a family of wealth to intelligent and ambitious parents. Unfortunately, she always felt insecure and backward. She then married a brilliant and driven man, Phillip Graham, who took over the Washington Post from her father and ran it until his death. During the marriage, Kay was content to take a backseat and bask in her husband's limelight. Through life circumstances, she became the publisher and head of the great Washington newspaper and guides it through many crises including Watergate and a 4-month pressmen's strike. The book gives a fascinating back room glimpse into historical events that we only get to read about in the papers and we are introduced to all kinds of famous, interesting, talented, and powerful people. Just the story of Watergate alone is good reason to read this book, but, trust me, at 625 pages, there is plenty more to read about. However, the most interesting aspects of Kay Graham's story are her personal struggles and the growth she makes in her life. I found that she was very objective and even self-deprecating about her own role in events, considering that many called her the most powerful woman in the world. She doesn't give herself credit for very much of the successes that the Post and other business ventures enjoyed while she ran the company. This was a wonderful opportunity to see how the rich and powerful really live and how they affect the course of events in this country. Thanks to Lisa for sending me this book. Ya gotta love bloggers.
Rating: 4.5
Posted by Framed at 5:48 PM

Cassie said...
Man you read way too fast for me. Glad you liked the book. I don't find the subject very interesting so I'll pass on it.
5/16/2007 8:29 AM
nessie said...
Ah! I would love to read this. I really enjoy bios - my fav non fiction.The autobio of golda maier was great too. highly recommended.
5/16/2007 4:05 PM
Framed said...
Cassie, I don't know what you're talking about. This book took a week and a half.Nessie, if my brother decides not to read this, I'll send it to you. Golda Maier sounds like a great read. Thanks for the suggestion.
5/16/2007 10:07 PM
Stephanie said...
I have this book and have been wanting to read it for ages, but I've never gotten around to it. Katharine Graham was a great lady!

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