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This is an excellent book about Katherine Graham, former owner and publisher of The Washington Post. Katherine is initially, for all intents and purposes, ignored by her family throughout her youth. Little attention is bestowed upon her as her father, Eugene Meyer, runs The Washington Post and her mother, Agnes Meyer, socializes with every powerful individual she possibly can. Katherine perseveres through these harsh circumstances only to have her husband, Phil Graham, blow his brains out in the bathroom of one of their homes during a respite from an insane asylum. Katherine takes control of the newspaper (and company behind it), makes it the most influential paper in the nation, and becomes the most powerful woman in the world in the process. I recommend this book for any individual seeking a source of inspiration. This book should, and will hopefully, inspire many downtrodden people the world over for years to come.
Biographer Carol Felsenthal turned her fine talents ro Katherine Graham and produced a top-notch bio, one which the reader can easily understand, and feel for, the housewife-turned-Fortune 500 businesswoman. What sticks in my mind is how Graham's distant mother finally decided to talk to her daughter about menstruation, to which Kay replied, "I started that last year." Rich detail such as this makes it easy to see why Readers Digest condensed the book, and opens up a controversy over just how much of Felsenthal's research was co-opted by Graham herself to write, or have ghostwritten, her "Personal History." Felsenthal's objectivity adds to Graham's life story in a way only a detached biographer can. If one wants a map of how a shy woman can succeede in the business world, one can do no better than to read Felsenthal's illuminating text.
Power, Privilege and the Post terminates in 1992 with entirely too much detail about recent events then, however exploring Phil's and Kay's families, and the couple's separate approaches to owning the Post moves quickly. I found the early part of the book fascinating but my eyes glazed over reading the last part. If Phil hadn't dramatically taken himself out of the picture, the Post wouldn't have gotten the magnificent stewardship provided by Katharine. It is of an era - no Internet or blogs and only primitive personal computers.
I am admirer of Katherine Graham and the author obviously was not. The book was a view of her life from childhood to the time she retired from the job she had to take....running her family's newspaper. Apparently The Washington Post was a small paper when she stepped in, after her husband committed suicide. Events, such as the Watergate issue helped build the national and international reputation of the Post. Mrs. Graham,fortunately, had ready access to a number of various experts to help in her management of the paper;
I bought this book after seeing the move "The Post". I wanted to know more about Katherine Graham. This author really took the time to research and explore the history behind the many people involved in the evolution of the Washington Post. This is an easy read and is full of interesting historical memorabilia of people. It is extremely well documented. I am glad I bought the book and would recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about the subject.