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Power, Privilege and the Post: The Katharine Graham Story

Carol Felsenthal Seven Stories Press, Jan 4, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 520 pages 1 Review Katharine Graham's story has all the elements of the phoenix rising from the ashes, and in Carol Felsenthal's unauthorized biography, Power, Privilege, and the Post, Graham's personal tragedies and triumphs are revealed. The homely and insecure daughter of the Jewish millionaire and owner of The Washington Post, Eugene Myer, Kay married the handsome, brilliant and power hungry Phillip Graham in 1940. By 1948 Kay's father had turned control of The Washington Post over to Phil, who spent the next decade amassing a media empire that included radio and TV stations. But, as Felsenthal shows, he mostly focused on building the reputation of the Post and positioning himself as a Washington power-player. Plagued by manic depression, Phil's behavior became more erratic and outlandish, and his downward spiral ended in 1963 when he took his own life. Surprising the newspaper industry, Kay Graham took control of the paper, beginning one of the most unprecedented careers in media history.
Felsenthal weaves her exhaustive research into a perceptive portrayal of the Graham family and an expert dissection of the internal politics at the Post, and a portrait of one of a unique, tragic, and ultimately triumphant figure of twentieth-century America. Preview this book »

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In her latest of a series of studies of formidable women, Felsenthal (Alice Roosevelt Longworth, 1988, etc.) profiles the longtime Washington Post and Newsweek publisher, often called ``the most ... Read full review

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User Review  - labwriter - LibraryThing

Katharine Graham, b. 1917. I found Felsenthal's biog to be very readable. She includes notes and sources, so I'm not sure what the previous reviewer means by "not well researched" since the reviewer ... Read full review

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Table of Contents


from a long line of rabbis and ministers mr and mrs meyer go to washington Chapter3 eugeneand his descendantsget a newspaper katharine starts her education katharine prepares for the post the most outstanding man of his generation kay takes very early retirement phil and agnes jockey for position kay and the post gets style free at last kay passes the test the queen bee a pulitzer prize in management? all the publishers problems kay graham gets fired

Moreelation and decline the kennedy years breakup and breakdown phil falls kay rises the hitler hoax and other problems hanging on to her power and insecurities letting notes Copyright


Other editions - View all

Power, Privilege, and the Post: The Katharine Graham Story
Carol Felsenthal
Limited preview - 1999
Power, Privilege, and the Post: The Katharine Graham Story
Carol Felsenthal
Snippet view - 1993

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About the author (2011)

CAROL FELSENTHAL is the author of several acclaimed biographies, including the best-selling Power, Privilege, and the Post: The Katharine Graham Story; Princess Alice: The Life and Times of Alice Roosevelt Longworth; and The Sweetheart of the Silent Majority: The Biography of Phyllis Schlafly.

Bibliographic information

Title Power, Privilege and the Post: The Katharine Graham Story Author Carol Felsenthal Publisher Seven Stories Press, 2011 ISBN 160980290X, 9781609802905 Length 520 pages Subjects History  › United States  › 20th Century

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