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An extraordinarily frank, honest, and generous book by one of America’s most famous and admired women—a book that is, as its title suggests, composed of both personal memoir and history.
It is the story of Graham’s parents: the multimillionaire father who left private business and government service to buy and restore the down-and-out Washington Post, and the formidable, self-absorbed mother who was more interested in her political and charity work, and her passionate friendships with men like Thomas Mann and Adlai Stevenson, than in her children.
It is the story of how The Washington Post struggled to succeed—a fascinating and instructive business history as told from the inside (the paper has been run by Graham herself, her father, her husband, and now her son).
It is the story of Phil Graham—Kay’s brilliant, charismatic husband (he clerked for two Supreme Court justices)—whose…[more]