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Personal History by Katharine Graham
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Jul 13, 12

Read from June 29 to July 13, 2012

"Most people go through life without ever discovering the existence of that whole field of endeavor which we describe as second wind. Whether mentally or physically occupied most people give up at the first appearance of exhaustion. Thus they never learn the glory and the exhilaration of genuine effort..."

A remarkable memoir of a woman whose "second wind" came in the 1960s when her husband committed suicide and her family legacy, The Washington Post, fell into jeopardy. Although insecure and without formal business training, she stepped up as CEO and steered the paper through the Vietnam War, Watergate, and internal union problems.
The book was slow at times, especially because the first half was about her life on the sidelines, being Mrs. Philip Graham. Picks up in the second half. Loved the chapters on the Pentagon Papers and Watergate. And the Warren Buffett quotes are funny.

Watch Mad Men, and realize that Katharine Graham was trying to run a Fortune 500 company during that era!

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