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Katharine Graham: The Leadership Journey of an American Icon
For more than twenty years Katharine Graham was a self-described “doormat wife.” But after her husband’s suicide, she took over as publisher and CEO of The Washington Post and shocked the male executives who bet against her success. She defied the government by publishing the Pentagon Papers, took on the president in the Watergate investigation, and stood down a violent la ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 20th 2005 by Portfolio Hardcover
(first published 2005)
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An outstanding biography -- my favorite in a long time. Her story is profoundly touching, from the challenges she faced professionally as a woman of her time (a photo of Katherine at an Associated Press board meeting, in which she is the only woman at a giant table of 23 editors and publishers, gives a hint) and personally (her husband Phil Graham, who was bipolar, shot himself when she was in the house) to the courageous roles she played in US history, publishing the Pentagon Papers, reversing ...more
I loved this book. Katherine Graham is my new hero. She was an amazing women ahead of her time who broke through the ceiling that woman can run successful, profitable and integral companies. What I loved was her commitment to journalism and the fight for a free press. Wonder what she would think of social media attempting to replace the act of solid and honest reporting. She broke many rules in Washington and paved the way for many women. I wish I read this book earlier in my career and I am loo ...more
Aug 01, 2007 Linda Still rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Terri Lackey
Robin Gerber, a professor at the University of Maryland, focuses on the Katharine Graham's rise beyond being the daughter of an overbearing mother and wife of an abusive husband to become an outstanding leader of one of the great newspapers in the U.S. Gerber periodically contrasts her views of Graham regarding certain events to Graham's own views in her autobiography. I found this especially helpful. While the subject matter sounds heavy, it reads like a well-written story.