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A Life's Work: Fathers and Sons

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Ben Bradlee’s all-American football player father lost his well-paying job in the Depression and never recovered his income but also never lost his balance and energy. Living on a borrowed estate, he undertook to clear the property, and his young son bonded with his father as they worked alongside each other in the woods. When thirteen-year-old Ben contracted polio, his ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2010)
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Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Having just finished Ben Bradlee's book about his life, I wanted very much to read this book and learn more about the relationship that he and Quinn had as parent and child. Another side of Ben emerges, partially (probably mostly) due to Quinn, but also because Ben was quite a bit older when Quinn was born.

I have heard it said that we become more "who we are" as we age, but I have also heard it said that we mellow as we age. In this case, I think Ben mellowed as he aged, aided by the loving rel
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
this was a "non-fiction" book. One that was given to me by my mother to read. I didn't know these people or had ever heard of them before this so that was interesting i guess. This was really different to read, it seemed to me a lot of repeating, i got the impression that it was written over a course of a lifetime so that may have been the feeling of repetition for me regarding what was being said through out the book. Some of what was said was very real and i could relate to the feelings of the ...more
Aug 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoirs, non-fiction
Ben Bradlee, editor of the Washington Post during Watergate, has always struck me as a tough guy. Reading this book about his relationship with his son Quinn has dispelled that myth. Quinn has VCFS, a genetic syndrone which impairs mental and physical ability. He's a remarkable young man who has overcome many obstacles with the help of his dad, Ben. In the process of raising his son, Mr. Bradlee has become a softer, more accessible person according to his wife, Sally Quinn. Each of the three, Be ...more
May 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family, memoir, food
Actually, the authors are Ben & Quinn Bradlee, with observations by Sally Quinn. Quinn is Ben & Sally's son, who was born with a serious heart defect and learning disabilities. This is an enormously touching story from all three of their perspectives about dads and sons hanging out together-- in the Bradlee family, beginning with Ben and his dad, and continuing with Quinn-- working in their family's woods, and connecting in an enduring way with nature and with each other. The stuff of li ...more
Dec 18, 2010 rated it liked it

I enjoyed how mother, father, and son all took part in writing the book, giving their opinions on different situations. It was interesting how so much of the relationships were formed around work. Almost makes you want to go out and buy a farm! Not doing it though ....
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Story of a man and his LD boy/lots of chopping in the woods together
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
A brisk read, and enjoyable. Delightful story about a father's bond with his son in the face of all obstacles.
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
The chapter about men and chainsaws is hilarious.
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Faather son bonding over chain saws.
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Father of Ben Bradlee Jr.
Benjamin Crowninshield "Ben" Bradlee is vice-president at large of the Washington Post. Born in Boston, Bradlee attended Harvard College. In 1942, he became a communications officer for the Office of Naval Intelligence and fought in thirteen battles during World War II. Bradlee became executive editor of the Washington Post in 1968, a position he held until 1991. During th