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As seen in the new movie The Post, here is the captivating, inside story of the woman who helmed the Washington Post during one of the most turbulent periods in the history of American media.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography

In this bestselling and widely acclaimed memoir, Katharine Graham, the woman who piloted the Washington Post through the scandals of the Pentagon Papers and Watergate, tells her story—one that is extraordinary both for the events it encompasses and for the courage, candor, and dignity of its telling.

Here is the awkward child who grew up amid material wealth and emotional isolation; the young bride who watched her brilliant, charismatic husband—a confidant to John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson—plunge into the mental illness that would culminate in his suicide. And here is the widow who shook off her grief and insecurity to take on a president and a pressman's union as she entered the profane boys' club of the newspaper business.

As timely now as ever, Personal History is an exemplary record of our history and of the woman who played such a shaping role within them, discovering her own strength and sense of self as she confronted—and mastered—the personal and professional crises of her fascinating life.

©1998 Katharine Graham (P)2015 Random House Audio

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No notice of abridgment.

I am disappointed to find this was an abridged version of the book. There is nothing on the audible purchase page stating that it was abridged. Sorry I wasted my credit.

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Left me wishing for more

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Unfortunately could not find the unabridged version on audible. This abridged version felt a bit flat and I longed for the fuller version.

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Don't overlook this, as it's an amazing personal story

This is one of those books that if u are a man, you'll probably overlook. I certainly did until a good female friend recommended. I am so much in debt, as the lessons in hard decisions and how to recover from bad ones are countless. This book will resonate with you on many levels.

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Extremely abridged

This version is probably 1/20th the length of the written memoir. I was expecting a full length book.

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Raw and powerful

It should be listened to after reading the full book, a deeply moving account. Hearing a widow speak about her husbands suicide is the most heartbreaking and moving thing I can remember hearing in years.

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  • Mario F.S.
  • Deerfield Beach, Florida, USA
  • 02-02-17

Very interesting author & Washington Post biograph

Easy to listen to biography of the author and her Washington Post odyssey while going through struggles of husband depression / suicide & workers strike. Lesson on grit and perseverance for men and women in business , specially in the press publishing roles

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Great read

An inspiring story of love, courage, hope. Nobody has an easy life in this world, whether rich or poor when you embrace it fully. A story for everyone.

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  • J. Davis
  • 10-11-18

thanks for the tip Warren

excellent life story, quite a woman and I imagine is the source of inspiration for Maggie Thatcher.

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  • Maire Reier
  • 07-01-18

wish it was longer

it's a good story, wish it was longer and more detailed, as she is an incredible woman. worth listening anyways

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-18

Fascinating

To hear this read by the lady herself was a real treat. To hear the emotion in her voice, especially when talking about her husbands mental illness and subsequent suicide was very moving. Looking forward now to seeing her character brought to life in ‘The Post’.

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  • Alan
  • 04-24-16

Inspirational and insightful

I'm not sure I could bear hearing the emotional crux again - an amazing woman.

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