Katharine the Great : Katharine Graham and Her Washington Post Empire
by Deborah Davis
THE BOOK THEY TRIED TO SUPPRESS …
When the first edition of Katharine the Great was published, Katharine Graham had it pulled from the bookstores and pulped. But Deborah Davis sued the publishers for censoring her book, and won. Now this new, updated edition goes beyond Watergate all the way through Contragate, and shows how the Washington Post has changed during the Reagan-Bush years.
Although Katharine Graham is surely one of the most powerful women in the world, few people are aware of the extent of her influence. World leaders meet with her; presidents meet with her; anyone moving up in the circles of power in the nation’s capital tries to meet with the owner of the Washington Post – Newsweek communications conglomerate.
Katharine the Great is the story of a woman born into wealth and power. Her husband, the brilliant, mercurial Philip Graham, became the publisher of her father’s paper, the Post, while she settled down to home life. But by the 1950s Philip Graham was battling manic depression, and in 1963 he committed suicide.
Middle-aged and inexperienced, Katharine Graham took over the newspaper. Together with Ben Bradlee she made the Post successful and powerful, publishing the Pentagon Papers and pursuing the Watergate investigation that led to Richard Nixon’s resignation. After Watergate, the Post– and Kay Graham – became an institution, a fourth branch of government.
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Inst for Media Analysis; 3 edition (October 1, 1991)
[Katharine the Great] is about journalism, politics and presidents, the CIA and celebrities. Never dull. . . . This book deserves attention. –New York Newsday
Worth reading. . . . Davis’s theories about ties between the Post and government merit publication and discussion. –The Nation –This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From the Publisher
Katharine the Great … is about journalism, politics and presidents, the CIA and celebrities. never dull … this book deserves attention. – New York Newsday
Worth reading … Davis’s theories about ties between the Post and government merit publication and discussion. – The Nation
About the Author
Deborah Davis is a journalist whose principal interest is the analysis of political power. After earning her degree in political science at the University of California at Berkeley in 1971, she was a regular contributor to the Village Voice, where her reports on city and state politics earned her a reputation as a formidable investigative reporter. In 1976 Ms. Davis left New York for Washington to begin her study of Katharine Graham, where she invested more than three years interviewing, investigating, and conducting research.
Ms. Davis is currently working on a biography of Henry and Clare Boothe Luce. She was born in Chicago, and now lives in Washington.
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