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  • Katharine the Great

  • Katharine Graham and Her Washington Post Empire
  • By: Deborah Davis
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Americas
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An unauthorized account of the secret power behind the Washington Post, and the woman who took down President Nixon. 

In the early 1970s, Katharine Graham was one of the most powerful women on earth. As the publisher of the Washington Post, she published the Pentagon Papers, which shed light on the darkest corners of the war in Vietnam, and she oversaw the investigation into Watergate that would bring down President Richard Nixon. Her story is one of the greatest triumphs in the history of American journalism, but she may have had a secret ally: the Central Intelligence Agency. In this stunning biography, veteran reporter Deborah Davis unearths the truth about the Washington Post and the family that ran it. 

Upon the first printing of Katharine the Great, the original publisher pulled the book under pressure from Katharine Graham and her editor-in-chief, Benjamin Bradlee, who demanded that it be destroyed. Nothing in the book was ever disproven, and it stands today as a testament to dogged reporting and the unmatched power of the intelligence community. 

Don't miss the new Steven Spielberg film, The Post, starring Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks as Benjamin Bradlee. 

©1979, 1987, 1991 Deborah Davis (P)2017 Graymalkin Media, LLC

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  • Terry F.
  • 03-07-2018

not recommended

this is a biased, unsubstantiated, hit piece. this book has a conspiratorial agenda to discredit the paper.

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  • Paula
  • 20-01-2018

This book was censored at its first publication!

In a dead up to the recent release of the movie "The Post" I wanted to know more about some of the real-life central characters within the Washington Post. I chose this one because the other tome available on Katharine Graham was 30 hours of listening! This is about 7, and within it, a great history of how the Post has made its way in the political swamp of Washington DC and how Katharine Graham came to lead it.

Very, Very interesting factual narrative!

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  • Mary Ellen Owens
  • 29-12-2017

I really enjoyed this book

it was a great look back at what all happened during Watergate and Beyond. it certainly does point out the fact that Washington really is a swamp and continues to be and always has been.

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  • stacy roth-hark
  • 25-02-2018

Did Post do Oval Office bidding in the cold war.

What did you love best about Katharine the Great?

Great read and back story of Phil Grahm's and his Washington Post's involvment in the CIA and DOD in the 1950-70s

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  • BeDeBe
  • 04-05-2021

Prejudice

Giving up time to listen to a book requires listening to the thoughts of the author. Believing the interpretation of events by the author is undermined by her constant reference in the opening chapters to Jews and Jewish. Its well read and that's the best thing to say about this book. If the author told me the time I would need to check my watch.

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