BOOKS: KATHERINE GRAHAM: THE IRON LADY SPEAKS

WASHINGTON POST OWNER KATHARINE GRAHAM BARES HER SOFTER SIDE IN AN ENGAGINGLY CANDID MEMOIR

What struck Katharine Meyer most about her father's purchase of the Washington Post in 1933--for $825,000 at a bankruptcy auction--was that no one in her family bothered to tell her about it. Home for the summer after her junior year at Virginia's Madeira School, she overheard some conversation about the deal. "Oh, darling," her mother said, "didn't anyone tell you? Dad has bought the Post."

Mom and Dad, of course, could not have known how important the newspaper would later be to their daughter--or she to it. When Eugene Meyer retired, he passed control of the paper to Kay's husband Philip...

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