A Good Life

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Simon and Schuster, May 31, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 512 pages
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This is the witty, candid story of a daring young man who made his own way to the heights of American journalism and public life, of the great adventure that took him at only twenty years old straight from Harvard to almost four years in the shooting war in the South Pacific, and back, from a maverick New Hampshire weekly to an apprenticeship for Newsweek in postwar Paris, then to the Washington Bureau chief’s desk, and finally to the apex of his career at The Washington Post.

Bradlee took the helm of The Washington Post in 1965. He and his reporters transformed it into one of the most influential and respected news publications in the world, reinvented modern investigative journalism, and redefined the way news is reported, published, and read. Under his direction, the paper won eighteen Pulitzer Prizes. His leadership and investigative drive following the break-in at the Democratic National Committee led to the downfall of a president, and kept every president afterward on his toes. Bradlee, backed every step of the way by the Graham family, challenged the federal government over the right to publish the Pentagon Papers—and won. His ingenuity, and the spirited reporting of Sally Quinn, now his wife, led to the creation of the Style Section, a revolutionary newspaper feature in its time, now copied by just about every paper in the country.
 

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A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures by Ben Bradlee (Simon & Shuster 1995)(Biography). Ben Bradlee was the editor of the Washington Post when Woodward and Bernstein broke the Watergate story ... Read full review

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I recently went to Ben Bradlee's funeral at the National Cathedral here in Washington. The stories told by his friends, family, and colleagues made this a must read for me. It was out of print and I ... Read full review

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Contents

FOREWORD 1
11
EARLY YEARS
43
NAVY
62
PARIS 11NEWSWEEK
190
JFK
204
IO NEWSWEEK SALE JFK PHIL
223
PosrJ11
254
I2 WASHINGTON POST 196571
273
WATERGATE
324
AFTER WATERCATE
385
WASHINGTON POST 197580
410
JANET COOKE
435
PUBLIC vs PRIVATE
453
MOVING OUT MOVING ON
487
INDEX
500
Copyright

PENTAGON PAPERS
310

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About the author (2011)

Benjamin C. Bradlee was born on August 26, 1921 in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard University in 1942. Before becoming a reporter and editor at Newsweek and the Washington Post, he worked for the State Department in Paris. As a reporter in the 1950s, he became close friends with then-Senator John F. Kennedy. In 1960, he toured with both Kennedy and Richard Nixon in their presidential campaigns. He later wrote a book, Conversations with Kennedy, recounting their relationship during those years. He was the executive editor of the Washington Post from 1968 to 1991. In 1971, The New York Times and the Post successfully challenged the government over the right to publish the Pentagon Papers. One year later, he oversaw the Post's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Watergate affair. The Post received 18 Pulitzers during his tenure. His other books include A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures and A Life's Work: Fathers and Sons written with his son Quinn Bradlee. In 2013, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He died of natural causes on October 21, 2014 at the age of 93.

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