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Product Details

  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (November 11, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400030595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400030590
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The late Graham's posthumous legacy is a delightful and insightful anthology of writings on the city that formed so much of her personality and her professional life. Drawing on her personal collection of writings, Graham offers a broad array of opinions and observations in more than 100 articles and essays from humorists, journalists, novelists, socialites, and political luminaries and their wives--many of them personal friends. The book is arranged by theme--social Washington, president watching, wartime Washington--with Graham setting the scene and tone beforehand, using insights gleaned from her mother's diary for the period pieces. Will Rogers offers insights on Calvin Coolidge, Barbara Howar recalls a falling out with the Lyndon Johnsons, Henry Kissinger recalls the end of the Nixon presidency, and Eugene Robinson offers a look at the black Washington tourists rarely see. It's all inside Washington, sharp, witty, and carefully chosen to convey the city's atmosphere and personality and Graham's own interests in the people and the politics--social and governmental. A worthy follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiography, Personal History (1997). Vanessa Bush
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“Magnificent . . . warmly personable. . . . Exquisitely delicious. . . . With its treasures, rarities and surprises . . . there is nothing else like it.” —The Washington Post Book World

“Lively, affectionate…rich with wise commentary and quirky inside scenes.…Graham’s fascination with the human side of the capital shines through.” —Newsweek

“Packed with intriguing people and those who write about them.… Full of funny moments.… Washington in the eyes of Katharine Graham is…a city unlike any other in the world.… Her spirit permeates the pages.” —Newsday

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A reader on January 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am not completely finished with this book, but wanted to post a review urging all who are interested in the history of our country to read this.
Mrs. Graham has gathered articles from many people associated with the govenment and also some who were natives of Washington and in the social scene. Some were White House employees. She has written an introduction to each article which is helpful.
There are many interesting stories never seen before. I especially liked the articles of behind the scenes preparations for the visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1939 by White House employees. Eleanor Roosevelt's article is different than the one she has in her book as it does not include the stop at Hyde Park.
Mamie is presented as a difficult taskmaster by the White House seamstress. All good reading.
I don't know if young folks will enjoy this book as much as I did, but they should give it a try.
Only objection. There were not enough pictures!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By steve on March 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
After reading Graham's personal history I was dissapointed that there was nothing else written by her. This book fufills that dissapointment. She provides all sorts of views about Washington even though she doesn't agree with them all. There are articles written by Nancy Reagan, Henry Kissinger, Alice Roosevelt, and many, many more. A great read for anyone interested in Graham or Washington.
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Format: Paperback
If you are interested in Washington DC, recent American history, politics, and prominent figures of the 20th century – this is a must read. I read Graham’s book Personal History and was hoping this volume would be as interesting. It does not disappoint. Like Personal History, it’s a peek, an insider’s view at people and places most of us never had the privilege of experiencing first hand. A great read – highly recommended.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SCELLI on February 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
for me it's very interesting book and in Italy very difficult to find it. Thank you very match

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rafael Lopez Callejon on October 26, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
It's a very well narrated book. It's neat. But majority of facts are irrelevant. Firstly, she tells about the life of his father, and them, she tells about the life of his husband. It's very superficial.
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