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
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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