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Yours in Truth: A Personal Portrait of Ben Bradlee Hardcover – May 8, 2012
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“A fairly complete and rare portrait of this last of the lion-king newspaper editors . . . deftly curates previously published material, boring in on the newly revealed and revealing, ultimately creating the best Bradlee biography we’re likely to get.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Surprising and compulsively readable . . . Himmelman’s chapters on Watergate are especially masterful, untangling that web in a fresh and comprehensible way.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“A sparkling, revealing, definitely controversial, and very readable book . . . highly amusing, particularly for any connoisseur of juicy modern American politics.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“The bold brilliance of Jeff Himmelman’s Yours in Truth comes through because it is not simply a biography of a quixotic figure who changed the timbre of American newspapers. Rather, it is also a riveting history lesson with fastidiously researched facts intertwined with first-person observations.”—Charleston Post and Courier
“Embedded in Yours in Truth there are fundamental insights about journalism and the role of a dynamic press.”—The Atlantic
“The biographer either sells his soul for the cozy dinners or bails for the truth. Himmelman chose the latter.”—The Huffington Post
“Riveting new life of one of America’s greatest editors.”—The Daily Beast
About the Author
Jeff Himmelman has worked on two national bestsellers, Bob Woodward’s Maestro and Tim Russert’s Big Russ & Me, and was the co-author of A Different Life with Quinn Bradlee. He has written for The Washington Post and The New York Times Magazine; his work with Woodward and a team of other reporters helped The Post secure the national reporting Pulitzer Prize for its post-9/11 coverage. He is also a professional musician who writes, records, and performs under the name Down Dexter. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter.
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But what really sets this book apart is Himmelman's own personal relationship to Bradlee and his world. The dynamic between the three reporters - Bradlee, Woodward and Himmelman - has a literary drama all its own. Much has been made in the press about Bradlee's doubts about Woodward's veracity on a few details. What's interesting when you read the whole story in the book is how much more revealing Woodward's reaction is than the so-called "revelation" itself. It's a Freudian drama if ever there was one. In fact, what we see in the book is the very essence of Bradlee that Himmelman describes.Read more ›
I approached the book expecting to find the topic relevant given my professional life, but I really had no idea how totally enthralling the material would be. Himmelman took me on a complete journey through history, through emotions, and, most importantly, through Ben Bradlee's life. I am now dreaming about Bradlee's life and legacy, and I've only just begun to internalize the many lessons he teaches us about how to live life, how to lead, and how to stand up to power (even once you become part of the establishment). I know that I learned so very much, but it was so breezy along the way! I've never had such a pleasant experience reading a non-fiction biography.
I highly recommend this book, not just to journalism junkies like me, but to anyone looking for an enjoyable, enlightening read. But be prepared that once you start reading, you won't want to put it down. Kudos to Himmelman for this beautiful, personal portrait, as the subtitle very accurately advertises.
Himmelman has uncovered a treasure of letters, memos, and interviews that, on their own, add color to a larger-than-life character in Bradlee. A natural storyteller, Himmelman artfully weaves this material together into a beautiful narrative about a man who has reported on, and been involved in, so many pivotal events in recent times.
Himmelman puts the reader in the middle of all the action. Through much of the book I felt like I was in the newsroom with Bradlee and his team of reporters. Other times I was in a room alone with Bradlee, soaking in his hilarious but always provocative quotes, which always seemed to include a few four-letter words.
You certainly don't need to know anything about Ben Bradlee, Watergate, the Pentagon Papers, or journalism for that matter to enjoy this book. It's simply a great read, with an unforgettable leading character.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fascinating man! Good history of this important character in the Washington scene.Published 6 months ago by JA
Organized and well written. Good research skills delving into massive archives. Sometimes author uses friendship with Bradlee to excuse Bradlee's mistakes.Published 9 months ago by Stephen Merchant
Spotty. Several chapters are not worth reading. But the sections on Bradlee's relationship with JFK and Mrs. Kennedy are extremely interesting.Published 12 months ago by John McCann
I haven't read Jeff Himmelman's book on Benjamin C. Bradlee, former Executive Editor of the Washington Post from 1968 to 1991, but I have read Ben Bradlee's memoir 'A Good Life:... Read morePublished 16 months ago by booklover2
I've wanted to know more about Ben Bradlee's story since reading All the President's Men, though I knew there was much, much more to his professional life than simply being chief... Read morePublished 19 months ago by EM in NC
As full a portrait of Bradlee as we're ever likely to get, thanks to the degree of access Himmelman was provided. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Scott Willett
If I didn't know the author I probably wouldn't have read this book, but I'm thrilled I did. This was my first introduction to Ben Bradlee and the behind the scenes workings of... Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Cameron Scott
Many fascinating anecdotes, but lacking distance from the subject. The author seems to have been too much of a Bradlee fan to provide balance.Published on January 16, 2013 by Ranger