A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures

A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures

by Ben Bradlee


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The classic New York Times bestselling memoir by legendary Executive Editor of The Washington Post Ben Bradlee—with a new foreword by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein and an afterword by Sally Quinn.

The most important, glamorous, and famous newspaperman of modern times traces his path from Harvard to the battles of the South Pacific to the pinnacle of success at The Washington Post. After Bradlee took the helm in 1965, he and his reporters transformed the Post into one of the most influential and respected news publications in the world, reinvented modern investigative journalism, won eighteen Pulitzer Prizes, and redefined the way news is reported, published, and read.

His leadership and investigative drive during the Watergate scandal led to the downfall of a president, and his challenge to the government over the right to publish the Pentagon Papers changed the course of American history.

Bradlee’s timeless memoir is a fascinating, irreverent, earthy, and revealing look at America and American journalism in the twentieth century — a “sassy, sometimes eye-poppingly, engrossing autobiography...must reading” (The New York Times Book Review).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501191718
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 11/21/2017
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 141,573
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Ben Bradlee was Executive Editor of The Washington Post from 1968 to 1991.

Table of Contents

Foreword Bob Woodward Carl Bernstein xi

Preface xvii

1 Early Years 1

2 Harvard 29

3 Navy 48

4 New Hampshire 80

5 Washington Post: First Tour 98

6 Paris I-Press Attaché 119

7 Paris II-Newsweek 139

8 Newsweek, Washington 177

9 JFK 191

10 Newsweek Sale; JFK; PHIL 211

11 Post-JFK 242

12 Washington Post, 1965-71 262

13 Pentagon Papers 300

14 Watergate 315

15 After Watergate 379

16 Washington Post, 1975-80 405

17 Janet Cooke 430

18 National Security: Public vs. Private 449

19 Moving Out, Moving On 482

Afterword Sally Quinn 495

Index 501

Picture Credits 521

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Guest More than 1 year ago
The story of Benjamin C.Bradlee is a straight forward one. A true American Hero! This book will reveal a lot more if the reader listens to the Audio Tapes (4 cassettes) of the same title read by the great man himself. The pauses, the passion, the idefatigable search for news is best revealed in his own voice. An unforgettable experience!