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A Good Life: Newspapering And Other Adventures Paperback – 11 Sep 1996

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Touchstone Ed edition (11 Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684825236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684825236
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 4.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I bought this book having been fascinated with Watergate, Nixon, All The Presidents Men, The Final Days etc. hoping for an insight into events surrounding Watergate in particular. What I got was surprise after surprise, especially Bradlee's relationship with the Kennedy's. Of course Bradlee does provide a personal slant on Watergate, vividly portraying the intense pressure the Washington Post was under at the time. While Bradlee came from, and exploited, well-heeled connections, he also possesses street cred in abundance. The film portrayal of Bradlee as a tough nut with a boyish sense of adventure, appears accurate in light of this autobiography. Not a particularly modest man, but then again, neither were his achievements. Well worth the read.
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Format: Paperback
the booklist review says it best--there is an undercurrent of class entitlement that runs through this memoir, but the book is so good as a whole that bradlee can easily be forgiven...overall, he's a sort of political superhero:
"was buddies with jfk!" "knows the identity of deep throat!" "mocks art buchwald in print--and gets away with it!"
there's no doubt this is one helluva talented guy, but he was born with silver spoon firmly insterted in oral cavity, even if it wasn't polished to a shine. near the end of the book, he talks about buying a 2.5 million dollar mansion in georgetown with an "aw, shucks" attittude (only able to do it because of post stock rising rapidly) that's downright annoying for miserable journalistic peons like me to have to read.
but for the most part, i liked it a lot. i'm too young to remember most of the events, and this was a great alternative history that i really appreciated. the other great thing about this memoir is the mention of other people's books in it that sound like good reads, so i'm using it as a bibliography, too.
finally, sally quinn (wife #3) is a babe. superheros (even media ones) always get the girl. rock on, benji.
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Format: Audio Cassette
A friend asked me why I would want to read a book about a retired editor of a newspaper concerned mainly about politics and government in a city far, far away. Shows what she knows. Ben Bradlee's book is not really about newspapering in Washington, but rather about living through the 60s, 70s and 80s. Yes, there is journalism throughout ­ how could there not be. But Bradlee writes history and he uses the journalism as a tool to tell stories, which is what journalists do best. Read about the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, Kennedy. It seems that all the events that shape our recent memory are covered first-hand in this book. Bradlee doesn't shy from the glare of the spotlight either. He tells his own history, blemishes and all, with the direct voice that politicians came to expect from the editor of the Washington Post. It's a fascinating read.
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Format: Hardcover
I first heard the name Ben Bradlee while watching "All the President's Men" in 11th grade history class. I'm a big fan of Watergate and all its intricacies, so I bought the book. It really surprised me. Being an autobiography, I wasn't expecting much, but this is truly a good book. Bradlee shares with us his life in full...his ups and downs...loves and lost loves. He also gives a more personal account of JFK. His devotion to and love for journalism is something that should be applauded...and copied. This book shows that there are some people out there who still believe in publishing good, honest news. If you want to read a good book about a great newpaperman, this is the one to read.
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Format: Paperback
Ben Bradlee's career as a journalist encompassed many of the most
important events of the late 20th century: from World War II to
Watergate, from the domestic revolutions of the '60s to the
international revolutions of the '90s. While serving as the
Washington Post's Executive Editor from 1968 to 1991, the
newspaper became a world-renowned and respected model of
fearless and innovative journalism. A witty and candid story of a
good life -- and a great read.This text refers to the hardcover
edition of this title. -
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Format: Paperback
As a reporter and newspaper editor Ben Bradlee was able to experience important historical events as they were in the making. A fascinating personal account, from his perspective, on not only the events but also the people involved. Many people he knew as professionals also became his friends, such as Jack Kennedy, Art Buchwald and Katherine Graham. Written like a historical diary, throughout the book he manages to weave his family life in with historical events. Truly an "insider's" perspective, but why did he wait until the 1980's to ask Bob Woodward who "Deep Throat" is? Interesting reading.
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