Bill O'Leary (Jacket Photograph) New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995. First Printing. Hardcover. 25 cm. 514 pages. Illustrations. Index. Front DJ flap price clipped. Some soiling to DJ. Inscribed by the author. Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee (August 26, 1921 – October 21, 2014) was an American newspaperman. He was the executive editor of The Washington Post from 1968 to 1991. He became a national figure during the presidency of Richard Nixon, when he challenged the federal government over the right to publish the Pentagon Papers and oversaw the publication of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's stories documenting the Watergate scandal. At his death he held the title of vice president at-large of The Washington Post. He was also an advocate for education and the study of history, including working for years as an active trustee on the boards of several major educational, historical, and archeological research institutions. This is the witty, candid story of a daring man who made his own way to the heights of American journalism and public life, of the adventure that took him at only twenty years old straight from Harvard to almost four years in the shooting war in the South Pacific, and back, from a maverick New Hampshire weekly to an apprenticeship for Newsweek in postwar Paris, then to a Bureau chief’s desk, and finally to the apex of his career at The Washington Post. Bradlee took the helm of The Washington Post in 1965. He and his reporters transformed it into one of the most influential and respected news publications in the world, reinvented modern investigative journalism, and redefined the way news is reported, published, and read. Under his direction, the paper won eighteen Pulitzer Prizes. His leadership and investigative drive following the break-in at the Democratic National Committee led to the downfall of a president, and kept every president afterward on his toes. Bradlee challenged the federal government over the right to publish the Pentagon Papers—and won. His ingenuity led to the creation of the Style Section, a revolutionary newspaper feature in its time. Condition: Very good / Good.
Keywords: Washington Post, Katharine Graham, Cold War, Watergate, Richard M. Nixon, Pentagon Papers, Vietnam, Journalism, Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward, JFK, Sally Quinn