|Katharine Graham & Ben Bradlee |
In 1971 I was thirteen years old, we'd recently moved from Panama to the US and certainly the Vietman War was not something I followed or had top of mind. I remember the news dispatches on the television, certainly it was a war that was far away and I did not know anyone who was in the Armed Forces, it's not something I remember very well.
Today I saw the movie, The Post, and certainly learned about the events that led up to the publishing of the Pentagon Papers and the historical significance of the press taking on the government and the US Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Washington Post and the New York Times. If you have any interest in history, its a movie worth seeing.
Meryl Streep does an amazing job of portraying Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks is amazing as Ben Bradlee. I had forgotten about Dan Ellsberg, he was the key to the entire story. He provided the copies of the Pentagon study secrets documents to both papers. If Ellsberg had not shared these documents, who knows how this history would have been written.
Knowing that I was going to see the movie, a few weeks ago I read a book about Katharine Graham's life, by Carol Felsenthal. The book was amazing, Katharine Graham certainly had a very interesting, privileged, powerful and tragic life. She died at age 84, in July of 2001. The book cover is below. There is another book about her life, written by Katharine Graham herself, titled Personal History, for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. I'm going to read this one and see how the books differ.
In 2013, its longtime controlling family, the Graham family, sold the newspaper to billionaire entrepreneur and Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos for $250 million in cash. The newspaper is owned by Nash Holdings LLC, a holding company Bezoscreated for the acquisition.