Yours in Truth

Yours in Truth

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a€œI hope wea€™re as good friends when you finish your book as we are now, a€ Ben Bradlee, the legendary former executive editor of The Washington Post, told Jeff Himmelman in March 2010. a€œBut I dona€™t give a [expletive deleted] what you write about me.a€ So begins Yours in Truth, an intimate portrait of a fixture on the American scene for nearly half a centurya€”a close friend to John F. Kennedy; the center of D.C. social life; and a crusty, charismatic editor whose decisions at the helm of the Post during Watergate changed the course of history. Granted unprecedented access to Bradlee and his colleagues, friends, and private files, Himmelman draws on never-before-seen internal Post memos, correspondence, personal photographs, and private interviews to trace the full arc of Bradleea€™s forty-five-year careera€”from his early days as a press attachAc in postwar Paris through the Pentagon Papers, Richard Nixona€™s resignation, the Janet Cooke fabrication scandal, and beyond. Along the way, Himmelman also unearths a series of surprisesa€”about Watergate, and about Bradleea€™s private relationships with Post owner Katharine Graham and President Kennedy and his wife, Jackie. a€œDona€™t feel that you have to protect me, a€ Bradlee told Himmelman whenever the reporting started to strike close to home. a€œFollow your nose.a€ Those instructions, familiar to any Post reporter, have resulted in this thoughtfully constructed and beautifully written account of a magnetic man whose career has come to define the golden age of newspapers in America, when the press battled for its freedoma€”and won. a€œThe absolute best nonfiction book of the year . . . a work of journalistic art . . . history straight and true . . . should be required reading at the Columbia School of Journalism.a€a€”Chicago Tribune From the Hardcover edition.He started ofiiin Metro, as nearly all new reporters did, and quickly earned an enduring reputation as a cigarette ... Apparently he used to rent cars on assignment and then leave them parked in random locations only to Forget about them, ... Street, Ben noticed that Bernstein would unthinkingly let his cigarettes burn out on the brand-new floor around his desk. ... a€œIf wea#39;d have had a list of people to get rid ofa#39;, he would have been very high on it, a€ Ben told Halberstam in the late seventies.

Title:Yours in Truth
Author: Jeff Himmelman
Publisher:Random House - 2012-05-08

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