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A Good Life

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An eyewitness account from the playing fields where the first rough draft of history was written. On August 8, 1942, I graduated from Harvard by the skin of my teeth at 10 a.m. At noon I was commissioned an ensign in the US Naval Reserve. And at 4 p.m., I married Jean Saltonstall, the first and only girl I had ever been with, and I was on my way to someplace called the South Pacific. I was not yet 21.... The education of Benjamin C. Bradlee was finally underway. And so begins this witty, candid story of a daring young man who made his way to the heights of American journalism and public life, from a New Hampshire weekly through his foreign correspondent years in Europe, to the apex of his career at the Washington Post, whose Watergate coverage gave journalism its finest hours. An eyewitness to most of the seminal events of our time, a good friend to President Kennedy, and a dreaded foe of President Nixon, Bradlee watched and talked to most of the heroes and villains who were making such vivid history so fast. Taking the helm of the Washington Post in 1965, Bradlee and his reporters redefined the way the news is reported, published, and read; 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. A Good Life is Bradlee's irreverent, earthy, and revealing look at modern American journalism - and the extraordinary life story of the man who helped to reinvent it.

©1995 Ben Bradlee (P)2004 S&S Audio

Narrator: Ben Bradlee
Author: Ben Bradlee
Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
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A Good Life

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This is the witty, candid story of a daring young man who made his own way to the heights of American journalism and public life, of the great adventure that took him at only 20 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 the Washington 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 18 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, backed every step of the way by the Graham family, challenged the federal government over the right to publish the Pentagon Papers - and won. His ingenuity, and the spirited reporting of Sally Quinn, now his wife, led to the creation of the Style Section, a revolutionary newspaper feature in its time, now copied by just about every paper in the country.

©2017 Ben Bradlee (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Narrator: Arthur Morey
Author: Ben Bradlee
Length: 20 hrs
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The Forgotten

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The people of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, voted Democratic for decades, until Donald Trump flipped it in 2016. What happened? Named one of the "juiciest political books to come in 2018" by Entertainment Weekly. In The Forgotten, Ben Bradlee, Jr., reports on how voters in Luzerne County, a pivotal county in a crucial swing state, came to feel like strangers in their own land - marginalized by flat or falling wages, rapid demographic change, and a liberal culture that mocks their faith and patriotism. Fundamentally rural and struggling with changing demographics and limited opportunity, Luzerne County can be seen as a microcosm of the nation. In The Forgotten, Trump voters speak for themselves, explaining how they felt others were "cutting in line" and that the federal government was taking too much money from the employed and giving it to the idle. The loss of breadwinner status, and more importantly, the loss of dignity, primed them for a candidate like Donald Trump.  The political facts of a divided America are stark, but the stories of the men, women, and families in The Forgotten offer a kaleidoscopic and fascinating portrait of the complex on-the-ground political reality of America today. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Ben Bradlee (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Author: Ben Bradlee
Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
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