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Author: Ben Bradlee Narrator: Ben Bradlee Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 1995 ISBN: 9780743547932
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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 U.S. 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 under way.

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 afterwards 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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] sassy, sometimes eye-poppingly, engrossing autobiography. Delicious inside stuff: tales told out of school…A Good Life is must reading.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • A Good Life is a delightful book. It is entrancing and randy. It is remarkably evocative of Ben Bradlee, the dynamic, aggressive, irreverent, principled, gutsy man who turned a pedestrian Washington Post into a great newspaper.” 

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “On one level, Mr. Bradlee’s book is a compelling and colorful story about the life and times of a journalist whose career converged with many of the great stories of his generation. On another, perhaps more subtle, level, the Post’s great stories—and how the newspaper pursued them, overcame obstacles to get them, decided to publish them and how they affected the nation—provide for readers of this very entertaining and illuminating autobiography important insights into the inextricable relationship between the government and the press.” 

    Baltimore Sun

  • “History comes alive as longtime Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee recalls his life as a journalist and eyewitness to the major events of the last half of the twentieth century. Bradlee reads his own words with a slow, measured pace. His voice has a throaty, gravelly quality with an almost sing-song cadence. But his distinctive delivery is well suited to this audio presentation full of personal reminiscences and historical revelations. Hearing about the Kennedy years and the investigation of Watergate from one who was there makes for great listening pleasure and fascinating entertainment.” 


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About the Author

Ben Bradlee was executive editor of the Washington Post from 1968 to 1991 after three years as the managing editor. He challenged the government on the press’ right to print the Pentagon Papers and assisted in the publications of stories about the Watergate Scandal. Now he serves as the newspaper’s vice president at large. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and their son.