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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Carol Felsenthal  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction


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Illinois Connection

A native Chicagoan, Felsenthal was educated in the Chicago public schools, the University of Illinois at Urbana. Felsenthal still lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Carol Felsenthal is a journalist who specializes in writing biographies and magazine profiles. Her in-depth magazine articles about numerous political figures have recieved wide acclaim. She is also the author of several highly praised biographies on such high-profile figures as Alice Roosevelt Longworth, S. I. Newhouse, Jr., and Katharine Graham. HBO is scheduled to produce a television adaptation of her biography of Katharine Graham, ''Power Priviledge and the Post: The Katharine Graham Story''. She is a Contributing Editor at Chicago magazine.In 2005 and 2006 Felsenthal taught ''Writing Profiles'' at the University of Chicago - a course that drew on her experience writing magazine profiles of people ranging from Ann Landers to Don Rumsfeld.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Citizen Newhouse :
ISBN: 1888363878. OCLC Number:

Seven Stories Press,. New York :. ©1998.

Citizen Newhouse: Portrait Of A Media Merchant by Carol Felsenthal is a hard-hitting expose of the inner workings of a media empire, from its early days at the Staten Island Advance to the latest shake-up at the New Yorker. This unauthorized investigative biography paints an intriguing portrait of Si Newhouse and his family dynasty by revealing the machinations of these atypically elusive media moguls within the high-stakes world of today's entertainment conglomerates.

Power, privilege, and the Post :
ISBN: 188836386X. OCLC Number:

Putnam's,. New York :. ©1993.

Katharine Graham has been called the most powerful woman in the world, and she is perhaps one of the richest. In the wake of her decision to print the Pentagon Papers, she became the most famous newspaper publisher in America. During the Watergate investigation, Richard Nixon's attorney general, John Mitchell, threatened, "Katie Graham is gonna get her tit caught in a big fat wringer if that's published." She didn't flinch and became, to many, a figure of awe. "There's one word that brings us all together here tonight," Art Buchwald announced at her seventieth birthday party in 1987, "and that word is f̀ear.'" The scores of luminaries gathered for the event - senators, CEOs, Supreme Court justices, columnists, movie stars, Cabinet secretaries, even the president of the United States - laughed appreciatively. The laughter of some was tinged with amazement, for they knew her when her husband, Philip Graham - Harvard Law graduate, clerk to Justice Felix Frankfurter, pal of JFK and LBJ, a dazzler who had Washington eating from his palm - ran The Washington Post, which her father had given him. They would never have imagined that the timid wife who walked two steps behind her husband - "a big brown wren," one friend called her - could become the radiant woman toasted affectionately by Ronald Reagan. Kay Graham had grown up in a house staffed by servants. Her father, Eugene Meyer, preoccupied by affairs of state and the economy (he headed the Federal Reserve Board and held other important posts), was a Wall Street millionaire turned public servant par excellence who became a newspaper publisher when he bought the bankrupt Washington Post in 1933. Her mother, Agnes Meyer - "sort of a Viking," as Kay remembered her, "very bright, and utterly contemptuous of everybody else"--Tirelessly promoted her friendships with the likes of Auguste Rodin, Thomas Mann, John Dewey, and Adlai Stevenson, but alternately ignored and belittled her children. Marriage to a man once described as "Agnes Meyer in men's clothes" left Kay shrinking in the background, until the summer day in 1963 when Phil Graham killed himself and she was forced to take over the company. Power, Privilege, and the Post is the story of how Kay Graham grew through sheer determination: at first anxiously dependent on the often patronizing men around her; then stunningly cruel, as she fired one after another of her top editors and executives; and finally triumphant, as she built a spectacularly profitable conglomerate and a newspaper that grew to have international influence.

Princess alice :
ISBN: 0312302223. OCLC Number:

Griffin,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 1988.

Clinton in exile :
ISBN: 0061231606. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins e-books,. Pymble, NSW ;. 2008.

An evaluation of the post-presidential life of Bill Clinton draws on interviews with friends, associates, and adversaries to address questions about how he has adjusted to a life of reduced power, the nature of his relationship with Hillary, and the state of his health.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

For speaking engagements contact Felsenthal directly or her agent for speeches

Arlynn Greenbaum, President Authors Unlimited 31 East 32nd Street, Suite 300 New York, NY 10016 Phone (212)

481-8484 Fax (212)

481-9582 Email

Literary agent

Philippa Brophy, President Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. 65 Bleecker St. New York, NY 10012 Phone (212)

780-1688 Fax (212)

780-6095 Email http

For television/feature film rights, contact

Jody Hotchkiss Hotchkiss & Associates, Inc. 611 Broadway, Suite 741 New York, NY 10012 Phone (212)

253-0161 Fax (212)

253-0519 Email