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Carol Felsenthal

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

Biography: 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.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Carol Felsenthal on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Alice Roosevelt Longworth
ISBN: 0399132589 OCLC: 17264439

Putnam, New York : ©1988.

Citizen newhouse :
ISBN: 9781609801953 OCLC: 909808728

Seven Stories Press, New York : 2011.

An acclaimed biographer takes on one of the world's most elusive media moguls in Citizen Newhouse. The harvest of four years and over 400 interviews, Carol Felsenthal's book is an unauthorized investigative biography that paints a tough yet even-handed portrait. Here is the father, Sam Newhouse, who developed a formula for creating newspaper monopolies in small metropolitan markets and turned it into a huge family fortune. And the sons: Si in the magazine business, with his crown jewels, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Vogue, and Donald, who runs the family's newspaper and cable television companies. Focusing on Si's life and career, Citizen Newhouse takes the measure of one of America's most powerful yet unexamined figures. Felsenthal shows how Si's quirky behavior as a shy and awkward outsider has had a far-reaching impact on the properties he owns, affecting'and in the opinion of some, compromising'the quality of the Newhouse product across the country and the world. Felsenthal shines a light on the breathtaking changes that have taken place among Si's top editors, and the fabulous perks available to members of this elite. She also lays bare the role played by Roy Cohn in the affairs of both father and son. Citizen Newhouse provides a fascinating account of powerful and glamorous lives'and their impact on the newspapers and magazines we read every day.

Citizen Newhouse :
ISBN: 1888363878 OCLC: 39458907

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.

Clinton in exile :
ISBN: 0061231606 OCLC: 234259921

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.

Power, privilege and the post :
ISBN: 9781609802905 OCLC: 1028678284

Seven Stories Press, New York : 2011.

Katharine Graham's story has all the elements of the phoenix rising from the ashes, and in Carol Felsenthal's unauthorized biography, Power, Privilege, and the Post, Graham's personal tragedies and triumphs are revealed. The homely and insecure daughter of the Jewish millionaire and owner of The Washington Post, Eugene Myer, Kay married the handsome, brilliant and power hungry Phillip Graham in 1940. By 1948 Kay's father had turned control of The Washington Post over to Phil, who spent the next decade amassing a media empire that included radio and TV stations. But, as Felsenthal shows, he mostly focused on building the reputation of the Post and positioning himself as a Washington power-player. Plagued by manic depression, Phil's behavior became more erratic and outlandish, and his downward spiral ended in 1963 when he took his own life. Surprising the newspaper industry, Kay Graham took control of the paper, beginning one of the most unprecedented careers in media history. Felsenthal weaves her exhaustive research into a perceptive portrayal of the Graham family and an expert dissection of the internal politics at the Post, and a portrait of one of a unique, tragic, and ultimately triumphant figure of twentieth-century America.

Power, privilege, and the Post :
ISBN: 188836386X OCLC: 26503918

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: 948486835

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