All about the Story: News, Power, Politics, and the Washington Post

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About the Author
Leonard Downie, Jr. was the Executive Editor of the Washington Post . Downie has spent his entire journalistic career at the paper, where he started as a summer intern reporter in 1965. He soon became a prize-winning investigative reporter on the paper's Metro desk. In 1974, when he was Assistant Managing Editor for Metropolitan News, Downie oversaw the paper's Watergate coverage. Downie has also served as the Post 's London correspondent before becoming National Editor in 1982. In 1984, he was named Managing Editor of the Washington Post , a position he held until 1991, when he was named Executive Editor. Under Downie's leadership, the paper won 25 Pulitzer Prizes including three Pulitzer gold medals for public service.
"As befitting a master editor, Downie's memoir is both tight and revelatory....At a time when the press is under relentless attack from the Trump administration, Downie's engrossing memoir reminds readers of the personal sacrifices journalists make in pursuit of a story and the rigorous criteria they apply in delivering the news."--Booklist
"Leonard Downie's colorful and insightful account of a career dedicated to producing honest journalism is exactly what we need in this era when fury and fiction have distorted our politics and even our response to pandemics. His stories provide a great guide not only for a return to better journalism but also to a better society."--Walter Isaacson, author of Leonardo Da Vinci and Steve Jobs
"More than any journalist I've known, Len Downie is what his title states - All About the Story. His book teems with captivating chapters taking us inside the Washington Post as it covers the most important events of our times. But above all else, it serves as a powerful testament to the essential role a free press plays in the American democracy."--David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author
"One of the great editors in the history of American journalism tells his own compelling story of rising to the top of The Washington Post newsroom."--Kevin Merida, Editor-in-Chief of ESPN's The Undefeated and former Managing Editor of The Washington Post

"An absorbing career memoir and an illuminating history of the Post's news coverage during the last 50 years."--Kirkus Starred Review
"Elegiac.... At a time when the news media itself is increasingly becoming part of the story, this insider take on newsroom culture resonates."--Publishers Weekly

"Len Downie, the tough and fearless editor of the legendary Washington Post, has always had the scoop and now takes us inside the tense showdowns at the CIA and Oval Office to give us the story behind those stories, many of which changed history. At a moment when autocrats around the world including inside the U.S. are trying to destroy the credibility of the mainstream media, Downie's account is an indispensable and eye-opening defense of the truth, and the journalists who tell it."--Jane Mayer, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of Dark Money