She began her career in 1954 as a shy Washington Evening Star cub reporter at the Army-McCarthy hearings on Capitol Hill; when she died fifty years later, she was a Washington Post syndicated columnist carried in forty newspapers, winner of the Post’s Eugene Meyer Award, and the first woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize for commentary. In his colorful new biography of Mary McGrory (Viking, $28.95), John Norris, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, recounts this pioneering female journalist’s many professional achievements, as well as her long-lasting personal disappointment over an unrequited love. Half-Irish and half-German, McGrory celebrated St. Patrick’s Day every year by baking Italian lasagna in her Cleveland Park apartment.  Although she had a manner that was erudite and polite, at heart she was a hardworking political watchdog who wrote with an unexpected, unmistakable bark. President Johnson tried to seduce her by comparing himself to President Kennedy; President Nixon tried to silence her by adding her name to his most-hated enemies list.  Neither president was successful. But her biographer does indeed succeed in rounding out the life of this widely respected journalist, the model for successors like Molly Ivins and Maureen Dowd in the next generation.

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Published: Viking - September 22nd, 2015

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ISBN: 9780143109815
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Published: Penguin Books - November 1st, 2016