He came in when the town was just starting an epic rise, and he stepped down from the Post just before the rise of the Internet shot that paper, and the entire news industry, to hell.
Part of good living is having good timing in your profession, and as a newspaper man, Ben Bradlee's was perfect.
The man was a lion with balls the size of mangoes and a wit as sharp as a straight razor. He did not suffer fools well, and so was rarely surrounded by them.
And did he like flaks? No, not much. The above letter to a circus public relations man (for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus), is a masterpiece!