When Jeff Bezos bought the once mighty Washington Post, many wondered if even the genius behind Amazon could save the struggling masthead, including Bezos himself.

Jeff Bezos was surprised by the call. "Why would I even be a candidate to buy the Post?" he asked the woman on the line, Nancy Peretsman, who was working for the famous newspaper company in an attempt to find it a new owner, after years of brutal cuts and dwindling readership. "I don't know anything about the newspaper industry."

He seemed cool to the idea. But he'd known about the Post since he was

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