The speechwriter: a brief education in politics

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An intimate and hilarious look inside the spin room of the modern politician: a place where ideals are crushed, English is mangled, people are humiliated, and the opportunity for humor is everywhere.Everyone knows this kind of politician: a charismatic maverick who goes up against the system and its ways, but thinks he doesn’t have to live by the rules. Through his own experience as the speechwriter for a controversial governor, Barton Swaim tells the story of a band of believers who attach themselves to this sort of ambitious narcissist—and what happens when it all comes crashing down.The Speechwriter is a funny and candid introduction to the world of politics, where press statements are purposefully nonsensical, grammatical errors are intentional, and better copy means more words. Swaim paints a portrait of a man so principled he’d rather sweat than use state money to pay for air conditioning, so oblivious he’d wear the same stained shirt for two weeks, so egotistical he’d belittle his staffers to make himself feel better, and so self-absorbed he never once apologized to his staff for making his administration the laughing stock of the country. On the surface, this is the story of one politician’s rise and fall. But in the end, it’s a story about us—the very real people who want to believe in our leaders and must learn to survive with broken hearts.
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subject_facet Sanford, Mark, -- 1960-, Sanford, Mark, -- 1960- -- Friends and associates, South Carolina -- Politics and government -- 1951-, Speechwriters -- South Carolina -- Biography, Swaim, Barton, -- 1972-
table_of_contents The dumps -- The writer -- Language -- My list -- Letters -- The art of saying no -- Talking points -- Press conferences -- Verbiage -- Stimulus -- Tea Party -- Fall -- Impeachment -- Larger notion.
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title The speechwriter : a brief education in politics
title_alt Speech-writer :
title_display The speechwriter : a brief education in politics
title_full The Speechwriter A Brief Education in Politics, The speechwriter : a brief education in politics / Barton Swaim, The speechwriter [electronic resource] : a brief education in politics / Barton Swaim
title_short The speechwriter :
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topic Biography & Autobiography, Nonfiction, Politics
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