*** The Speechwriter by Barton Swaim

The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics is written by the ex-writer for Governor Mark Stanford, of “walking the Appalachian Trail” fame. It is written in an even voice, telling the story of a difficult job at a tumultuous time, and it does not focus on the scandal, not particularly. Instead, the author explains how he made a systematic study of his boss’s (bad) writing style so he could really write like him and how he ghost-writes letters to the editor, all a little different from each other but on the same theme, to influence issues. And in the wake of the scandals, how he had to rewrite scores of templates for thank you letters that all alluded to integrity…

A very interesting look at what happens in the back offices of politicians.


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