The Speechwriter

The Speechwriter

A Brief Education in Politics

Book - 2015 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
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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,"--Novelist.
From 2007 to 2010 Swaim worked for Mark Sanford, South Carolina's governor, as a communications officer and speechwriter. 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. 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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476769929
Branch Call Number: 328.33092 SWAIM
Characteristics: ix, 204 pages ; 22 cm.


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Jul 19, 2016

I couldn't get into it. Seems like a puff piece. Perhaps I just don't appreciate the humor.

subwaysam Feb 24, 2016

It is hard to believe that the subject is still in office.

Oct 14, 2015

A wonderful book. I laughed the whole way through.

Sep 09, 2015

Mark Sanford is never named outright in this book, but his strange presence looms over the entire story. Barton Swaim worked as Mark Sanford's speechwriter for 3 years, and he discusses the governor's oddities in great detail. A lot of this book shows what the average day for a speechwriter for entails; writing op-eds, composing thank you notes, giving the governor 3 points to mention in a speech. The book rushes over the more scandalous parts of Mark Sanford's term. It seems like a lot more could have been said about the staff's reactions to what was going on around them. The book ends with a discourse about the nature of democracy and trustworthiness of politicians. It seems disingenuous of Swaim to pretend he was just an observer in the political world when he played a central role in the Sanford administration.

rere3 Aug 27, 2015

Pretty much what the reviews say - well written and entertaining.


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