Everyone knows this kind of politician: a charismatic maverick who goes up against the system and its ways, but thinks he doesnât 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 narcissistâand 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 heâd rather sweat than use state money to pay for air conditioning, so oblivious heâd wear the same stained shirt for two weeks, so egotistical heâd 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 politicianâs rise and fall. But in the end, itâs a story about usâthe very real people who want to believe in our leaders and must learn to survive with broken hearts.
About: 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.
About: The Speechwriter brings you inside the spin room of the modern politician in “a wry and eloquent memoir” (The Wall Street Journal) that is “the best book about politics I’ve read in years” (GQ) and “will become a classic” (The Washington Post).
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