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The speechwriter : a brief education in politics, Barton Swaim

Label
The speechwriter : a brief education in politics
Title
The speechwriter
Title remainder
a brief education in politics
Statement of responsibility
Barton Swaim
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 humour 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 Speechwriteris 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
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 328.3/3092
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
F275.42.S26
LC item number
S94 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Label
The speechwriter : a brief education in politics, Barton Swaim
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
ix, 204 pages
Isbn
9781476769943
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2014047506
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (FIPpSEB)SS6769943
  • (FIPpSEB)SS6769943
Label
The speechwriter : a brief education in politics, Barton Swaim
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
ix, 204 pages
Isbn
9781476769943
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2014047506
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (FIPpSEB)SS6769943
  • (FIPpSEB)SS6769943

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