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An Insider's Take on Political Rhetoric

For almost thirty years, William F. Gavin wrote speeches at the highest levels of government. Speechwright is his insider’s view of politics, a shrewd critique of presidential and congressional rhetoric, and a personal look at the political leaders for whom he wrote speeches. While serving President Richard Nixon and candidate Ronald Reagan, Gavin advocated for “working rhetoric”—well-crafted, clear, hard-hitting arguments that did not off er visions of the unattainable, but instead limited political discourse to achievable ends reached through practical means. Filled with hard-earned wisdom about politics and its discontents, Speechwright describes Gavin’s successes, his failures, and his call for political rhetoric built on strong argument rather than the mere search for eloquence.

Publication Date: November 1st, 2011
172 pages| 6 in x 9 in
William F. Gavin is a former speechwriter for President Richard Nixon and candidate Ronald Reagan and the author of the novels One Hell of a Candidate and The Ernesto \u201cChe\u201d Guevara School for Wayward Girls.

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