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Barton Swaim worked as a speechwriter for then-Governor Mark Sanford from 2007 until Sanford left office in 2010, (he was never impeached, and never resigned) so he had a front row seat for Sanford's brief, and small, rise in the national spotlight (he famously refused federal stimulus funds and his arguments against accepting these were remarkably sound, even to this.

Barton Swaim's little jewel of a memoir reads like the best political fiction. My one beef with the book is that it lives up to its subtitle as ‘A Brief Education in Politics’ and is too short

Barton Swaim's little jewel of a memoir reads like the best political fiction. Jonathan Alter, author of The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies). My one beef with the book is that it lives up to its subtitle as ‘A Brief Education in Politics’ and is too short. Mark Sanford has since gone on to be re-elected to Congress for South Carolina’s 1st District.

The Speechwriter, Barton Swaim’s new memoir, is a deeply humane study in both the romance and the . But to a gratifying extent, The Speechwriter isn’t interested in settling scores. Swaim clearly feels affection for Sanford and his fellow staff.

The Speechwriter, Barton Swaim’s new memoir, is a deeply humane study in both the romance and the dissonance. Swaim worked for a term for Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina, the one with the Argentine mistress. Swaim didn’t find out any sooner than anyone else - he didn’t write Sanford’s public apology - but The Speechwriter’s heart is in the way it processes that humiliation. After all, for every politician who falls, a dozen staff fall in microcosm. The book’s care and sympathy, often, cuts deeper than its criticism.

The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics. Barton Swaim was struggling to find an academic job-he’d recently received a PhD in English-when he sent his resume to Mark Sanford, the conservative and controversial governor of South Carolina. He thought he could improve the governor’s writing and speeches. On the surface, this is the story of Sanford’s rise and fall. 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 began his job three years before Sanford’s disgrace in the hope of lifting the governor’s bad prose. Eventually, Swaim grasped an essential truth. But the influence went the other way.

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 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.

Author: Swaim, Barton. Barton Swaim, attended the University of South Carolina and the University of Edinburgh. From 2007 to 2010 he worked for Mark Sanford, South Carolina's governor, as a communications officer and speech-writer

Author: Swaim, Barton. From 2007 to 2010 he worked for Mark Sanford, South Carolina's governor, as a communications officer and speech-writer. He lives in Columbia with his wife, Laura, and three daughters, and writes regularly for the Wall Street Journal and the Times Literary Supplement. Country of Publication.

But now we are the lucky beneficiaries of one last prize from his administration: Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics, a memoir of sorts by the delightfully named Barton Swaim, who worked for Mr. Sanford for three years and 10 months, from 2007 until 2010. Mr. Swaim is so talented a writer, and has such an eye for a telling detail, that you suspect you could put him in any workplace - chicken-processing plant, airport sunglass emporium, stoner skate park - and he would make it come alive in the best possible way.

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Politics can be rewarding, for sure. Perhaps the chief attraction to politics is the constant thrill. You don’t need to describe it with the lofty term public service to recognize that diligence in the employment of an elected official can improve government’s effectiveness and make things a little easier for those who pay for it. There is satisfaction in that. The danger is that over time you stop working for the people who pay for government and begin advancing your boss’s political career.

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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.
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 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 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.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (July 14, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1476769923
ISBN-13: 978-1476769929

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