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Author Schlesinger, Robert.

Title White House ghosts : presidents and their speechwriters / Robert Schlesinger.

Publication Info. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2008.


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 Bristol, Manross Branch - Non Fiction  973.099 SC38    Check Shelf
 Mansfield, Main Library - Adult Nonfiction  973.09 SCHLESINGER    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  973.099 SCH38    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  973.9 SCHLESINGER    Check Shelf
 Windsor, Main Library - Adult Department  973.099 SC    Check Shelf
Edition First Simon and Schuster hardcover edition.
Description viii, 581 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Note "From FDR to George W. Bush"--Jacket.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 495-558) and index.
Contents Introduction: The coming of the "literary clerk" -- "Grace, take a law" -- "Missouri English" -- "Sometimes you sure get tired of all this clackety-clack" -- the age of Sorensen -- "Now that's what I call a news lead" -- "Concern for image must rank with concern for substance" -- "Go back and give me one speech, not two speeches" -- "Don't give any explanation. Just say I cancelled the damn speech" -- The musketeers -- "I'm not going to dance on the Berlin Wall" -- "No, no, so, this is a speech -- I just want to talk to people" -- "The Troika".
Summary Evaluates the relationships between modern presidents and their speechwriters and offers insight into the agendas behind some of history's most famous addresses, in an account that traces the careers of such figures as Ted Sorensen, Peggy Noonan, and William Safire.
Subject Presidents -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Political oratory -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Speechwriting -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Speechwriters -- United States -- Interviews.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1989-
Added Title Presidents and their speechwriters
ISBN 9780743291699
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