Book Review – The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics

Name: The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics
Author: Barton Swaim
ISBN: 978-1-4767-6992-9
Genre: Politics, Non-Fiction, Memoir
Pages: 204
Difficulty: 3/5 Dictionaries

Brief Introduction:

Barton Swaim is new to politics, but he is now a speechwriter for a local governor and is willing to learn. Indeed, he learns a lot. Through the eyes of Barton Swaim, we get an honest insight into the ins and outs of the world of politics.

Favourite Quote:

“Stella, I wish you had said that.”

She had tears in her eyes.

Reasons Why You Too Should Read It:

  1. What is politics?

Swaim is still trying to figure it out, and you probably are, too, so pick up this book! Swaim brings you a range of experiences, from his minuscule tasks to every staff member’s emotion after the governor’s scandal had destroyed their hard work.

  1. It is raw and honest.

Yes, Swaim is neutral in his writing. He ‘wrote [the book] because he had to” and for you to enjoy. But, in addition, he is not afraid to tell you how he felt when his writing was sent back by the governor or what he did to try to keep his job. This allows us, readers, to trust the book, thus giving us reliable insight into the world of politics.

  1. How is language used?

Of course, with the job of a speechwriter, Swaim’s experience revolves around writing. In fact, a few chapters focus solely on writing and the use of language. For example, Swaim teaches us the importance of nuance when he begins transcribing his letters to understand “the reason for [the governor’s] choice of words”. In addition, I realised that we all have a unique set of writing styles, and it speaks volumes* about us.

*You’ll understand the reason for the phrase if you read the book 🙂

A long-overdue book review, my apologies. I would love to hear what you guys think and know what book(s) you are reading now. Do leave a comment!
Love, Temidayo 

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