Name: The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics
Author: Barton Swaim
Genre: Politics, Non-Fiction, Memoir
Difficulty: 3/5 Dictionaries
Barton Swaim is new to the world of 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.
“Stella, I wish you had said that.”
She had tears in her eyes.
Reasons Why You Too Should Read It:
- What is politics?
Swaim is still trying to figure it out, and you probably are too, so pick up this book! Swaim brings you on a range experiences, from his miniscule tasks to the emotion every staff felt after the governor’s scandal had destroyed their hard work.
- It is raw and honest.
Yes, Swaim is neutral in his writing. He ‘wrote [the book] because he had to it” and for you to enjoy. 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.
- How is language used?
Of course, with the job of a speechwriter, Swaim’s experience revolves around writing. In fact, there are a few chapters that 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 style, and it speaks volume* 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!