Presidents and Their Pens: The Story of White House Speechwriters (Paperback)

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By James C. Humes, Julie Nixon Eisenhower (Introduction by)
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Presidents and Their Pens: The Story of White House Speechwriters explores 23 presidencies through the detailed analysis of speeches including Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, Teddy Roosevelt's "Big Stick" speech, Eisenhower's farewell to the nation, and Bill Clinton's compassionate words in the wake of tragedy. Confidant and wordsmith to five Republican presidents (Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush), professor of language and noted historian James C. Humes tells how and why presidential speeches have marked milestones in our nation's history, from Washington through Obama. Readers will find out how FDR brought down the house with humor, how "Give 'em hell" Harry Truman planned his Whistle-Stop Tours, and how Ronald Reagan defied his advisors to make history at the Berlin Wall. Presenting stories of greatness as well as tragically unfulfilled promise, Presidents and Their Pens also features an introduction by author and historian Julie Nixon Eisenhower.

About the Author

James C. Humes, White House speechwriter for Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, George H.W. Bush, and Reagan, has practiced the art of public speaking as an attorney, lecturer, diplomat, and Pennsylvania State Legislator. The author of 38 books, Humes wrote the Pulitzer-nominated biography Churchill, Speaker of the Century, which won an Athenaeum of Philadelphia Literary Award. Other Humes titles include Churchill, The Prophetic Statesman; Target Churchill (with Warren Adler); Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln: 21 Powerful Secrets of History's Greatest Speakers; The Reagan Persuasion: Charm, Deliver and Inspire a Winning Message; My Fellow Americans: Presidential Addresses That Shaped History; and Confessions of a White House Ghostwriter: Five Presidents and Other Political Adventures. Currently a Fellow at the University of Colorado, Humes has shared his expertise on American government as guest lecturer at more than 30 universities in Asia and Latin America, on behalf of the U.S. State Department.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780761867272
ISBN-10: 0761867279
Publisher: Hamilton Books
Publication Date: March 18th, 2016
Pages: 174
Language: English