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Confessions of a White House Ghostwriter: Five Presidents and Other Political Adventures Hardcover – 8 May 1997

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing Inc (8 May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895264331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895264336
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.4 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,711,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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White House speechwriter James C. Humes put words into the mouths of five presidents - Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Bush. In the process, he got to know these prominent leaders as few ordinary staffers could, while observing the inner workings of the White House. Now, in this frank and witty memoir, Humes reveals how vital political decisions and great political speeches were made. And he underlines the importance of character in a politician - something no speechwriter can hide. Humes shares what he learned in his 25-year career as a presidential speechwriter. Page after page crackles with such fascinating disclosures as Nixon's suspicions about the identity of "Deep Throat", the real reason behind Ford's pardon of Nixon, why Reagan was his own best speechwriter, and why Bush lost. Humes reveals the secrets of the speechwriting trade, and spins marvelous anecdotes including sending Eisenhower to the Ladies' Room, writing the plaque that was planted on the moon by Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, dancing with the Queen of England, and discussing nuclear disarmament over dinner with Churchill and Eisenhower.

About the Author

Julie Nixon Eisenhower is the author of Special People and Pat Nixon: The Untold Story.

James C. Humes is a former speechwriter for Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, and Reagan. He has written numerous books, including Instant Eloquence, Podium Humor, The Sir Winston Method, Citizen Shakespeare, and The Wit & Wisdom of Winston Churchill. He lives in Philadelphia.

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By A Customer on 23 Jun. 1997
Format: Hardcover
The author, "lawyer, legislator, diplomat, author,
historian, actor, professor, and White House
speechwriter", recipient of the Order of the
British Empire and dance-partner with Queen
Elizabeth, seems to have been everywhere and met
everyone, most notably the several U.S. Presidents for who whom
he wrote speeches.

Humes' chatty narrative style, marred only by a
few regrettable typos, painlessly shares some
remarkable insights into high politics and
diplomacy, with such highlights as; Nixon's
candidate for "Deep Throat", and the real reason
Ford pardoned Nixon.

Not incidentally, Humes is today a professional
speaker whose tips on public speaking would be
well worth the price of admission here to anyone
who speaks publicly.

Very entertaining.

(The numerical rating above is a default setting
within Amazon's format. This reviewer does not
employ numerical ratings.)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x88668a80) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88c541c8) out of 5 stars Interesting memoirs. 23 Jun. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The author, "lawyer, legislator, diplomat, author,
historian, actor, professor, and White House
speechwriter", recipient of the Order of the
British Empire and dance-partner with Queen
Elizabeth, seems to have been everywhere and met
everyone, most notably the several U.S. Presidents for who whom
he wrote speeches.

Humes' chatty narrative style, marred only by a
few regrettable typos, painlessly shares some
remarkable insights into high politics and
diplomacy, with such highlights as; Nixon's
candidate for "Deep Throat", and the real reason
Ford pardoned Nixon.

Not incidentally, Humes is today a professional
speaker whose tips on public speaking would be
well worth the price of admission here to anyone
who speaks publicly.

Very entertaining.

(The numerical rating above is a default setting
within Amazon's format. This reviewer does not
employ numerical ratings.)
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8858ff60) out of 5 stars Interesting if a little overblown 3 May 2000
By dcreader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
"James Humes is over the top!" exclaims the introdcution (written by Humes pal and British MP Jonathon Aiken). Indeed he is. This book reflects that sentiment in both the positive and negative aspects, though on balance it is highly entertaining. Humes has many good stories to tell and tells them well. He does, however, give off the feel that there might be SOME exaggeration going on. Still, the book is quick and enjoyable to read.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8892115c) out of 5 stars I Can Write! 27 Aug. 2008
By Bruce Newman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"I can write! I can talk! I can go to meetings and drop names! And what names they are! Nixon, Haldeman, Eisenhower - met them, knew them, worked for them. Am I great, or what?"

Okay, I admit it. I'm a democrat and the author is a republican. That being said, I bought this book seeking to learn more and gain some insight about past leaders and senior government officials. In that sense, the book was somewhat successful - hence the three stars. Unfortunately, the author's never ending patting himself on his back interfered with his stories and reminisces, some being quite interesting. Had he shown more self restraint, this book would have been a much better read.
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