At one point in “The Speechwriter,” Mr. Swaim describes his frustration at continually producing material that the governor then rips to shreds. “I took great pains with my compositions; I groped for just the right word, rearranged sentences to make them strike the ear in just the right way,” he writes. “That’s the difficult thing about writing well: You labor for a long time over a single paragraph” and then “it looks as if it took no work at all.”
Barton Swaim was the Speechwriter for Mark Sanford, the former governor (Current House Representative) of South Carolina. Not a tell-all book, the Speechwriter goes into the political process of turning ideas and plans into speeches that can convince voters. The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics, is now available at the Library. Click here to place a copy on hold.