The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics


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.”

Review: In ‘The Speechwriter,’ Barton Swaim Shares Tales of Working for Mark Sanford (NY Times)

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.

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‘Who Do You Think You Are’ recap

On the first summer episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?“ that aired Sunday night, actress Ginnifer Goodwin was seeking information about her paternal great-grandparents.

During the course of the episode, researchers used a copy of her grandfather’s Social Security Card Application to determine the maiden name of her great-grandmother and used to locate marriage records for her great-grandmother.

Other documents used in the search for information included: county court records, district court records, divorce records, historical newspapers, city directories and federal prison records.
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We will reopen Wednesday at 9:30am!

My apologies for the early closing on Tuesday. A gas leak has been ruled out by National Grid, our HVAC company, and our CO2 monitoring company. I understand how making a trip to the Library takes a bit of effort, and I'm sorry if you were meet by … [Continue reading]

Swedish research to be topic of webinar

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present a free webinar at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22, entitled "Have Swedish Roots and Don't Know How to Get Started?" This webinar will cover naming patterns, Swedish spellings, and how to locate parishes. The … [Continue reading]