Words, for Good and Ill

Review of: Voices of History: Speeches that Changed the World by Simon Sebag Montefiore. Most speechwriters would likely not know the name Mettius Pompusianus, but perhaps they should. Mettius was one …

Corporate speechwriting, then and now

By the time he wrote his novel, Chronicles of Doodah, George Lee Walker was one disillusioned speechwriter. Having worked for Michigan Governors George Romney and William Milliken, President Gerald Ford, Ford …

The Oratory of a People

Review of: The Will of a People: A Critical Anthology of Great African American Speeches, edited by Richard W. Leeman and Bernard K. Duffy (2012).  “A great speech,” wrote the noted …

The Luckiest Scribe

Review of The Luckiest Man: Life with John McCain by Mark Salter – Simon & Schuster, 2020 “Our identities and sense of worth are not circumscribed but are enlarged by serving good …

Of Poets and Speechwriters

Review of: Dispatches from the Republic of Letters – 50 Years of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, edited by Daniel Simon (release date: Oct 20, 2020) Over a long career as …