BOOK REVIEW: Bush speechwriter talks for himself

Speechwriters have a unique view of the White House's messaging process. They don't make policy, they just put it into words. The job is often thankless, which is why one might write a book praising himself for doing it.

Speechwriters have a unique view of the White House's messaging process. They don't make policy, they just put it into words. The job is often thankless, which is why one might write a book praising himself for doing it.

David Frum, a talented writer and polemicist, shares how Presidential speeches get built, with input from each advisor, federal agency, and even a President famously averse to micromanaging. It's a great look inside the secret world of White House PR. More to the point, The Right Man is a platform for Frum's well-established neo-conservative worldview. While he devotes plenty of space to dissing former White House communications director Karen Hughes, and taking credit for his contributions (he was instrumental in coining "axis of evil"), he is ultimately more interested in praising Bush and his team than dishing dirt. If you want to learn about Presidential speechwriting, this is a good read. If you want to see what the neo-cons think of Bush's policy, it's indispensable. ----- Title The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush Author David Frum Publisher Random House, 384 pages

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