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Working with Words

A writer of speeches on the uses of rhetoric.

Nov 28, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 11 • By PETER HANNAFORD
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This is a highly readable memoir that will appeal to anyone interested in American politics and government, and a valuable how-to book for anyone who writes speeches for a living, expects to write speeches, or hopes to. An effective speechwright, Gavin teaches, must not only love his work, but know how to organize time, work with determination—and above all, be modest.

Peter Hannaford is the author of the forthcoming Reagan’s Roots: The People and Places That Shaped His Character