Confessions of a Presidential Speechwriter

Craig R Smith (Author)
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Description

An avid high school debater and enthusiastic student body president, Craig Smith seemed destined for a life in public service from an early age. As a sought-after speechwriter, Smith had a front-row seat at some of the most important events of the twentieth century, meeting with Robert Kennedy and Richard Nixon, advising Governor Ronald Reagan, writing for President Ford, serving as a campaign manager for a major U.S. senator's reelection campaign, and writing speeches for a contender for the Republican nomination for president. Life in the volatile world of politics wasn't always easy, however, and as a closeted gay man, Smith struggled to reconcile his private and professional lives. In this revealing memoir, Smith sheds light on what it takes to make it as a speechwriter in a field where the only constant is change. While bouncing in and out of the academic world, Smith transitions from consultantships with George H. W. Bush and the Republican caucus of the U.S. Senate to a position with Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca. When Smith returns to Washington, D.C., as president and founder of the Freedom of Expression Foundation, he becomes a leading player on First Amendment issues in the nation's capital. Returning at long last to academia, Smith finds happiness coming out of the closet and reaping the benefits of a dedicated and highly successful career.

Product Details

Price
$40.80
Publisher
Michigan State University Press
Publish Date
February 01, 2014
Pages
381
Dimensions
6.11 X 0.94 X 8.95 inches | 1.17 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781611861136
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About the Author

Craig R. Smith is Professor of Communication Studies at California State University, Long Beach, and serves as director of the Center for First Amendment Studies.