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Speech-less - Tales of a White House Survivor

Matthew Latimer

From a top speechwriter to President George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld, this may be the most candid memoir ever written about official Washington-a laugh-out-loud cri de coeur that shows what can happen to idealism in a town driven by self-interest. Matt chronicles his descent into Washington, D.C., hell, as he snares a series of unsatisfying jobs with powerful figures on Capitol Hill. One boss can't remember basic facts. Another appears to hide from his own staff. When Fate offers Matt a job as chief speechwriter for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Matt finds he actually admires the man, his passion is renewed. But Rummy soon becomes a piñata for the press, and the Department of Defense is revealed as alarmingly dysfunctional. Eventually, Matt lands at the White House, his heart aflutter with the hope that he can fulfill his dream of penning words that will become part of history. But reality intrudes once again. More like The Office than The West Wing, the nation's most storied office building is a place where the staffers who run the country are in way over their heads, and almost everything the public has been told about the major players-Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Rove-is wrong. Both a rare behind-the-scenes account that boldly names the fools and scoundrels, and a poignant lament for the principled conservatism that disappeared during the Bush presidency, Speech-less will forever change the public's view of our nation's capital and the people who joust daily for its power.

From a top speechwriter to President George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld, this may be the most candid memoir ever written about official Washington-a laugh-out-loud cri de coeur that shows what can happen to idealism in a town driven by self-interest. Matt chronicles his descent into Washington, D.C., hell, as he snares a series of unsatisfying jobs with powerful figures on Capitol Hill. One boss can't remember basic facts. Another appears to hide from his own staff. When Fate offers Matt a job as chief speechwriter for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Matt finds he actually admires the man, his passion is renewed. But Rummy soon becomes a piñata for the press, and the Department of Defense is revealed as alarmingly dysfunctional. Eventually, Matt lands at the White House, his heart aflutter with the hope that he can fulfill his dream of penning words that will become part of history. But reality intrudes once again. More like The Office than The West Wing, the nation's most storied office building is a place where the staffers who run the country are in way over their heads, and almost everything the public has been told about the major players-Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Rove-is wrong. Both a rare behind-the-scenes account that boldly names the fools and scoundrels, and a poignant lament for the principled conservatism that disappeared during the Bush presidency, Speech-less will forever change the public's view of our nation's capital and the people who joust daily for its power.
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From a top speechwriter to President George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld, this may be the most candid memoir ever written about official Washington-a laugh-out-loud cri de coeur that shows what can happen to idealism in a town driven by self-interest. Matt chronicles his descent into Washington, D.C., hell, as he snares a series of unsatisfying jobs with powerful figures on Capitol Hill. One boss can't remember basic facts. Another appears to hide from his own staff. When Fate offers Matt a job as chief speechwriter for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Matt finds he actually admires the man, his passion is renewed. But Rummy soon becomes a piñata for the press, and the Department of Defense is revealed as alarmingly dysfunctional. Eventually, Matt lands at the White House, his heart aflutter with the hope that he can fulfill his dream of penning words that will become part of history. But reality intrudes once again. More like The Office than The West Wing, the nation's most storied office building is a place where the staffers who run the country are in way over their heads, and almost everything the public has been told about the major players-Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Rove-is wrong. Both a rare behind-the-scenes account that boldly names the fools and scoundrels, and a poignant lament for the principled conservatism that disappeared during the Bush presidency, Speech-less will forever change the public's view of our nation's capital and the people who joust daily for its power.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Lincoln Hoppe

Length:

7h 22m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:53


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:30


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:54


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:20


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:21


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:05


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:30


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:43


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:18


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:47


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:21


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:42


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:37


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:32


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:54


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:50


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:44


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:11


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:18


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:47


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:47


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:48


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:07


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:17


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:52


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:07


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:14


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:00


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:22


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:05


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:41


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:57


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:52


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:50


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:11


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:07


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:16


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:34


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:33


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:45


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:32


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:50


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:38


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:15


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:32


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:20


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:07


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:24


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:34


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:13


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:54


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:47


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:49


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:39


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:58


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:24


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:28


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:49


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:30


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:55


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:54


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:00


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:14


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:54


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:48


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

00:35