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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:

14h 52m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:52


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:33


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:41


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:13


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:25


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:05


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:45


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:19


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:06


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:51


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:26


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:24


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:19


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:38


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:12


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:19


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:04


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:14


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:49


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:41


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:01


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:10


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:41


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:18


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:04


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:37


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:48


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:47


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:35


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:45


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:19


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:02


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:11


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:24


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:13


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:42


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:33


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:06


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:44


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:31


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:12


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:23


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:42


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:34


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:16


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:12


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:35


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:02


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:15


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:19


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:13


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:26


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:37


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:35


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:22


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:37


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:24


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:50


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:38


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:42


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:13


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:03


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:03


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:04


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:27


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:25


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:47


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:23


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:05


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:01


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:02


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:54


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:47


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:44


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:33


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:48


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:39


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

09:03


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:42


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:31


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:47


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:33


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:29


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:18


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:51


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:47


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:05


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:21


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:00


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:34


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:38


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:04


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:16


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:19


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:49


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:01


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:20


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:10


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:29


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:06


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:46


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

08:07


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:38


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:30


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:17


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:44


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:42


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:33


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:48


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:27


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:54


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:37


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:07


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

08:11


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

07:58


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:09


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

07:40


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

07:46


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:34


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

07:05


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

08:04


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:18


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:30


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

00:36