I’ve just started reading Robert Schlesinger’s White House Ghosts: Presidents and Their Speechwriters.
I found out about this book through the New York Times, checked it out from the library after the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, and finally got motivated to start reading this lengthy book as I’ve been eagerly watching the presidential and vice presidential debates and the candidates speeches about the bailout bill.
So far, this book seems very well-researched. Schelsinger is a natural storyteller and expertly weaves the facts into a fascinating behind-the-scenes account of presidents and their speechwriters.
This books is required reading for students of the American presidency.