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Swaim, Barton 1972-

Overview
Works: 4 works in 28 publications in 1 language and 932 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author
Classifications: F275.42.S26, 328.33092
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Most widely held works about Barton Swaim
 
Most widely held works by Barton Swaim
Scottish men of letters and the new public sphere, 1802-1834 by Barton Swaim( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A mere intellectual bazaar": the Edinburgh review in (and as) the public sphere, 1802-1808 -- "Edinburgh is a talking town": Christopher North and the review essay as conversational exhibition -- "A deal more safe as well as dignified": Lockhart's modified amateurism and the shame of authorship -- "Our own periodical pulpit": the Presbyterian sermon, Carlyle's homiletic essays, and Scottish periodical writing
The speechwriter : a brief education in politics by Barton Swaim( )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Everyone knows this kind of politician: a charismatic maverick who goes up against the system and its ways, but thinks he doesn't have to live by the rules. Using his experience as a speechwriter, Barton Swaim tells the story of a band of believers who attach themselves to this sort of ambitious narcissist-what makes them invest in these leaders, how these leaders do provide moments of inspiration, and then how they let them down. The Speechwriter is a funny and candid introduction to the world of politics, where press statements are purposefully nonsensical, grammatical errors are intentional, and better copy means more words. Through his three years in the office of a controversial governor, Swaim paints a portrait of a man so principled he'd rather sweat than use state money to pay for air conditioning, so oblivious he'd wear the same stained shirt for two weeks, so egotistical he'd belittle his staffers to make himself feel better, and so self-absorbed he never once apologized to his staff for making his administration the laughing stock of the country. On the surface, this is the story of South Carolina governor Mark Sanford's rise and fall. But in the end, it's an account of the very human staffers who go into politics out of conviction and learn to survive a broken heart
The speechwriter : a brief education in politics by Barton Swaim( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Barton Swaim was struggling to find an academic job?he?d recently received a PhD in English?when he sent his resume to Mark Sanford, the conservative and controversial governor of South Carolina. He thought he could improve the governor?s writing and speeches. On the surface, this is the story of Sanford?s rise and fall. But it?s really an account of what happens when a band of believers attach themselves to an ambitious narcissist. Everyone knows this kind of politician?a charismatic maverick who goes up against the system and its ways, but thinks he doesn?t have to live by the rules. Swaim describes what makes people invest in their leaders, how those leaders do provide moments of inspiration, and then how they let them down. The Speechwriter is a funny and candid introduction to the world of politics, where press statements are purposefully nonsensical, grammatical errors are intentional, and better copy means more words. Through his three years in the governor?s office, Swaim paints a portrait of a man so principled he?d rather sweat than use state money to pay for air conditioning, so oblivious he?d wear the same stained shirt for two weeks, so egotistical he?d belittle his staffers to make himself feel better, and so self-absorbed he never once apologized for making his administration the laughing stock of the country. In the end, it?s also an account of the very human staffers who risk a life in politics out of conviction and learn to survive a broken heart
Murray, Lockhart, Croker, and the Quarterly by Barton Swaim( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Scottish men of letters and the new public sphere, 1802-1834
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