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Safire, William 1929-2009

Overview
Works: 112 works in 435 publications in 2 languages and 38,250 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Dictionaries  History  Quotations  Political fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Humor  Personal narratives 
Roles: Interviewee, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3569.A283, 428.00973
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Lend me your ears : great speeches in history by William Safire ( Book )
19 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and held by 4,553 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"No one faced with the need to go before an audience of any size to argue, persuade, uplift, introduce, memorialize, or amuse should be without Lend Me Your Ears. It serves equally as a work of permanent reference use and as a treasure-house for the browser in search of inspiration, instruction, and entertainment. In this anthology, editor and subject matter have met to result in a book that draws from the ages - and that will last for decades as the definitive word on human eloquence."--BOOK JACKET
Safire's political dictionary by William Safire ( Book )
36 editions published between 1972 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This entertaining and informative dictionary lists words and phrases peculiar to government officials and politicians, analyzing their meanings and tracing their origins
Freedom by William Safire ( Book )
12 editions published between 1984 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On cover: A novel of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. A historical novel exploring the first two years of the Civil War
Before the fall : an inside view of the pre-Watergate White House by William Safire ( Book )
18 editions published between 1975 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,969 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The former Nixon speechwriter provides anecdotal accounts of the people, policies, events, and atmosphere in the Nixon White House before the Watergate evacuation
On language by William Safire ( Book )
16 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in 3 languages and held by 1,765 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Written by a New York Times columnist renowned for his crotchety wit, this tome enlightens readers concerning proper usage, correct pronunciation, the roots of daily discourse, and the vacuous lingo in which "subsume" is co-opting "co-opt", word-burning stoves become "energy systems", and stores that sell eyeglasses squint out at the public as "vision centers". The author is aided in his campaign for precision and clarity in language by a legion of word buffs, language lovers, and learned eccentrics
Full disclosure : a novel by William Safire ( Book )
20 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and held by 1,758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the mid-1980's, the forty-first President of the United States is blinded in an assassination attempt and must cope with an international crisis and with domestic pressure demanding his resignation
Scandalmonger by William Safire ( Book )
11 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume unveils the story behind the nation's first great political scandals. James Thomson Callender, the "scandalmonger" of the title, is an ambitious gossip-peddling editor secretly hired by Thomas Jefferson as a political weapon. After carefully damaging Alexander Hamilton's reputation, thereby paving the way for Jefferson's success, Callender is shunned by the very politicians on whose behalf he was jailed for sedition. Broke and betrayed, Callender seeks revenge by exposing an illicit affair between Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemmings, an accusation that ultimately cost Callender his career and would not be authenticated for two centuries. By using actual letters, records, and notes to re-create dialog and events, this work embodies historical fiction at its best, politics at its most intriguing, and our Founding Fathers at their most notorious. For those who think that Washington sex scandals and lurid journalism are recent developments, this novel will be a revelation, for it shows how media intrusiveness into private lives-and politicians' cool manipulation of the press-are practices as old as the Constitution
Good advice on writing : writers past and present on how to write well ( Book )
9 editions published between 1982 and 1993 in English and held by 1,454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume contains a collection of wise and witty words from famous authors from Aristotle to Zinsser, who comment succinctly and cogently on elements of writing -- from "Accuracy" ("One should always aim at being interesting rather than exact"--Voltaire) to "Writer's Block" (see "Doggedness"). The reader/writer can find solid advice (not surprisingly often contradictory), humor, and inspiration on each page. Now, what to write? Look under "Subject" and find E.B. White's recommendation: "A writer should concern himself with whatever absorbs his fancy, stirs his heart, and unlimbers his typewriter."
Sleeper spy by William Safire ( Book )
6 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and held by 1,312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A hunt by CIA and Russian agents for the old KGB's financial assets in the U.S., in possession of a spy whose name is unknown even to the Russians because files were destroyed. Leading the U.S. effort to lure the man into the open is an American journalist
The first dissident : the book of Job in today's politics by William Safire ( Book )
10 editions published between 1960 and 2013 in English and held by 1,246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
William Safire, one of America's most influential political columnists, applies the Book of Job to the politics of today. In The First Dissident he shows how modern heroes have reshaped authority and history - and how individual citizens can, too - by following the courageous example of Job. The Bible's Book of Job is the story of a good man who dares to challenge God's judgment. Job's search for the answer to apparent injustice in God's design has stirred religious controversy and inspired readers for 2,500 years. Tennyson called the Book of Job "the greatest poem of ancient and modern times." D.H. Lawrence described it as "the story of your own soul." Safire's provocative exploration interprets Job - the innocent, angry sufferer - as the original dissenter. He shows how the biblical story can serve as inspiration and instruction manual for modern leaders and citizens, a primer on effective protest - when to dissent, how to force authority to listen, what kinds of persuasion work, why it is important for leaders to avoid isolation. He illuminates the timeless role of dissent in shaping power and influencing even the highest authority. And he draws modern-day parallels in the struggles of such human rights leaders as Mustapha Barzani, Martin Luther King, Jr., Natan Sharansky, Vaclav Havel, and others. The First Dissident is written in William Safire's insightful style of informal scholarship and is studded with anecdotes and examples drawn from Safire's wide-ranging political experience in the White House as speechwriter and in covering global politics for The New York Times. The First Dissident reaches across the millennia to show how any person, armed with a sense of righteousness, can engage with higher authority to protest unfair treatment - and thereby change the world
What's the good word? by William Safire ( Book )
7 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 1,151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The new language of politics : an anecdotal dictionary of catchwords, slogans, and political usage by William Safire ( Book )
33 editions published between 1968 and 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Take my word for it : more On language by William Safire ( Book )
6 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 1,038 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Includes material on slang, jargon, neologisms, and readers' letters
You could look it up : more On language from William Safire by William Safire ( Book )
6 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 960 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of 150 short essays from the author's weekly syndicated column, "On Language."
I stand corrected : more On language by William Safire ( Book )
7 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Leadership ( Book )
7 editions published between 1990 and 2000 in English and held by 835 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The right word in the right place at the right time : wit and wisdom from the popular "On language" column in The New York times magazine by William Safire ( Book )
7 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 830 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents selections from William Safire's "On Language" column which appears in "The New York Times Magazine," in which he discusses issues of vocabulary, speech, language, usage, and writing, and includes letters from readers
Coming to terms by William Safire ( Book )
8 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and held by 813 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Selections from the author's column, "On language," including letters to the author, which originally appeared in the New York times, 1986-1988
Fumblerules : a lighthearted guide to grammar and good usage by William Safire ( Book )
6 editions published between 1990 and 2002 in English and held by 743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A humorous guide to good grammar and style
Quoth the maven by William Safire ( Book )
6 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and held by 740 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
There are connoisseurs. There are virtuosos. And then there are mavens. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer William Safire is the maven's maven. In this new collection from his New York Times Magazine column, "On Language," Safire - using alliteration, puns, and other tricks of the writer's trade - offers a cornucopia of words, phrases, slang, and grammatical oddities, proving once again why Time calls him "the country's best practitioner of the art of columny." Safire probes the surprising origins of such expressions as "kiss and tell," "people of color," "stab in the back," "bonfire of the vanities," and the whole nine yards. He attempts to explain what a White House press secretary meant when he announced, "We can't winkle-picker this anymore." He even explores tricky new usages of the word "fax." Quoth the maven: "In work conducted at home or at the office, the only certainties are death and faxes." Was George Bush (or speechwriter Peggy Noonan) the first to put "kinder and gentler" together? No, quoth the maven, who calls attention to similar incantations by Clarence Darrow, Mario Cuomo, and William Shakespeare. Safire also traces the evolution of "read my lips" and exposes the proud (or embarrassed) coiners of such terms as "lunatic fringe" and "nattering nabobs of negativism" (his own creation, he admits - an update of Adlai Stevenson's "prophets of doom and gloom"). Never one to shrink from a challenge, the maven boldly seeks a source for George Bush's inexplicable expression "like ugly on an ape." The best he can find is Margaret Mitchell's "ugly like a hairless monkey" in Gone with the Wind. Fortunately, Safire is not alone in such lexicographic quests. A faithful corps of would-be mavens - including Cuomo, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Phyllis Schlafly, and Alistair Cooke - supply Safire with their own research and opinions. Knowledgeable, witty, and impeccably grammatical, William Safire's essays on language are an important and entertaining reference for mavens everywhere
 
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Alternative Names
Safire, William
Safire, William L.
Safire, William L. 1929-
Safire, William L. 1929-2009
Safire, William L. (William Lewis), 1929-2009
Safire, William Lewis 1929-2009
Sefairs, Viljams 1929-
סאפיר, וילים 1929-2009
ספיר, וילים 1929-2009
サファイア, ウィリアム
Languages
English (255)
Chinese (1)
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