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Safire, William 1929-2009

Works: 215 works in 615 publications in 5 languages and 39,028 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Dictionaries  History  Speeches  War fiction  Biographical fiction  Historical fiction  Political fiction  Quotations  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Speaker, Editor, Interviewee, Author of introduction, pan, Other
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by William Safire
Lend me your ears : great speeches in history by William Safire( Book )

30 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 4,382 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."--Jacket
Freedom by William Safire( Book )

15 editions published between 1984 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,373 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
Safire's political dictionary by William Safire( Book )

24 editions published between 1972 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,227 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
On language by William Safire( Book )

20 editions published between 1980 and 1983 in 4 languages and held by 1,655 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
Scandalmonger by William Safire( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 1,515 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
The first dissident : the book of Job in today's politics by William Safire( Book )

8 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and held by 1,147 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
Sleeper spy by William Safire( Book )

11 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 1,100 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
What's the good word? by William Safire( Book )

6 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 1,067 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The new language of politics : an anecdotal dictionary of catchwords, slogans, and political usage by William Safire( Book )

32 editions published between 1968 and 1972 in English and held by 1,059 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Safire's new political dictionary : the definitive guide to the new language of politics by William Safire( Book )

10 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 979 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Take my word for it : more On language by William Safire( Book )

8 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 926 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 )

8 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 876 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 836 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leadership( Book )

7 editions published between 1990 and 2000 in English and held by 769 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 2010 in English and held by 757 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 )

7 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 709 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
Good advice( Book )

6 editions published between 1982 and 1992 in English and held by 691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"More than 2,000 apt quotations to help you live your life," arranged alphabetically by subject
Quoth the maven by William Safire( Book )

5 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and held by 665 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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Lend me your ears : great speeches in history
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, V. 1929-2009

Sefairs, V. (Viljams), 1929-2009

Sefairs, Viljams 1929-2009

Sefairs, Viljems 1929-2009

William Safire American journalist

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Вільям Сафайр

Сафир, Уильям

Сефайр, Уильям 1929-2009

Сефайр, Уильямс 1929-2009

סאפיר, וילים 1929-2009

ספיר, וילים 1929-2009

وليام سافير صحفي أمريكي

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Safire's political dictionaryScandalmongerSleeper spyLeadershipThe right word in the right place at the right time : wit and wisdom from the popular "On language" column in The New York times magazineGood advice