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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (218 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matthew Latimer Narrator: Lincoln Hoppe Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781415966082
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As a young political geek, Matt Latimer dreamed of one day heading to Washington to work for a conservative president and usher in another Reagan Revolution. With the support of his slightly mortified liberal parents, he tried to do just that - but his youthful exuberance began to cool as he moved up the rungs of power.

On Capitol Hill he worked for a Congressman who "misremembered" basic facts, assisted a U.S. Senator who hid from his own staff, and met another who cowed her male aides into carrying her purse.

Finally ensconced in the White House as one of George W. Bush's chief speechwriters, he soon realized that the post wasn't at all what he'd envisioned. Less like Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing and more like NBC's The Office, D.C.'s most prestigious address turned out to be a bizarro world in which the major players were in some ways mirror opposites of their public images.

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Quotes & Awards

  • LEADING CONSERVATIVES PRAISE LATIMER'S
    SPEECH-LESS

    New Book by Former Bush Administration Writer Hailed by Right
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  • [G]ives Republicans in particular a lot to think about if they ever hope to reclaim power…Even more than the messages this book conveys, at its heart this is a compelling story about idols who sometimes disappoint you... Stephen F. Hayes, Senior Writer Weekly Standard, Fox News contributor
  • A lot of really positive things about President Bush in this book…  I like knowing more about what's happening in these halls of power. And as a conservative,… I'm fascinated by this because this can't happen again to the Republican Party.  This party can't go down this road of big spending... That's not conservatism.  Matt Latimer, Speech-less... Be your own judge. Pick it up and check it out and don't believe everything necessarily that you're hearing. Laura Ingraham, Host, The Laura Ingraham Show
  • A lot of conservatives that have read [Matt's] book have called me up and just said, 'Ok, so this was the problem with [Bush] all along.' Joe Scarborough, Host, MSNBC's Morning Joe
  • Probably the most important political book of the year… [Matt is] one heck of a great conservative.  It seems to me [it is] getting a very good reaction from conservatives around the country… The last time I read a book that was this funny was Christopher Buckley's White House Mess. Jed Babbin, Editor, Human Events
  • "Latimer comes across as honest...He's a deft writer, and has a good eye and a nice turn of phrase.  You may find yourself surprised by what he has to report.  I was. ... Let me simply admit that I was darned entertained by Speech-less...Latimer's contribution to the [White House memoir] shelf is welcome and worthy.
    Christopher Buckley, bestselling writer and commentator
  • It's a good read… quite frankly, the stories are funny! Pat Buchanan, MSNBC news analyst and contributor
  • Lots of people write accounts of their time at the White House. Virtually no one has done it as well... This book is excellent:  funny, sensible, informative, interesting as hell, and beautifully written. If only there had been more Matt Latimers in the Bush administration. Tucker Carlson, Fox News analyst, former co-host of CNN's "Crossfire"
  • Matt Latimer's hilarious account reads like political satire, except it's all true…Latimer's description of government bureaucracy should be framed and placed in every government office… completely accurate and completely hilarious. Ann Coulter, Best-selling Author and Fox News analyst
     
  • It's fair to say that President Bush left office having disappointed many conservatives, despite his success at keeping the American homeland free from terrorist attack for seven years after 9/11… Mr. Bush said, 'but I redefined the Republican Party.'  That may have been true, but how well did that work out for the Republican Party? John Fund, Editorial Page, The Wall Street Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ABenander | 2/20/2014

    " This book made me happy because I was always secretly afraid that only the Democratic caucus acted like this. Enlightening but depressing. Worth the price if only for the description of W. preparing for the bank bailout speech. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 2/18/2014

    " Very entertaining read. As a fellow Michigander who lived in Nick Smith's old district for a few years, I enjoyed the musings on Smith, Spence Abraham, et al. Curious, though, as to why Latimer, who presents himself as a bit of an idealist, has no comment about Ron Paul's contribution to the 2008 presidential election cycle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seligne | 2/6/2014

    " I'm no conservative, and I picked up this book to confirm my prejudices about the Bush Administration. I found this book to be surprisingly riveting, well-written and astute. I would recommend it to anyone of whatever political stripe, as a behind-the-scenes look at how government works (probably all governments). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debi Lee | 1/23/2014

    " READ 1/3 OF THIS. Didn't know most of the characters he was referring to in the campaign... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 1/16/2014

    " Some entertaining anecdotes, but not really worth the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noah | 1/11/2014

    " Most books written by political insiders take the form of either a hit piece on their colleagues or a fawning love note to them, but this is surprisingly subdued and nonjudgmental. Latimer's writing is good, but I expected a sharper wit from a professional speechwriter. I'd give it a B-. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 1/10/2014

    " This is the best staff memoir I have ever read. Unbelievably funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/8/2014

    " Interesting book about small town boy going to Washington DC. Different jobs along the way-I enjoyed his time in Congress...he is pretty frank about some of the senators. Ended up as a speech writer for Bush in the White House. He is a fun author to read if you like sarcasm and I do. Although, it might have made me just a tad bit more cynical than I was. But his sarcasm is not just across the board-there are some he respects and reveals those, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Massarini RHIT | 1/7/2014

    " Excellent book; more honest than I expected. Not typical of a White House book. No real a*s kissing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kath | 1/4/2014

    " good look inside the life of a speech writer. interesting look at the last years of the GW Bush administration. Wonderful writing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 12/4/2013

    " Despite the fact that the author's favorite politicians are the really heartless frightening conservatives, I enjoyed it and would recommend it. Especially since the author ended his political career by writing it so he needs all the help that he can get with his writing career. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mel | 11/19/2013

    " This book tries so hard to be funny but it just comes out smug. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tobias S. | 8/27/2013

    " A glimpse inside the dysfunction of gov't in general, last administration in particular... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grace | 8/13/2013

    " It was good at showing how stupid government really is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacky | 4/16/2013

    " I have never read an "insider" book before, so it was verrrrry enlightening. I will have to read more like it. Well, maybe I'd better not as it is so darn depressing to see the state of our leadership! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerri | 1/16/2013

    " Funny, enlightening, quick easy read... Just wish Latimer had gotten into the Ron Paul Revolution :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noel | 7/30/2012

    " fun anecdotes, and really great way to learn some names/stories of people recently and even currently running the show! wish it was a little more positive, but i guess that's just the experience the author had. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 5/30/2012

    " Easy-going and witty and a bit scary "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 1/15/2012

    " Interesting to me more for the tales of how a political speech gets written than how much political dirt was dished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 12/25/2011

    " Just started it and am already hooked. The author is exactly the same age as me, has many of the same memories of the 70s & 80s that I do (he only grew up a 2 hour drive from me) and remembers Ronald Regan with affection. More later. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 6/28/2011

    " Very enjoyable, quick read by a former Rumsfeld and Bush speechwriter. Author has a quick wit and discerning eye for BS, which he seems to be able to separate from his dewy-eyed appreciation for Reaganesque conservatism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deirdre | 5/16/2011

    " Interesting look inside the Bush White House but a bit self indulgent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noah | 2/7/2011

    " Most books written by political insiders take the form of either a hit piece on their colleagues or a fawning love note to them, but this is surprisingly subdued and nonjudgmental. Latimer's writing is good, but I expected a sharper wit from a professional speechwriter. I'd give it a B-. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mel | 1/5/2011

    " This book tries so hard to be funny but it just comes out smug. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave | 9/15/2010

    " The first 100 pages were very engaging and funny. Then it became more polemical, though I understand that if one is talking about the Iraq War, opportunities to be engaging and funny are limited. Still, I felt that I was reading a different book by pg. 150, so I stopped. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kath | 4/5/2010

    " good look inside the life of a speech writer. interesting look at the last years of the GW Bush administration. Wonderful writing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacky | 3/31/2010

    " I have never read an "insider" book before, so it was verrrrry enlightening. I will have to read more like it. Well, maybe I'd better not as it is so darn depressing to see the state of our leadership! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ABenander | 3/13/2010

    " This book made me happy because I was always secretly afraid that only the Democratic caucus acted like this. Enlightening but depressing. Worth the price if only for the description of W. preparing for the bank bailout speech. "

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About the Narrator

Lincoln Hoppe is an accomplished actor of stage and screen with several films, plays, television shows, and numerous audiobooks to his credit. His audiobook narrations have earned him nine AudioFile Earphones Awards. His diverse voice characterizations can be heard on animated films, video games, and commercials across the globe. He is a member of the Lost Angeles Comedy Sportz Improv Company.