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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:
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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

  • 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
  • LEADING CONSERVATIVES PRAISE LATIMER'S
    SPEECH-LESS

    New Book by Former Bush Administration Writer Hailed by Right
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  • 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
  • [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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Debi Lee | 1/23/2014

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

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