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Freudy – the Greatest

November 2, 2010

Ted Sorenson has died, JFK’s speechwriter and adviser. Hence the greatest living political speechwriter on the planet is our revered friend Graham Freudenberg. Saw him at the ALP Centenary dinner at State Parliament House last Friday night and told him his Churchill and Australia (see my review under book reviews) was one of the finest pieces of history on Australian book shelves. Told him that the speech he gave me for Clinton’s visit in 1996 was a masterpiece.

Read his A Certain Grandeur. Read his memoir about Whitlam. Read his elegant memoir A Figure of Speech.

2 Comments
  1. Richie Gun permalink
    November 4, 2010 8:19 pm

    I have read A Certain Grandeur and A Figure of Speech and loved them both. Freudenberg truly writes wonderful prose.
    I also attended his interview by Bob Hawke on his Churchill book at the Melbourne writers festival, and couldn’t believe how bad it was. Graham seemed to find every word painful to deliver, each sentence taking so long to complete that by the end I’d forgotten how it started. Just shows that he chose the right career in writing speeches for others.

  2. November 6, 2010 9:54 pm

    I agree!

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