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The Mirrors of Washington

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Published: 1921
Language: English
Wordcount: 46,288 / 133 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 72.1
LoC Category: E
Downloads: 382
Added to site: 2009.05.28 24293
Genres: History, Politics

Fearless, daring and audacious disclosures concerning fourteen of our political leaders at Washington. The book that for many months has led all other non-fiction works in sales.

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imself. He is modest. He has only two vanities, his vanity about his personal appearance and his vanity about his literary style.

The inhibitions of a presidential candidate, bound to speak and say nothing, irked him.

"Of course I could make better speeches than these" he told a friend during the campaign, "but I have to be so careful."

In his inaugural address he let himself go, as much as it is possible for a man so cautious as he is to let himself go. It was a great speech, an inaugural to place alongside the inaugurals of Lincoln and Washington, written in his most capable English, Harding at his best. It is hard for a man to move Marion for years with big editorials, to receive the daily compliments of Dick Cressinger and Jim Prendergast, without becoming vain of the power of his pen. It is his chief vanity and it is one that it is hard for him who speaks or writes to escape. He has none of that egotism which makes a self-confident man think himself the favorite of fortune.




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