With nods to the #SOTU address, brush up on presidential oratory with “The President’s Words: Speeches and Speechwriting in the Modern White House,” with editing by Michael Nelson and Russell L. Riley. This book takes a closer look at presidential speeches over the course of six administrations. Editors Michael Nelson and Russell Riley have brought together an outstanding team of academics and professional writers–including nine former speechwriters who worked for every president from Nixon to Clinton–to examine how the politics and crafting of presidential rhetoric serve the various roles of the presidency. They consider four types of speeches: convention acceptance speeches, inaugural addresses, #SOTU addresses, and crisis and other landmark speeches that often rise out of unpredictable circumstances. These essays show not only how speechmaking has become a major presidential activity, but also how speechwriters have become important political actors in their own right.