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James C. Humes is an author and former presidential speechwriter.[2] Humes, along with William Safire and Pat Buchanan, is credited for authoring the text on the Apollo 11 lunar plaque.[3][4] Humes has written many books sharing his extensive knowledge of the modern history and political landscape.

James C. Humes
Born31 October 1934
Williamsport, PA
OccupationWriter, speechwriter
Alma materWilliams College (BA, 1957), George Washington University (LLB)[1]
GenreHistory, biography
SpouseDianne Stuart (m. 1957)

Selected worksEdit

  • The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln: A Book of Quotations 2005
  • Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln: 21 Powerful Secrets of History's Greatest Speakers 2002
  • The Wit & Wisdom of Ronald Reagan 2007
  • The Wit & Wisdom of Benjamin Franklin 2001
  • The Wit & Wisdom of Winston Churchill: A Treasury of More Than 1,000 Quotations and Anecdotes 1994
  • The Sir Winston Method: The Five Secrets of Speaking the Language of Leadership 1991
  • Confessions of a White House Ghostwriter: Five presidents and Other Political Adventures 1997
  • Eisenhower and Churchill: The Partnership That Saved the World 2001
  • How to Get Invited to the White House ... and Over One Hundred Impressive Gambits, Foxy Face-Savers, and Clever Maneuvers 1977
  • Instant Eloquence; A Lazy Man's Guide to Public Speaking 1985
  • Nixon's Ten Commandments of Statecraft: His Guiding Principles of Leadership and Negotiation, 1997 (Simon & Schuster)


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  2. ^ James C. Humes from HarperCollins Publishers Archived December 24, 2010, at WebCite
  3. ^ A candid interview with a presidential speechwriter | Colorado Springs Business Journal | Find Articles at
  4. ^ NY Times

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