James C. Humes

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James C. Humes
Born 31 October 1934
Williamsport, PA
Occupation Writer, speechwriter
Alma mater Williams College (BA, 1957), George Washington University (LLB)[1]
Genre History, biography
Spouse Dianne Stuart (m. 1957)

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]


James C. Humes has written many books sharing his extensive knowledge of the modern history and political landscape. Bibliography (not complete):

  • 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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