WHAT I SAW AT THE REVOLUTION by Peggy Noonan
Random House; 353 pages; $19.95
Do you remember one vivid phrase or image from George Bush's recent State of the Union message? Probably not. And a big reason, quite simply, is that Peggy Noonan did not write it. For if words are the weapons of politics, then Noonan -- whether nervously chain-smoking at her computer in Ronald Reagan's White House or minding her baby son at home as she created the "kinder, gentler" persona for George Bush -- commanded a battalion.
Perhaps Ted Sorensen, with his trademark verb-first, ask-not formulations, might rival...