Sunday, November 18, 2012

Quote Of The Day

I don't always agree with Peggy Noonan, former Reagan speechwriter and current columnist for the Wall Street Journal. However, she does have a way with words.

In her column yesterday in the Wall Street Journal, part of the discussion was about the other woman in David Petraeus' life - Paula Broadwell.  After pointing out all the attributes that Broadwell ascribed to herself including author and biographer, Noonan has this to say.
She calls herself a biographer, but biographers actually do something arduous—they write biographies.
Broadwell, for those that aren't aware, used a ghostwriter for the book All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.  If you think about it, Paula Broadwell was nothing but a highly-rewarded research assistant while Vernon Loeb, the ghostwriter, is the actual biographer.

1 comment:

  1. I have been a research assistant. I have known research assistants. Ms. Broadwell is no research assistant.

    Her role more accurately might be described as an embedded liaison.