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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857864483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857864482
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An extraordinary performance . . . a series of short, powerful, live pieces intended to remind audiences of the enduring power of politicised speech and . . . The end result is like a protest rally championing the act of protest itself (Telegraph)

Inspirational collection of famous speeches throughout British history (Absolutely West)

Thrilling stuff (The Bookseller)

A lot of things have deeply affected me in this book (Omid Djalili Daily Express)

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A powerful, inspiring and refreshing take on British history

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Everything I didn't know about Early European history to the present. 23 Feb. 2014
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Colin Firth's forward is doctoral thesis material. As he said, the history we've been taught deals mainly with the ruling class and the political philosophy of the day. This book, though needing careful attention through the earlier years, since much of it is quoted and in very early English, Is enlightening to an amazing degree, and stunningly shocking as it puts forth the plight of the common man, and it's historic struggles with poverty and injustices through the ages, too graphic to even imagine. Mr Firth also points out that, most of the valiant people who fought against mankind's plights were considered traitors, and were either imprisoned, tortured or killed; or all of the above, for their efforts. Every liberty we take for granted today, has been paid for by someone's life, and we are in danger of losing all of our liberties, by not continuing to fight for them. Anyone who doesn't like our political two-party system, need only move to Russia; or similarly oppressed nations, where he/she can live under a one-party system that dictates one's every move. This book is heavy reading; but deserving of one's attention, and it keeps getting better and better. The section dealing with the American Revolution, from the British standpoint, is so interesting, I had to go back and re-read (as I did with many chapters that were too unimaginable to sink in on the first reading.)
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The Common Man Speaks 7 Nov. 2012
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My respect for Colin Firth as an actor, man devoted to his family, and humanitarian is great. That prompted me to buy this book. I'm also interested in British History because as an American, I do not know enough about the history of Great Britain, a land of my forefathers. I find the work interesting, but not one that finds me unable to leave it sit. I find the introduction to the book and each entry sometimes more interesting that the entry itself. I do feel that an anthology of such entries is a worthwhile endeavor.
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