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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Books (22 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783560274
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783560271
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 336,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gary Younge sheds new light on the background, delivery and enduring importance of Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech.

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Gary Younge is a Guardian columnist and feature writer based in the US. His books include Who Are We - And Should it Matter in the 21st Century? and No Place Like Home, shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. He lives with his family in New York City.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Fiona Allen on 30 Aug 2013
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I need to declare an interest; I knew Gary Younge (slightly) at university, and have read his previous books with great admiration.
The Speech, however, is a whole different thing; not least because of its scope, since the 5 page bibliography references Angela Davis, Karl Marx, and Stevie Wonder.
It is immaculately researched, beautifully written, and should be on every school curriculum as a fine example of academic analysis transformed into breathtakingly good writing.
Bravo Mr Younge.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy C on 30 Dec 2013
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Inspirational and good value. Well worth the money and well worth the read to get a better understanding of the great man and his contribution to America's history
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sandra smith on 12 Jan 2014
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brought as a present - cant say whether it fitted the desire to enjoy it or not xxx xxx xxx
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Revisiting the speech.... 19 Oct 2013
By Vernon Clarke - Published on Amazon.com
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"THE SPEECH" is an important requirement for me personally, as the effect it had on me personally back in 1963 was a cathartic experience that would stay with me through my childhood, and up to now, into my senior years. I was born in the Caribbean and grew up in London, England. When I went to school in the days following the speech, everyone seemed to be galvanised by the elements of MLK' s speech at the Washington Memorial. I hadn't up until this point in my young life taken more than a pass interest in the issues of civil rights. Our "English teacher" changed the lesson plan for that and several other lessons following the speech to search out our collective feelings on the content of the speech. I remember the feeling of taking part in something very, very special as well as something directly relating to me personally, even while the event happened so far away. I also related to MLK and his work as my parents and peer group related to it over and over in the years since. This book brings some new insights and even clearer understanding of the substance as well as the progressive nature of Dr. King and the rest of the civil rights leadership. This book reads like a fly-on-the-wall retelling of a movement, of which, I have no doubt contributed in no small measure to President Obama's election victory and fulfilling in great measure the dreams and aspirations of hundreds of millions of Americans at home, as well as billions of people across the globe. Gary Young's retelling of this version 50 years later is at once: timely, poetic in delivery and fills in some very important issues relating to Dr. King and the issues driving the civil rights leadership. This book is required reading for students of history and others interested in the way that current events are perceived with the passage of time.
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Timely and timeless in its own right 28 Aug 2013
By Lisa (Leigh) Patel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Younge's short but powerful book on Dr. King's legendary speech is nothing less than a primer on the ways that racial identity shape perception and practices. In reading this short book, we understand why the speech is abridged, how it is (mis)understood and why. Reading Younge's analysis of the historical and contemporary contexts of this speech helps a reader to understand how the election of the nation's first African American president is simultaneously celebrated and villified.
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Great Book!!!!!!! 10 Nov 2013
By Carol Araiza - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book puts the " I have a dream speech" into the social and political context of that time on history . It was very enlightening to be able to go behind the scenes through interviews with people who were participants and to see how and why the speech evolved. I enjoyed the author's question Has King's dream been realized? and how this was presented to show while there had been some success there also remained some failure as evidenced by ongoing racial profiling , inequalities in the job market and ongoing higher unemployment.
I remember as a 12 year old Canadian living close to the border watching T.V in horror at the news coming from Birmingham . I watched as black men , women and children were beaten , hosed with torrents of water and with snarling dogs being unleashed against them. I remember wondering how these white people committing these atrocities against these innocent people. could even vaguely describe themselves as 'human'. I also remember being fearful that somehow the color of my skin might change and I could find myself in the same situation.
I think everyone who lived through this time in history will find this book a wonderful read. I think that those who have been born since should read this to better understand the events of history and to help ensure that such events are not forgotten.
A must read. 14 Aug 2014
By Jimmy McPherson - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book with the thought that it would help give me some background and context for the speech, and found that it brought a whole lot more to the table. In my estimation, the author does an excellent job of not only telling the story, but also in outlining aftermath--especially as it relates to our world today. In addition, I found some great illustrations that can be used in teaching groups about leadership and determination. A must read.
A Great Study of this Historical Speech 30 Mar 2014
By mtayl75234 - Published on Amazon.com
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The fact that the author, Gary Younge, is foreign born is truly amazing. He captured the essence of not just the "Speech" but of the most important fact, the "Times" and what was going on when Dr King wrote and delivered this famous speech. It's as if he personally experienced what it was like during this awful time in my history. I was taken back to that period and lived again some of the terrible feelings we had as an African American born in a land where we were not wanted. And, not only that, where we were treated as slaves. What is more are still not given the respect and rights that we were born to have.
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