on 27 April 2010
This book records 40 speeches the author considers were important between the years 1945-2008 but the book is quite unbalanced as nearly half are American.
Each speaker is given 5 pages -one for a full page picture,a page for a short history and background, the remaining 3 pages being long extracts of the speech.
Speakers quoted include Churchill, Kennedy,Mandela and Margaret Thatcher.
The book should have started in 1940 when great wartime speeches were made most memorable was Churchills "We will fight them on the beaches............we will never surrender"-the greatest speech of all time.