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on 16 June 2011
Bought this book as I was looking for a book containing several speeches I was trying to track down, simply (and perhaps sadly) for my own pleasure. Although I will agree that it is exactly as it says on the tin, and contains several important speeches I'd been hoping to read, it is in fact more like a bit of a jumble store in the way it has been presented.
The full-page pictures I assumed would offer a clear separation of chapters, but even this seems to be visually confusing. Too many different fonts and a strange layout mean that it's also hard to identify the actual speeches from general information on the speech or speech-giver.

I also must add that it's a slight mis-sell, as the speeches aren't there in their entirety, many are only extracts (or in Jesus's case, just a few lines from Matthew - hardly a speech), and there is no reference to the version it has been taken from. Hm.

In all honesty, if you want a cheap bargain for an insight into major speeches, then it's worth picking up as the actual content and history behind the speeches is all very interesting, and once you get past the off-putting layout, is well-researched and enjoyable content.

However, if you want the whole speech, or something as more of an academic reference, steer well clear of this book.
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on 18 December 2010
The first few selections were quite disappointing - Jesus and Mohamed were both pretty uninspiring! But once it got to the 1800s they were very good. The speeches were important in their own right and the commentary on the circumstances around the speech and the life of the speaker very interesting. I read it as a book in several sittings but it would also be great on the coffee table - your visitors could read it in 10-minute chunks!
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on 29 December 2013
This is one of those books that can move you. The speeches are excellent and it takes you through some very special moments
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on 10 December 2013
what an excellent choice for my son-in-law who loves history. It will be a great gift for his birthday this year
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on 2 May 2016
Should be read by everyone going through school/college.

Might change a few bad attitudes and would certainly be thought provoking !!

A TRUE MUST READ.
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on 31 May 2010
Powerful oratory depends on content and delivery.
Motivation, persuasion, even mind enslavement are all possible and indeed have resulted from oratory.
This book and the associated audio CD provide a vignette into this fascinating topic.
For those of us old enough to remember, they also provide many "where was I when..." moments.
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on 17 June 2014
Memorable speeches that will never age; Martin Luther King and J F Kennedy. If only the world echoes the sentiments in the speech.
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on 17 May 2015
great classic even if perhaps too centred on English language speeches
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on 8 July 2014
Bought this for a friend, who says he likes it.
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on 26 February 2015
Fine. Delivery and price good.
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