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The Penguin Book of Historic Speeches by [MacArthur, Brian]
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Impeccable. MacArthur prefaces each address with a short but scholarly historical explanation that sets the scene perfectly. An attractive volume with a splendidly pithy introducton (Andrew Roberts Sunday Times)

MacArthur wisely [concentrates] on certain political conflicts - gathering together the oratory of the American Civil War or the campaign for female suffrage. His book works well not just as an anthology but as a history of those episodes (Independent on Sunday)

About the Author

Brian MacArthur has had a distinguished career in journalism. He was founder editor of the Today newspaper and of The Times Higher Education Supplement, editor of the Western Morning News and deputy editor of the Sunday Times. He has edited The Penguin Book of Modern Speeches, the companion volume to this book, and is the author of For King and Country and Surviving the Sword.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1461 KB
  • Print Length: 530 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (26 Sept. 1996)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00358G67A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #567,930 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I gave this as a present to family and friends for christmas last year and they were very much appreciated by all.
A wonderful collection that ranges from plato to Churchill and aaccounting for a history of inspiring words that are our heritage.
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As nearly always the obvious historic and contemporary speeches are included here. One always looks for the more unusual. This is a fair collection alright for the more junior student.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't quite capture the imagination 9 Jan. 2000
By Robbie Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
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Great speeches - and great books - can move mountains. This book has mountains of speeches and are all the great ones are there from Moses to Mandela. But something is missing. Despite the content matter, MacArthur's editorial contribution is too flat, too dry, too short. Compare his prose with that of Safire's in the latter's "Lend Me Your Ears". Safire sets fire to our senses, MacArthur fails to stoke the embers. If you only want to read the speeches than this book is fine. But this is not the book if you are looking for an editor who can take the raw material and then explain, instruct, inspire. A useful read but there are better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Speeches Speak for Themselves 14 Dec. 2008
By D. Harrington - Published on Amazon.com
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Aren't the speeches in and of themselves, enough to inspire? Why would we need someone else's exhortation about the speeches themselves. They are their own best witnesses of the greatness of each of them. Whether we have a great commentary on them or a horrible one, or none at all, makes no difference to me personally. If I watch a film of a presidential speech, I usually do not stay tuned to have a news commentator tell me what I just heard :) So, these speeches are great in and of themselves, and need no commentary at all, whether good, bad or indifferent.
Do we watch a baseball game in its entirety and then immediately switch to a sports channel to find out from THEM how the game went???? We just saw the game!
5.0 out of 5 stars great product 10 May 2014
By Mark Felix Gutierrez - Published on Amazon.com
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exactly what I wanted
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