Speeches that Changed the World Hardcover – 1 Apr 2010
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From declarations of war to demands for peace, and from cries of freedom to shouts of righteous anger, this stirring anthology is a celebration of more than 50 speeches that have shaped history. Beginning with the prophets of the great religions and concluding with Barack Obama's election victory vow that 'this is our time', Speeches that Changed the World spans eras, nations and many voices - revolutionaries and tyrants, soldiers and statesmen, monarchs and martyrs.
Here are five of the finest wartime rallying calls of Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King's prophetic 'I have a dream' and 'I've seen the promised land' speeches, the inspiring words of JFK and impassioned pleas from Nelson Mandela - the first at his trial in 1964 and the second on his election as president of South Africa in 1994. Alongside these are historic speeches from Elizabeth I, Oliver Cromwell, George Washington, Napoleon Bonaparte, Abraham Lincoln, Emmeline Pankhurst, Mahatma Gandhi, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, General George S. Patton, Mao Zedong, Malcolm X, Pope John Paul II, Vaclav Havel, Mikhail Gorbachev and many other great men and women who have captivated, emboldened and sometimes terrified those who heard them.
Each speech is accompanied by an introduction that explains its historical background and its influence on the momentous events of the day, as well as those that followed. A biography of each speechmaker reveals how they came to stand at the crossroads of history.
Speeches that Changed the World has already sold over three-quarters of a million copies. Now comprehensively revised, it includes many additional speeches such as Nikita Khrushchev's secret 1956 denunciation of Stalinist Russia, Patrick Pearse's rousing funeral oration that fanned the flames of the Easter Rising, Kevin Rudd's historical apology to Australia's mistreated Aboriginal peoples and Earl Spencer's lament to 'the extraordinary and irreplaceable Diana'. Moving and thought-provoking, this new edition will continue to inspire and enlighten readers, offering them a fascinating perspective on historical milestones through the power of the spoken word.
From the Back Cover
'And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.' Martin Luther King.
'We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.' Winston Churchill.
'And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.' John F. Kennedy.
'I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.' Nelson Mandela.
'Where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes We Can.' Barack Obama.
Reproduced within this book are the key speeches of Elizabeth I, Oliver Cromwell, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, Nelson Mandela and many other major historical figures whose words have shaped our world. Each speech is accompanied by a biography of the speaker and the story of why it was significant, and will both inspire the reader and provide a greater understanding of these turning points in history.
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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.
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.
Might change a few bad attitudes and would certainly be thought provoking !!
A TRUE MUST READ.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great classic even if perhaps too centred on English language speechesPublished 14 months ago by PEM
Memorable speeches that will never age; Martin Luther King and J F Kennedy. If only the world echoes the sentiments in the speech.Published on 17 Jun. 2014 by Dr. A. O. Molajo