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Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History

Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History

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The definitive compendium of classic oratory—a book for and of the ages now madeeven richer and more contemporary. William Safire's invaluable and immensely entertaining Lend Me Your Ears established itself instantly as a classic treasury of the greatest speeches in human history. Selected with the instincts of a great speechwriter and language maven, arranged

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The definitive compendium of classic oratory—a book for and of the ages now madeeven richer and more contemporary. William Safire's invaluable and immensely entertaining Lend Me Your Ears established itself instantly as a classic treasury of the greatest speeches in human history. Selected with the instincts of a great speechwriter and language maven, arranged by theme and occasion, each deftly introduced and placed in context, the more than two hundred speeches in this compilation demonstrate the enduring power of human eloquence to inspire, to uplift, and to motivate. For this expanded edition Safire has selected more than twenty new speeches by such figures as President Bill Clinton, Senator Robert Dole, General Colin Powell, Microsoft's Bill Gates, the Dalai Lama, Edward R. Murrow, Alistair Cooke, the Buddha, and the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. They prove that even in a digital age the most forceful medium of communication is still the human voice speaking directly to the mind, heart, and soul.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This new edition of Safire's book, originally published in 1992, retains all the speeches in the first edition and adds 20 new ones, such as Pope Urban II launching the crusades, Bob Dole remembering Richard Nixon, and Colin Powell on racial hatred. Safire's criteria are subjectivea speech is included if he thinks "it's great"and the tone of his unhelpful introduction is one of strained cuteness. Most collections of speeches focus narrowly on particular subjects such as American or classical speeches, with few attempting, like Safire's, to cover all times and places. In fact, The Guide to Reference Books lists only one: Brewer's ten-volume World's Best Orations, published in 1901. Not surprisingly, there is virtually no overlap between Brewer's 350 and Safire's 220 selections. Safire's book is not really necessary for libraries owning the first edition, but it is a good addition for those lacking Brewer's or in need of modern speeches. With an excellent index.Peter A. Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., Mich.
William F. Buckley
“Bill Safire's collection of galvanizing speeches ancient and modern is wonderfully done, the taste in the selection eclectic, discriminating, piquant, and enchantingly introduced. Makes for wonderful reading.”
Peggy Noonan
“This is the most valuable kind of book, the kind that benefits mind and heart.... My fellow Americans, Safire is a gem.”
David Brinkley
“A wonderful book.”
Booklist
“To teach and to please, some Greek once advised, is the function of great rhetoric, and Safire has put together [a] volume that embod[ies] those functions and their power.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393040050
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/1997
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
1056
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.53(h) x 1.96(d)

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William Safire, a Pulitzer Prize winner, is the most widely read writer on words. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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