One of four in a series on non-fiction writing, this edition explains effective speeches and how to write one. Beginning with an interesting introduction on the kinds of speeches and the history of speech making and its importance over the years, the author moves on to explain how and why speeches are created and the steps to take to make them effective. Examples of historical speeches are interspersed for the reader to identify and compare the purpose and structure. Chapters on Speaking with a Purpose, Building a Structure, Proving Your Point, Writing to be Heard and Think Like an Orator are included. Important vocabulary is highlighted within the text and then defined in the glossary at the end of the book. Black and white period drawings and photographs add interest. It would have been helpful had the author included an outline of the important points as the monochromatic, textbook-like layout makes it difficult to distinguish one point from another, at times. An index and bibliography are also included. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.