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Speeches That Changed the World
     

Speeches That Changed the World

by Simon Sebag Montefiore
 
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

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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, Václav 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435151697
Publisher:
Quercus
Publication date:
01/03/2014
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE is an historian and international bestselling author. His Potemkin: Prince of Princes was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson, Duff Cooper and Marsh Biography Prizes. Stalin: the Court of the Red Tsar won the History Book of the Year Prize at the British Book Awards and Young Stalin was the winner of the Costa Biography Prize, the Bruno Kreisky Prize for Political Literature and the LA Times Book Prize for Best Biography. He is also the author of the novels Sashenka, Heroes, and Monsters. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he has been published in over 35 languages.

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