The Penguin Book of Historic Speeches

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The definitive collection of famous speeches by some of the most important figures in world history—newly repackaged

In this superb companion volume to the acclaimed Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Speeches, veteran journalist Brian MacArthur brings together the words of more than one hundred influential men and women who changed and inspired the world through the sheer power of their oratory.
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Overview

The definitive collection of famous speeches by some of the most important figures in world history—newly repackaged

In this superb companion volume to the acclaimed Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Speeches, veteran journalist Brian MacArthur brings together the words of more than one hundred influential men and women who changed and inspired the world through the sheer power of their oratory.
            This newly updated edition includes the best speeches in history from notable modern political figures such as Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as famed historical figures such as Moses, Cicero, and Socrates. Helpfully broken out into categories such as Ancient Times (Moses, Jesus, Mohammed), The Birth of the United States (John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin), and Women’s Liberation (Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Betty Freidan), this indispensable reference deserves a spot on the shelf of every student, armchair historian, and teacher. 

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Editorial Reviews

Andrew Roberts
"MacArthur's earlier selections, up to the late nineteenth century, are impeccable .. He prefaces each address with a short but scholarly historical explanation that sets the scene perfectly ... An attractive volume with a splendidly pity introduction." -- Sunday Times
J. Enoch Powell
"By reading consecutively the extracts from American actors in the history of the USA, the reader gets a most exhilarating glimpse beneath the surface of the successive dramas which made up American history." -- Daily Telegraph
Ben Rogers
"MacArthur wisely [concentrates] on cetain political conflicts -- gathering together the oratory of the American Civil War or the campaign for female suffrage ... his book works well n ot just as an anthology but as a history of those episodes." -- Independent on Sunday
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780241953266
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 488,550
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian MacArthur is the editor of the acclaimed Penguin Book of 20th-Century Speeches and is the author of several books, including For King and Country: Voices from the First World War. A former editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement and executive editor of the Times (London), he lives in London and Norfolk, England.

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