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The Penguin Book of Historic Speeches
     

The Penguin Book of Historic Speeches

by Various, Brian MacArthur (Editor)
 
In this companion volume to his highly acclaimed Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Speeches, Brian MacArthur brings together the words of over a hundred men and women -- from Moses to Mandela -- who helped to change the world through the sheer power of their oratory.

In 1969 Betty Friedan proclaimed in an impassioned speech on women's rights, 'Today, we

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In this companion volume to his highly acclaimed Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Speeches, Brian MacArthur brings together the words of over a hundred men and women -- from Moses to Mandela -- who helped to change the world through the sheer power of their oratory.

In 1969 Betty Friedan proclaimed in an impassioned speech on women's rights, 'Today, we moved history foward.' Gladstone and Disraeli, and Pitt and Fox before them, forged the politics of their age through ferocious verbal combat in the House of Commons. Abraham Lincoln transformed for ever the way American interpret the Civil War and their national destiny. A legacy of turmoil in Ireland; the revolutionary rhetoric of eighteenth-century France; and this century's catalogue of conflict are all represented in this definitive and incisive collection.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140176193
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.38(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Brian MacArthur is the Executive Editor (features) for the London Times. He is also the editor of The Penguin Book of Historical Speeches.

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