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Great Speeches of 20th Century [Box set]

Great Speeches Of The 20th CenAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 24, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000032HG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,874 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Farmer And The Republican Party - William Howard Taft
2. Address To The American Indians - President Woodrow Wilson
3. Address To The Boys' Progressive League - Former President Theodore Roosevelt
4. Inaugural Address - President Franklin D. Roosevelt
5. Inaugural Address - President Franklin D. Roosevelt
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. First Recorded Promotional Message On The Edison - Len Spencer
2. The German Peril - Former U.S. Ambassador To Germany James G. Watson
3. Address From France - General 'J.J.' Black Pershing
4. On Lindbergh's Return To The United States - President Calvin Coolidge And Charles Lindbergh
5. Abdication Address - King Edward The VIII
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. The Ideal Republic - William Jennings Bryan
2. On The Future Of Women In Flying - Amelia Earhart
3. Farewell To Baseball - Lou Gehrig
4. Address To The Nation On The R.A.F. - Prime Minister Winston Churchill
5. Greetings To The Children Of England - Princess Elizabeth And Princess Margaret
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Address On U.S. Neutrality - Charles Lindbergh
2. Address To The Chicago Irish Fellowship Club - Senator Joseph McCarthy
3. The Kitchen Debate - Vice-President Nixon And Premier Nikita Khrushchev
4. Farewell To Fans (The Payola Scandal) - Alan Freed
5. Concession Speech - Richard M. Nixon
See all 12 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Students and teachers of history, enthusiasts of speechmaking, and folks needing something different to spice up those mix tapes with will enjoy this inspired four-disc tour of a century. It's a bit heavy on events a baby boomer is most likely to be interested in, but there's nothing wrong with knowing one's audience. For the most part, these recordings make 20th-century history appear to be happening right now. It might sound clichéd, but it really is a thrill to hear history in the making: Woodrow Wilson lying to the American Indians, Gloria Steinem addressing the National Organization for Women, the launch of sputnik, Dr. King delivering the "I Have a Dream" speech with intense clarity and emotion, Kennedy delivering his infamous address to the nation after being sworn in, the very first recording ever made on an Edison phonograph, Nixon resigning in shame, Hitler hatefully ranting about Germanic expansionism, Malcolm X powerfully speaking on black power, Babe Ruth saying good-bye to baseball, and Neil Armstrong uttering those famous words as he first steps onto the moon. --Mike McGonigal

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Collection That Could Have Been Better September 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This 1991 box set, put together a bit after the Persian Gulf War is an important document of American History. All in all, Great Speeches of the 20th Century is a good collection that could have been even better. It in fact includes many of the great speeches of the 20th Century. It begins with the 27th president, William Howard Taft, and includes all of the 20th century presidents up until 1991 with the exception of McKinley, Harding, Hoover and Ford. But the presidential speeches are not the highlights of this collection. Dr. King's "I Have A Dream Speech" rightly stands out as the finest oration on the entire 4 disc set. However, his final speech given in Memphis the night before he was murdered, including the immortal words "I Have Been To The Mountaintop," is nowhere to be found. That is an unfortunate omission. A more substantial offering from Malcolm X, besides his one minute comment on Black Power, would have also improved this set. My biggest criticism though is not with the selection, but with the editing and liner notes. Some of the edits massacre the speeches-the worst is hearing the few second snippet of Gehrig's fairwell spreech to baseball. On the other hand, a number of key speeches are given in their entirety and they are really powerful-the brilliant and insightful Eisenhower farewell speech should be heard by every American in its entirety at least once- it is still highly relevent today. My beef with the liner notes is that they give short shrift to certain speeches that are really extraordinary. It doesn't even mention the context in which RFK delivers what stands out as perhaps the greatest off the cuff speech in American History. Hearing it and knowing the emotional context is almost worth the price of the 4 cd set itself. Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classroom resource May 14, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is a must for any US History teacher. It's one thing to read a landmark speech, quite another to hear it as you read along. Studying history is much more interesting when students can "touch" "hear" "see" it. To have the actual voice putting inflection and feeling to the words makes it more memorable. Students today are so visual that merely listening to the speech is ineffective. (trust me, they will fall asleep.) Hand out a printed copy of the speech for them to read along with and highlight key points. It's also helpful when students are taking the AP US History exam to be able to quote speeches in their DBQs.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important Set--Good for school use January 26, 2003
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As a teacher this set is invaluable. The recordings are well-chosen and nicely mastered. It's a good survey of 20th century audio recordings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great speeches March 24, 2007
Format:Audio CD
It was what I needed for my high school public speaking class. The students are able to listen to great speeches. This way they had a reference to what makes an excellent speech.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good audio, wear on the box and case January 8, 2014
By Lizbeth
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Discs were unscratched, worked fine. However, the box was not only a bit worn at corners and had minor scratches, but it had a decent 1.5 inch tear on one side of it as well. Some CD cases were scratched and one had a long crack across the front of it. The audio material itself was unharmed, and is a delight to listen to.
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