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The Right Words: Great Republican Speeches that Shaped History Hardcover – February 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0471758167 ISBN-10: 0471758167 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471758167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471758167
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,380,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hall, a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, believes that "Leftist Academe" has effected an "erasure of Republican remembrance," something he seeks to correct with this collection of 17 speeches by members of the Grand Old Party. Some of these texts are seminal pieces of American political oratory—Richard Nixon's "Checkers" speech; Reagan's 1987 remarks at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. In his prefatory notes to each speech, Hall teases out themes, such as commitments to "individualism, military strength, and self-reliance," that have long marked Republican thinking. Unfortunately, Hall's hysterical introduction to the book—which is more about the "radicalized professoriate" and the "liberal Democrats [who] dominate our nation's campuses" than about Republicans—will alienate readers who don't share his partisan viewpoint. Indeed, this anthology doesn't adequately testify to ideological diversity within the Republican Party; yes, Lincoln's two most famous speeches (the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural) lead the book, and Hall includes two by Teddy Roosevelt, but after that, it's on to William F. Buckley and Dwight Eisenhower. This would have been a much different book had Hall included samples of, say, Radical Republican speechifying during Reconstruction. (Mar.)
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"Wynton Hall understands what that greatest of recent Republicans, Ronald Reagan, understood: words matter. Ideas are communicated by words--the right words. It's not just what you say but how you say it. This is hardly a simple task."
—Paul Kengor, professor, Grove City College, author of God and Ronald Reagan and The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism

"In this stimulating book, Wynton Hall underscores a few of those Republicans who have done the job better than anyone, rightly beginning with Abraham Lincoln and continuing with a few notable surprises. This book is a must for the bookshelf of not just any well-informed Republican, but anyone interested in effective communication."
—Paul Kengor, professor, Grove City College, author of God and Ronald Reagan and The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism


More About the Author

Wynton Hall is a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Only 31, Hall is a bestselling author and has been labeled a 'rising star' in the field of presidential communication. His work has been published in the New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Times, International Herald Tribune, The Examiner, Toronto Globe and Mail, National Review Online, NewsMax Magazine, Human Events, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Western Journal of Communication, Business Research Yearbook, RealClearPolitics, Leadership Excellence Magazine, and The Politico. During the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City, he appeared as a guest on several national radio programs live from Madison Square Garden. Hall has also appeared on numerous television and nationally syndicated radio programs, including Bill O'Reilly's "The Radio Factor" and "The Michael Reagan Show."

Hall is the author or coauthor of four books. In 2006, Hall and President Reagan's Secretary of Defense and the former chairman of Forbes, Caspar Weinberger, published "Home of the Brave: Honoring the Unsung Heroes in the War on Terror" (Forge/St. Martin's Press, 2006). The book chronicled the jaw-dropping valor of 19 of the most highly decorated soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines fighting in the War on Terror. Sean Hannity called it "One of the most important books yet written about the War on Terror."

Hall is co-author, along with President Ronald Reagan's chief political strategist and pollster, Dick Wirthlin, of "The Greatest Communicator: What Ronald Reagan Taught Me about Politics, Leadership, and Life" (Wiley/Trade Division, 2004). The first day of its release, "The Greatest Communicator" hit Amazon.com's Best-Seller List.

Wynton Hall's latest book, "The Right Words: Great Republican Speeches that Shaped History" (2007) was published February 2007 and was hailed by GOP insiders as a "must-read."

In the realm of academic literature, Hall and Peter Schweizer co-edited "Landmark Speeches of the American Conservative Movement" for Texas A&M University Press (2007).

In addition to writing books, Hall is a highly sought after communication consultant, ghostwriter, and speechwriter. His past clients include top leaders from myriad fields, such as: CEOs, college presidents, U.S. senators, state agencies, nationally known lawyers, TV news celebrities, and Fortune 500 companies.

He was the recipient of the Texas A&M University Distinguished Research Award. In 2003, Hall was invited to serve as a member of the eight-person National Task Force on the Presidency and Public Opinion, which is comprised of some of the nation's top presidential scholars.

Hall was previously an intern for United States Senator Connie Mack and also worked in the Florida State Senate.

He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in political campaigning, speechwriting, communications, and presidential rhetoric at Texas A&M University, East Tennessee State University, and Bainbridge College.

Hall holds a M.A. from Texas A&M University with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Public Affairs. He received his B.A in Political Science from the University of Florida.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Newsense on May 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is valuable for two reasons. First, it is not a random collection of one person's view as to what constitutes a great speech. The 17 speeches examined here are oriented around eternal Republican themes of individual (rather than collective) responsibility; a belief in values that are absolute, not relative; and a strong national defense, the foundation of individual civil liberties.

Second, each speech is intertwined with commentary on its historical setting. Platitudes need no explanation. Great speeches, though, are rooted in a specific historical context while also appealing to timeless values.

Those of other political parties will gain from reading this book. It is not meant to convert but to educate. Serious people will want to look beyond the caricature of Republicans so often presented in many media sources. Understanding the basic beliefs of one of America's two major political parties is valuable regardless of one's political persuasion.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Yusuf Haidermota on February 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"I loved Hall's last book. This one is different but just as good if not better. It felt like I was in the audience for these famous speeches.

I was familiar with some of them, but others I'd never even heard of, which made it all the more fascinating to read. If you're a Republican I don't see how you can not read this one. It's a fun, fast read. I give it two thumbs up."
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ally on February 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As a college student that has limited time for reading material other than textbooks, I consider this one a must-read. Hall's writing style, I found, provides for a quick and enjoyable read. And as always, the content itself is impeccably researched and organized. I highly recommend this as a must-read for all, no matter the party-affiliation.
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My husband was the one who enjoyed the book before I sent it to my Dad for his birthday. Both of my men enjoy conservative viewpoints.
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