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The World's Great Speeches: Fourth Enlarged (1999) Edition [Kindle Edition]

Lewis Copeland , Lawrence W. Lamm , Stephen J. McKenna
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Book Description

Nearly 300 speeches offer provocative themes, historic parallels, and memorable quotations: Socrates, Julius Caesar, St. Francis, Martin Luther, Napoleon, Victor Hugo, Mohandas K. Gandhi, Winston Churchill, Fulton J. Sheen, Barbara Jordan, Malcolm X, Ronald Reagan, Nelson Mandela, Earl of Spencer, and many others.

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  • File Size: 2023 KB
  • Print Length: 962 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0486409031
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Fourth Edition, Enlarged edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008TVM050
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A core academic and community library reference work. February 3, 2000
This enlarged, revised edition gathers almost three hundred great speeches from nearly every historical era and nation from ancient to modern times, and makes for an outstanding volume. This edition adds fourteen important speeches delivered between 1974-97 and makes for an exciting display of messages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Speeches That Changed the World September 27, 2012
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This wonderful anthology contains 292 great speeches from almost every historical period and from many nations. They range from orations made by ancient Greeks and Romans such as Socrates and Julius Caesar through to speeches by contemporary figures such as Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi.

Each speech is preceded by a paragraph putting it in its historical context.

This massive volume (920 pages) is complemented by another formidable anthology of important speeches, Safire's Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History, Updated and Expanded Edition. Both books are worth consulting by students of oratory and of history.

The World's Great Speeches is now in its fourth edition. I hope that its fifth edition will include more speeches by the winners of the Nobel Prize (for example, the Nobel banquet speeches by Albert Camus and Harold Pinter).

Also welcome would be more speeches by great writers, artists and scientists (for example, by Albert Einstein), and more speeches by people from places other than the English-speaking countries and Europe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finding the moral values in the world October 24, 2007
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Preparing an important speech requires an enormous amount of work. Such a speech must in a very short time convince people of what you are trying to communicate. That is why good speeches are so fascinating to read. You will find speeches of almost 250 people on 920 pages. A treasure chest! You can look for different things. For example. There is not a single speech that claims that people should just aim to become rich or can become happy that way. Many speeches refer to happiness linked to virtue and happiness, For example: "There is an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness, between duty and advantage"; "Can it be that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a nation with its virtue?" One negative statement on virtue with good intentions: "Punish my sons if they appear to care for riches before virtue". On for example the subject of heart: "The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human humbleness and in human responsibility"; "Reasoning will lead to acting well, justice in mind becomes justice in the heart"; "Let us then , fellow citizens, unite with one heart and one mind". There is one warning though: "Beware, love of power, and proness to abuse it, can come to dominate the human heart".
You can also find a few frightening speeches from Adolf Hitler and Mussolini. But the vast majority are inspiring to read. You can also learn something about what a good speech should be like.
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5.0 out of 5 stars as advertised July 23, 2013
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came exactly as promised and was exactly what I was looking for... much appreciated for the great product! Would shop again.
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