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Bob Blaisdell is professor of English at the City University of New York's Kingsborough Community College and the editor of twenty-two Dover literature and poetry collections.
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  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Green ed. edition (February 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486474674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486474670
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a straightforward and substantial anthology: No excess, no nonsense. The book is arranged in chronological order, beginning with Roosevelt's "The Natural Wonder of the Grand Canyon" (May 6, 1903), and ending with Barack Obama's Election-Night Speech (November 5, 2008). While a good deal of the speeches are political, some cover social topics, such as gender rights and religion. Perhaps one might question a few of the selections, but I'm not going impose my own personal opinion on that on the rest of the world. All things considered, this is a terrific way to spend $3.50 (or less).
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Hi... I bought this book as I joined a toastmasters club to improve my existing public speaking skills. This is a book which contains many great speeches by eminent people.

If you are looking for a book that is essential, buy this one. There are very good speeches and you can learn a lot about speech craft. I read the whole book within three sittings and this book helped me a lot. I know how to speak but I understand that public speaking is an art. You can master the art of public speaking by reading this book.

The good thing is you can experience a variety of topics written in simple, moderate and advanced English. Do not be afraid. If you find some speeches difficult to understand, reread them so that you can understand them. This is like a handbook on public speaking. There are very stimulating speeches which you may not have heard in your life. Read this book. You will be surprised.

The price is right and it is worth the few dollars you spend. It is worth reading as well.The speeches vary in style and length. Some speeches run into 1500 words while others run into 3000 words like. However, it is very easy to read a speech within 15 minutes. If you read a speech a day, within a short period of time you will have read all the speeches.
Good luck!

Susil Manchanayaka, B. A., PGDE, PGC T&HRD
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By Susan on September 16, 2013
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I needed this book for a beginner's speech class I was taking in college. I used it all the time and it was really helpful. It came pretty quickly in the mail and in perfect condition
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I needed this book for my speech class in college. It's filled with some of the best speeches ever given and it helped me pass my Midterm.
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The variety of speeches are excellent and compiled very well. I want to purchase more speeches compiled by this author.
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By Juzzyg on October 6, 2015
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Good speeches, but I thought it have Lincolns 4 score in it.
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