Speeches That Changed the World

Speeches That Changed the World

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Introduction by Simon Sebag Montefiore

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  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
  • Format: Mixed media product | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 266mm x 26mm | 821g
  • Publication date: 21 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0857382470
  • ISBN 13: 9780857382474
  • Illustrations note: 50 black and white photos
  • Sales rank: 52,749

Product description

This gripping DVD pack provides genuine historical footage of 20 of the most significant speeches of the 20th century and is accompanied by a deluxe illustrated book containing the transcripts of these and over 30 other momentous orations from throughout history. Complete with biographies of each speaker and the stories of why the world changed as a result, this is a fascinating history of humanity told through the speeches that shaped it. Footage includes: Chamberlain: 'Peace for our time'; Hitler: Speech to the Hitler youth; Goebbels: Book burning; Molotov: The invasion of Russia; Churchill: 'Blood, tears, toil', 'Finest hour', 'The few'; Gandhi: 'I have faith in the righteousness of our cause'; FDR: 'A day that will live in infamy'; De Gaulle: Speech to World War 1 veterans; Hirohito: Surrender of Japan; MacArthur: Terms of Japanese surrender, 'Old soldiers never die, they just fade away'; JFK: 'Ask not what your country can do for you', 'Ich Bin ein Berliner'; Martin Luther King: 'I have a dream'; Nixon: Watergate first speech, 'No whitewash at the White House'; Reagan: 'Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall'; Rudd: 'To the stolen generations...I am sorry'; Obama: 'Yes we can'.

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Simon Sebag Montefiore read history at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. He is the author of Potemkin: Prince of Princes and the award-winning Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar. He lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children.

Table of contents

Introduction. Jesus of Nazareth: 'Blessed are the poor in spirit'. The Prophet Mohammed: 'Turn then your face towards the Sacred Mosque'. Queen Elizabeth I: 'I have the heart of the stomach of a king'. King Charles I: 'I go from a corruptible to an incorruptible crown'. Oliver Cromwell: 'In the name of God, go!'. George Washington: 'A passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils'. Thomas Jefferson: 'We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists'. Napoleon Bonaparte: 'Soldiers of my Old Guard: I bid you farewell'. Abraham Lincoln: 'Government of the people, by the people, for the people'. Susan B. Anthony: 'Are women persons?'. Emmeline Pankhurst: 'I am here as a soldier'. Patrick Pearse: 'Ireland unfree shall never be at peace'. Woodrow Wilson: 'The world must be made safe for democracy'. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin: 'Power to the Soviets'. Clarence Darrow: 'I believe in the law of love'. Mohandas K. Gandhi: 'I have faith in the righteousness of our cause'. Franklin D. Roosevelt: 'The only thing we have to fear is fear itself'; 'A date which will live in infamy'. Adolf Hitler: 'My patience is now at an end'; 'I am from now on just first soldier of the Reich'. Neville Chamberlain: 'Peace for our time'. Joseph Stalin: 'It is imperative that we agree to conclude the pact'. Winston Churchill: 'Blood, toil, tears and sweat'; 'We shall fight on the beaches'; 'This was their finest hour'; Never in the field of human conflict'; 'An iron curtain has descended'. Charles de Gaulle: 'The flame of French resistance must not and shall not die'. Vyacheslav Molotov: 'Perfidy unparalleled in the history of civilized nation'. George S. Patton, Jr: 'I am personally going to shoot that paper-hanging sonofabitch Hitler'. Emperor Hirohito: 'Enduring the unendurable'. J. Robert Oppenheimer: 'We are not only scientists; we are men, too'. Jawaharlal Nehru: 'At the stroke of the midnight hour... India will awake'. Douglas MacArthur: 'I have just left your fighting sons in Korea'. Nikita Khrushchev: 'The cult of the individual'. John F. Kennedy: 'Ask not what your country can do for you'; 'Ich bin ein Berliner'. Martin Luther King, Jr: 'I have a dream'; 'I've seen the promised land'. Nelson Mandela: 'An ideal for which I am prepared to die'; 'Free at last'. Malcolm X: 'You can't hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree'. Pierre Trudeau: 'Who are the kidnap victims?'. Richard Nixon: 'There can be no whitewash at the White House'. Indira Gandhi: 'The special responsibility of the women of India'. Chaim Herzog: 'Hate, ignorance and evil'. Anwar al-Sadat: 'We accept to live with you in permanent peace'. Pope John Paul II: 'Our Polish freedom costs so much'. Ronald Reagan: 'Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!'. Mikhail Gorbachev: 'Freedom of choice is a universal principle'. Vaclav Havel: 'We live in a contaminated moral environment'. Earl Spencer: 'The most hunted person of the modern age'. Elie Wiesel: 'The perils of indifference'. George W. Bush: 'Today, our nation saw evil'. Gerry Adams: 'Our struggle has reached a defining moment'. Kevin Rudd: 'To the stolen generations... I am sorry'. Barack Obama: 'America is a place where all things are possible'. Index of speakers and key lines. THE DVD INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING FAMOUS SPEECHES: Chamberlain: 'Peace for our time'. Hitler: Speech to the Hitler Youth. Goebbels: Book burning. Molotov: The invasion of Russia. Churchill: 'Blood, tears, toil'; 'Finest hour'; 'The Few'. FDR: 'A day that will live in infamy'. De Gaulle: Speech to World War I veterans. Hirohito: Surrender of Japan. MacArthur: Terms of Japanese surrender; 'Old soldiers never die, they just fade away'. Gandhi: 'I have faith in the righteousness of our cause'. JFK: 'Ask not what your country can do for you'; 'Ich bin ein Berliner'. MLK: 'I have a dream'. Nixon: Watergate first speech; 'There can be no whitewash at the White House'. Reagan: 'Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall'. Rudd: 'We are truly sorry'. Obama: 'Yes we can'.