50 Speeches That Made the Modern World

50 Speeches That Made the Modern World : Famous Speeches from Women's Rights to Human Rights

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Throughout history, great speeches have produced great change. From inciting violence and asserting control to restoring peace and securing freedom, nothing has the raw emotional power of a speech delivered at the right moment, in the right place, with the right content, and the right delivery.

50 Speeches That Made The Modern World is a celebration of the most influential and thought-provoking speeches that have shaped the world we live in. With comprehensive, chronological coverage of speeches from the 20th and 21st centuries, taken from all corners of the globe, it covers Emmeline Pankhurst's patiently reasoned condemnation of men's failure to improve ordinary women's lives in 1908 through speeches by Vladimir Lenin, Mahatma Gandhi, David Ben-Gurion, Albert Einstein, Fidel Castro, Nikita Khrushchev, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela, Benazir Bhutto, Osama Bin Laden and Aung San Suu Kyi, right up to the most compelling oratory surrounding the 2016 US Presidential elections.

Through the rallying propaganda speeches during World War II to the cautious rhetoric of the Cold War period, through challenging the status quo on issues of race, gender and politics to public addresses to the masses on the issues of AIDS and terrorism, through apologies, complaints, warmongering, scaremongering and passionate pleas, this book delivers the most important speeches of the modern era and why they still remain so significant.

Each speech has an introduction explaining its setting, importance and impact as well as marginal notes filling in any background information.
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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 197 x 252 x 27mm | 1,028g
  • CHAMBERS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1473640946
  • 9781473640948
  • 248,107

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'The speeches here celebrate history - great events, great characters - but they also honour that mystery, without which we would all be the poorer' James Naughtie


Winston Churchill
From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of central and eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia: all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject, in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and, in many cases, increasing measure of control from Moscow.

John F. Kennedy
All freemen, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and, therefore, as a freeman, I take pride in the words:'Ich bin ein Berliner.'

George W. Bush
Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes, or in their offices; secretaries, businessmen and women, military and federal workers; moms and dads, friends and neighbours. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror.

Hillary Clinton
Let's stand with people who have courage, who have resilience. Let's stand with everyone who believes America's best days are ahead of us. For all of our challenges, I've never had more faith in our future - and if we work together ... I know our future will be brighter tomorrow than yesterday.
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About Chambers

Andrew Burnet is a writer, editor and publishing manager based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has worked for newspapers, magazines, commercial publishers, government agencies and charities. He has written or edited nearly 50 guidebooks for historic visitor attractions and museums. He was the compiling editor of Chambers Book of Speeches, and has also contributed to Chambers Biographical Dictionary.
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