Speeches That Changed the World

Speeches That Changed the World

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Comprehensively updated with many new speeches including Earl Spencer's lament to 'The extraordinary and irreplaceable Diana', Nikita Khrushchev's secret speech of 1956 signalling the beginning of the end of Stalinist Russia, Patrick Pearse's rousing funeral oration that fanned the flames of the Easter Rising, Kevin Rudd's historic apology to Australia's mistreated Aborigines and Barack Obama's momentous US election night victory speech. Alongside these are the finest war cries of Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King's prophetic 'I have a dream' and 'I've seen the promised land' speeches, the inspiring words of JFK and impassioned pleas from Nelson Mandela - the first at his trial in 1964 and the second on his election as president of South Africa in 1994. In addition are historic speeches from Elizabeth I, Charles I, Oliver Cromwell, George Washington, Napoleon Bonaparte, Abraham Lincoln, Emmeline Pankhurst, Mahatma Gandhi, Vladimir Lenin, Neville Chamberlain, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Charles de Gaulle, General George S. Patton, J Robert Oppenheimer, Mao Zedong, Malcolm X, Richard M. Nixon, Pope John Paul II, Vaclav Havel, Elie Wiesel, Mikhail Gorbachev and many other great historical figures. Speeches that Changed the World presents over 50 momentous and thought-provoking speeches from throughout history. Complete with a potted biography of each speaker, and telling the story of why each oration was significant and what happened as a result, this is a gripping history of the world told through its greatest and most impassioned speeches.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 188 x 266 x 26mm | 898.11g
  • Quercus Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 50 b&w photos
  • 184866057X
  • 9781848660571
  • 20,735

About Simon Sebag Montefiore

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.show more

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.show more

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