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Speeches of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Orations Deserving of a Wider…

by Shaun Usher

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______________________ A richly illustrated and wonderfully eclectic collection of THE WORLD'S GREATESTSPEECHES - THE OLD, THE NEW AND THE UNSPOKEN - from the author of the international bestseller, Letters of Note. Discover speeches that altered the course of history, like NELSON MANDELA's on the day he became South Africa's first black President, and outpourings of much-needed change, such as the impassioned, impromptu appeal for women's rights from SOJOURNER TRUTH, an African-American woman born into slavery. Expect the gloriously unexpected, as KERMIT THE FROG takes to the podium, and celebrate lives well-lived, including TILDA SWINTON's tribute to 'every alien's favourite cousin', DAVID BOWIE. While some speeches are heard by millions, some remain unspoken- the secret draft prepared for QUEEN ELIZABETH II during a military exercise for World War III, and PRESIDENT NIXON's chilling public announcement should NEIL ARMSTRONG and BUZZ ALDRIN become stranded on the Moon. Surprising, inspiring and shocking; moving, comforting and enlightening. SPEECHES OF NOTE- seventy-five extraordinary ways to step into someone else's shoes. FEATURING- Malala Yousafzai *Tilda Swinton*Albert Einstein*Nick Cave *Queen Elizabeth II *Kermit the Frog *Pablo Picasso *Harvey Milk *J. M. Barrie * General Dwight D. Eisenhower *Meghan Markle * Sojourner Truth* Salman Rushdie *Panti Bliss *Nelson Mandela *Robert F. Kennedy * Virginia Woolf * Richard Nixon * Socrates * Nelson Mandela * Mark Twain * Marie Curie * George Bernard Shaw * Susan Sontag AND MANY, MANY MORE… (more)
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There were a couple of really interesting, moving and funny speeches here, but the majority were not any of those. Many speeches seemed to have been included because they focused on issues that are topical today, but that alone is not enough to make a speech enjoyable to read - they may have expressed admirable sentiments but weren't powerfully delivered or didn't veer off the beaten path in any way. I also thought the editor needed to have done more in terms of introducing the speeches to reduce the sense of one speech melting into the next over and over again, seemingly in no particular order. Short introductions are included, but for the most part they just provide the bare bones of a context and add very little to understanding the speech.

I had a special bone to pick with the audio edition. Totally inappropriate voice actors had been selected to read speeches they simply could not deliver with any conviction - the worst offender probably being the polite-sounding woman who read Queen Elizabeth I's famous 'I have the heart and stomach of a king' speech. ( )
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______________________ A richly illustrated and wonderfully eclectic collection of THE WORLD'S GREATESTSPEECHES - THE OLD, THE NEW AND THE UNSPOKEN - from the author of the international bestseller, Letters of Note. Discover speeches that altered the course of history, like NELSON MANDELA's on the day he became South Africa's first black President, and outpourings of much-needed change, such as the impassioned, impromptu appeal for women's rights from SOJOURNER TRUTH, an African-American woman born into slavery. Expect the gloriously unexpected, as KERMIT THE FROG takes to the podium, and celebrate lives well-lived, including TILDA SWINTON's tribute to 'every alien's favourite cousin', DAVID BOWIE. While some speeches are heard by millions, some remain unspoken- the secret draft prepared for QUEEN ELIZABETH II during a military exercise for World War III, and PRESIDENT NIXON's chilling public announcement should NEIL ARMSTRONG and BUZZ ALDRIN become stranded on the Moon. Surprising, inspiring and shocking; moving, comforting and enlightening. SPEECHES OF NOTE- seventy-five extraordinary ways to step into someone else's shoes. FEATURING- Malala Yousafzai *Tilda Swinton*Albert Einstein*Nick Cave *Queen Elizabeth II *Kermit the Frog *Pablo Picasso *Harvey Milk *J. M. Barrie * General Dwight D. Eisenhower *Meghan Markle * Sojourner Truth* Salman Rushdie *Panti Bliss *Nelson Mandela *Robert F. Kennedy * Virginia Woolf * Richard Nixon * Socrates * Nelson Mandela * Mark Twain * Marie Curie * George Bernard Shaw * Susan Sontag AND MANY, MANY MORE

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