The Penguin Book of Modern Speeches

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Penguin Publishing Group, 2012 - History - 582 pages
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The twentieth century was a century of idealism and revolution and as never before speeches were crucial in stirring the hearts and minds of millions around the world. Whether it was Churchill rousing the British to take up arms or the dream of Martin Luther King, Fidel Castro inspiring the Cuban revolution or Salman Rushdie denouncing his fatwa, speeches have made headlines and shaped the way we see ourselves and the larger society. Gathered here are some of the most extraordinary and memorable speeches of the last century. Some are well known, others less so, but all, in their way, whether large or small, had a hand in shaping the twentieth century and the world that we inhabit now. Originally published as The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Speeches, this new edition has been retitled and updated to include some important speeches from the first decade of the new century. 'Time and again, MacArthur satisfies the reader's expectations. They are all here: Lloyd George's fit country for heroes, Woodrow Wilson's world made safe for democracy, Enoch Powell's River Tiber foaming with much blood. Those who hate the sound of public men may still find it hard to listen to MacArthur's voices and not be moved.' The Times Literary Supplement 'It would be hard to do better than MacArthur's selection, which is a tribute to the breadth of his knowledge.' The Times

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Brian MacArthur was founding editor of Today and The Times Higher Education Supplement, editor of the Western Morning News, deputy editor of the Sunday Times and executive editor of The Times. Brian is the author of Surviving the Sword: Prisoners of the Japanese 1942-1945, and editor of The Penguin Book of Historic Speeches. He lives in Norfolk and London and has two daughters.

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