Speeches that Changed the World: The Stories and Transcripts of the Moments that Made History

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This book contains over 50 momentous and thought-provoking speeches from a wide range of historical eras and nations. Speeches That Changed The World includes biographies of each speaker, the history of why each speech was significant and what happened as a result. Iconic black and white photography dramatically illustrates these key figures and moments in history. This is a fascinating dip-in history title that will both inspire readers and give them a greater understanding of the events of the time.

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I have yet to read the whole book, so this review may be of limited use. However, there is a significant historical error in the text, so the scholarship of this book is questionable.
In the
introduction the Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have a Dream" speech, this book says:
"The event that is credited with starting King on his civil rights crusade occurred in 1955. Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, took a seat in the section of a Montgomery bus reserved for whites...."
In Mrs. Parks' autobiography "My Story," on the very first page, she writes "One evening in early December 1955 I was sitting in the front seat of the colored section of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. The white people were sitting in the white section. More white people got on, and they filled up all the seats in the white section. When that happened, we black people were supposed to give up our seats to the whites. But I didn't move. The white driver said, 'Let me have those front seats.' I didn't get up. I was tired of giving in to white people."
A woman of Mrs. Parks' significance deserves to remembered, but she also deserves to be remembered accurately. This book does Mrs. Parks and history a serious disservice.
I hope to be pleasantly surprised by the quality of the scholarship in the rest of the book.

About the author (2006)

Simon Jonathan Sebag Montefiore was born on June 27, 1965 in London. He is a British historian, award winning author of history books and novels and television presenter. He was educated at Ludgrove School and Harrow School. He read history at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge where he received his Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD). He won an Exhibition to Caius College. He went on to work as a banker, a foreign affairs journalist, and a war correspondent. Montefiore's first book Catherine the Great & Potemkin. Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar won History Book of the Year at the 2004 British Book Awards. Young Stalin won the LA Times Book Prize for Best Biography, the Costa Book Award, the Bruno Kreisky Award for Political Literature, and Le Grand Prix de la Biographie Politique. Jerusalem: The Biography was a global bestseller and won The Book of the Year Prize from the Jewish Book Council. His latest history is The Romanovs: 1613-1918. He is also the author of the acclaimed novels Sashenka and One Night in Winter. One Night in Winter won the Political Novel of the Year Prize.

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