The Penguin Book of Historic Speeches

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Brian MacArthur
Penguin Adult, Sep 26, 1996 - History - 503 pages

Brian MacArthur brings together the words of over a hundred men and women from Moses to Mandela who changed the world through the sheer power of their oratory.

Gladstone and Disraeli, and Pitt and Fox before them, forged the politics of their age through ferocious verbal combat in the House of Commons. Abraham Lincoln transformed forever the way Americans interpret the Civil War and their national destiny. Churchill, Kennedy and Martin Luther King inspired generations with their hopes and dreams. The world's most effective speakers, argues MacArthur, have always known how 'to move hearts or inspire great deeds, to uplift spirits or cast down enemies'. His definitive collection demonstrates that claim with many rousing examples.

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About the author (1996)

Brian MacArthur was born in Essex, England on February 5, 1940. He was working for the Sunday Times during the Hitler Diaries scandal of 1983. He left the Sunday Times shortly after the scandal to became editor of the Western Morning News. After two years there, he became the founding editor of Today. He left Today in 1987 to rejoin the Sunday Times. From 2006 to 2010, he was the books editor of the Daily Telegraph. He wrote several books including Deadline Sunday, Surviving the Sword, For King and Country, and Eddy Shah: Today and the Newspaper Revolution. He edited The Penguin Book of Modern Speeches. He died of leukemia on March 24, 2019 at the age of 79.

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