Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1157 pages
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An instant classic when it was first published a decade ago and now enriched by seventeen new speeches, Lend Me Your Ears contains more than two hundred outstanding moments of oratory. This third edition is selected, arranged, and introduced by William Safire, who honed his skills as a presidential speechwriter. He is considered by many to be America's most influential political columnist and most elegant explicator of our language. Covering speeches from Demosthenes to George W. Bush, this latest edition includes the words of Cromwell to the "Rump Parliament," Orson Welles eulogizing Darryl F. Zanuck, General George Patton exhorting his troops before D-Day, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaking on Bush v. Gore. A new section incorporates speeches that were never delivered: what Kennedy was scheduled to say in Dallas; what Safire wrote for Nixon if the first moon landing met with disaster; and what Clinton originally planned to say after his grand jury testimony but swapped for a much fiercer speech.
 

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Writing a review of this book takes some courage, for this is a book coauthored by hundreds of remarkable characters throughout the human history. I first borrowed this book from one of NYU's ... Read full review

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Reading some of these speeches was somewhat cathartic. I felt a connection to the past in a way that no history class has been able to produce. Really good gradual read. Read full review

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William Safire, a Pulitzer Prize winner, is the most widely read writer on words. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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