The Penguin Book of Historic Speeches

Author(s): Brian MacArthur


From Moses to Nelson Mandella, speeches have helped both change the way we see the world and the way the world is shaped. A great orator, however, has to have the right words and the right message to inspire his or her followers. "The Penguin Book of Historic Speeches" gathers together the world's greatest speeches, bringing together the words of over one hundred men and women. These brilliant and passionate declarations by Disraeli, Lincoln, Gladstone, Churchill, Washington, Socrates, Pankhurst, Lenin, Gandhi and many others provide a vivid glimpse of history in the making while retaining their power to move and inspire today.


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Impeccable. MacArthur prefaces each address with a short but scholarly historical explanation that sets the scene perfectly. An attractive volume with a splendidly pithy introducton -- Andrew Roberts Sunday Times MacArthur wisely [concentrates] on certain political conflicts - gathering together the oratory of the American Civil War or the campaign for female suffrage. His book works well not just as an anthology but as a history of those episodes Independent on Sunday

Brian MacArthur has had a distinguished career in journalism. He was founder editor of the Today newspaper and of The Times Higher Education Supplement, editor of the Western Morning News and deputy editor of the Sunday Times. He has edited The Penguin Book of Modern Speeches, the companion volume to this book, and is the author of For King and Country and Surviving the Sword.

General Fields

  • : 9780241953266
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : May 2012
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 31mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : August 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Brian MacArthur
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 080.9
  • : 528