Author(s): Brian MacArthur
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 modern era. Some are well known, others less so, but all, in their way, whether large or small, had a hand in shaping the world that we inhabit now. Originally published as "The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Speeches", this new edition has been updated to include the most significant speeches since the Millennium including statements on the Iraq War by George Bush, Tony Blair and Robin Cook, and speeches by Burmese heroine AungSan Suu Kyi and President Barack Obama.
It would be hard to do better than MacArthur's selection, which is a tribute to the breadth of his knowledge The Times 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
Brian MacArthur has had a long and distinguished career in journalism. He was founder editor of the Today newspaper and The Times Higher Education Supplement, and was Deputy Editor of the Sunday Times. His most recent book is Surviving the Sword, about prisoners of war of the Japanese. He also edited The Penguin Book of Historic Speeches, the companion volume to this book.