Takes a close look at 21 key speeches which have shaped the world today. The author examines the power of the arguments embedded in these speeches to inspire people to achieve great things, or do great harm. He draws upon his political expertise to explain how our current understanding of the world is rooted in pivotal moments of history.
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In this fascinating book, Chris Abbott, a leading political analyst, takes a close look at 21 key speeches which have shaped the world today. He examines the power of the arguments embedded in these speeches to inspire people to achieve great things, or do great harm. Abbott draws upon his political expertise to explain how our current understanding of the world is rooted in pivotal moments of history. These moments are captured in the words of a range of influential speakers including: Emmeline Pankhurst, Martin Luther King, Jr, Enoch Powell, Napoleon Beazley, Kevin Rudd, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Osama bin Laden, Margaret Beckett, Winston Churchill, Salvador Allende, Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, Tim Collins, Mohandas Gandhi, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Robin Cook and Barack Obama. The speeches in this book are arranged thematically, linked by concepts such as 'might is right', 'with us or against us' and 'give peace a chance'. Each transcript is accompanied by an insightful commentary that analyses how the words relate to our modern society.
Fresh and relevant, this is a book that will make you stop in your tracks and think about what is really happening in the world today.
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"A fascinating gallery of speeches and turning points in recent history." New Internationalist "A unique compilation of catalytic speeches...relevant to some of the biggest choices that face humanity in the 21st century." -- John Sloboda, Oxford Research Group "Illuminates many of the most important trends of our times." -- Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies, University of Bradford "Chris Abbott has done a great service in reminding us of of these people and of their continuing relevance for today's world." -- Rosie Houldsworth, founder and director, TalkWorks "An interesting selection of speeches...Throughout, Abbott provides a thorough historical context and argues convincingly for the continuing relevance of the ideas expressed." Financial Times