Speeches That Changed the World

Speeches That Changed the World

by Simon Sebag Montefiore (Foreword by)


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From declarations of war to demands for peace, and from cries of freedom to shouts of righteous anger, this stirring anthology is a celebration of more than 50 speeches that have shaped history. Beginning with the prophets of the great religions and concluding with speeches from Vladimir Putin, Malala Yousafzai and others still forming our history today, Speeches that Changed the World collects the finest words of revolutionaries and tyrants, soldiers and statesmen, monarchs and martyrs. Here are five of the finest wartime rallying calls of Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King Jr.’s prophetic ‘I have a dream’ and ‘I’ve seen the promised land’ speeches, the inspiring words of JFK and impassioned pleas from Nelson Mandela – the first at his trial in 1964 and the second on his election as president of South Africa in 1994. Alongside these are historic speeches from Elizabeth I, Oliver Cromwell, George Washington, Napoleon Bonaparte, Abraham Lincoln, Emmeline Pankhurst, Mahatma Gandhi, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, General George S. Patton, Malcolm X, Pope John Paul II, Václav Havel, Mikhail Gorbachev, Aung San Suu Kyi, Pope Francis and many other great men and women who have captivated, emboldened and sometimes terrified those who heard them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786481375
Publisher: Quercus
Publication date: 08/05/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 167,900
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 10.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE is an historian and international bestselling author. His Potemkin: Prince of Princes was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson, Duff Cooper and Marsh Biography Prizes. Stalin: the Court of the Red Tsar won the History Book of the Year Prize at the British Book Awards and Young Stalin was the winner of the Costa Biography Prize, the Bruno Kreisky Prize for Political Literature and the LA Times Book Prize for Best Biography. He is also the author of the novels Sashenka, Heroes, and Monsters. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he has been published in over 35 languages.

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