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Speeches

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Voices of History

Voices of History

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

VOICES OF HISTORY celebrates the great speeches of world history and cultural life. In this exuberant collection, acclaimed historian Simon Sebag Montefiore takes us on a journey from ancient times to the twenty-first century: some speeches are heroic and inspiring; some diabolical and atrocious; some are exquisite and poignant; others cruel and chilling. The speakers themselves vary from empresses and conquerors to rock stars, novelists and sportsmen, dreamers and killers, from Churchill and Elizabeth I to Stalin and Genghis Khan, and from Michelle Obama and Cleopatra to Nehru and Muhammad Ali. All human drama is here: from the carnage of battlefields to the theatre of courtrooms, from table-talk to audiences of millions, from desperate last stands to orations of triumph, from noble calls for liberation to genocidal rants, from foolish delusions and strange confessions to defiant resistance and heartbreaking farewells, VOICES OF HISTORY spans centuries, continents and cultures. In the accessible and gripping style of a master storyteller, Montefiore shows why these speeches are essential reading, and how they enlighten our past, enrich our present and inspire - and hold warnings for - our future.

She Speaks

She Speaks

Author: Yvette (Author) Cooper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

A powerful celebration of brilliant speeches by women throughout the ages, from Boudica to Greta Thunberg. Fully updated with new preface and five new speeches for paperback edition. A Guardian Book of the Year Looking at lists of the greatest speeches of all time, you might think that powerful oratory is the preserve of men. But the truth is very different - countless brave and bold women have used their voices to inspire change, transform lives and radically alter history. In this timely and personal selection of exceptional speeches, Yvette Cooper MP tells the rousing story of female oratory. From Boudica to Greta Thunberg and Chimamanda Adichie to Malala Yousafzai, Yvette introduces each speech and demonstrates how powerful and persuasive oratory can be decidedly female. Written by one of our leading public voices, this is an inspirational call for women to be heard across the globe.

Frederick Douglass and Scotland, 1846

Frederick Douglass and Scotland, 1846

Author: Alasdair Pettinger Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2020

Frederick Douglass (1818-95) was not the only fugitive from American slavery to visit Scotland before the Civil War, but he was the best known and his impact was far-reaching. This book shows that addressing crowded halls from Ayr to Aberdeen, he gained the confidence, mastered the skills and fashioned the distinctive voice that transformed him as a campaigner. It tells how Douglass challenged the Free Church over its ties with the Southern plantocracy; how he exploited his knowledge of Walter Scott and Robert Burns to brilliant effect; and how he asserted control over his own image at a time when racial science and blackface minstrel shows were beginning to shape his audiencesa (TM) perceptions. He arrived as a subordinate envoy of white abolitionists, legally still enslaved. He returned home as a free man ready to embark on a new stage of his career, as editor and proprietor of his own newspaper and a leader in his own right.

A Treatise on Painting by Leonardo da Vinci

A Treatise on Painting by Leonardo da Vinci

Author: Leonardo Da Vinci Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2020

Speeches That Changed the World

Speeches That Changed the World

Author: Quercus Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2020

From calls to arms to demands for peace, and from cries of freedom to words of inspiration, this stirring anthology captures the voices of prophets and politicians, rebels and tyrants, soldiers and statesman, placing them in historical context. With over a million copies already sold, this completely revised and updated pocket edition includes speeches by those that have truly shaped the modern world: from Greta Thunberg to Donald Trump, and from Nadia Murad to Oprah Winfrey. A biography of each speaker reveals how they came to stand at the crossroads of history, and each speech is accompanied by an introduction explaining its historical context and how it influenced the momentous events of the day - as well as those that followed. By turns moving and thought-provoking, this new edition reveals a modern world in which freedom of speech remains a powerful agent of change - and gives unique perspectives on key turning points in history. Contents include: Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King, Jr, Queen Elizabeth I, Oliver Cromwell, George Washington, Napoleon Bonaparte, Abraham Lincoln, Emmeline Pankhurst, Mohandas K. Gandhi, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Charles de Gaulle, George S. Patton, Jr, Malcolm X, Vaclav Havel, Mikhail Gorbachev, Indira Gandhi and Winston Churchill to name a few.

Chosen Peoples

Chosen Peoples

Author: Israel Zangwill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/2020

Ethos Ehre Exzellenz

Ethos Ehre Exzellenz

Author: Hartmut Leppin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/05/2020

Der Karl-Christ-Preis ist dem Andenken an den Marburger Althistoriker Karl Christ gewidmet (19232008). Mit dem Preis werden herausragende wissenschaftliche Leistungen auf dem Gebiet der Alten Geschichte und ihrer Nachbardisziplinen sowie der Wissenschafts- und Rezeptionsgeschichte des Altertums ausgezeichnet. Die dritten Preistrager sind ex aequo Prof. Dr. Karl-Joachim Hoelkeskamp und Prof. Dr. Elke Stein-Hoelkeskamp. Das Ehepaar hat in enger Zusammenarbeit uber viele Jahre hinweg wichtige altertumswissenschaftliche Vorhaben und Publikationen vorbereitet und umgesetzt. Beide haben eine Vielzahl herausragender althistorischer Publikationen vorgelegt, die massgeblich die Diskussionen um das archaische Griechenland und die roemische Republik beeinflussen, immer wissenschaftsgeschichtlich reflektiert sind, theoretische Zugange zur Alten Geschichte offensiv vertreten und weit uber die Grenzen des Faches hinaus rezipiert werden. Sie haben dem Fach durch ihre intellektuelle Neugierde neue Perspektiven eroeffnet und durch zahlreiche Kontakte die deutschsprachige Althistorie mit der internationalen Forschung vernetzt. In dem Bemuhen, Fragestellungen und Gegenstande ihrer Disziplin auch einem breiten Publikum niveauvoll zu vermitteln, greifen sie ein zentrales Anliegen Karl Christs auf. Die Rede, die beide gemeinsam zur Verleihung des Preises am 29. April 2017 hielten, widmete sich dem Thema: Ethos Ehre Exzellenz. Antike Eliten im Vergleich. Sie ist hier zusammen mit den Laudationes von Hartmut Leppin und Stefan Rebenich veroeffentlicht.

Navigate Your Stars

Navigate Your Stars

Author: Jesmyn Ward Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/04/2020

As an adult, I learned this: persist. Work hard. Face rejection, weather the setbacks, until you meet the gatekeeper who will open a door for you. Jesmyn Ward grew up in a poor, rural community in Mississippi. Today, as the first woman to win the National Book Award twice, she is celebrated as one of America's greatest living writers. Navigate Your Stars is a stirring reflection on the value of hard work and the importance of respect for oneself and others. First delivered as a 2018 commencement address at Tulane University, it captures Ward's inimitable voice as she reflects on her experiences as a Southern black woman, addressing the themes of grit, adversity and the importance of family bonds. Beautifully illustrated in full colour, this is a meditative and profound book that will inspire all readers preparing for the next chapter in their lives.

If This Isn't Nice, What Is?

If This Isn't Nice, What Is?

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2020

Transatlantic Rhetoric

Transatlantic Rhetoric

Author: Tom Wright Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/03/2020

This pioneering collection brings alive the world of public speaking between the American Revolution and the age of the Suffragettes.

Transatlantic Rhetoric

Transatlantic Rhetoric

Author: Tom Wright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2020

This pioneering collection brings alive the world of public speaking between the American Revolution and the age of the Suffragettes.