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This is an anthology of the top 100 American speeches of the twentieth century, as determined in the nationwide survey of communication scholars conducted at the end of 1999. Respondents were asked to judge speeches on two main criteria: rhetorical artistry and historical impact. The survey received considerable press coverage, and the website that houses the survey results gets hundreds of hits weekly. The major attraction of the book for an academic/higher education market - full, accurate texts of all 100 of the top speeches of the 20th century - should make it at least equally appealing for the trade market. It should remain the authoritative volume of 20th century speeches well into the 21st century.
'But I must stop now. I can no longer speak for tears - and my client has ordered that tears are not to be used in his defence.' Cicero (106-43 BC) was the greatest orator of the ancient world: he dominated the Roman courts, usually appearing for the defence. His speeches are masterpieces of persuasion: compellingly written, emotionally powerful, and somtimes hilariously funny. This book presents five of his most famous defences: of Roscius, falsely accused of murdering his father; of the consul-elect Murena, accused of electoral bribery; of the poet Archias, on a citizenshiup charge; of Caelius, ex-lover of Clodia Metelli, on charges of violence; and of Milo, for mudering Cicero's hated enemy Clodius. Cicero's clients were rarely whiter-than-white; but so seductive is his oratory that the reader cannot help taking his side. In these speeches we are plunged into some of the most exciting courtroom dramas of all time. These new translations preserve Cicero's literary artistry and emotional force, and achieve new standards of accuracy. Each speech has its own introduction, and a general introduction discusses Cicero's public career and the criminal courts. The substantial explanatory notes guide the reader through the speeches, and offer new scholarship presented in a clear way.
What has happened to the 'art' of speech-writing and speech making? Where are the men and women whose words set the heart racing with passion, turn battles, inspire populations to extraordinary endeavour: 'Ask not what your country can do for you.' 'We shall fight on the beaches.' 'I have a dream.' 'The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.' Quote these words today and they still have the power to stop us in our tracks. This is a book that should be required reading, a book that should be on every bookshelf in the country. Here are fourteen key speeches of the 20th century introduced by prominent figures ranging from F.W. de Klerk and Mikhail Gorbachev to Antony Beevor and Gordon Brown. Winston Churchill: We shall fight on the beaches. Introduced by Simon Schama J.F. Kennedy: Ask not what your country can do for you. Introduced by Kennedy's speech writer Ted Sorensen Nelson Mandela: An ideal for which I am prepared to die. Introduced by F.W. de Klerk Harold Macmillan: No going back. Introduced by Douglas Hurd Franklin D. Roosevelt: The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Introduced by Gordon Brown Nikita Khrushchev: The cult of the individual. Introduced by Mikhail Gorbachev Emmeline Pankhurst: Freedom or death. Introduced by Germaine Greer Martin Luther King: I have a dream. Introduced by Gary Younge Charles de Gaulle: The flame of French resistance. Introduced by Antony Beevor Margaret Thatcher: The lady's not for turning. Introduced by Simon Jenkins Jawaharlal Nehru: A tryst with destiny. Introduced by Ian Jack Aneurin Bevan: Weapons for squalid and trivial ends. Introduced by Tam Dalyell Earl Spencer: The most hunted person of the modern age. Introduced by Beryl Bainbridge Virginia Woolf: Shakespeare's sister. Introduced by Kate Mosse
This work compiles selected speeches, letters, and statements by the father of Burmese independence, Aung San. The editor's introduction offers an overview of this remarkable man's life, thought, and achievements. The documents included here provide insight into the politics of Aung San-an eminently pragmatic leader focused on attaining both national unity and social harmony-through his own words.