"Speeches that Shaped the Modern World" is a collection of the most potent and memorable speeches that have occurred since the year 1900 - speeches that have helped to shape the world we now live in. Memorable images add to make it a fascinating journey through time. This collection takes recurring themes such as politics and diplomacy, war and peace, freedom and justice, civil rights and human rights. What they all have in common is the rhetoric - the power of persuasion. The speeches reflect not only the historic events of one of the most cataclysmic centuries known to humanity, they also represent a fair share of the heroes and villains, martyrs and monsters. Josef Stalin and Mahatma Gandhi speak side by side, with Nelson Mandela, Joseph McCarthy, the Kennedy brothers and Fidel Castro. Across 16 nations, the most powerful and influential men and women of the last 100 years speak on everything from women's suffrage to human rights. Some speeches have been voted the most important speech of the last century - such as Winston Churchill's 'Our Finest Hour', John F Kennedy's 'Cuban Missile Crisis', and Dr Martin Luther King Junior's 'I Have a Dream'.
Several speeches have become icons of modern history...Lou Gehrig's 'Farewell to Baseball', Neil Armstrong's 'One Small Step' and Douglas McArthur's 'Old Soldiers Never Die'. Some, such as Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev denouncement of Stalin and German Cardinal Clemens von Galen's criticism of Hitler are relatively unknown. Others still - Teddy Roosevelt's 'The Man with the Muck-rake', Dwight D. Eisenhower's 'Cross of Iron' take on a new poignancy and power because of the passage of time.
Alan J Whiticker was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1958 and attended St Dominic's College in Penrith. Since 1986 he has pursued the dual roles of teacher and freelance writer. In 1997 he completed his Masters Degree in Education. Alan has also been a teacher for 25 years, and is currently the Assistant Principal of a Western Sydney Catholic Primary School. He lives in Penrith with his wife, Karen, and children, Timothy and Melanie. Previous books include The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players (1993, 1995, 1999, 2002 and 2005, with Glen Hudson), Jimmy Barnes: Say it Loud (2002), Wanda: The Untold Story of the Wanda Beach Murders (2003), A History of Rugby League Clubs (with Ian Collis), and his first children's book The Battle for Troy - An Adaptation of Homer's Iliad (2004). His latest book, 12 Crimes That Shocked Australia, was released in 2005.