Brian MacArthur brings together the words of over a hundred men and women - from Moses to Mandela - who changed the world through the sheer power of their oratory. Gladstone and Disraeli, and Pitt and Fox before them, forged the politics of their age through ferocious verbal combat in the House of Commons. Abraham Lincoln transformed forever the way Americans interpret the Civil War and their national destiny. Churchill, Kennedy and Martin Luther King inspired generations with their hopes and dreams. The world's most effective speakers, argues MacArthur, have always known how 'to move hearts or inspire great deeds, to uplift spirits or cast down enemies'. His definitive collection demonstrates that claim with many rousing examples.
Table of Contents
Acient times; of commoners and kings; the birth of the United States; clashes among the gladiators; the rights of man; towards civil war; the age of improvement; the age of Lincoln; the cry of Ireland; women's liberation; a century of war and revolution.
Brian MacArthur is the Executive Editor (features) for the London Times. He is also the editor of The Penguin Book of Historical Speeches.