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A TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR
`For all those who believe in the politics of principle and hope this a wonderful reminder that they do not always lose. For all those who despair that politics can ever be inspiring again this is a must-read to shake you out of your misery' Paddy Ashdown
`By the people, for the people'
`I have the heart and stomach of a king'
`We shall never surrender'
The right words at the right time can shape history.
By analysing twenty-five of the greatest speeches ever given - delivered by iconic figures from Elizabeth I to John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama - Philip Collins tells the story of democracy. For it is through the finest words spoken in public that progress unfolds.
When They Go Low, We Go High is a passionate defence of the power of public speaking, and an urgent - and timely - reminder of how words can change the world.
`For all those who believe in the politics of principle and hope, this is a wonderful reminder that they do not always lose. For all those who despair that politics can ever be inspiring again, this is a must read to shake you out of your miser' Paddy Ashdown
Philip Collins is a columnist for The Times and an Associate Editor of Prospect magazine. He was Chief Speech Writer to Prime Minister Tony Blair in 10 Downing Street between 2004 and 2007 and has subsequently written keynote speeches for a range of senior politicians, leaders of charities and NGOs and Chief Executive Officers. Mr Collins is the author of The Art of Speeches and Presentations and pioneered the analysis of major speeches in The Times.