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  • Published: 17 January 2000
  • ISBN: 9780141909165
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 624

The Penguin Book of Modern Speeches




From Theodore Roosevelt to George Bush, the most significant speeches of the modern era

The twentieth century was a century of idealism and revolution and as never before speeches were crucial in stirring the hearts and minds of millions around the world.

Whether it was Churchill rousing the British to take up arms or the dream of Martin Luther King, Fidel Castro inspiring the Cuban revolution or Salman Rushdie denouncing his fatwa, speeches have made headlines and shaped the way we see ourselves and the larger society.

Gathered here are some of the most extraordinary and memorable speeches of the modern era. Some are well known, others less so, but all, in their way, whether large or small, had a hand in shaping the world that we inhabit now.

Originally published as The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Speeches, this new edition has been updated to include the most significant speeches since the Millennium including statements on the Iraq War by George Bush, Tony Blair and Robin Cook, and speeches by Burmese heroine AungSan Suu Kyi and President Barack Obama.

  • Published: 17 January 2000
  • ISBN: 9780141909165
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 624

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Praise for The Penguin Book of Modern Speeches

It would be hard to do better than MacArthur's selection, which is a tribute to the breadth of his knowledge

The Times

Time and again, MacArthur satisfies the reader's expectations. They are all here: Lloyd George's fit country for heroes, Woodrow Wilson's world made safe for democracy, Enoch Powell's River Tiber foaming with much blood. Those who hate the sound of public men may still find it hard to listen to MacArthur's voices and not be moved

The Times Literary Supplement

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