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In Our Own Words: Extraordinary Speeches of the American Century

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This bestselling collection of American oratory is the most comprehensive anthology of its kind: a record of twentieth-century America captured in the words that inspired and infuriated, electrified and galvanized its people. Decade by decade, generation to generation, history unfolds in the famous and infamous expressions of Americans from all walks of life: poets and pol ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Washington Square Press (first published November 10th 1999)
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Jon
Jul 01, 2007 Jon added it
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A suberb collection, being handed a copy of this book back in high-school sparked a love of oratory that keeps me glancing back at it for references. I'd strongly suggest it for any curriculum involving rhetoric.
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Interesting book club selection.
Nick Hall
Jun 26, 2009 Nick Hall rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. I REALLY love what I've read here. While I didn't agree with all of the opinions of the different speakers, it was great to hear their viewpoints expressed articulately and eloquently. What I liked most about this book was how I was able to see how our nation has changed during the last century in response to the various issues and concerns that have surfaced over the years. An excellent collection of very well-written speeches. Highly recomm ...more
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Dec 03, 2015 N rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who teaches speech
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This was an excellent read. I've been considering moving speech from a stand-alone class to integrated into my larger curriculum, but this book makes me want to keep it since there is so much more for me to include now! Major decisions need to be made...
Valerie
Invaluable. It contains invaluable speeches from Americans on various topics. Americans come from different backgrounds. These speeches prove it. This book is a must have for anybody who loves America.
Mike
Nov 20, 2007 Mike marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Got this as a gift (no way I would ever buy something written by this jerk) but maybe I'll look it over. I see a speech by Lombardi which may be worth reading.
Scott
Aug 04, 2010 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Five star compilation of speeches, though a low-quality compiler. Read this for a speech writing class.
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