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The World's Great Speeches: 292 Speeches from Pericles to Mandela

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Hardcover, Fourth Enlarged Edition, 920 pages
Published 1999 by Dover Publications (first published 1942)
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Tortla
May 13, 2008 Tortla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Okay so I haven't read all these speeches. But I remember doing a presentation of Red Jacket's speech and thinking that it was a very eloquent attack on whitey. Which I'm all for. Because Manifest Destiny was stupid, and white people needed to be told to stop it (even if they didn't listen). Also, I think I read a few other ones and thought they were interesting. I should probably (re-)read this if I actually want to review it.
Em
Jul 23, 2007 Em rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Compilation of some of the greatest oratory gems from ancient Greece to WWII. It sucks that most of the speeches are from West Europe and United States. Not a lot from Eastern Europe...or the rest of the world for that matter. So it's not complete, but it definitely is entertaining to flip through. The words as they spoke them; it definitely has a weight to it.
James
Sep 02, 2009 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really liked this collection of Speeches and still do, but was disappointed to find recently that at least one was edited heavily. Whole paragraphs were taken out of the Eugene Debs speech from 1919. I am currently reading another book that contained the whole speech and they edited out some really good stuff. Now I wonder how much all the other speeches were edited.
subrahmanyam p v b
I picked some 30 of 292 speeches.. brief but powerful...

From Patrick Henry's Give me freedom or Give me Death, To MLK's I have a dream, i really loved reading them all.

To revisit again and read others when I can again.. For now marking it read.
Brian
Apr 24, 2011 Brian rated it it was ok
Not the best collection I've ever read and also not verbatim, which is just a cop-out. I listened to Martin Luther King's speech and read along and there were differences. That was not professional; I could have done a better job.

Still, some broad stuff that I am glad to have read.
Jason Owen
Apr 25, 2012 Jason Owen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some great words by some great men, though they may not have known it at the time.
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