Nearly 300 speeches provide public speakers with a wealth of quotes and inspiration, from Pericles' funeral oration and William Jennings Bryan's "Cross of Gold" speech to Malcolm X's powerful words on the Black Revolution. Includes 7 selections from the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
What makes a great speech 'great'? The Art of Great Speeches uses insights from classical thinkers to reveal how great orators such as Barack Obama, Martin Luther King, the Kennedys, Al Gore and Hitler have persuaded their audiences so convincingly. Featuring excerpts of 70 of the world's greatest speeches in history and drama, this fascinating book breaks down the key elements of classical and modern oratory to reveal the rhetorical techniques that make them so memorable. It shows how master speechwriters connect with their audiences, seize a moment, project character, use facts convincingly and destroy their opponents' arguments as they try to force the hand of history or create memorable drama. Part history, part defence of oratory, part call for political inspiration, part professional handbook, The Art of Great Speeches does what no other book does - it explains why these speeches are great.
"While designed for classroom use, this collection will also be an invaluable tool for anyone preparing or performing a public speech. Approximately 20 of the world's most influential and stirring public orations include the Gettysburg Address, Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream," and Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death." "--
This anthology gives an insight into the minds of great leaders and personalities and documents the way they changed the course of history with their inspirational and motivational speeches. These speeches have not only influenced the people of their times but also today’s generation. The speeches are of particular significance in the present world of violence, turmoil and injustice. It is hoped that this selection of the world’s greatest speeches will prompt the reader to pause a while and ponder on their timeless relevance and significance.