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Title:
Words that shook the world : 100 years of unforgettable speeches and events
Author:
Greene, Richard, 1954-
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Publication Information:
New York : Prentice Hall Press, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
ix, 183 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm + 2 audio discs (4 3/4 in.)
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780735202962
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Book

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Publisher's Weekly Review

"Men since the beginning of time have sought peace... all in turn have failed, leaving the only path to be by way of the crucible of war.... If we do not now devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door," warned General Douglas MacArthur in his legendary 1945 radio address after the surrender of Japan. His and other great speeches of the past century by the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Princess Diana and others are reprinted (with some abridgment) in Words That Shook the World: 100 Years of Unforgettable Speeches and Events. Editor Richard Greene, a speech analyst and consultant, offers blow-by-blow analysis next to each paragraph of the speeches, explaining what it is about the rhythm and diction of the sentences that makes them so effective. Two accompanying audio CDs offer original sound clips. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Choice Review

This compilation of eloquent speeches--with its two accompanying audio CDs--returns to listeners and readers voices long silenced. It reminds one of the necessity for wise and elegant rhetoric in a world ever grappling with vital and profound issues. The speeches are presented in print with helpful analyses in a layout that will be attractive to a wide readership. Hearing the words in the actual voices of Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt, John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy, Winston Churchill, Barbara Jordan, and Martin Luther King, Jr., Lou Gehrig, the Dalai Lama, and George W. Bush is stirring; the words themselves provide continuing insight and inspiration. The chronologies and biographies supply historical and personal background. This resource offers an experience in language that reflects the best of the human spirit. A second volume is forthcoming. ^BSumming Up: Essential. Collections supporting English, rhetoric, communication, history, political science, and journalism; all levels. T. B. Dykeman Fairfield University