ISBN: 9781848668645 Publisher: QuercusYear of publishing: 2014 Format: Paperback
No of Pages: 256 Language: English
From calls to arms to demands for peace, and from cries of freedom to words of inspiration, this stirring anthology captures the voices of prophets and politicians, rebels and tyrants, soldiers and statesman,...Read more
From calls to arms to demands for peace, and from cries of freedom to words of inspiration, this stirring anthology captures the voices of prophets and politicians, rebels and tyrants, soldiers and statesman, placing them in historical context. With over a million copies already sold, this revised and updated edition includes speeches that have shaped the modern world: from Aung San Suu Kyi on freedom to Steve Jobs on innovation and from Malala Yousafzai on the education of women to Pope Francis on peace. A biography of each speechmaker reveals how they came to stand at the crossroads of history, and each speech is accompanied by an introduction explaining its historical context and how it influenced the momentous events of the day - as well as those that followed. New speeches include Malala Yousafzai's speech to the UN Youth Assembly on access to education (2013), Vladimir Putin's address regarding the annexation of Crimea (2014), Xi Jinping's Communist Party General Secretary's speech in Beijing (2012), Pope Francis's First Easter 'Urbi et Orbi' Message (2013) and Al Gore's address to the UN Bali Climate Change Conference (2007).
Moving and thought-provoking, this new edition will continue to inspire and enlighten readers, offering them a fascinating perspective on historical milestones through the power of the spoken word. Contents include: Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King, Elizabeth I, Oliver Cromwell, George Washington, Napoleon Bonaparte, Abraham Lincoln, Emmeline Pankhurst, Mahatma Gandhi, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Charles de Gaulle, General George S. Patton, Mao Zedong, Malcolm X, Vaclav Havel, Mikhail Gorbachev, Indira Gandhi and Winston Churchill to name a few. Accompanied by a unique one-hour documentary containing 16 great speeches. Read less
About the author: Simon Sebag Montefiore
Simon Montefiore's ancestors escaped from the Tsarist Empire at the turn of the century and sparked his lifelong interest in Russia. As a correspondent... Read more
Simon Montefiore's ancestors escaped from the Tsarist Empire at the turn of the century and sparked his lifelong interest in Russia. As a correspondent in the early 1990s, he covered the wars and turbulence of the fall of the Soviet Union - from Georgia and Chechnya to Moscow and St Petersburg. As a historian, he has spent the last ten years researching the Russian archives. The personal stories he found there and his interviews with families continue to inspire his fiction and non-fiction. Born in 1965, Simon Montefiore lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore and their two children. For further details about the author and his books. Read less