Best political speeches in history

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best political speeches in history

Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History by William Safire

An instant classic when it was first published a decade ago and now enriched by seventeen new speeches, Lend Me Your Ears contains more than two hundred outstanding moments of oratory. It is selected, arranged, and introduced by William Safire, who honed his skills as a presidential speechwriter. He is considered by many to be Americas most influential political columnist and most elegant explicator of our language. Covering speeches from Demosthenes to George W. Bush, this latest edition includes the words of Cromwell to the Rump Parliament, Orson Welles eulogizing Darryl F. Zanuck, General George Patton exhorting his troops before D-Day, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaking on Bush v. Gore. A new section incorporates speeches that were never delivered: what Kennedy was scheduled to say in Dallas; what Safire wrote for Nixon if the first moon landing met with disaster; and what Clinton originally planned to say after his grand jury testimony but swapped for a much fiercer speech.
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A pivotal moment of his epic primary battle with Hillary Clinton was his Philadelphia speech about race after the incendiary utterances of his former pastor Jeremiah Wright threatened to scupper his White House bid. Top 25 political speeches of all time: A team of Telegraph writers has compiled what we believe are the most significant addresses of the 20th and 21st centuries. The first tranche, speeches , can be viewed here. The top 12 will be published tomorrow.


  1. Dugan B. says:

    These famous speeches lifted hearts in dark times, gave hope in No man has a right to shirk his political duties under whatever plea of.

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