Speeches of Note
Mr B's review
Mr B’s Christmas Catalogue Review 2018
How many of your favourite quotes come from speeches? Quite a few, we’d wager, after dipping into Shaun Usher’s treasure trove. It’s the intriguing (think Tilda Swinton honouring her friend David Bowie) the unexpected (Kermit the Frog’s commencement speech) and the censored (Wamsutta Frank B. James denouncing the mistreatment of his people, the Wampanoag), however, which shine brightest and will pull you back in, for years to come. A beautifully assembled smorgasbord of arresting, everlasting moments.
A richly illustrated and wonderfully eclectic collection of THE WORLD’S GREATEST SPEECHES – THE OLD, THE NEW AND THE UNSPOKEN – from the author of the international bestseller, Letters of Note.
Discover speeches that altered the course of history, like NELSON MANDELA’s on the day he became South Africa’s first black President, and outpourings of much-needed change, such as the impassioned, impromptu appeal for women’s rights from SOJOURNER TRUTH, an African-American woman born into slavery. Expect the gloriously unexpected, as KERMIT THE FROG takes to the podium, and celebrate lives well-lived, including TILDA SWINTON’s tribute to ‘every alien’s favourite cousin’, DAVID BOWIE.
While some speeches are heard by millions, some remain unspoken: the secret draft prepared for QUEEN ELIZABETH II during a military exercise for World War III, and PRESIDENT NIXON’s chilling public announcement should NEIL ARMSTRONG and BUZZ ALDRIN become stranded on the Moon.
Surprising, inspiring and shocking; moving, comforting and enlightening.
SPEECHES OF NOTE: seventy-five extraordinary ways to step into someone else’s shoes.
Malala Yousafzai * Tilda Swinton * Albert Einstein * Nick Cave * Queen Elizabeth II * Kermit the Frog * Pablo Picasso * Harvey Milk * J. M. Barrie * General Dwight D. Eisenhower * Meghan Markle * Sojourner Truth * Salman Rushdie * Panti Bliss * Nelson Mandela * Robert F. Kennedy * Virginia Woolf * Richard Nixon * Socrates * Nelson Mandela * Mark Twain * Marie Curie * George Bernard Shaw * Susan Sontag
AND MANY, MANY MORE
“Anguish, hope, inclusivity, questioning, grief, love – and seemingly all the parameters of human feeling – are quite brilliantly represented. It’s a lovely dip-in collection that’ll leave you both weepy and inspired.” * Scotsman *
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