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The Art of Great Speeches
And Why We Remember Them

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  • Date Published: November 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521140034

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  • 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.

    • Contains the stories that lie behind 70 of the most important speeches in history and drama
    • Uses insights from classical thinkers to analyse how and why these great speeches were so successful
    • Describes the central concepts of speechwriting and provides insights into the professional world of the speechwriter, how to become one, and how to succeed
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521140034
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. To save a republic
    2. Speech - the essence of democracy
    3. Forum
    4. Style
    5. Emotion
    6. Character
    7. Evidence
    8. Morality
    9. Gettysburg
    10. Speechwriter
    Conclusion: the ideal orator
    Appendix: common figures and terms.

  • Author

    Dennis Glover
    Dennis Glover is a professional speechwriter for some of Australia's most prominent political and business leaders and an academic historian of oratory. He is a graduate of Monash University and he took a PhD in History at Cambridge University. He has worked on the staff of three federal Labor Party leaders and written speeches for two prime ministers.

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