Speeches That Changed The World by Simon Sebag Montefiore

The Greatest and Most Impassioned Speeches

Comprehensively updated with many new speeches including Earl Spencer‘s lament to ‘The extraordinary and irreplaceable Diana’, Nikita Khrushchev’s secret speech of 1956 signalling the beginning of the end of Stalinist Russia, Patrick Pearse‘s rousing funeral oration that fanned the flames of the Easter Rising, Kevin Rudd‘s historic apology to Australia’s mistreated Aborigines and Barack Obama‘s momentous US election night victory speech.

Alongside these are the finest war cries of Winston ChurchillMartin Luther King‘s prophetic ‘I have a dream’ and ‘I’ve seen the promised land’ speeches, the inspiring words of JFK and impassioned pleas from Nelson Mandela – the first at his trial in 1964 and the second on his election as president of South Africa in 1994.

In addition are historic speeches from Elizabeth I, Charles I, Oliver Cromwell, George Washington, Napoleon Bonaparte, Abraham Lincoln, Emmeline Pankhurst, Mahatma Gandhi, Vladimir Lenin, Neville Chamberlain, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Charles de Gaulle, General George S. Patton, J Robert Oppenheimer, Mao Zedong, Malcolm X, Richard M. Nixon, Pope John Paul II, Vaclav Havel, Elie Wiesel, Mikhail Gorbachev and many other great historical figures.

Speeches that Changed the World presents over 50 momentous and thought-provoking speeches from throughout history.

Complete with a potted biography of each speaker, and telling the story of why each oration was significant andwhat happened as a result, this is a gripping history of the world told through its greatest and most impassioned speeches.


Simon Sebag Montefiore is the award-winning author of Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar, Young Stalin, 101 World Heroes and Monsters.

The Cambridge Editorial Partnership has produced a multitude of academic and educational titles in their ten-year history. Their reference team has researched and transcribed these speeches from original source material.


Format: Hardback, 224 pages, 2nd Revised edition Edition
Other Information: 50 b&w photos
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 April 2010
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
ISBN: 184866057X
EAN: 9781848660571
Dimensions: 26.0 x 18.0 centimeters