From the author of the New York Times bestseller Letters of Note comes a collection of 75 of history's most interesting, profound, and sometimes unknown speeches from a range of scintillating personalities such as Frederick Douglass, Justin Trudeau, Albert Einstein, Meghan Markle, Barbara Jordan, and Ursula K. Le Guin.
This thoughtfully curated and richly illustrated collection celebrates oratory old and new, highlighting speeches we know and admire, while also shining a light on profound drafts that were never delivered or have until now been forgotten. From George Bernard Shaw's warm and rousing toast to Albert Einstein in 1930 and the commencement address affectionately given to graduates at Long Island University by Kermit the Frog, to the chilling public announcement (that was thankfully never made) by President Richard Nixon should Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become stranded on the moon, Speeches of Note honors the words and ideas of some of history’s most provocative and inspiring personages.
About the Author
SHAUN USHER is a writer, the custodian of the hugely popular blog Letters of Note, and the author of Letters of Note and Lists of Note. Visit speechesofnote.com.
Praise for Letters of Note:
"Funny, tragic, brilliantly incisive, historic, lyrical, romantic, and studiedly offensive, this stupendous compendium of letters ancient and modern is my book of the year. You will never tire of it." --Stephen Fry
"A fascinating blog..." --Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic