Author(s): Hywel Williams
'Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfil themselves.'
These powerful words, spoken by Nelson Mandela in his inaugural address as the new president of South Africa, are taken from just one of the forty important and thought-provoking speeches in this collection.
Ranging from 1945 to the present day, they provide an important insight into the modern world. Inspirational speeches by Winston Churchill, Mikhail Gorbachev, Martin Luther King, Barack Obama and many others are supplemented with biographies of each speaker, as well an exploration of their words' significance and an historical account of the consequences of their oratory.
This is a history of the recent and contemporary world told through the speeches that shaped it.
Hywel Williams is a historian, journalist and broadcaster. He is the author of Guilty Men, Cassell's Chronology of World History (2005) and Britain's Power Elites (2006). His Quercus credits include Days that Changed the World (2006), Sun Kings (2007), and Emperor of the West (2010).