World’s Greatest Speeches, compiled by Wilco, is a treat. There are several such editions of compiled orations, and truthfully, most can be read and put to good use. This 2019 edition by Wilco includes an array of influential leaders from across the world, panning time. From Alexander-the-Great’s speech of 324 BC, when he addressed his tired soldiers, to Golda Meir’s speech on the eve of the formation of a Jewish state in 1948, and coming down to Mao Zedong’s words motivating Chinese progression in December 1964, readers are transported through a journey of excellence and greatness. Leaders of our past, a mix of vice and virtue, if nothing else, were erudite statesman capable of forming intelligent thoughts — a stark contrast to today when political dialogue has been reduced to petty name-calling and the epitome of intelligence is realised in how well the verses of your speech rhyme, not how critically you can analyse your own internal crises. This compilation, or any other, ought to be read by any enthusiast of current affairs, politics or even literature, to realise the mammoth legacies of our past and possibly ignite a discourse along similar thoughtful lines, rejecting today’s trend of pleasing masses with ‘entertainment, entrainment and entertainment.
Age Group : ADULT
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