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21 speeches that shaped our world: The people and ideas that changed the way we think

by Chris Abbott

“An interesting selection of speeches… Throughout, Abbott provides a thorough historical context and argues convincingly for the relevance of the ideas expressed.” Financial Times

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In this thought-provoking book, Open Briefing’s Executive Director, Chris Abbott, takes a close look at 21 key speeches that have shaped the world today.

Drawing upon his expertise as a leading political commentator, Chris explains how our current understanding of the world is rooted in pivotal moments of history. These moments are captured in the words of a range of influential – and occasionally controversial – figures, from Winston Churchill to Osama bin Laden. The speeches in this book are arranged thematically and each transcript is accompanied by an insightful commentary that explores how the speech relates to modern society.

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This is a fascinating tour through the tides of events that have shaped the last one hundred years. By examining different worldviews and exploring how they have developed, Chris shows how we can come a step closer to understanding others and avoiding the mistakes of the past.

Fresh and relevant, this is a book that will make you stop in your tracks and think about what is really happening in the world today.

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21 speeches that shaped our world was published in paperback on 7 June 2012. It was first published in hardback and for Kindle in August 2010.

It is available in English (Rider Books), Korean (Eiji 21), Japanese (Eiji Press), Russian (Astrel) and Portuguese (Bertrand Editoria).

More information is available at www.21speeches.com.

“Chris Abbott introduces and pulls together a fascinating gallery of speakers and turning points in recent history… Interesting concept, well executed.” New Internationalist