The Most Important Speeches of America's Presidents, from George Washington to Barack Obama
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THE STORIES BEHIND the WORDS THAT MAKE HISTORY
"Four Score and Seven Years Ago"
Address as told by an eyewitness of the event
only thing we have to fear is fear itself"
Delano Roosevelt's stirring call to courage
What Your Country Can Do For You"
John F. Kennedy's
unforgettable inaugural address
"Mr. Gorbachev, Tear
Down This Wall"
Ronald Reagan's demand for freedom for
the people behind the Iron Curtain
Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton on the
speeches that influenced them most
- The voices of every
U.S. president since Benjamin Harrison in 1889
- A reading of the first presidential speech ever, George
Washington's "American Experiment" address
reenactment of Abraham Lincoln's incendiary "House Divided"
- Campaign recordings of Theodore Roosevelt
and Woodrow Wilson
- FDR's assertion that Americans
have a "Rendezvous with Destiny"
- Dwight D.
Eisenhower's warning against the "Military-Industrial
- JFK proclaiming "Ich Bin Ein
- Lyndon Johnson adopting the civil
rights hymn "We Shall Overcome"
- Gerald Ford
promising that "Our Long National Nightmare Is Over"
- Ronald Reagan consoling the nation after the space
shuttle Challenger explosion
H. W. Bush's call for a "Kinder and Gentler Nation"
- Bill Clinton speaking from the pulpit where Martin
Luther King Jr. gave his final sermon
- George W.
Bush's ultimatum to Iraq and his promise to its people that
"The Day of Your Liberation Is Near"
students of American history, indeed, all civic-minded
Americans, will find a place on their bookshelves for
My Fellow Americans."
"My Fellow Americans makes
the voice of American presidents ring in our ears and makes
us understand in a new way the nature of political
leadership in this country."
Supreme Court Justice
"The best of presidential
speeches, compiled by one of the finest presidential
-DAVID FRUM, George W. Bush
speechwriter, author of The Right Man
The history of the United States lives in the words of
its presidents-words that heal, inspire, and sometimes
divide a nation and the world. My Fellow Americans
brings to life two centuries of American history as you
read and hear the presidential speeches that defined our
nation's most dramatic moments.
Americans presents, in text and on two audio CDs, more
than forty of the greatest speeches from American
presidents. Former White House chief speechwriter Michael
Waldman introduces them, telling their dramatic stories and
explaining their impact. In original essays, presidents
Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton describe the
talks that influenced them the most. You'll also find
captivating photographs, illustrations, and handwritten
- Never-before-seen handwritten speech notes used by
- The speech, announcing an attack
on Cuba, that President Kennedy did not have to give
during the Cuban Missile Crisis
- An actual photo of
Lincoln at Gettysburg
- And much more...
The accompanying audio CDs let you
hear these great speeches as they happened-some recordings
are more than one hundred years old-and reenacted speeches
from before the dawn of recorded audio. We hear the voices
of every president since Benjamin Harrison. Experience some
of our greatest moments, such as "The Only Thing We Have to
Fear is Fear Itself "; "Ask Not What Your Country Can Do for
You"; and "Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down this Wall." Hear Lyndon
Johnson adopt "We Shall Overcome" for all Americans; John F.
Kennedy proclaim "Ich Bin Ein Berliner" at the Berlin
Wall; and a fascinating account by a man who saw and heard
President Lincoln deliver the Gettysburg Address.
My Fellow Americans presents a fascinating journey
through American history that can be shared with your family
and friends, whether you're reliving the event or hearing it
together for the first time.
speeches] and listening to those available from the late
1800s onward reveals the styles and strengths of each
president and also the prevailing American outlook in times
of war, peace, confidence, and anxiety."
author and national correspondent, The Atlantic
"The grand panorama of American history
unfolds through these presidential speeches, shrewdly
selected and ably annotated by a veteran presidential
--ARTHUR M. SCHLESINGER JR.
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