Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Lou Gehrig, Winston Churchill,Douglas MacArthur, Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, JR. or Anwar Sadat are only some of the gifted speakers whose speeches were decisive in the XXCentury.
Churchill's speeches are a gold mine for quotes (and misquotes)Who hasn't heard "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat?"
John Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech was perhaps the most famous single moment of the Cold War.
One could argue that war spurs oratory brilliance, but the world is still at war in many parts of the world and politicians' utterances are far from convincing. The polish seems to have worn off .
Good speakers have shifted from the world of politics to the world of business. Steve Job's (CEO's Apple Computer and Pixar Animation Studios) address to students at Stanford University is a good example. It's a good speech, but "Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish" does fall a little flat all things considered...
If you're interested in this subject, FACETOFACE (Madrid) is holding a workshop starting tomorrow on BEST SPEECHES OF THE XXCENTURY. For more info:www.facetoface-personalenglishtrainers.com
Thanks, UNGA for the poster.