Debi Strubler, circulation associate at the Main library, penned the following review of Great Speeches from Penguin Books. This title will be available for holds and curbside pickup starting on Monday, May 4th.
This was a thought provoking collection of speeches made from some of the greatest orators in the history of man. The spectrum of speeches ranged from Oliver Cromwell to Socrates to Abraham Lincoln to Richard III. I liked the book because the collection included history in the past and present day history. The collection included speeches from activists, literary figures, politicians, and famous philosophers. No Plato, though! Each speech had the power to activate one’s body and soul. One speech that hit me was that of Henry V. Henry gives this impassioned motivational speech as his men prepare to storm the French town of Harfleur. He inspires the soldiers to victory in battle, and they win the fight against all odds. This reminds me of fighting this enemy Covid 19. These speeches bear witness to history’s defining moments. A short read but powerful!