When They Go Low, We Go High: Speeches That Shape The World - And Why We Need Them

Hardcover | November 21, 2017

byPhilip Collins

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Informed by Collins's own experiences as a speech writer, When They Go Low We Go High is a passionate defence of the power of good public speaking to propagate and protect democracy and an urgent reminder of how words can change the world.'There is a danger that, in our time, we are losing faith with politics. The strain shows with the low repute of politicians. Their words float by, practised and polished, but profligate. The loyalty, respect, veneration and hope first expressed by Pericles and echoed in every collected speech since, has gone missing. It is the grand purpose of this book to help to call it back.'In his work as a speechwriter to senior politicians and business leaders around the world Philip Collins has become well versed in understanding what it is that makes a speech great.When They Go Low We Go High explores the ways in which the most notable speeches in history have worked, analysing the rhetorical tricks to uncover how the right speech at the right time can profoundly shape the world.Travelling across continents and centuries, Collins reveals what Thomas Jefferson owes to Cicero and Pericles, who really gave the Gettysburg Address and what Elizabeth 1st shares with Winston Churchill.And in telling the story of the great speeches he tells the story of democracy. For it is in the finest public speeches that progress unfolds: and we need those speeches now more than ever.While we are bombarded by sound bites and social media, fake news and sloganeering, and when populists are winning support, democratic politicians need to find words that inspire and give us hope. Because disenchantment with politics fosters the dangerous illusion that there is an alternative.Informed by Collins's own experiences as a speech writer, When They Go Low We Go High is a passionate defence of the power of good public speaking to propagate and protect democracy and an urgent reminder of how words can change the world.

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Informed by Collins's own experiences as a speech writer, When They Go Low We Go High is a passionate defence of the power of good public speaking to propagate and protect democracy and an urgent reminder of how words can change the world.'There is a danger that, in our time, we are losing faith with politics. The strain shows with the...

Philip Collins is a columnist for The Times and an Associate Editor of Prospect magazine. He was Chief Speech Writer to Prime Minister Tony Blair in 10 Downing Street between 2004 and 2007 and has subsequently written keynote speeches for a range of senior politicians, leaders of charities and NGOs and Chief Executive Officers. Mr Coll...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pagesPublished:November 21, 2017Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0008235694

ISBN - 13:9780008235697

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