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The right words : great Republican speeches that shaped history /
Wynton C. Hall.
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Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2007.
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xv, 240 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0471758167 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780471758167 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2007.
isbn
0471758167 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780471758167 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6199249
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 221-232) and index.
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From its earliest days, the Republican Party has been distinguished by its leaders' abilities to explain their ideas, inspire their followers, and shape their nation through clear, bold, and uplifting oratory. Many Republican speeches stand as rhetorical landmarks in American history. Others, however, have been overlooked and even downplayed, some argue, by a liberal elite intent on dismissing conservative voices. No more. In The Right Words, the award-winning presidential scholar and speechwriter Wynton Hall celebrates the GOP's greatest oratorical gems, from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and Teddy Roosevelt's the Man with the Muckrake to Ronald Reagan's "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" and George W. Bush's "our mission and our moment" speech after 9/11. More than a simple reprinting of great speeches from the past, this meticulously documented compendium draws on a massive reservoir of research as it examines the historical context of each of these great addresses and reveals the persuasive secrets that make each speech truly outstanding. Beginning with America's-and perhaps history's-greatest speaker, Hall presents Abraham Lincoln's profoundly moving Gettysburg Address as well as the speech Lincoln considered his greatest: the second inaugural. Other major addresses presented include: Ronald Reagan's thrilling "tear down this wall" speech and stirring "Challenger" address Teddy Roosevelt's muscular presentation on the Strenuous Life William F. Buckley's challenging, though never delivered, 1950 address to the Yale alumni Barry Goldwater's speech accepting the 1964 Republican presidential nomination Dwight D. Eisenhower's brilliant Atoms for Peace speech as well as his address to the nation before sending troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957 Everett Dirksen's passionate words in support of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Complete with memorable contributions from John McCain, Newt Gingrich, President George W. Bush, and others, The Right Words is a veritable gold mine of Republican and conservative political theory, strategy, and action delivered by the party's most outstanding leaders. Hall's careful analysis of the technical elements that make each of these masterful presentations so effective will be particularly useful to anyone interested in public speaking, communications, or advocating for a political cause.
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From its earliest days, the Republican Party has been distinguished by its leaders' abilities to explain their ideas, inspire their followers, and shape their nation through clear, bold, and uplifting oratory. Many Republican speeches stand as rhetorical landmarks in American history. Others, however, have been overlooked and even downplayed, some argue, by a liberal elite intent on dismissing conservative voices. No more. In The Right Words, the award-winning presidential scholar and speechwriter Wynton Hall celebrates the GOP's greatest oratorical gems, from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and Teddy Roosevelt's the Man with the Muckrake to Ronald Reagan's "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" and George W. Bush's "our mission and our moment" speech after 9/11. More than a simple reprinting of great speeches from the past, this meticulously documented compendium draws on a massive reservoir of research as it examines the historical context of each of these great addresses and reveals the persuasive secrets that make each speech truly outstanding. Beginning with America's--and perhaps history's--greatest speaker, Hall presents Abraham Lincoln's profoundly moving Gettysburg Address as well as the speech Lincoln considered his greatest: the second inaugural. Other major addresses presented include: Ronald Reagan's thrilling "tear down this wall" speech and stirring "Challenger" address Teddy Roosevelt's muscular presentation on the Strenuous Life William F. Buckley's challenging, though never delivered, 1950 address to the Yale alumni Barry Goldwater's speech accepting the 1964 Republican presidential nomination Dwight D. Eisenhower's brilliant Atoms for Peace speech as well as hisaddress to the nation before sending troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957 Everett Dirksen's passionate words in support of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Complete with memorable contributions from John McCain, Newt Gingrich, President George W. Bush, and others, The Right Words is a veritable gold mine of Republican and conservative political theory, strategy, and action delivered by the party's most outstanding leaders. Hall's careful analysis of the technical elements that make each of these masterful presentations so effective will be particularly useful to anyone interested in public speaking, communications, or advocating for a political cause.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2006-11-27:
Hall, a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, believes that "Leftist Academe" has effected an "erasure of Republican remembrance," something he seeks to correct with this collection of 17 speeches by members of the Grand Old Party. Some of these texts are seminal pieces of American political oratory-Richard Nixon's "Checkers" speech; Reagan's 1987 remarks at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. In his prefatory notes to each speech, Hall teases out themes, such as commitments to "individualism, military strength, and self-reliance," that have long marked Republican thinking. Unfortunately, Hall's hysterical introduction to the book-which is more about the "radicalized professoriate" and the "liberal Democrats [who] dominate our nation's campuses" than about Republicans-will alienate readers who don't share his partisan viewpoint. Indeed, this anthology doesn't adequately testify to ideological diversity within the Republican Party; yes, Lincoln's two most famous speeches (the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural) lead the book, and Hall includes two by Teddy Roosevelt, but after that, it's on to William F. Buckley and Dwight Eisenhower. This would have been a much different book had Hall included samples of, say, Radical Republican speechifying during Reconstruction. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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"Wynton Hall understands what that greatest of recent Republicans, Ronald Reagan, understood: words matter. Ideas are communicated by words--the right words. It's not just what you say but how you say it. This is hardly a simple task." -Paul Kengor, professor, Grove City College, author of God and Ronald Reagan and The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism "In this stimulating book, Wynton Hall underscores a few of those Republicans who have done the job better than anyone, rightly beginning with Abraham Lincoln and continuing with a few notable surprises. This book is a must for the bookshelf of not just any well-informed Republican, but anyone interested in effective communication." -Paul Kengor, professor, Grove City College, author of God and Ronald Reagan and The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism
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Advance Praise for The Right Words"These absorbing, oft-stirring speeches are made even more fascinating by Wynton Hall's deft, always insightful commentaries that place these masterpieces in their historical context." -Steve Forbes, President and CEO of Forbes and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Magazine"When President Reagan gave the Berlin Wall speech, I was standing between the podium stand and the wall. Someone told us that East Berliners were silently gathering on the other side. When Reagan finished speaking, and the applause died down, we could hear a rustling sound on the other side of the wall, like cattle moving restlessly before a storm. But indeed, a storm of freedom was coming. Thank you, Wynton, for The Right Words to establish the record." -Marlin Fitzwater, White House Press Secretary under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush"Aimed at Republicans, The Right Words will hit a much bigger audience: everyone who cares about American history, the presidency, and the hard work of using words well." -Peter Robinson, former Reagan speechwriter and author of How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life"Wynton Hall is a rising star among those who study conservatives and he has written an important and fascinating book about how Republican words have shaped and molded American history. For those interested in the history of the conservative movement and the Republican Party, this is not to be missed." -Peter Schweizer, research fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University and author of Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy, Reagan's War: The Epic Story of His Forty Year Struggle and Triumph Over Communism and The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty"In this stimulating book, Wynton Hall underscores a few of those Republicans who have done the job better than anyone, rightly beginning with Abraham Lincoln and continuing with a few notable surprises. This book is a must for the bookshelf of not just any well-informed Republican, but anyone interested in effective communication." -Paul Kengor, professor, Grove City College, and author of God and Ronald Reagan: A Spiritual Life and The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism
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Drawing on a massive reservoir of research, Hall looks at the historical context and reveals the persuasive secrets embedded in these great speeches.
Back Cover Copy
Advance Praise for The Right Words "These absorbing, oft-stirring speeches are made even more fascinating by Wynton Hall's deft, always insightful commentaries that place these masterpieces in their historical context." -Steve Forbes, President and CEO of Forbes and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Magazine "When President Reagan gave the Berlin Wall speech, I was standing between the podium stand and the wall. Someone told us that East Berliners were silently gathering on the other side. When Reagan finished speaking, and the applause died down, we could hear a rustling sound on the other side of the wall, like cattle moving restlessly before a storm. But indeed, a storm of freedom was coming. Thank you, Wynton, for The Right Words to establish the record." -Marlin Fitzwater, White House Press Secretary under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush "Aimed at Republicans, The Right Words will hit a much bigger audience: everyone who cares about American history, the presidency, and the hard work of using words well." -Peter Robinson, former Reagan speechwriter and author of How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life "Wynton Hall is a rising star among those who study conservatives and he has written an important and fascinating book about how Republican words have shaped and molded American history. For those interested in the history of the conservative movement and the Republican Party, this is not to be missed." -Peter Schweizer, research fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University and author of Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy , Reagan's War: The Epic Story of His Forty Year Struggle and Triumph Over Communism and The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty "In this stimulating book, Wynton Hall underscores a few of those Republicans who have done the job better than anyone, rightly beginning with Abraham Lincoln and continuing with a few notable surprises. This book is a must for the bookshelf of not just any well-informed Republican, but anyone interested in effective communication." -Paul Kengor, professor, Grove City College, and author of God and Ronald Reagan: A Spiritual Life and The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism
Main Description
Award-winning presidential scholar and speechwriter Wynton Hall brings together the Republican Party's greatest oratorical gems, from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and Teddy Roosevelt's the Man with the Muckrake to Ronald Reagan's "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" and George W. Bush's "our mission and our moment" speech after 9/11. Hall examines the historical context of each of these great addresses and reveals the persuasive secrets that make each speech truly outstanding.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Elephant Poachers
Leftist Academe and the Erasure of Republican Remembrance
Abraham Lincoln
The First and Greatest
The Gettysburg Address
November 19, 1863, Battlefield, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Second Inaugural
March 4, 1865, U.S. Capitol
Washington, D.C
Theodore Roosevelt
The Rough-Riding Rhetorician
The Strenuous Life
April 10, 1899
The Hamilton Club, Chicago, Illinois
The Man with the Muck-Rake
April 15, 1906
Washington, D.C
William F. Buckley Jr
American Conservatism Finds Its Spokesman in the Speech That Wasn't
Yale Alumni Day Speech
February 1950 (Undelivered), Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Strategic Speechifying
Atoms for Peace
December 8, 1953
United Nations General Assembly, New York, New York"
Little Rock"
September 24, 1957, Oval Office
The White House Washington, D.C
Everett Dirksen
The Speech That Made the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Possible
"The Time Has Come"
June 10, 1964, U.S. Senate
Washington, D.C
Barry Goldwater
"You Know He's Right"
"Extremism in the Defense of Liberty Is No Vice"
July 16, 1964
Republican National Convention, the Cow Palace, San Francisco, California
Richard M. Nixon
The Beginning of the End
"Checkers"
September 23, 1952, U.S. Capitol
Washington, D.C
Gerald R. Ford
"Our Long National Nightmare Is Over"
Oath of the U.S. Presidency
August 9, 1974, East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C
Ronald Reagan
A Shining Speaker on a Hill
"The Evil Empire"
March 8, 1983
Annual Convention of the National Association of Evangelicals, Orlando, Florida
Challenger
January 28, 1986 Oval Office
The White House, Washington, D.C
"Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall"
June 12, 1987
Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany
Newt Gingrich
The Revolutionary Speaker
"The Contract with America"
January 4, 1995
Inaugural Speech as Speaker of the House, U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C
George W. Bush
His Mission and His Moment
"Justice Will Be Done"
September 20, 2001
Joint Session of Congress, U.S. Capitol
Washington, D.C
John McCain
The Maverick and His Message
"A Disingenuous Filmmaker"
August 30, 2004
Republican National Convention, Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
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