The Roar of the Lion, R Toye

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”My aunt, listening to the Prime Minister’s speech, remarked of “our greatest orator”, “He’s no speaker, is he?”‘ -diary of teacher M.A. Pratt, 11 Nov. 1942.

The popular story of Churchill’s war-time rhetoric is a simple one: the British people were energized and inspired by his speeches, which were almost universally admired and played an important role in the ultimate victory over Nazi Germany. Richard Toye now re-examines this accepted national story – and gives it a radical new spin.

Publisher: OUP Oxford, Feb 2015
Reviewer: Derek Eaton 
This is a well written book, each speech is analysed into why it was written and how it was received at home, by our allies, neutrals and of course by enemy countries.  It was easy to read as details such as dates, media, etc. are referenced in over 60 pages of end notes.  An excellent book for any Churchill devotee or people studying how to write first-class speeches.

 

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