A readable analysis of 25 momentous presidential speeches that provides context and understanding of events and history, illustrated with facsimiles of supporting documents, notes, and drafts that together formed the final speech.
The book examines the pivotal, often familiar, and potent speeches and addresses of dozens of U.S. presidents to reveal the varied and often conflicting points of view that shaped the final famous words. We see in many examples, the actual edited final speech, showing how remarkable and forceful language was crafted, sometimes last minute, into the enduring words made famous by their timing, including: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and more.
C. Edwin Vilade is an author, speechwriter and communications consultant who has written for two US presidents, two vice presidents, numerous Cabinet officials, heads of multinational corporations and other public figures. He lives in Bethesda, MD.