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Many of history's biggest moments have been epitomised in the words of a classic speech — words that live to capture the spirit and sense of the time.

This collection of 48 speeches tells the story of New Zealand's development as a nation.

Through the eyes and words of those at the heart of landmark events, you'll learn how our country was shaped.

They include declarations of war and peace, stirring orations that changed our social attitudes and visions of New Zealand by those who led our nation's journey.

Most of these speeches will enlighten. Many inspire. All of them help us understand the people we are.

The book is the work of historian and former Cabinet Minister Hugh Templeton, veteran political writer Ian Templeton and editor/writer Josh Easby. The trio plan a follow-up volume, telling the stories of landmark speeches from 1957 to the mid-2000s.

384 pages, paperback. Trade inquiries for distribution: David Bateman Ltd, Albany, Auckland, New Zealand.

What the reviewers say:

"This important collection of landmark speeches by leaders and agitators demonstrates the power of oratory to influence history and social attitudes, to inspire courage and to encourage change. The evolution of New Zealand as a nation between 1814 and 1956 can be traced through the significant speeches collected in this handsome volume." - newsletter review, Unity Books, Wellington.
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