Here is a selection of books on speeches and speechwriting that can help speechwriters, speakers, and speech-fans and –friends.
The Political Speechwriter’s Companion - Logos Pathos Ethos

The Political Speechwriter’s Companion

This is THE book to start with as a budding political speechwriter but also to go back to as an experienced speechwriter. Chief speechwriter to former Vice-President Gore, Robert Lehrman has long speechwriting experience and teaches his art in this hands-on book. His comprehensive tour starts with Laying the foundations; then explains What to do an [...]

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La puissance du discours - Logos Pathos Ethos

La puissance du discours

This book has not yet been translated into English but our German speaking readers can read it in the original text : Die Macht der Rede. Eine kleine Geschichte der Rhetorik im alten Griechenland und Rom. Ullstein, Berlin 2009, ISBN 978-3-550-08753-0 [...]

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Ces grands discours qui ont changé le monde - Logos Pathos Ethos

Ces grands discours qui ont changé le monde

A very accessible, instructive selection of the fifty or so most important speeches throughout the centuries and across the continents. Each speech is introduced by notes on the historical context and on the speaker's life. Originally writen in English for English-speaking readers, the book was translated into French and a selection of the most imp [...]

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You talkin to me ? Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama - Logos Pathos Ethos

You talkin to me ? Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama

As witty as it is instructive, this book is a delight for any speech-fan or -friend. You will soon be familiar with what rhetoric is, who the great masters are, and what (old) rhetoric tool those who say they do not resort to rhetoric actually use. Sam Leith writes regularly on rhetoric and speeches. [...]

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Resonate - Present visual stories that transform audiences - Logos Pathos Ethos

Resonate - Present visual stories that transform audiences

Why do some presentations or speeches resonate with the audience – while some don’t ? And how to achieve this ? These are the questions world renowned expert Nancy Duarte addresses in her insightful, accessible, and well illustrated book, leading you step by step into the journey to truly inspiring speeches. You will soon be the hero who can c [...]

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Illuminate - Ignite change through speeches, stories, ceremonies, and symbols - Logos Pathos Ethos

Illuminate - Ignite change through speeches, stories, ceremonies, and symbols

How to talk about the future and lead your audience into the unknown ? If this challenge seems extremely relevant today, it is absolutely not new. This is what leadership is about, and Nancy Duarte’s book will help you especially in two respects : - it covers the full cycle of any human or community venture : From Dream ; to Leap ; to Fight [...]

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L'Europe - Logos Pathos Ethos

L'Europe

This book is one of a series exploring an interesting idea : putting two or three famous speeches on a same issue in parallel (here, speeches on Europe by Robert Schuman, Jacques Chirac and Stefan Zweig), and the French and the original version in parallel. Another title: ‘Face à la crise’, with Barack Obama ‘Yes we can’ in parallel with [...]

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The 100 - with 10 extra speeches: Insights and lessons from 110 of the greatest speakers and speeches ever delivered - Logos Pathos Ethos

The 100 - with 10 extra speeches: Insights and lessons from 110 of the greatest speakers and speeches ever delivered

For each top 110 speeches ever delivered, Simon Maier and Jeremy Kourdi select a quotation, give a short biography and focus on the key lessons and legacy of the speech. A good complement to an anthology. [...]

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The Penguin Book of Historic Speeches - Logos Pathos Ethos

The Penguin Book of Historic Speeches

An anthology is a must have for speechwriters who want to extend their knowledge, check a quotation or find inspiration. This 'Penguin Book of Historic speeches' is completed by the 'Penguin Book of Modern Speeches', also by Brian MacArthur. [...]

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Trop de fleurs! - Logos Pathos Ethos

Trop de fleurs!

This short and witty book on the art of speeches only exists in French so far, unfortunately. [...]

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