About the Book

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Publishing into the teeth of the 2008 election, a selection of the most influential presidential campaign speeches, with essential critical context relating the words of the past to the politics of today.

In this collection of the most influential presidential campaign speeches of the 20th century, Live From the Campaign Trail brings to life the words that have shaped American politics over the last century. From the legendary and the infamous to the poignant and the stirring all the great campaign speeches are here. With supporting essays that dramatically set the scene and provide readers with an historical context for these seminal addresses, Live From the Campaign Trail will do what no book has done before – use the great oratory of the campaign trail to examine the key political debates of the past century while also helping readers better understand the grand themes underscoring the campaign rhetoric of the twenty-first century.