Synopses & Reviews
"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." These words from John F. Kennedy's immortal inaugural address may be read in full context in this up-to-date collection of the inaugural speeches of every president of the United States from George Washington to George W. Bush. Reprinted in their entirety, the 54 speeches are accompanied by line drawings and profiles and background on each of the 43 presidents who gave them. Inspiring, moving, and even surprising, these rich pieces of oratory are a compelling way to track the history of our great nation.
Foreward by John Gabriel Hunt. Includes addresses from Washington to Clinton with a brief bio of each.
From George Washington's first address in 1789 to the inaugural speech of 1996, the inauguration of a president has been an opportunity for a newly elected leader to set the tone for his upcoming administration-to boldly propose new government policy, to establish national and international goals, and to set forth a core of political beliefs, often through the use of stirring language and memorable phrases.