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When they go low, we go high

A book about speeches is always a must in any library. But a book about speeches that helped shape the world, and a commentary of the events leading up to those historical monumental words, is priceless. Add to that a post-analysis (it is the age of analytics after all) of the timing of it all, and the impact, makes this new book by Philip Collins incredibly powerful.

When They Go Low, We Go High, pays homage to Michelle Obama's notable speech, that became the motto for the political left and an anthem for opponents of oppression worldwide. It pulled at the public's heartstrings, in a way that is rarely done nowadays. 

Storytelling in any speech is important, and as Philip Collins takes us through 25 of the greatest inaugural addresses of presidents, or the revolutionary writings of Castro or Mandela, we are reminded of how the pen is mightier than the sword. 

A bit of background. Philip Collins used to be the speech writer for Tony Blair, which means he brings a thoughtful and deep analysis to the process of dissecting each speech. And, that he does. For readers who want more than just the transcripts of a speech (and let's face it you can really get that somewhere on the internet), When They Go Low, We Go High brings more. More scrutiny. More understanding. More history. If you are looking for the pre-show and post-show highlights of an award ceremony, think of this as the red carpet rollout. With close to ten or more pages devoted to each speech, you'll feel like you are looking at history through the lens of a microscope, analyzing it from every angle.

As the elections rollout in the next few weeks in Ontario, perhaps the PC Party, NDP and the Liberals, should take a page out of this book to better their political campaign. 

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Blog Post by Shilpa Raikar, who believes in the power of storytelling to connect readers, and strives for diversity and inclusivity. 

When they go low, we go high by Philip Collins is published by The Overlook Press. Copy provided by Penguin Random House Canada

Review by @SukasaReads (a division of @SukasaStyle)

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