Three Speeches That Changed America
by Warren Kozak
What is the secret alchemy of great presidential leadership? Presidential Courage, Three Speeches That Changed America by Warren Kozak discovers the answer through three speeches and three presidents who faced the greatest challenges in American history. And by their lead and through their words, they transformed a nation.
On the night of June 6, 1944, President Franklin Roosevelt addressed an anxious people whose sons were dying by the thousands in the D-Day invasion. In one of the most poignant and original presidential addresses ever, the President stepped aside from his role as Commander-in-Chief for a brief moment and, acting as a national minister, priest and rabbi, led his fellow countrymen in prayer. Our sons, pride of our nation, stands out as one of the American presidency’s finest moments. It offers a roadmap for future leaders to follow.
In the late spring of 1963, John F. Kennedy took to the airwaves to explain why Americans could no longer afford to segregate some citizens while the rest of the population enjoyed complete access to liberty. Many did not want to hear it. The work Kennedy began that day started the difficult process of change that made America a better country today.
And just 42 days before his death, President Abraham Lincoln looked beyond the vast crowd gathered at the U.S. Capitol and showed his fellow countrymen the way to mend their great division: the American Civil War. Healing would not come through retribution, Lincoln told them, but reconciliation. His words: with malice towards none, echo long after he is gone.
This book singles out the most important attribute of leadership and one of the most vital elements necessary for life - courage. And in demonstrating courage, these three presidents made their country a beacon of freedom for the entire world.
Presidential Courage: Three Speeches That Changed America offers three vital lessons that are more necessary today than ever.
- Warren Kozak, October 2012
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