Obama: The Essential Collection

Who can deny the oratorical skill and audience engagement that is showcased during a speech given by Barack Obama?

The Essential Obama: The Finest Speeches of Barack Obama is a collection of just that. Editor Tim Davidson includes nothing but the texts of Senator/President Obama’s best speeches from 2002 to 2009 . It includes 19 speeches from different locations along the campaign trail, and includes noteworthy topics such as the speech against the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the Keynote Address at 2004 Democratic National Convention, his announcement of candidacy for President, remarks at the Iowa Caucus, the speech on Race, the speech in Berlin,  his Election Night Victory speech, his  Inaugural Address, and his speech about the New Beginning with the Islamic World.

Although the Table of Contest lists each speech topic, geographic location, and date, the book is not divided into chapters. Each speech runs into the next without a blank page to separate them. A heading is the only indicator that you’re reading a different speech.

Because Davidson does not add any commentary on any of the speech’s contents, I will not add any either.  The Essential Obama is a no-frills book with straight text. But if you want to have some of President Obama’s best speeches all in once place, this book is good start.

If you want to learn more about Obama’s style of speaking, check out Five Way to Speak Like Obama and How to Deliver an Obama-like Presentation. And of course I would be remiss if I didn’t advocate Toastmasters, which has clubs worldwide, to get in your practice of public speaking.