Speeches That Changed The World — Various
History was a struggle for me because it represented a detached view of how we lived our lives across time and always felt like an interpretation, never a reality.
Despite the no-nonsense title, ‘Speeches That Changed The World’, gives you an accurate glimpse to human endeavour, from Socrates’ final defence, after being found guilty of ‘corrupting his pupils to think’ to Nelson Mandela’s final words to end the apartheid injustice in South Africa. You relive their lives, struggles and triumphs through their own words, across a wide range of topics and issues. John F. Kennedy’s ‘We Choose To Go To The Moon’ is particularly revealing, as it revisits and motivates, a belief that would still be as challenging and relevant today, as once was.
All in all, everyone should have a collection of speeches like ‘Speeches That Changed The World,’ on their shelf, not just to journey through our collective past, but also to remind ourselves of how to prepare for the future.
The Empathy Instinct — Peter Bazalgette
For those who have heard the word empathy, wondered what it actually means and the context to which we find it today, Peter Bazalgette’s ‘The Empathy Instinct: How To Create A More Civil Society’ is a detailed and fascinating introduction to how we see ourselves, understand the actions of others and meet the demands of a complex yet increasingly, digital society.
The author provides great accounts of periods from modern history where empathy has been eroded from us, leading to intolerable levels of human sacrifice, such as the Nazi Holocaust and the Rwandan Genocide. These catastrophic events are then followed by various topical arguments explaining why we need to develop a greater understanding, for better human interactions.
Walking you through some of the most recent developments in neuroscience through to daily aspects of our lives, the author describes how our still, relatively primitive knowledge around human psychology, is just starting to be revolutionised. From crime rehabilitation to dementia, education policy to the mapping of our brains, Peter Bazalgette provides a charter, proving that even in today’s world, ignorance can no longer be bliss.
About the author
Alistair Read has written across a range of issues for publishers and has been nominated for awards, including the launch of BBC WorldWide’s ‘BBC Earth Magazine’ that supported the Planet Earth TV series.
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