cover image of U.S. Presidents as Orators

U.S. Presidents as Orators

A Bio-Critical Sourcebook · Non-Series

by Halford R. Ryan


Sign up to save your library

With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Find out more about OverDrive accounts.

   Not today

This first systematic critique on the rhetoric of 21 presidents shows how political constraints shaped rhetoric and how oratory shaped politics. An introduction places American public address in the context of classical rhetorical practices and theory and sets the stage for the bio-critical essays about presidents ranging from Washington to Clinton. Experts analyze the style and use of language, important speeches and their impact, and their ethical ramifications. Each essay on a president also keys major speeches to authoritative texts and offers a chronology and bibliography of primary and secondary sources. For students, teachers, and professionals in American public address, political communication, and the presidency.

Publication Details

Publication Date:


  • Adobe PDF eBook 23.3 MB
U.S. Presidents as Orators
Copy and paste the code into your website.
New here? Learn how to read digital books for free