When they spoke, the world listened. The speakers in this book are very different from each other. Some were heroes, fighting for equality and justice. Some were U.S. presidents, addressing the nation during troubled times. Two are exceptionally rich and successful, but they did not start out that way, and they've got something to say to young people trying to find their way. Two speakers were young people themselves; ordinary kids who had extraordinary experiences and knew how to speak up for their beliefs.<br /><br />All the speakers in this book have one thing in common: They had something to say that listeners will never forget. Read their often inspiring and sometimes heartbreaking words in <i>A Word from the Wise: Great Speeches</i>.