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I've just returned from a five-days retirement at the mountains. There are no words to describe the beauty of the trees and the landscape in autumn, which I enjoyed in my walks through the forests on sunny days.

Of course, there were also rainy days, so I read. I enjoyed The Lost Art of the Great Speech, which is a fine book on speech writing and delivering. It contains a number of useful tips to write good speeches (most of the tips are also useful for all kinds of writing). I bought this book because I admire the people who masters the art of public speaking.

The book contains the transcription of some memorable speeches. I'm not particularly happy with the selection. In my opinion, there is one speaker that shadows everyone else: Winston Churchill. Even a pacifist guy as me is touched by the final paragraph of "This was their finest hour".