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Biographical Dictionary and Great Speeches books18 January 2016 was Martin Luther King Day in the United States of America. If you want to find out more about King and other well-known figures then the Chamber’s Biographical Dictionary is the best place to start. This key reference book also covers famous people in the fields of literature, arts, engineering, law, science and politics. To search for his famous ‘I Had a Dream’ speech try the Chambers Book of Great Speeches. The book gives a short biography of the speech giver and explains the context in which they delivered their speech. Other entries include Churchill, the feminist Betty Friedan and Malcolm X.

For those of you where English is just one of your languages then we’ve also got a Graded Reader. And if you’re interested in Malcolm X then watch Spike Lee’s Malcolm X film on DVD.

Having read King’s Speech then watch our recording of Simon Armitage explaining how King’s speech had such an impact on the BBC programme Speeches That Shook the World. You can catch clips of the programme on BBC iPlayer.

Religious booksOver the past week we’ve been busy adding dictionaries and books on different religions and beliefs to our Quick Reference section. Ideal for thoughtful contemplation over the festive break…

Here are the dictionaries we’ve added which give explanations of concepts, terms and theories and include biographies of key figures:

Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church

The Oxford Dictionary of Saints

Oxford Dictionary of the Bible

The Oxford Dictionary of Islam

The Oxford Dictionary of Popes

A Dictionary of Hinduism

They are supplemented by the excellent A Very Short Introduction series we’ve highlighted before:

God: A Very Short Introduction by Joun Bowker

The New Testament: A Very Short Introduction by Luke Timothy Johnson

Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction by Gerald O’Collins

Rastafari: A Very Short Introduction by Ennis B Edmonds

Islam: A Very Short Introduction by Malise Ruthven

Judaism: A Very Short Introduction by John Solomon

Tibetan Bhuddism: A Very Short Introduction by Matthew T Kapstein

If you are not religious or interested in researching religion then these two from the series on paganism and spirituality will appeal:

Paganism: A Very Short Introduction by Owen Davies

Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction by Philip Sheldrake

 

 

 

 

 

Religious books and dictionaries


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