Posted Aug 05 2013 - 04:49 PM
Seconded on the Thrawn Trilogy. In my opinion, you can't call yourself a proper Star Wars fan if you haven't read them.
"Shall this great kingdom, that has survived, whole and entire, the Danish depredations, the Scottish inroads, and the Norman conquest; that has stood the threatened invasion of the Spanish Armada, now fall prostrate before the House of Bourbon? Surely, my Lords, this nation is no longer what it was! Shall a people, that seventeen years ago was the terror of the world, now stoop so low as to tell its ancient inveterate enemy, take all we have, only give us peace? It is impossible! ...My Lords, any state is better than despair. Let us at least make one effort; and if we must fall, let us fall like men!"
-William Pitt the Elder, before suffering a fatal stroke on the floor of the House of Lords.