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The 100 by Jeremy Kourdi, Simon Maier

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Greatness Omitted

 

As you can imagine, we had to leave out some great speeches and speakers from this book, much to our chagrin and disappointment. Also, we restricted ourselves to the inclusion of only one speech from any one speaker and that, too, caused some dismay. Of course if we hadn’t set some rules, then American presidents, literary giants, Cicero or civil rights orators from around the world could have overwhelmed the book.

We knew from the outset that our choices were likely to be controversial and, we believe, that’s a healthy thing. We have already received looks of horror or a sharp “tut” of dismay when people learned of certain inclusions and exclusions. Our intentions were to provide a book that is interesting and thought-provoking ...

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