THE STORY SO FAR:
For the first time ever, 100 of the greatest Speeches, News Stories, Personalities, Scandals and Sports Moments in one amazing package!
100 Greatest is an audio documentation of the most significant moments in our modern history. Each disc features 100 history-making sound bites ranging from Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech, and Willie Mays’ “Catch” to the tragedy of 9/11. A must have for history, news, sports and pop-culture enthusiasts. Comes with a 44 page booklet.
Highlights include audio from:
100 Greatest Speeches – Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ronald Reagan, Franklin D. Roosevelt.
100 Greatest News Stories – The Cuban Missile Crisis, The Hindenburg, 9/11, 1969 Moon Walk, Pearl Harbor, Tiananmen Square.
100 Greatest Personalities – Muhammad Ali, Fidel Castro, The Dalai Lama, Amelia Earhart, Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe.
100 Greatest Scandals – Abu Ghraib, Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky, Enron, Jonestown Massacre, O.J. Simpson Trial, Watergate.
100 Greatest Sports Moments – Muhammad Ali/George Foreman, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, George Steinbrenner, Tiger Woods.
An ambitious release from the Shout Factory label, 100 Greatest is a collection of, um, 500 audio clips of some of the most memorable and culturally-impacting speeches, events, pop culture figures, sports moments, and sleazy scandals of the last 100-plus years. With a primary focus on Western (i.e., American) history, and featuring an impressive amount of primary source material, its an outstanding and nearly exhaustive overview of the highs, lows, and in-betweens of the last century.
|4. Neutrality 1939|
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|1. 3 Mile Island 1979|
|3. A-Bomb 1945|
|4. Agnew Resigns 1973|
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|1. Abba Eban|
|2. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.|
|3. Adlai Stevenson|
|4. Al Gore, Jr.|
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|1. Abramoff 2006|
|2. Abscam 1978|
|3. Abu Ghraib 2004|
|4. Agnew 1973|
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|1. Agassi-Wimbledon 1992|
|2. Aj Foyt 1961|
|3. Ali-Foreman 1974|
|4. Althea Gibson 1950|
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Disc 1 focuses on speeches and is perhaps the most engaging piece of this box set. The oratorical masterpieces or otherwise noteworthy speeches one would expect to find are included here Martin Luther King, Jr.s I Have a Dream speech, FDRs Day of Infamy address after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the 1968 eulogy for Robert Kennedy, and Bill Clintons 1992 speech at the Democratic National Convention and are still both emotionally moving and good primers of what it takes to be a persuasive public speaker. Taken as a whole, this disc offers insights into both the art of public speaking and the impact these speeches had on a specific era.
The CD is a fun collection that could make anyone a history buff. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen Shout Factory deliver such a well-rounded collection for a historical set. The first disc has the real meat, while random bits of historical trivia are scattered across the other discs. It’s like an audio version of the Big Books that Paradox Press released in the 1990s. Pick up this release and educate yourself. Not enough people know about random scandals from the 1970s. Hell, I was surprised how nostalgic I got over the Kurt Cobain suicide report. Really weird.
- Final Score: 97% – A