Edward Kosner
The Wall Street Journal
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“A box of tantalizing what-ifs.”
Priya Satia
The New Republic
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“Possessing a witty, Art Buchwald-esque writing style. ... In Nussbaum’s able hands, this cruise through what-might-have-been offers a hell of a fun ride.”
Douglas Brinkley
The Washington Post
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Inside the Unheard Speeches That Would Have Rewritten History
Author Jeff Nussbaum’s career as a speechwriter for more than 20 years inspired him to begin a hunt for prepared speeches that went undelivered throughout history.
New Book Examines the Most Notable Political Speeches That Were Never Given
Amna Nawaz speaks with author Jeff Nussbaum, President Biden’s former senior speechwriter, to learn more.
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For almost every



there exists an



These second speeches provide a tantalizing, sometimes terrifying window into what could have been if not for changes of heart or momentous turns of events.

In Undelivered, speechwriter Jeff Nussbaum presents some of the most notable speeches never heard, from Richard Nixon’s refusal to resign the presidency to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 acceptance of it; from Dwight Eisenhower’s apology for the failure of the D-Day invasion, to Emperor Hirohito’s apology for his role in World War II.

Examining the content of these speeches and the context of the historic moments that almost came to be, Nussbaum considers not only what they tell us about the past, but also how they can inform our present.

June 5: Politics and Prose, Washington, DC

Join Jeff and ABC News Chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl as they discuss Undelivered.

5 p.m. EDT
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Publisher’s Weekly
April 15, 2022
December 29, 2021
Another Review of Jeff’s Book

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New York Times
March 14, 2022
December 29, 2021
The Night New York Saved Itself from Bankruptcy
In this piece in The New Yorker, which was revised and expanded to become a chapter in Undelivered, we learn about the night New York saved itself from bankruptcy, and the speech that Mayor Abe Beame never had to deliver
The New Yorker