The Making of the TIME 100

One of our most popular series of the past few years was the TIME 100, our list of the most influential people of the 20th century, culminating in Albert Einstein as Person of the Century. I oversaw the first installment, Leaders and Revolutionaries, and I still remember the heated debates about whether we should pick Richard Nixon or Ronald Reagan (the Gipper won out) and whether Joseph Stalin should join the list with Adolf Hitler (he didn't make it).

Michael Elliott, who first suggested that this time we select the current 100 most influential people in the world, sifted through hundreds...

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