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Born: 1936-01-10
Profession: Historian
Nation: American
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In America, Jefferson noted with approval, women knew their place.

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It does you no good to see the number two or number three man in the corporation-you have to get through to number one.

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Jefferson owned slaves. He did not believe that all were created equal. He was a racist.

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Johnson had been the most powerful man in the world, yet the North Vietnamese and the Vietcong had resisted, overcome his power, broken his will.

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Like their predecessors, the Presidents of today just throw up their hands.

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My first book was the book that changed my life.

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Nixon regarded himself as having been cheated by life. He never got my vote.

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Reading your own material aloud forces you to listen.

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The American Constitution is the greatest governing document, and at some 7,000 words, just about the shortest.

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The great wars of the 20th Century made it into the worst Century ever.

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The Holocaust was the most evil crime ever committed.

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The more sophisticated we get, the more advanced our buildings and vehicles become, the more vulnerable we are.

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The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future.

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The war in Vietnam I thought a dreadful mistake.

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There are many more want-to-be writers out there than good editors.

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To be a slaveholder meant one had to regard the African American as inferior in every way.

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Trial by jury. Live wherever you can make a living. How could a government based on such principles fail?

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Washington and Jefferson were both rich Virginia planters, but they were never friends.

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Washington, not Jefferson, freed his slaves upon his death.

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We are part of a country that outshines those that have gone before us and most of those in existence today.

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Who today is willing to say that Texas and California and the remainder of the Southwest would be better off if they were governed by Mexico?

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Winning the Revolutionary War, or the Civil War, or World War II were the turning points in our history, the sine qua non of our forward progress.

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Writing is not the easiest way to make a living. Your work long hours, usually all by yourself. It is not a way to make money.

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Eisenhower had the clearest blue eyes. He would fix them on you. In my every interview with him, he would lock his eyes on to mine and keep them there.

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Neither Johnson nor his party nor the government as a whole were willing to raise, train, equip, and then send Vietnam sufficient manpower to do the job.

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The number one secret of being a successful writer is this: marry an English major.

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It would not be possible to praises nurses too highly.

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The Canadians have managed to live peacefully with their Indians. It is disgrace that the United States has not done the same.

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Custer had dead heroes. Crazy Horse had only live ones.

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You don't hate history, you hate the way it was taught to you in high school.

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As to the Indians, the guiding principle was, promise them anything just so long as they get out of the way.

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Crazy Horse saw history as integrated in the present, incorporated into daily life.

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History is everything that has ever happened.

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I was too young for Korea and too old for Vietnam.

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I'm no politician. I'm an historian who has learned through a lifetime of studying that nothing in the world beats universal education.

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Immigrants do more than help us win our wars, or set up cleaning shops or ethnic restaurants.

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My favorite book is the last one printed, which is always better than those that were published earlier.

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World War II, the atomic bomb, the Cold War, made it hard for Americans to continue their optimism.

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Washington's character was rock solid. He came to stand for the new nation and its republican virtues, which was why he became our first President by unanimous choice.

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Almost everything Truman did in foreign affairs I approve of.

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American corporations hate to give away money.

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American is the first democratic nation-state.

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Andrew Johnson was a Southerner generally who proclaimed that his native state of Tennessee was a country for white men.

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Dams have harmed our wildlife and made rivers less useful for recreation.

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Eisenhower is my choice as the American of the 20th Century. Of all the men I've studied and written about, he is the brightest and the best.

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Even before Watergate and his resignation, Nixon had inspired conflicting and passionate emotions.

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I thought Nixon was the worst President we had ever had, save only perhaps Andrew Johnson.

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I was taught by professors who had done their schooling in the 1930s. Most of them were scornful of, even hated, big business.

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I've always tried to be fair to my subjects. That's easy when they are as likable and admirable as Lewis and Clark, or Eisenhower.

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In 1945, there were more people killed, more buildings destroyed, more high explosives set off, more fires burning than before or since.

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