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Every book is a new journey. I never felt I was an expert on a subject as I embarked on a project.
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First of all, you can make the argument that there's no such thing as the past. Nobody lived in the past.
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I can fairly be called an amateur because I do what I do, in the original sense of the word - for love, because I love it. On the other hand, I think that those of us who make our living writing history can also be called true professionals.
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I could not do what I do without the kindness, consideration, resourcefulness and work of librarians, particularly in public libraries.
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I don't feel that there is a great divide between the work that I and others do and those in the academic world.
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I feel that what I do is a calling.
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I had been writing for about twelve years. I knew pretty well how you could find things out, but I had never been trained in an academic way how to go about the research.
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I just thank my father and mother, my lucky stars, that I had the advantage of an education in the humanities.
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I love all sides of the work but that doesn't mean it isn't hard.
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I love Dickens. I love the way he sets a scene.
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I love to go to the places where things happen. I like to walk the walk and see how the light falls and what winter feels like.
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I will never live long enough to do the work I want to do: the books I would like to write, the ideas I would like to explore.
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I work very hard on the writing, writing and rewriting and trying to weed out the lumber.
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I would pay to do what I do if I had to.
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I'm drawn particularly to stories that evolve out of the character of the protagonist.
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I'm very aware how many distractions the reader has in life today, how many good reasons there are to put the book down.
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In time I began to understand that it's when you start writing that you really find out what you don't know and need to know.
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It's why everybody should be able to go into the stacks. You find the books you didn't know you were looking for.
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May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof.
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My next book is also set in the eighteenth century. It's about the Revolution, with the focus on the year 1776. It's about Washington and the army and the war. It's the nadir, the low point of the United States of America.
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My shorthand answer is that I try to write the kind of book that I would like to read. If I can make it clear and interesting and compelling to me, then I hope maybe it will be for the reader.
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No harm's done to history by making it something someone would want to read.
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Once I discovered the endless fascination of doing the research and of doing the writing, I knew I had found what I wanted to do in my life.
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People are so helpful. People will stop what they're doing to show you something, to walk with you through a section of the town, or explain how a suspension bridge really works.
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That said, I do feel in my heart of hearts that if history isn't well written, it isn't going to be read, and if it isn't read it's going to die.
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The pull, the attraction of history, is in our human nature. What makes us tick? Why do we do what we do? How much is luck the deciding factor?
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The title always comes last. What I really work hard on is the beginning. Where do you begin? In what tone do you begin? I almost have to have a scene in my mind.
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There's an awful temptation to just keep on researching. There comes a point where you just have to stop, and start writing.
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To go back and read Swift and Defoe and Samuel Johnson and Smollett and Pope - all those people we had to read in college English courses - to read them now is to have one of the infinite pleasures in life.
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To me history ought to be a source of pleasure. It isn't just part of our civic responsibility. To me it's an enlargement of the experience of being alive, just the way literature or art or music is.
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What started me writing history happened because of some curiosity that I had about some photographs I'd seen in the Library of Congress.
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When I began, I thought that the way one should work was to do all the research and then write the book.
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When I read that the British army had landed thirty-two thousand troops - and I had realized, not very long before, that Philadelphia only had thirty thousand people in it - it practically lifted me out of my chair.
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With a book like John Adams, I've spent six glorious years in the eighteenth century.
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With the Truman book, I wrote the entire account of his experiences in World War I before going over to Europe to follow his tracks in the war. When I got there, there was a certain satisfaction in finding I had it right - it does look like that.
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You can't be a full participant in our democracy if you don't know our history.
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