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After writing more than a dozen books I should have thought I had little to learn, but I did.
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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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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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At 24 with a Ph.D. in hand, I became a teacher of history. My subject was the Civil War. I was a military historian.
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Crazy Horse saw history as integrated in the present, incorporated into daily life.
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Custer had dead heroes. Crazy Horse had only live ones.
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Dams have harmed our wildlife and made rivers less useful for recreation.
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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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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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From the beginning we have been a nation of immigrants. We would never have developed without them.
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God did not decide to make the United States so supremely special.
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Grant displayed his tenacity and force of will most effectively in the Wilderness Campaign of 1864.
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History is everything that has ever happened.
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I annotated Eisenhower's wartime letters, telegrams, directives, memos, speeches.
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I believed when I was young that America won the war because of its manufacturing capability, its tremendous delivery of shells and bullets to the battlefront.
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I decided to study West Point in order to become more respectable in my profession.
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I had learned that Southerners were nuts about sports and it was a safe subject to discuss, even argue about.
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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 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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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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I've never fully agreed with all the decisions any President has to make.
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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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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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In America, Jefferson noted with approval, women knew their place.
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In the American Army, the natural leader among the enlisted men, whether a private or a sergeant, would step forward and say, This is what we will do, and it was done.
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In the eastern third of Montana and the western third of the Dakotas, the great cattle and wheat ranches of the past are giving way and are abandoned or about to be.
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In the shadow of the Washington Monument, we come together to protest, to grieve, to affirm. That symbolizes our greatest national pride, our unity.
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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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It would not be possible to praises nurses too highly.
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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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Johnson's frustration over Vietnam mounted as he sent in more troops.
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Know what you are writing about, whether it is history or travel or political analysis.
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Like their predecessors, the Presidents of today just throw up their hands.
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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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My first book was the book that changed my life.
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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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Nixon and the people around him seemed different. Their dress was more casual than that of their predecessors. Some of them could curse quite a lot.
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Nixon regarded himself as having been cheated by life. He never got my vote.
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Our American Spirit comes from the Founding Fathers, was developed by Jackson, Grant, and both Roosevelts, taken abroad.
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Reading your own material aloud forces you to listen.
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Ten days before he died on July 4, the same day that John Adams died, Jefferson declined an invitation to be in Washington, D.C., for the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
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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 American Spirit began with George Washington at Valley Forge in the winter of 1777-78.
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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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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 Marines were the best fighting men of World War II. The U.S. Army was second, and not far behind.
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The men wanted to come home to an American unchanged since December 6, 1941, and that clearly would not be possible.
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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 number one secret of being a successful writer is this: marry an English major.
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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 rise in the Republican Party in the former Confederacy has brought about major changes in politics.
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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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There is nothing the United States can do that will satisfy these authoritarian extremists, short of transporting our country to another planet.
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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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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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We are a far more diverse culture than ever before.
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We are engaged in a war which will not end with the killing of this or that Islamic leader.
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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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We were in Bosnia for more than a week. In a way, I was playing Bob Hope. It was our best trip ever, because of the promise it held for the future.
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What we used to call Rock-Ribbed Republicans told the truth, always, even when it hurt. They had an iron will. They guided America through the Second World War.
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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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With America today the only superpower in the world, our optimism has been restored.
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Women professors complained that the men-only lunch kept them out of the mainstream of what always goes on at a faculty club.
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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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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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You don't hate history, you hate the way it was taught to you in high school.
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