Born Friday 10 January 1936, died Sunday 13 October 2002
Professions: Author, Historian
Almost everything Truman did in foreign affairs I approve of.
American corporations hate to give away money.
American is the first democratic nation-state.
Andrew Johnson was a Southerner generally who proclaimed that his native state of Tennessee was a country for white men.
As to the Indians, the guiding principle was, promise them anything just so long as they get out of the way.
Dams have harmed our wildlife and made rivers less useful for recreation.
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.
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.
Even before Watergate and his resignation, Nixon had inspired conflicting and passionate emotions.
History is everything that has ever happened.
I thought Nixon was the worst President we had ever had, save only perhaps Andrew Johnson.
I was taught by professors who had done their schooling in the 1930s. Most of them were scornful of, even hated, big business.
I was too young for Korea and too old for Vietnam.
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.
The Canadians have managed to live peacefully with their Indians. It is disgrace that the United States has not done the same.
The great wars of the 20th Century made it into the worst Century ever.
The Holocaust was the most evil crime ever committed.
The more sophisticated we get, the more advanced our buildings and vehicles become, the more vulnerable we are.
The number one secret of being a successful writer is this: marry an English major.
Immigrants do more than help us win our wars, or set up cleaning shops or ethnic restaurants.