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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.

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

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

History is everything that has ever happened.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

In America, Jefferson noted with approval, women knew their place.

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

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

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

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