Richard Norton Smith

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Anyone who thinks that negative campaigning is a modern invention has never read the nineteenth century press Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Creative betrayal is the essence of successful statesmanship. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Donald Rumsfeld and Nelson Rockefeller were put on this planet to piss each other off. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Governor Nelson Rockefeller spent more money in New York to assure clean water than did the entire Federal Government. Environment & Environmentalism
In the 1950s, men were the bread winners and women worried about the price of bread. Discrimination & Prejudice
The law of unintended consequences, far more than the Constitution, is what governs the modern presidency. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
There is no such thing as a final draft of history. History
With the profusion of images and the Internet, you can get any truth you want. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I was 14 years old in August of 1968 and had earned the money and had managed to get tickets as a guest of the Massachusetts delegation to the Republican convention in Miami and where I was on the floor in the Rockefeller demonstrations. Money, Coins & Minting
I'm very old-fashioned - I don't operate with an agenda. If you're a biographer, you want to be passionate about what you're doing but dispassionate about how you do it.
One of hardest for any historian or a biographer to do is to capture convincingly on paper something as ethereal as charisma. It's a relative term, and different generations define it differently.
Presidents in wartime, embattled presidents, unpopular presidents, they all look to Lincoln. He's their patron saint because no president was more embattled or more unpopular than Lincoln was during his presidency. We think he was born on Mount Rushmore. Not so.
Richard Nixon as a 12-year-old was given a portrait of Lincoln that he hung over his bed. Nixon also justified what would later be seen as abuses of power by comparing America in the Vietnam era to the country during the Civil War. Power ;War & Peace