Stephen Ambrose

(Stephen Edward Ambrose)

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Essentially, Eisenhower passed on to his successors the problem of guaranteeing constitutional rights to Negro citizens. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I've reached the age where I don't care what their motives are. It's their policies that count. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
More than electric lights, more than steam engines, more than telephones, more than automobiles, more even than the printing press, the airplane separated past from future. It had freed mankind from the earth and opened the skies. Transportation
On the East Coast, men might fear a standing army; in the West, they clamored for one that could protect them Defense & National Security
On the East Coast, men might fear a standing army; in the West, they clamored for one that could protect them. Defense & National Security ;Military & Veterans
Sometimes a novelist can get closer to the truth than the historian can. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The robber barons were a blessing to America. They got filthy rich but they took enormous risks and were entitled to get rich. Business, Commerce & Finance
The worst legacy of World War II was the civilian as a target. War & Peace
Tobacco culture [in the American South] represented an all-out assault on the environment for the sake of a crop that did no good and much harm to people’s health as well as to the land, not to mention the political and moral effects of relying on slavery for a labor force. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Almost everything Truman did in foreign affairs I approve of.
American corporations hate to give away money. Money, Coins & Minting
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.
Crazy Horse saw history as integrated in the present, incorporated into daily life. Life ;History
Custer had dead heroes. Crazy Horse had only live ones.
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. History
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. Business, Commerce & Finance
I was too young for Korea and too old for Vietnam.
I'm no politician. I'm an historian who has learned through a lifetime of studying that nothing in the world beats universal education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Immigrants do more than help us win our wars, or set up cleaning shops or ethnic restaurants.
In 1945, there were more people killed, more buildings destroyed, more high explosives set off, more fires burning than before or since.
In America, Jefferson noted with approval, women knew their place. Women
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.
It would not be possible to praises nurses too highly.
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.
Jefferson owned slaves. He did not believe that all were created equal. He was a racist.
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. Power
Like their predecessors, the Presidents of today just throw up their hands.
My favorite book is the last one printed, which is always better than those that were published earlier.
My first book was the book that changed my life. Life
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. Government
Nixon regarded himself as having been cheated by life. He never got my vote. Life
Reading your own material aloud forces you to listen.
The American Constitution is the greatest governing document, and at some 7,000 words, just about the shortest.
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.
The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Hope
The war in Vietnam I thought a dreadful mistake. War & Peace
There are many more want-to-be writers out there than good editors.
To be a slaveholder meant one had to regard the African American as inferior in every way.
Trial by jury. Live wherever you can make a living. How could a government based on such principles fail? Government
Washington and Jefferson were both rich Virginia planters, but they were never friends.
Washington, not Jefferson, freed his slaves upon his death. Death
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.
We are part of a country that outshines those that have gone before us and most of those in existence today.
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?
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. History ;War & Peace
World War II, the atomic bomb, the Cold War, made it hard for Americans to continue their optimism. War & Peace
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. Money, Coins & Minting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
You don't hate history, you hate the way it was taught to you in high school. History