Murray Kempton Quotes

There are things a man must not do to save a nation.

Historically almost all dictators seized their power and war criminals committed their murders to “save their nation.”
Murray Kempton
Murray Kempton
  • Born: December 16, 1917
  • Died: May 5, 1997
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Journalist

James Murray Kempton was an American journalist and social and political commentator. He won a National Book Award in 1974 (category, "Contemporary Affairs") for The Briar Patch: The People of the State of New York versus Lumumba Shakur, et al. Reprinted, 1997, with new subtitle The Trial of the Panther 21.) He won a Pulitzer Prize (category, "Commentary") in 1985 "for witty and insightful reflection on public issues in 1984 and throughout a distinguished career."