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Stephen Ambrose Quotes


An American historian and biographer.
(1936 - 2002)

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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.
 

Crazy Horse saw history as integrated in the present, incorporated into daily life.
 

Custer had dead heroes. Crazy Horse had only live ones.
 

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

During the Second World War, the Germans took four years to build the Atlantic Wall. On four beaches it held up the Allies for about an hour; at Omaha it held up the U.S. for less than one day. The Atlantic Wall must therefore be regarded as one of the greatest blunders in military history.
 

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

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.
 

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.
 


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