Stephen Ambrose, born Stephen Edward Ambrose

Ambrose, born Stephen Edward Ambrose

American Historian and Biographer

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

I was ten years old when the war ended. I thought the returning veterans were giants who had saved the world from barbarism. I still think so. I remain a hero-worshiper.

It's an honorable profession. Homer founded it. It's not bad company you're in when you make your living telling stories.

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

The Canadians have managed to live peacefully with their Indians. It is disgrace that the United States has not done the same.

They hid, Bos came over the hill, looked puzzled, and Custer let loose with a bullet that whizzed over his brother?s head. Bos turned

We sometimes forget, I think, that you can manufacture weapons, and you can purchase ammunition, but you can?t buy valor and you can?t pull heroes off an assembly line.

American corporations hate to give away money.

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

I was too young for Korea and too old for Vietnam.

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.

No matter how bad things got, no matter how anxious the staff became, the commander had to preserve optimism in himself and in his command. Without confidence, enthusiasm and optimism in the command, victory is scarcely obtainable. Eisenhower realized that optimism and pessimism are infectious and they spread more rapidly from the head downward than in any other direction. He learned that a commander?s optimism has a most extraordinary effect upon all with whom he comes in contact. With this clear realization, I firmly determined that my mannerisms and speech in public would always reflect the cheerful certainty of victory?that any pessimism and discouragement I might ever feel would be reserved for my pillow.

The copied words they discovered amounted to about 10 pages out of a total work of some 15,000 pages in print... The investigative reporters found them by using my footnotes.

Third, the Sioux did not delegate real power to an individual, be he a head of an akicita society, tribal chief, or simply a brave individual. As Lowie puts it, in normal times the chief was not a supreme executive, but a peacemaker and an orator. Chiefs?all chiefs?were titular, and any power exercised within the tribe was exercised by the total body of responsible men who had qualified for social eminence by their war record and their generosity.33 Whites could never understand this point, incidentally; because they could not conceive of a society without a solid hierarchy, the whites insisted that the Indians had to have chiefs who would be a final authority and able to speak for the entire tribe. Later, much difficulty grew out of this basic white misunderstanding of Indian government.

We voted 50-50 for the next president ... One of the things that was notable was how much the American people today yearn for a sense of national unity and that brought it about. So there are a lot of things that happened after 12/7/41 that are happening now and will continue to happen, the most important of which is we became one people.

American is the first democratic nation-state.

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

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 walked every step of that trail. I've made wakes where Lewis made wakes, and I've sat around his campfires... You don't see power lines, you don't see bridges or ranches. You see what the explorers saw.

No wrong will ever be done you by our nation.

The Enlightenment taught that observation unrecorded was knowledge lost.

Those things which are precious are saved only by sacrifice.

When Hitler declared war on the United States, he was betting that German soldiers, raised up in the Hitler Youth, would always out fight American soldiers, brought up in the Boy Scouts. He lost that bet. The Boy Scouts had been taught how to figure their way out of their own problems.

Andrew Johnson was a Southerner generally who proclaimed that his native state of Tennessee was a country for white men.

D-Day represents the greatest achievement of the American people and system in the 20th century. It was the pivot point of the 20th century. It was the day on which the decision was made as to who was going to rule in this world in the second half of the 20th century. Is it going to be Nazism, is it going to be communism, or are the democracies going to prevail?

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American Historian and Biographer