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The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future.

Stephen Ambrose

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.

Stephen Ambrose

Jefferson owned slaves. He did not believe that all were created equal. He was a racist.

Stephen Ambrose

Washington, not Jefferson, freed his slaves upon his death.

Stephen Ambrose

In 1945, there were more people killed, more buildings destroyed, more high explosives set off, more fires burning than before or since.

Stephen Ambrose

The Holocaust was the most evil crime ever committed.

Stephen Ambrose

World War II, the atomic bomb, the Cold War, made it hard for Americans to continue their optimism.

Stephen Ambrose

My favorite book is the last one printed, which is always better than those that were published earlier.

Stephen Ambrose

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.

Stephen Ambrose

To be a slaveholder meant one had to regard the African American as inferior in every way.

Stephen Ambrose

Almost everything Truman did in foreign affairs I approve of.

Stephen Ambrose

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

Stephen Ambrose

The American Constitution is the greatest governing document, and at some 7,000 words, just about the shortest.

Stephen Ambrose

Reading your own material aloud forces you to listen.

Stephen Ambrose

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.

Stephen Ambrose

American is the first democratic nation-state.

Stephen Ambrose

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

Stephen Ambrose

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.

Stephen Ambrose

The great wars of the 20th Century made it into the worst Century ever.

Stephen Ambrose

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.

Stephen Ambrose

Trial by jury. Live wherever you can make a living. How could a government based on such principles fail?

Stephen Ambrose

The war in Vietnam I thought a dreadful mistake.

Stephen Ambrose

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.

Stephen Ambrose

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.

Stephen Ambrose

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

Stephen Ambrose
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