When I read that the British army had landed thirty-two thousand troops – and I had realized, not very long before, that Philadelphia only had thirty thousand people in it – it practically lifted me out of my chair.
People are so helpful. People will stop what they’re doing to show you something, to walk with you through a section of the town, or explain how a suspension bridge really works.
I would pay to do what I do if I had to.
I love all sides of the work but that doesn’t mean it isn’t hard.
Once the troops move into Cambodia, the colleges and universities of this country were on the verge of civil war. Many closed down. The students were up in arms. And it looked very much like there were going to be real problems in this country.
The Word of fire burns today On the lips of our prophets in an evil age.
There’s an awful temptation to just keep on researching. There comes a point where you just have to stop, and start writing.
I can fairly be called an amateur because I do what I do, in the original sense of the word – for love, because I love it. On the other hand, I think that those of us who make our living writing history can also be called true professionals.
Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension but football, basketball and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns.
But on the other hand government takes away a certain amount of liberty and in some countries it takes away all of liberty. And it will, everywhere, if people who fight government do not fight government any longer.