Douglas Brinkley Quotes

To Armstrong constantly speaking about 'Apollo 11' only diminished the magic. That's why he worked overtime to avoid notice living a quiet life in Indian Hill Ohio.

Theodore Roosevelt had been enthralled with the idea of Texas since 1883 when he arrived in the Dakota Territory to ranch cattle.

If you're a Kennedy and you go to Italy or you go to Argentina you're treated as royalty. And in the United States we're endlessly fascinated by the family.

One thing 'not right' on the 50th anniversary of the Selma marches is the sad fact that the Edmund Pettus Bridge hasn't been renamed the John Lewis Bridge.

Animals interest me more than anything else.

Everybody trusted Cronkite because he reminded them of their favorite uncle or trusted family physician. Being square in the age of the Beatles made Cronkite retro cool.

John Kerry can be absolutely ruthless. I would not want to be on his enemies list when he's ready to go after you.

The Rough Riders brought honor to San Antonio by winning battles in Cuba throughout the summer of 1898 and Roosevelt became a Texas folk hero overnight.

John Kerry wants to be the hero in his own drama. He likes King Arthur and the Round Table. He likes the young swashbuckling Churchill and he loved the early antics of Theodore Roosevelt.

In Austin the eco-capital of Texas residents tend to favor native plants and wildflowers to the sculpted lawns of the Palm Springs variety.

John Kerry only went to prep schools because he had an aunt who had the money to pay for his way into those prep schools.

February was always the cruelest month for Hunter S. Thompson. An avid NFL fan Hunter traditionally embraced the Super Bowl in January as the high-water mark of his year.

Knievel seemed braver and more brazen - and more unhinged - than any other athlete-cum-thrill-seeker of his era.

How one deals with the death of a loved one is a highly personalized affair. Some people weep for days; others take a hike in the woods or count rosary beads.

Her continuity - you know if you connect Harriet Tubman who died in 1913 to Rosa Parks born in 1913 you get this extraordinary spectrum of the African-American experience.

Rosa Parks' entire career has been one as working as a civil rights activist.

I feel like I'm always learning from people.

As a composer Dylan now fits comfortably alongside George Gershwin or Irving Berlin though he grumpily refuses to wear any man's collar.

President Abraham Lincoln never lost his ardor for the United States to remain united during the Civil War.

Unfortunately one of the biggest misperceptions the American public harbors is that Katrina was a week-long catastrophe. In truth it's better to view it as an era.

There is no real way to categorize McLean's 'American Pie' for its hybrid of modern poetry and folk ballad beer-hall chant and high-art rock.

Influenced by Pete Seeger and the Weavers McLean proudly wore the mantle of troubadour in the early 1970s when 'American Pie' topped the Billboard charts and has never shed the cape.

Hurricane Katrina is without question the worst natural disaster in American history .

We can only imagine the history of the free world today if at the end of the Civil War there had been two countries: the United States and the Confederate States of America.

Reagan was a pure liberation free-and-fair election American.

Ever since Willie Nelson brought rednecks into an alliance with hippies back in the psychedelic '70s Austin has milked its quirky libertarian spirit for a worldwide bonanza of free publicity.

While the old spiritual 'Slavery Chain Done Broke at Last' was sung by blacks in the hours following the Appomattox surrender racism sadly continues to be a crippling national scourge.

I was stunned to find out there had never been a serious scholarly biography ever written on Rosa Parks.

Some presidents such as Bill Clinton and John F. Kennedy are political sailors - they tack with the wind reaching difficult policy objectives through bipartisan maneuvering and pulse-taking.

John Kerry had a very vivid imagination as a young person. I mean he actually did go and take his bicycle from Norway to go camp in Sherwood Forest to be around the ghost of Robin Hood.

When terrorists blew up the Marine barracks in Lebanon Reagan was frustrated and furious as Bush was after 9/11. But he didn't stick us in a war in the Middle East with no exit.

It is a long revisionist road up from the bottom for George W. Bush. He is ranked toward the bottom rung of presidents.

I learned more about history and literature in the used bookstores in DC than in college libraries.

I have a lot of books I want to write.

Over the past four decades no reporter has critiqued the American South with such evocative sensitivity and bedrock honesty as Curtis Wilkie.

Although Cronkite had once crash landed in a Dutch potato field under enemy fire he chose instead to focus on celebrating the liberation of the Netherlands at the hands of the Free Dutch.

The superhighway of celebrity and showmanship is filled with debris.

For Dylan it seems life is always the next gig. Changing pace and location are essential to his survival as an artist.

I think Ronald Reagan is what happened....The age of Reagan brought conservatism into the mainstream....It also brought us the beginning of the new media-talk radio the internet cable television.

Richard Kerry not only was a pilot in World War II but was a civil servant. He did not come from money.

I think along with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rosa Parks will go down as one of the two most well-known and remembered figures out of the Civil Rights Movement.

I'm not a historian who thinks Confederate memorials should be boarded up.

Politicians wanted to mine the Grand Canyon for zinc and copper and Theodore Roosevelt said No.

The myth-making about Appomattox started from the moment Lee left the courthouse on his horse to travel to Richmond.

Walter Cronkite had a golden rule for all wartime reporters: never self-aggrandize.

Demeanor-wise Reagan was a conservative but a pragmatic conservative and he found silver linings in things. He liked to be a mediator. He didn't like to have enemies around him.

The world of high-stakes international diplomacy can be rough and tumble but it's more often than not a procession of suits and summits protocol sessions and photo ops.

New Orleans is just a microcosm of Newark and Detroit and hundreds of other troubled urban locales.

The Middle East is the tinder box of the world and to be able to remove a nuclear threat of any kind out of Iran that would have been a big deal very positive step forward.

There is nobody that's ever going to fill Ted Kennedy's shoes and that's a tall order for somebody in the family to try to live up to.

Stubbornness is a positive quality of presidential leadership - if you're right about what you're stubborn about.