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The title always comes last. What I really work hard on is the beginning. Where do you begin? In what tone do you begin? I…
To go back and read Swift and Defoe and Samuel Johnson and Smollett and Pope – all those people we had to read in college…
To me history ought to be a source of pleasure. It isn’t just part of our civic responsibility. To me it’s an enlargement of the…
My shorthand answer is that I try to write the kind of book that I would like to read. If I can make it clear…
When I began, I thought that the way one should work was to do all the research and then write the book.
There’s an awful temptation to just keep on researching. There comes a point where you just have to stop, and start writing.
The pull, the attraction of history, is in our human nature. What makes us tick? Why do we do what we do? How much is…
I’m very aware how many distractions the reader has in life today, how many good reasons there are to put the book down.
In time I began to understand that it’s when you start writing that you really find out what you don’t know and need to know.
I love Dickens. I love the way he sets a scene.
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.
First of all, you can make the argument that there’s no such thing as the past. Nobody lived in the past.
With the Truman book, I wrote the entire account of his experiences in World War I before going over to Europe to follow his tracks…
My next book is also set in the eighteenth century. It’s about the Revolution, with the focus on the year 1776. It’s about Washington and…
You can’t be a full participant in our democracy if you don’t know our history.
I had been writing for about twelve years. I knew pretty well how you could find things out, but I had never been trained in…
I can fairly be called an amateur because I do what I do, in the original sense of the word – for love, because I…
No harm’s done to history by making it something someone would want to read.
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…
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