Thursday, March 23, 2006

Brave Companions

Some thoughts from David McCullough, author of Brave Companions (from where these quotes are extracted), John Adams, Truman, The Great Bridge, and others:

"I feel so sorry for anyone who misses the experience of history the horizons of history. We think little of those who, given the chance to travel, go nowhere."

"[T]ake books wherever you go. Read. Read all you can. Read history, biography....As much as you have read in these four years, it is only the beginning. However little television you watch, watch less. If your experience is anything like mine, the books that you read in the next ten years will be the most important books in your lives."

"'The boy should read history', the first John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, about the educations of their son John Quincy. History. History. History. We must all read history, and write and publish and teach history better."

Typing up some booknotes from this book has added eight books to my Amazon shopping cart and several to my wishlist. You know how one book leads to another which leads to another which leads to....

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