May 22, 1934 |
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
|Occupation||Author, journalist, historian|
|Education||Xavier University (MA, 1958)
Yale University (PhD, 1961)
|Alma mater||Saint Louis University (BA, 1957)|
|Subject||American politics and political history, the Roman Catholic Church|
|Notable works||Nixon Agonistes (1970), Inventing America: Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence (1978), Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America (1993)|
|Notable awards||Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction (1993)
National Medal for the Humanities (1998)
I have been an outsider in journalism and in the academy, because I never fully belonged to any of them.
I have nothing against priests. In fact, I tried for a time to be one… It should be clear, then, that I respect, and am often fond of, the many priests in my life.
I don't really write for an audience. I just write what the subject seems to me to require.
There's an interesting contrast between born Catholics and converts. Converts are often much more rule-directed. Catholicism isn't something that they breathed in from their childhood, so they think that if you don't toe the line on abstract doctrine you can't be part of the Church.
The leader is one who mobilizes others toward a goal shared by leaders and followers… Leaders, followers and goals make up the three equally necessary supports for leadership.