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    David McCullough
    “You've got to marinate your head, in that time and culture.
    You've got to become them."
    (Speaking about researching, and reading, and immersing yourself in History)”
    David McCullough, John Adams

  • #2
    Erik Larson
    “Place has always been important to me, and one thing today's Chicago exudes, as it did in 1893, is a sense of place. I fell in love with the city, the people I encountered, and above all the lake and its moods, which shift so readily from season to season, day to day, even hour to hour.”
    Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

  • #3
    Neal Thompson
    “You must carry along with you a lively imagination and plenty of romance in your soul. Some of the most wonderful things in the world will seem dull and drab unless you view them in the proper light.”
    Neal Thompson, A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It or Not!" Ripley

  • #4
    Karen Abbott
    “An amusing city, Chicago, any way you look at it. I'm afraid we are in for the time of our lives.”
    Karen Abbott, Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul

  • #5
    Laura Hillenbrand
    “His books were the closest thing he had to furniture and he lived in them the way other men live in easy chairs.”
    Laura Hillenbrand, Seabiscuit: An American Legend

  • #6
    Gordon S. Wood
    “History is the queen of the humanities. It teaches wisdom and humility, and it tells us how things change through time.”
    Gordon S. Wood

  • #7
    David McCullough
    “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 experience of being alive, just the way literature or art or music is."

    [The Title Always Comes Last; NEH 2003 Jefferson Lecturer interview profile]”
    David McCullough

  • #8
    David McCullough
    “Nothing ever invented provides such sustenance, such infinite reward for time spent, as a good book.”
    David McCullough
    tags: books

  • #9
    Dean Jobb
    “There is something quintessentially American about the confidence man, who reinvents himself to each new victim in the same way that America’s early settlers reinvented themselves in a new land .... America was built on dreams and promises, and dreams and promises are what a con man sells.”
    Dean Jobb, Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation

  • #10
    Dean Jobb
    “Leo Koretz, the Bernie Madoff of the Roaring Twenties, operated his swindle for far longer and with more panache than his contemporary, Charles Ponzi. He was a better actor, a more adept liar, a shrewder salesman. He kept his scam alive – and his investors none the wiser – for almost two decades …. In terms of the scale of their frauds, staying power and sheer audacity, Leo Koretz and Bernie Madoff stand apart in the pantheon of pyramid-building swindlers.”
    Dean Jobb, Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation

  • #11
    Stephen King
    “There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central, no Island of the Buried Bestsellers; good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right out of the empty sky: two previously unrelated ideas come together and make something new under the sun. Your job isn’t to find these ideas but to recognize them when they show up.”
    Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

  • #12
    Douglas Perry
    “Being guided by your own thoughts and abilities, living out there on the high wire and being rewarded for it: That was the Chicago way. Nothing else counted. If it were sensational enough, whether a scientific breakthrough, a rousing new style of music, or an underworld murder, it would be celebrated.”
    Douglas Perry, The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers who Inspired Chicago

  • #13
    Mark Twain
    “It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.”
    Mark Twain

  • #14
    Abraham Lincoln
    “People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.
    [in review of a book]”
    Abraham Lincoln

  • #15
    “It is no easy matter to go to heaven by way of New Orleans.”
    Gary Krist, Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans



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