Barbara Tuchman — American Historian born on January 30, 1912, died on February 06, 1989

Barbara Wertheim Tuchman was an American historian and author. She won the Pulitzer Prize twice, for The Guns of August, a best-selling history of the prelude to and the first month of World War I, and Stilwell and the American Experience in China, a biography of General Joseph Stilwell... (wikipedia)

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
To a historian libraries are food, shelter, and even muse.
Reasonable orders are easy enough to obey; it is capricious, bureaucratic or plain idiotic demands that form the habit of discipline.
Every successful revolution puts on in time the robes of the tyrant it has deposed.
The unrecorded past is none other than our old friend, the tree in the primeval forest which fell without being heard.

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