„This book is dedicated to the people of America--strong, outspoken, intense in their convictions, sometimes wrong-headed but always generous and brave, with a passion for justice no nation has ever matched.“

—  Джонсон, Пол, книга A History of the American People

A History of the American People (1997).

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