If you're a Kennedy and you go to Italy or you go to Argentina, you're treated as royalty. And in the United States, we're endlessly fascinated by the family.

- Douglas Brinkley

John Kerry can be absolutely ruthless. I would not want to be on his enemies list when he's ready to go after you.

- Douglas Brinkley

I think there's a green side to John Kerry, if you like, that he's an environmental activist. His record on the environment is as best as you have on a pro-environment record of anybody in the U.S. Senate.

- Douglas Brinkley

When I was 8 years old, I made my own encyclopedia of American biography - Johnny Appleseed, Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, Charles Lindbergh, my pantheon of favorite heroes. Then I would write my own things and sew them together and try to make my own book.

- Douglas Brinkley

Animals interest me more than anything else.

- Douglas Brinkley

I have a lot of books I want to write.

- Douglas Brinkley

Politicians wanted to mine the Grand Canyon for zinc and copper, and Theodore Roosevelt said, 'No.'

- Douglas Brinkley

There is nobody that's ever going to fill Ted Kennedy's shoes, and that's a tall order for somebody in the family to try to live up to.

- Douglas Brinkley

John Kerry doesn't think in terms of black-and-white. He's all gray, and he looks at all sides of the issues. That makes people think he likes to be devil's advocate. Whatever you say, he'll challenge you on.

- Douglas Brinkley

I feel like I'm always learning from people.

- Douglas Brinkley