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All Quotes by author - Richard Ben Cramer
" After the presidency, there's nowhere else to go in politics. "
" At every step in his life, DiMaggio was what New Yorkers wanted in a hero. "
" At some point... Israel ground away, or gave away, her birthright of loyalty from the West. "
" Certainly no man could be such an irredeemable 'schlub' as the American press portrays its losers. "
" DiMaggio was never a rube. He was very smart and very urban. Coming out of the Great Depression, he was the immigrant boy who made it big. Coming back from World War II, he had all the wealth and power that New York aspired to. When New York saw itself as the center of the world, he was its paragon of class. "
" Few men try for best ever, and Ted Williams is one of those. "
" He was J. DiMaggio, and that was his business. He always was served and hosted - he was America's guest. And I really I don't think we would have the athletes that we have today and the social system in which they live without DiMaggio and what he did. "
" I had every stress-related illness you can get. "
" I'm just an old storyteller, and I always wanted to know, what the hell were these candidates really like? "
" I used to think that the image of the press in the 1940s - a bunch of guys in hats screaming on the courthouse steps - was all baloney. I used to say, 'I know reporters. We're not like that.' But we are. "
" Losing the presidency is not like losing any other office. More than any other office, it's a vote about you as a whole human being. "
" People feel overloaded, that politics has become kind of a public utility: hot- and cold-running politics any time of the day or night. "
" People think of DiMaggio as the exemplar of a 'golden age,' and in some ways, he was. But in the most fundamental ways, he was really the first modern athletic superstar because, number one, he ushered in the era of big money; and number two, he never did anything except that - he never really took another job in another industry. "
" The average-guy routine works only so much, and then people begin to want something more. "
" The expectations for a nonfiction writer are awful high. "
" The first time I met Alex Rodriguez, he was in the fight of his life. He was the guy who was supposed to have everything - good looks, good health, good habits - all the talent in the world and most of the money. "
" There is not often much policy discussion with the Bushes. There isn't much introspection. Several generations of Bush men could pass by in which the great questions of humankind will go undiscussed. "
" The whole point of Israel was to create a place where Jews could live the best life - and liveliest - in accordance with their values. "
" This book-promotion stuff is like a political campaign. You work your butt off, and at the end of the day, you can't tell if it's made a damned bit of difference. "
" We're still in the ditch, and the Gennifer Flowers story about Bill Clinton says it all. A tabloid fired several bullets into the air, and the rest of the herd began to stampede. "
" We strove for more than 60 years to give Joe DiMaggio the hero's life. From his debut at Yankee Stadium in 1936 until his death in 1999, DiMaggio was, at every turn, one man we could look at who made us feel good. "
" What good was being the king of the rackets in Newark, N.J., if you couldn't have DiMaggio at your dinner table? "
" When there are fewer and fewer publishers of scale, it's just not good for authors. "
" When you're working on a project that's going to take six years, you're weird from the jump. "
" When your friend causes you trouble, a president gets rid of those friends. "
" You can say you're going to take a vacation, and you can even take the time, but you might as well not, because the book is still sitting in your head. "
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