A. Reporter, editor, publishing executive.
A. Political Correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.
A. Undergrad: University of Washington; grad school: Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
A. A jumble of random events looking for coherence
A. It all comes down to honor.
A. Bears and snakes.
A. Right where I am at this moment: Big Sky, Montana.
A. Andrew Jackson.
A. No one comes to mind.
A. Painting in water colors. Or concert pianist.
A. Filling out this questionnaire.
A. My tendency to avoid answering such questions.
A. Blue eyes.
A. George Smiley.
A. Trig Marsden.
A. Julius Caesar. I would probe him on what he actually felt about the Roman Republic, which he overthrew.
A. CEO of a publishing company.
A. Dirigible pilot.
A. character, courage, sense of humor.
A. Ode to Joy; Smoke Gets in Your Eyes; I'll Be Seeing You; Bo Jangles; Eleanor Rigby.
A. Robert K. MassieSamuel HuntingtonColleen McCulloughWilliam F. Buckley Jr.David McCulloughArthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
A. The Decline of the West, by Oswald SpenglerWar and Peace, by Leo TolstoyMartin Eden, by Jack LondonDreadnought, by Robert K. MassieThe Rise of the West, by William H. McNeill
A. Martin Eden, by Jack London
A. Narrative drive, narrative drive, narrative drive.
A. They wish to know if I take liberties with quotes. (The answer is no.)
A. The idea came from my editor at Simon & Schuster, Alice Mayhew, who asked me, ``What do you know about the Mexican War?'' I said I knew little but understood that the politics surrounding that war and the expansionist zeal that had captured the country during that time were extremely intense and fascinating. So I embarked on a research initiative and crafted an approach to telling the story. Alice liked it and set me on my course. The result is A COUNTRY OF VAST DESIGNS.