What’s Keeping David McCullough From Sleeping

Every day, as he reads the papers, it seems as if leaders are taking positions based on politics—and have forgotten about history. They are unaware of the past, and uninterested in how they will be remembered in the future.

.. “ Margaret Chase Smith, ” he said, with sudden intensity, alluding to the Republican from Maine, the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress. “She was the first senator with the backbone to stand up to Joe McCarthy. She gave this courageous speech in 1950 called ‘Declaration of Conscience.’ It was wonderful—”