"Every thoughtful American has a strong conviction as to what kind of country he wants this to be. He must start by knowing what kind of country it is, and that is not easy amidst the dust storms of current controversy. He must have ideas as to what it is that makes for weakness, and then strive to support the one and overcome the other. America is a great country, a magnificent country. But those are mere words unless we know why. If America is great we must understand what made her so, in order that as individual citizens, we may know what we must do that she may remain great. Our nation must not go on making the staggering sacrifices now being required of us unless we are sure what it is we are seeking to preserve."
Little, Brown & Company, 1953