"History is not dates, places, and events to be memorized by school children. It is people influencing events-real people with blood coursing through their veins and thoughts through their minds. History breathes. Its heart beats. Just like those who make it, history changes and remains the same. It repeats its triumphs and tragedies. History is little people caught up in great events and great people turning insignificant events into momentous ones. History is madman and genius, warmonger, peacemaker, idealists, and cynic- actors all, playing out their roles on the greatest stage of all... After all, irony and humor have never been missing from history-just from historians."