Paul Bede Johnson (born 2 November 1928 in Manchester, England) is an English journalist, historian, speechwriter and author.He was educated at the Jesuit independent school Stonyhurst College, and at Magdalen College, Oxford, where one of his tutors was the historian A.J.P. Taylor.
His books include The History of the Jews (1987) and A History of the American People (1997) and in 1999 he wrote the introduction to Murray N. Rothbard's America's Great Depression.
In 2006 Johnson was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by US President George W. Bush.
Ludwig von Mises: "In relation to the immense sacrifices that the state demands of the individual through the blood tax, it seems rather incidental whether it compensates the soldier more or less abundantly for the loss of time that he suffers from his military-service obligation." - Nation, State, and Economy