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: "Despots and democratic majorities are drunk with power. They must reluctantly admit that they are subject to the laws of nature. But they reject the very notion of economic law . . . economic history is a long record of government policies that failed because they were designed with a bold disregard for the laws of economics." - Austrian Economics: An Anthology