Search Results: "Stephen E. Ambrose"


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AMBROSE by M. W. Wolf
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Ambitious worldbuilding, though not always clear in the creation of it."
From debut author Wolf comes a novel based loosely on the life of St. Ambrose, this version set in afuture far removed from the saint's fourth-century life. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 6, 2000

"A master historian and writer takes on another pivotal epoch in American history."
Acclaimed historian Ambrose (Comrades, 1999, etc.) takes on one of the biggest and most influential engineering projects in American history—the building of the transcontinental railroad. Read full book review >

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NIXON by Stephen E. Ambrose
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"An adroit retelling of how Nixon plunged into his political black hole—and why, like Lady Macbeth's 'damned spot,' and despite his carefully orchestrated comeback, his role in the Watergate cover-up can never be obliterated."
Foreign policy master, political brawler, family man, loner, tragic hero, criminal, elder statesman, eternal conniver—Richard Nixon plays all of these roles in the final installment of Ambrose's fascinating three-volume biography (1987, 1989) of the ex-President. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 28, 1984

"But the book is markedly short of common sense, accuracy, and coherence."
The first volume of Ambrose's biography of Eisenhower, chiefly on his military career, at least benefited from Ambrose's familiarity with military affairs and his earlier writing on Ike's wartime and postwar roles; if routine, it held together. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2001

"Much nostalgia and admiration; very little analysis; virtually no censure."
Another paean to the "greatest generation" of young Americans, this time focusing on the B-24 bomber crews—with special attention to the crew of the Dakota Queen, piloted by future US Senator and 1972 presidential candidate George McGovern. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"With remarkable immediacy and clarity, as though he had trained a telescopic lens on the battlefields, Ambrose offers a stirring portrayal of the terror and courage experienced by men at war."
A worthy sequel to Ambrose's 1994 D-Day. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 1996

"A fascinating glimpse of a pristine, vanished America and the beginning of the great and tragic conquest of the West."
In a splendid retelling of a great story, Ambrose chronicles Lewis and Clark's epic 1803-06 journey across the continent and back. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Not the first choice among the many new books on the subject. (Fiction. 12+)"
Though Lewis and Clark and several others kept journals on the famous 1803 journey, this is not one of them. Read full book review >

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TO AMERICA by Stephen E. Ambrose
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 25, 2002

"Useful enough to Ambrose's many diehard fans. General readers will find this hurried collection less than compelling."
A blend of memoir, canned book-talks, and synopses by the prolific historian. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 1994

"A brilliant account that blends perfectly the human and the strategic dimensions of this great battle."
A splendid, moving, and authoritative account of the most decisive day of WW II by Ambrose (History/Univ. of New Orleans), whose massive biographies of Eisenhower and Nixon have won widespread praise. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1983

"A curious formulation, but one that will likely appeal—as the book will—to others who feel as Ambrose does."
At its most obvious, this is the first half of a rather bland biography of Eisenhower—partly from primary sources, but adding nothing consequential to the record—by a practiced hand and staunch admirer: to Ambrose, Eisenhower was "a great and good man," "one of the great captains of military history," and "one of the most successful presidents of the twentieth century." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 1998

"Meticulously researched and characteristically well told. A compelling and heartfelt tribute to the GI."
Revisiting ground covered previously in his superb Citizen Soldiers (1997) and other works about the climactic European campaigns of 1944—45, distinguished historian Ambrose (Undaunted Courage, 1996, etc.) tells the story of the conquest of Nazism by an array of American, English, and Canadian kids led by the plain-spoken Dwight Eisenhower. Read full book review >