Search Results: "Stephen E. Ambrose"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Too bad. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
In what is plainly a packager's distillation of far better work by the noted historian, what should have been exciting and heart-stirring—thanks to strong photographs—is reduced to a hop, skip, and a jump due to a weak text. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1999

"Not Ambrose's finest hour."
A disappointingly sentimental celebration of male friendship that reveals almost nothing about the emotional lives of men. Read full book review >

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NIXON by Stephen E. Ambrose
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 19, 1989

"A thorough but uninspired account of Nixon's middle years."
The second of three installments in an ambitious biography of one of the century's most perplexing and beguiling politicians. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1987

"Masterful biography."
Early in this massive biography, Ambrose makes the ironic statement that, at 25, Nixon was considered to be so honest, scrupulous, and upright that had he opened a used-car lot, his peers would have flocked to buy cars from him. Read full book review >

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PEGASUS BRIDGE by Stephen E. Ambrose
NON-FICTION
Released: March 25, 1985

"Ambrose is little given to dramatizing, and he apologizes for superlatives: recounted close-in, with soldierly affability and snap, the facts don't need embellishment."
The recent, deglorifying accounts of D-Day and after (John Keegan, Max Hastings) left untouched the repute of the British Sixth Airborne Division—one unit of which, the gliderborne troops of Major John Howard's D Company, made the first, crucial Normandy landing. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1973

"In light of Ambrose's evaluation of Eisenhower's negative political acumen, it would be interesting to see how he views the Presidential Ike, but this is an engaging portrait of a man whose easygoing personality and unassuming devotion to duty Ambrose admires and successfully communicates."
Ambrose was an editor of Dwight Eisenhower's collected military papers (The War Years, 1970) and thus is amply qualified for this informal assessment of his long, undramatic but deserved rise to command of a long, dogged, ultimately successful European campaign. 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 >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1992

"Hard-nosed, yet ultimately a celebration of grace under pressure in 'the Good War.'"
With his multivolume biographies of Eisenhower and Nixon now complete, Ambrose (History/Univ. of New Orleans) returns to military affairs (Pegasus Bridge, 1985, etc.) with this spirited account of one of the Army's crack WW II units. Read full book review >