Search Results: "Stephen E. Ambrose"


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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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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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Released: Sept. 25, 1970

"Within the limits of this treatment, Ambrose has produced a fine account of the American and Allied war effort in Europe, factually detailed but personally involving."
Stephen Ambrose elected to describe the war years of General Eisenhower from Eisenhower's own frame of reference, an approach which is valid for a biographical study and effectively executed here, but is certainly not without its drawbacks. 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 >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 1975

"Ambrose is the sort of hearty writer who expresses approval with the phrase 'damned good' and apparently still believes in a manifest destiny which exonerates."
With the centennial of Custer's Last Stand at the Little Big Horn less than a year away, it's likely that we'll have to cope with more than one book on the protagonists. 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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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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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 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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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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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 >