Search Results: "Stephen E. Ambrose"


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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: 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: 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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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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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: 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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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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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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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1983

"Some future biographer will be grateful for the authors' interview-materials—for present readers, they've been used too earnestly and unimaginatively."
A showcase, in effect, for the attractive personality and deep-held convictions of octogenarian Milton Eisenhower—with little of the zest, acumen, or substantive interest of his memoir The President Is Calling. 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 >