Stephen Edward Ambrose

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General Information

Name: Stephen Edward Ambrose

Pen Name: Stephen E. Ambrose

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: January 10, 1936 in Lovington, Illinois

Died: October 13, 2002 in Bay St. Louis, Mo.

Illinois Connection

Ambrose was born in Lovington, Illinois

Biographical and Professional Information

Dr. Stephen Ambrose was a renowned historian and acclaimed author of more than 30 books. Among his New York Times best-sellers are: Nothing Like It in the World, Citizen Soldiers, Band of Brothers, D-Day - June 6, 1944, and Undaunted Courage. He was not only a great author, but also a captivating speaker, with the unique ability to provide insight into the future by employing his profound knowledge of the past. His stories demonstrate how leaders use trust, friendship and shared experiences to work together and thrive during conflict and change. His philosophy about keeping an audience engaged is put best in his own words: "As I sit at my computer, or stand at the podium, I think of myself as sitting around the campfire after a day on the trail, telling stories that I hope will have the members of the audience, or the readers, leaning forward just a bit, wanting to know what happens next." Dr. Ambrose was a retired Boyd Professor of History at the University of New Orleans. He was the Director Emeritus of the Eisenhower Center in New Orleans, and the founder of the National D-Day Museum. He was also a contributing editor for the Quarterly Journal of Military History, a member of the board of directors for American Rivers, and a member of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Council Board. His talents have not gone unnoticed by the film industry. Dr. Ambrose was the historical consultant for Steven Spielberg's movie Saving Private Ryan. Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks purchased the film rights to his books Citizen Soldiers and Band of Brothers to make the 13-hour HBO mini-series Band of Brothers. He has also participated in numerous national television programs, including ones for the History Channel and National Geographic.

Published Works

  • Halleck: Lincoln's Chief of Staff, Louisiana State University Press, 1962, reprinted 1996
  • Upton and the Army, Louisiana State University Press, 1964, reprinted 1993
  • Duty, Honor, Country: A History of West Point, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1966, reprinted 1999
  • Eisenhower and Berlin, 1945: The Decision to Halt at the Elbe, W.W. Norton, 1967, reprinted 2000
  • The Supreme Commander: the War Years of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Doubleday, 1970, reprinted 1999 & 2012
  • Crazy Horse and Custer: The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors, Doubleday, 1975, reprinted 1996
  • Eisenhower Volume I: Soldier, General of the Army, President-Elect, 1890-1952, Simon & Schuster, 1983
  • Ike's Spies: Eisenhower and the Espionage Establishment, Doubleday, 1984, reprinted 2012
  • Eisenhower Volume II: Soldier and President, Simon & Schuster, 1984, reprinted 1991
  • Pegasus Bridge: June 6, 1944, Simon & Schuster, 1985, reprinted 1988 & 2003
  • Nixon, Vol.1: The Education of a Politician, Simon & Schuster, 1987
  • Nixon, Vol.2: The Triumph of a Politician, 1962-1972, Simon & Schuster, 1989
  • Eisenhower: Soldier and President, Simon & Schuster, 1990, reprinted 2007
  • Nixon, Vol.3: Ruin and Recovery, 1973-1990, Simon & Schuster, 1991
  • Band of Brothers, E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne, from Normandy to Hitler`s Eagle`s Nest, Simon & Schuster, 1992
  • D Day, June 6, 1944, The Climactic Battle of World War II, Simon & Schuster, 1994
  • Undaunted Courage, Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West, Simon & Schuster, 1996
  • Americans at War, University Press of Mississippi, 1997
  • Citizen Soldiers, The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany--June 7,1944 - May 7,1945, Simon & Schuster, 1997
  • The Victors, Eisenhower and His Boys - The Men of World War II, Simon & Schuster, 1998
  • Lewis & Clark, Voyage of Discovery, National Geographic Society, 1998, bicentennial edition, 2002
  • Comrades, Brothers, Fathers, Heros, Brothers, Sons, Pals, Simon & Schuster, 1999
  • Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, 1863-1869, Simon & Schuster, 2000
  • The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s over Germany 1944-45, Simon & Schuster, 2001
  • To America: Personal Reflections of A Historian, Simon & Schuster, 2002
  • This Vast Land, Simon & Schuster, 2003

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Literary Awards


External Links

Stephen Ambrose on WorldCat


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