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About the Author

Historian Stephen E. Ambrose grew up in Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin and the University of Louisiana. Ambrose is considered to be one of the foremost historical scholars of recent times and has been a professor for over three decades. He is also the founder and president of show more the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans. His works include D-Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II, Citizen Soldiers: The U. S. Army from Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany, June 7, 1944-May 7, 1945, Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest and Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West. Abrose served historical consultant on the motion picture Saving Private Ryan. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Stephen E. Ambrose

Pegasus Bridge: June 6, 1944 (1985) 1,197 copies
To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian (2002) — Narrator — 893 copies
Band of Brothers [2001 TV mini series] (1970) — Original book — 432 copies
Americans at War (1997) 418 copies
Lewis & Clark (1998) 346 copies
No End Save Victory: Perspectives on World War II (2001) — Editor — 264 copies
Upton and the Army (1992) 66 copies
World War II (2009) 51 copies
Ike: Abilene to Berlin (1973) 7 copies
Eisenhower (1983) 4 copies
Kardeşler Takımı (2018) 2 copies
3 Minutes 1 copy
French Girl 1 copy

Associated Works

The Journals of Lewis and Clark {abridged, 1953} (1953) — Foreword, some editions — 1,185 copies
Up Front (1944) — Introduction, some editions — 896 copies
Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (1997) — Contributor — 415 copies
The Haldeman Diaries: Inside the Nixon White House (1994) — Introduction; Afterword — 281 copies
The Hidden History of the Korean War (1952) — Preface, some editions — 134 copies
China Marine: An Infantryman's Life after World War II (2002) — Foreword, some editions — 126 copies
Hunting Trips of a Ranchman & The Wilderness Hunter (1996) — Introduction, some editions — 125 copies
Handbook on German Military Forces (1943) — Introduction, some editions — 104 copies
Hitler's Mistakes (1984) — Introduction, some editions — 79 copies
The War: Stories of Life and Death from World War II (1999) — Contributor — 30 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Winter 1992 (1991) — Author "The Christmas Bombing" — 18 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Spring 1989 (1989) — Author "The Bulge" — 15 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Summer 1989 (1989) — Author "The Secrets of Overlord" — 15 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Winter 1996 (1995) — Author "Incident at Two Medicine River" — 14 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Spring 1998 (1998) — Author "If D-Day had Failed" — 14 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Winter 1993 (1992) — Author "D Day Revisited" — 13 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Spring 1999 (1999) — Author "Night on the Line" — 13 copies
Reader's Digest Today's Best Nonfiction 41 1996 (1996) — Author — 10 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Winter 1998 (1997) — Author "The Last Barrier" — 9 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Autumn 2001 (2001) — Author "Birth of the Fifteenth Air Force" — 8 copies
Price for Peace [2002 Documentary film] (2002) — Producer — 4 copies


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The Story of Easy company and the airborne as a whole during WW2 is inspiring and reminds us to be thankful. We stand on the shoulders of giants and the story of these men proves it.
David_Fosco | 110 other reviews | Dec 7, 2023 |
The fact that the guy is a complete fraud who let his grad students write this, and by "write" I mean, "lift sections whole cloth from other published works," drops the rating a wee bit.
Moon_Cthulhu | 73 other reviews | Nov 9, 2023 |
Having lived in Clatsop County, Oregon, very near where L&C built their fort and spent the winter, I have some general knowledge of the expedition. But I learned a lot by reading this book. It did take me a while...it's not a page-turner, but it was consistently interesting. We sort of learned about the 'heroic' version in school, so the realities of Indians, syphilis, and Sacajawea being practically a child herself were eye-opening, as was Lewis's eventual death and possible mental illness (or was it substance abuse?). In any case, I think Ambrose made the most of his material, and wasn't too starry-eyed about his subject.

I do wonder why Lewis wasn't ever able to attract a wife. He certainly tried hard enough, and had plenty of looks and glory to recommend him, and a seemingly bright future, being a particular friend of the president. Maybe his behavior around women wasn't exemplary. Maybe there were clues to his later afflictions which put them off. But I do wonder.

I also wonder why he never published his journals. It seemed as if he had some sort of a mental block around them, for no discernible reason. I suppose we'll never know.

Five stars for this work, even though I don't expect to re-read it. Lots of interesting detail and history, a chapter of Americana that is justly celebrated but not without its flaws. Ambrose kept his commentary to a minimum, although he does have opinions about slavery and Clark's treatment of York, the only enslaved man on the expedition. He also calls Lewis out on his treatment of the Indians at various points, although it seems that Lewis was perhaps more enlightened than many of his countrymen at the time.
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TheGalaxyGirl | 73 other reviews | Oct 12, 2023 |



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