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Stephen E. Ambrose

Stephen E. Ambrose (1936-2002) was a historian and professor who wrote on military history, presidential history, and American expansion and foreign policy. Ambrose has been praised for his biographies of Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon, and for helping to galvanize interest in World War II. His most noted works include D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II, Band of Brothers, E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne: From Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nestlater adapted into a HBO miniseries, and Americans at War. Ambrose was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service in 2000, and was honored by many institutions for his literary and historical work.

Articles by this Author

The Big Road, October 2000 | Vol. 51, No. 6
Building the transcontinental railroad was the greatest engineering feat of the nineteenth century. Was it also the biggest swindle?
What do you need to build the only national museum dedicated to World War II? The same things we needed to fight the war it commemorates: faith, passion, perseverance—and a huge amount of money.
Reminiscences of World War II’s European Theater add up to considerably more than a bunch of good war stories
Not so very long ago the whole embattled world waited for one man to say three words
“Medic!”, November 1997 | Vol. 48, No. 7
In a hard war theirs may have been the hardest job of all. But together with Army doctors and Army nurses, they worked something very close to a miracle in the European theater.
Eisenhower dreamed of serving under Patton, but history reversed their roles. Their stormy association dramatically shaped the Allied assault on the Third Reich


A special excerpt, by Stephen E. Ambrose, from the newly-published AMERICAN HERITAGE® New History of World War II. It wasn't any different getting killed in World War II from how it had been in the Civil War or World War I, but if the shrapnel, bullet, or tree limb wounded a GI without killing him…