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To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian

To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian

Written by Stephen E. Ambrose

Narrated by Jeffrey Demunn


To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian

Written by Stephen E. Ambrose

Narrated by Jeffrey Demunn

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4.5/5 (7 ratings)
Length:
4 hours
Released:
Nov 1, 2002
ISBN:
9780743549271
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Description

Reflecting on his career, Stephen E. Ambrose -- one of the country's most influential historians -- confronts America's failures and struggles as he explores both its moral and pragmatic triumphs. To America celebrates the men and women who invented the United States and made it exceptional.
Taking a few swings at today's political correctness, Ambrose grapples with the country's historic sins of racism, its neglect and ill treatment of Native Americans, and its tragic errors. He reflects on some of the early founders -- great men such as Washington and Jefferson -- who, while progressive thinkers, lived a contradiction as slaveholders. He contemplates the genius of Andrew Jackson's defeat of a vastly superior British force with a ragtag army in the War of 1812. He describes the grueling journey that Lewis and Clark made to open up the country, and the building of the railroad that produced great riches for a few barons.
Ambrose explains the misunderstood presidency of Ulysses S. Grant, records the country's assumption of world power under the leadership of Theodore Roosevelt, and extols the heroic victory of World War II. He explores women's rights and civil rights, immigration, museum and nation-building.
Most importantly, Ambrose tells us about writing history, and about what an historian's job is all about. As he says, "The last five letters of the word 'history' tell us that it is an account of the past that is about people and what they did, which is what makes it the most fascinating of subjects." As he reflects upon American history, Ambrose shares his own personal history. To America is an instant classic for those interested in history, patriotism, and the love of writing.
Released:
Nov 1, 2002
ISBN:
9780743549271
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook

About the author

Dr. Stephen E. Ambrose was a renowned historian and acclaimed author of more than thirty books. Among his New York Times bestsellers 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 thirteen-hour HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. He has also participated in numerous national television programs, including ones for the History Channel and National Geographic.


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  • (5/5)
    An amazing book! A personal reflection on American history from a leading US Historian. Goes into showing the American spirit and what made this country great. Lewis and Clarke's expedition, manifest destiny, and the war of 1812 are just some points. Stephen Ambrose seamlessly blends historical fact with his view on how these events forged who we are today as a country, a society, and a free people! Truly a book every American should read!
  • (3/5)
    Very readable, informative, and humourous
  • (4/5)
    Steven Ambrose's last book an interesting collection of topics that he would have liked to written more about however he ran out of time. Many interesting short historic stories that make one want to read more about.
  • (5/5)
    This was the author's last book before he passed away from cancer. It is a wide-ranging collections of essays about America's past and his views and opinions of the events and people that shaped this country. His writing style is fluid and easy to follow. This is probably my favorite Ambrose book.
  • (5/5)
    This is my favorite book by this author. It was written a couple years prior to when it died and it gives his honest reflections about America's history. I love this book. It's not a long read and it's so interesting since Stephen E. Ambrose was such a great historian.
  • (4/5)
    A must read for any true fan of Stephen Ambrose. He wrote this just before his death in 2003. Good book and I was really sad to see this man go.