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In To America, Stephen E. Ambrose, one of the country's most influential historians, reflects on his long career as an American historian and explains what an historian's job is all about. He celebrates America's spirit, which has carried us so far. He confronts its failures and struggles. As always in his much acclaimed work, Ambrose brings alive the men and women, famous and not, who have peopled our history and made the United States a model for the world.
Taking a few swings at today's political correctness, as well as his own early biases, Ambrose grapples with the country's historic sins of racism, its neglect and ill treatment of Native Americans, and its tragic errors (such as the war in Vietnam, which he ardently opposed on campus, where he was a professor). He reflects on some of the country's early founders who were progressive thinkers while living a contradiction as slaveholders, great men such as Washington and Jefferson. 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 joined it and 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 its heroic victory of World War II. He writes about women's rights and civil rights and immigration, founding museums, and nation- building. He contrasts the presidencies of Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and Lyndon B. Johnson. Throughout, Ambrose celebrates the unflappable American spirit.
Most important, Ambrose writes about writing history. "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."
To America is an instant classic for all those interested in history, patriotism, and the love of writing.
Published: Simon & Schuster on Nov 11, 2002
ISBN: 9780743249423
List price: $13.99
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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.read more
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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.read more
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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!read more
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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.read more
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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.read more
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Very readable, informative, and humourousread more
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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.
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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.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
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!
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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.
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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.
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Very readable, informative, and humourous
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