Stephen E. Ambrose's vivid and compelling essays take you to the heart of America's wars, from Grant's stunning Fourth of July victory at Vicksburg, to Nixon's surprise Christmas bombing of Hanoi. Ambrose brings to life the ambition and charisma that led to Custer's great success in the Civil War and fateful disaster at Little Big Horn. With vivid imagery and precise commentary, he puts you on the beaches of Normandy with the common footsoldier and in the headquarters of America's great commanders, Eisenhower, Patton and MacArthur. He takes you to the trenches of the homefront, ground zero of the Atomic Bomb, and into the arsenals of the twenty-first century.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Date of Birth:January 10, 1936
Date of Death:October 13, 2002
Place of Birth:Whitewater, Wisconsin
Place of Death:Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
Education:B.A., University of Wisconsin; M.A., Louisiana State University, 1958; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1963
Table of ContentsIntroduction
Struggle for Vicksburg: The Battles and Siege that Decided the Civil War
Custer's Civil War
"Just Dumb Luck": American Entry into World War II
SIGINT: Deception and the Liberation of Western Europe
Victory in Europe: May 1945
The Atomic Bomb and Its Consequences
General MacArthur: A Profile
A Fateful Friendship: Eisenhower and Patton
The War on the Home Front
My Lai: Atrocities in Historical Perspective
The Christmas Bombing
Eisenhower and NATO
The Cold War in Perspective
War in the Twenty-First Century
What People are Saying About This
"Fascinating...compelling."The Indianapolis Star
"Ambrose has the great gift of making history come alive."Anniston Star
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have just started reading Ambrose's work, and I enjoy every moment of it. He has a wonderful sense of history, he is not afraid to admit his mistakes, and does not criticize. I can not stand historians who argue with should, could and would. Mr. Ambrose does none of that. I can't say I agree with every conclusion he draws, but that's what makes like interesting.
This is a series of essays written by Stephen E. Ambrose on various conflicts the U.S. has been involved in such as the civil war, world war II, and the cold war. He also has a couple essays that are more biographical in nature.I only gave this book 3 stars because I found it fairly dry from time to time, which is unusual for a Stephen Ambrose book. I also disagreed with his assessment on President Roosevelt and his reaction (or lack thereof) to the growing conflict in Europe (which would become known as WWII). He seemed to be unusually harsh on Roosevelt which is what I didn't agree with, but maybe other readers agree with him.So I do recommend this to people who are interested in a little survey of some of the conflicts the U.S. has been involved in and Mr. Ambrose's opinions on them.
In his usual style, Ambrose has written an account of major battles in which American soldiers were involved. From Grant's astouding victory in Vicksburg, Ms to the horrible Me Lei incident , Ambrose recounts the events that happened and attempts to explain why they happened. This book is easy to read and would be appreciated by all age levels. Pay particular attention to his critique of General Custer as he attempts to differentiate the myth from the reality.