He was far more intellectually honest than many others. The efforts of the British troops in paving the way for the Allied forces to enter into Europe changed the course of the Second World War. And also consolidating other assessments, especially America's decisive role in victory in the Second World War and the Cold War. He hated Nixon but eventually came to some grudging respect for him. Although the other end of the spectrum is represented, such overpowering treatment continues throughout the book. Stephen Ambrose gives some overall thoughts on what America actually is, using his decades of scholarship, study and writing to back himself up. I'm a great student of history.
Eisenhower: Educational Statesman 1983 Eisenhower, Vol. Ambrose is a good historian. Throughout the book there is always a theme of transition and progression, not just in the sense of America as a nation, but in Ambrose as a scholar, writer, man and citizen; as he studies the history of the nation and its peoples, he progresses from what everyone knows about history, to what he was taught about history, to what he learned about history. I am not wild about American history. Originally posted by: alchemize Just curious if anyone has read this book? Interestingly to someone reading in 2018 when the controversy over confederate statues was blazing, one of the first slices of this book has a useful perspective on evaluating the men and women of the past. What this book basically consists of is Stephen Ambrose rambling, and that is grade-A awesome.
If you value our work, please disable your ad blocker. President Dwight Eisenhower read the book shortly after it came out and promptly called Ambrose, asking him to help edit the Eisenhower papers and later to write a biography of the president Carlin 102. A job well done by Ambrose. The plagiarist is, in a minor way, the cop who frames innocents, the doctor who kills his patients. No matter what they steal, they fall back on the same excuses, as Thomas Mallon shows in his wonderful plagiarism book Stolen Words. Some are sacked for a single misdemeanor shoplifting.
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. Best of all, if after reading an e-book, you buy a paper version of To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian. 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. I suspect Ambrose thinks he's being wise and generous to Grant, reminding us that we should appreciate what Grant did to end the Civil War. Carlin 102 Today, as the author of more than nineteen books see update , the Bay St. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Two things I took away from this book are that history is the study of people, their decisions and the consequences of those decisions, and that we are all, even now, writing the history of the future, that the consequences of our decisions will either redeem us or damn us, even though we will not live to receive either calumny or praise.
But there's plenty else he says worth listening to. Ambrose is more defiant than apologetic. Nor he can avoid a sometimes stunningly Amerocentric attitude. And, I am by no means a history buff! D from the Wisconsin-Madison University in the year 1963, under the guidance of William B. It was only a matter of time before Ambrose felt compelled to write about the story he loves Ringle. Finished it when I got back home.
Eisenhower another of Ambrose's subjects that made me yearn for Republicans from yesterday. In To America, Stephen E. Anyways, I think it is important to read the thoughts of older generations. Still, I learned things I didn't know about this country, and thanks to things he said, I find myself grateful both to be an American and to be living in this country today. By joining Slate Plus you support our work and get exclusive content.
Taking a few swings at todays political correctness, as well as his own early biases, Ambrose grapples with the countrys 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. Ambrose reflects on his long career as an American historian and explains what an historians job is all about. I recently had the pleasure of visiting my good friend, and Goodreads friend, Graeme Roberts, who was kind enough to give me a copy of this book, along with his personal inscription, as a remembrance. He also compares the pleasure of blowing a steam engine horn to the pleasure of an orgasm. When Americans win a war or a battle, they do it with more glory and bravery than was ever seen before in history. The place was an extremely uncharted region, with a vast and wild land, under the rule of the Indians.
Finished it when I got back home. His chapter on Vietnam makes clear that it was a terrible war based on lies and deceit. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and Lyndon B. The latest book in the Jack Reacher series, Past Tense, came out November 5th. He writes about his experiences writing most of his famous books: the people he met, the experiences he had.