Stephen E. Ambrose

1 Band of Brothers

Author : Stephen E. Ambrose
Genre :  Military  Books  History 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2001-10-26
Description :  Stephen E. Ambrose’s iconic <i>New York Times </i>bestseller about the ordinary men who became the World War II’s most extraordinary soldiers: Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, US Army.<br /><br />They came together, citizen soldiers, in the summer of 1942, drawn to Airborne by the $50 monthly bonus and a desire to be better than the other guy. And at its peak—in Holland and the Ardennes—Easy Company was as good a rifle company as any in the world.<br /><br />From the rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 to the disbanding in 1945, Stephen E. Ambrose tells the story of this remarkable company. In combat, the reward for a job well done is the next tough assignment, and as they advanced through Europe, the men of Easy kept getting the tough assignments.<br /><br />They parachuted into France early D-Day morning and knocked out a battery of four 105 mm cannon looking down Utah Beach; they parachuted into Holland during the Arnhem campaign; they were the Battered Bastards of the Bastion of Bastogne, brought in to hold the line, although surrounded, in the Battle of the Bulge; and then they spearheaded the counteroffensive. Finally, they captured Hitler's Bavarian outpost, his Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden.<br /><br />They were rough-and-ready guys, battered by the Depression, mistrustful and suspicious. They drank too much French wine, looted too many German cameras and watches, and fought too often with other GIs. But in training and combat they learned selflessness and found the closest brotherhood they ever knew. They discovered that in war, men who loved life would give their lives for them. <br /><br />This is the story of the men who fought, of the martinet they hated who trained them well, and of the captain they loved who led them. E Company was a company of men who went hungry, froze, and died for each other, a company that took 150 percent casualties, a company where the Purple Heart was not a medal—it was a badge of office.

2 Undaunted Courage

Author : Stephen E. Ambrose
Genre :  United States  Books  History  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2013-04-23
Description :  <b>From the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Band of Brothers</i> and <i>D-Day</i>, the definitive book on Lewis and Clark’s exploration of the Louisiana Purchase, the most momentous expedition in American history and one of the great adventure stories of all time.</b><br /><br />In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River to the Rockies, over the mountains, down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean, and back. Lewis and his partner, Captain William Clark, made the first map of the trans-Mississippi West, provided invaluable scientific data on the flora and fauna of the Louisiana Purchase territory, and established the American claim to Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.<br /><br />Ambrose has pieced together previously unknown information about weather, terrain, and medical knowledge at the time to provide a vivid backdrop for the expedition. Lewis is supported by a rich variety of colorful characters, first of all Jefferson himself, whose interest in exploring and acquiring the American West went back thirty years. Next comes Clark, a rugged frontiersman whose love for Lewis matched Jefferson’s. There are numerous Indian chiefs, and Sacagawea, the Indian girl who accompanied the expedition, along with the French-Indian hunter Drouillard, the great naturalists of Philadelphia, the French and Spanish fur traders of St. Louis, John Quincy Adams, and many more leading political, scientific, and military figures of the turn of the century.<br /><br />High adventure, high politics, suspense, drama, and diplomacy combine with high romance and personal tragedy to make this outstanding work of scholarship as readable as a novel.

3 Crazy Horse and Custer

Author : Stephen E. Ambrose
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  History  United States 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2014-07-01
Description :  <b>A&#xa0;<i>New York Times</i> bestseller from the author of <i>Band of Brothers</i>: The biography of two fighters forever linked by history and the battle at Little Bighorn.</b><br /><br /> On the sparkling morning of June 25, 1876, 611 men of the United States 7th Cavalry rode toward the&#xa0;banks of Little Bighorn in the Montana&#xa0;Territory, where three thousand Indians stood waiting for battle.&#xa0;The lives of two great warriors would soon be&#xa0;forever linked throughout history: Crazy Horse, leader&#xa0;of the Oglala Sioux, and General George Armstrong&#xa0;Custer. Both were men of aggression and supreme&#xa0;courage. Both became leaders in their societies at&#xa0;very early ages. Both were stripped of power, in&#xa0;disgrace, and worked to earn back the respect of&#xa0;their people. And to both of them, the unspoiled&#xa0;grandeur of the Great Plains of North America was an&#xa0;irresistible challenge. Their parallel lives would&#xa0;pave the way, in a manner unknown to either, for&#xa0;an inevitable clash between two nations fighting&#xa0;for possession of the open&#xa0;prairie.<br /><br /> Dr. Stephen E. Ambrose was a renowned historian and acclaimed author of more than thirty books. Among his <i>New York Times</i> bestsellers are: <i>Nothing Like It in the World</i>, <i>Citizen Soldiers</i>, <i>Band of Brothers, D-Day: June 6, 1944</i>, and <i>Undaunted Courage</i>. 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.&#xa0; 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 <i>Quarterly Journal of Military History</i>, 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 <i>Saving Private Ryan</i>. Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks purchased the film rights to his books <i>Citizen Soldiers</i> and <i>Band of Brothers</i> to make the thirteen-hour HBO miniseries <i>Band of Brothers</i>. He has also participated in numerous national television programs, including ones for the History Channel and National Geographic.

4 D-Day

Author : Stephen E. Ambrose
Genre :  Military  Books  History 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2013-04-23
Description :  Stephen E. Ambrose’s <i>D-Day </i>is the definitive history of World War II’s most pivotal battle, a day that changed the course of history.<br /><br /><i>D-Day</i> is the epic story of men at the most demanding moment of their lives, when the horrors, complexities, and triumphs of life are laid bare. Distinguished historian Stephen E. Ambrose portrays the faces of courage and heroism, fear and determination—what Eisenhower called “the fury of an aroused democracy”—that shaped the victory of the citizen soldiers whom Hitler had disparaged.Drawing on more than 1,400 interviews with American, British, Canadian, French, and German veterans, Ambrose reveals how the original plans for the invasion had to be abandoned, and how enlisted men and junior officers acted on their own initiative when they realized that nothing was as they were told it would be.<br /><br />The action begins at midnight, June 5/6, when the first British and American airborne troops jumped into France. It ends at midnight June 6/7. Focusing on those pivotal twenty-four hours, it moves from the level of Supreme Commander to that of a French child, from General Omar Bradley to an American paratrooper, from Field Marshal Montgomery to a German sergeant.<br /><br />Ambrose’s <i>D-Day </i>is the finest account of one of our history’s most important days.

5 American Heritage History of World War II

Author : Stephen E. Ambrose & C.L. Sulzberger
Genre :  Military  Books  History  United States 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2015-09-25
Description :  The American Heritage History of World War II was first published in 1966. At the time, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist C.L. Sulzberger received widespread praise for his authoritative account of the six-year war that involved more than fifty-six nations, resulted in the death of some 22 million people, and shaped the course of history. His work became a standard reference on the war.<br /><br /> Stephen E. Ambrose, one of the most highly regarded historians of our time, oversaw a major revision of this classic work. Seamlessly incorporating new material and insights, Ambrose produced a comprehensive and riveting account of the war's key characters and events.<br /><br /> In planes and foxholes, in deserts and jungles, on ships and beaches, Ambrose shines a light on the people involved - the leaders, the fighters, the victims. He also added new chapters on the atrocities of the Holocaust and revelations about the secret war of espionage. Ambrose's analysis also offers insight into the events that precipitated the Cold War.<br /><br /> This book captures the courage, commitment, military genius, and horror of the war that gave birth to a new era in world politics. For students, history buffs, and fascinated readers, The American Heritage History of World War II is the definitive single-volume work on the subject and will endure as a major narrative of world history.

6 Nothing Like It In the World

Author : Stephen E. Ambrose
Genre :  United States  Books  History  Nonfiction  Transportation 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2000-08-29
Description :  In this account of an unprecedented feat of engineering, vision, and courage, Stephen E. Ambrose offers a historical successor to his universally acclaimed <i>Undaunted Courage,</i> which recounted the explorations of the West by Lewis and Clark. <br /> <i>Nothing Like It in the World</i> is the story of the men who built the transcontinental railroad -- the investors who risked their businesses and money; the enlightened politicians who understood its importance; the engineers and surveyors who risked, and lost, their lives; and the Irish and Chinese immigrants, the defeated Confederate soldiers, and the other laborers who did the backbreaking and dangerous work on the tracks. <br /> The Union had won the Civil War and slavery had been abolished, but Abraham Lincoln, who was an early and constant champion of railroads, would not live to see the great achievement. In Ambrose's hands, this enterprise, with its huge expenditure of brainpower, muscle, and sweat, comes to life. <br /> The U.S. government pitted two companies -- the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific Railroads -- against each other in a race for funding, encouraging speed over caution. Locomo-tives, rails, and spikes were shipped from the East through Panama or around South America to the West or lugged across the country to the Plains. This was the last great building project to be done mostly by hand: excavating dirt, cutting through ridges, filling gorges, blasting tunnels through mountains. <br /> At its peak, the workforce -- primarily Chinese on the Central Pacific, Irish on the Union Pacific -- approached the size of Civil War armies, with as many as fifteen thousand workers on each line. The Union Pacific was led by Thomas "Doc" Durant, Oakes Ames, and Oliver Ames, with Grenville Dodge -- America's greatest railroad builder -- as chief engineer. The Central Pacific was led by California's "Big Four": Leland Stanford, Collis Huntington, Charles Crocker, and Mark Hopkins. The surveyors, the men who picked the route, were latter-day Lewis and Clark types who led the way through the wilderness, living off buffalo, deer, elk, and antelope. <br /> In building a railroad, there is only one decisive spot -- the end of the track. Nothing like this great work had been seen in the world when the last spike, a golden one, was driven in at Promontory Summit, Utah, in 1869, as the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific tracks were joined. <br /> Ambrose writes with power and eloquence about the brave men -- the famous and the unheralded, ordinary men doing the extraordinary -- who accomplished the spectacular feat that made the continent into a nation.

7 The Wild Blue

Author : Stephen E. Ambrose
Genre :  History  Books  Military  United States 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2001-08-14
Description :  Stephen E. Ambrose, acclaimed author of <i>Band of Brothers </i>and <i>Undaunted Courage</i>, carries us along in the crowded and dangerous B-24s as their crews fought to destroy the German war machine during World War II.<br /><br />The young men who flew the B-24s over Germany in World War II fought against horrific odds, and, in <i>The Wild Blue,</i> Ambrose recounts their extraordinary heroism, skill, daring, and comradeship with vivid detail and affection.<br /><br />Ambrose describes how the Army Air Forces recruited, trained, and selected the elite few who would undertake the most demanding and dangerous jobs in the war. These are the boys—turned pilots, bombardiers, navigators, and gunners of the B-24s—who suffered over fifty percent casualties.<br /><br />With his remarkable gift for bringing alive the action and tension of combat, Ambrose carries us along in the crowded, uncomfortable, and dangerous B-24s as their crews fought to the death through thick black smoke and deadly flak to reach their targets and destroy the German war machine. Twenty-two-year-old George McGovern, who was to become a United States senator and a presidential candidate, flew thirty-five combat missions (all the Army would allow) and won the Distinguished Flying Cross. We meet him and his mates, his co-pilot killed in action, and crews of other planes. Many went down in flames.<br /><br />As <i>Band of Brothers</i> and <i>Citizen Soldiers</i> portrayed the bravery and ultimate victory of the American soldiers from Normandy on to Germany, <i>The Wild Blue </i>illustrates the enormous contribution that these young men of the Army Air Forces made to the Allied victory.

8 Citizen Soldiers

Author : Stephen E. Ambrose
Genre :  Military  Books  History  United States 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2013-04-23
Description :  From Stephen E. Ambrose, bestselling author of <i>Band of Brothers </i>and <i>D-Day</i>, the inspiring story of the ordinary men of the U.S. army in northwest Europe from the day after D-Day until the end of the bitterest days of World War II.<br /><br />In this riveting account, historian Stephen E. Ambrose continues where he left off in his #1 bestseller <i>D-Day.</i> <i>Citizen Soldiers </i>opens at 0001 hours, June 7, 1944, on the Normandy beaches, and ends at 0245 hours, May 7, 1945, with the allied victory. It is biography of the US Army in the European Theater of Operations, and Ambrose again follows the individual characters of this noble, brutal, and tragic war. From the high command down to the ordinary soldier, Ambrose draws on hundreds of interviews to re-create the war experience with startling clarity and immediacy. From the hedgerows of Normandy to the overrunning of Germany, Ambrose tells the real story of World War II from the perspective of the men and women who fought it.

9 The Supreme Commander

Author : Stephen E. Ambrose
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  History  Military 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  1970-01-01
Description :  In this classic portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower the soldier, bestselling historian Stephen E. Ambrose examines the Allied commander’s leadership during World War II.<br />&#xa0;<br />Ambrose brings Eisenhower’s experience of the Second World War to life, showing in vivid detail how the general’s skill as a diplomat and a military strategist contributed to Allied successes in North Africa and in Europe, and established him as one of the greatest military leaders in the world. Ambrose, then the Associate Editor of the General’s official papers, analyzes Eisenhower’s difficult military decisions and his often complicated relationships with powerful personalities like Churchill, de Gaulle, Roosevelt, and Patton. This is the definitive account of Eisenhower’s evolution as a military leader—from its dramatic beginnings through his time at the top post of Allied command.

10 The Victors

Author : Stephen E. Ambrose
Genre :  Military  Books  History  United States 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  1999-07-15
Description :  From America’s preeminent military historian, Stephen E. Ambrose, comes the definitive telling of the war in Europe, from D-Day, June 6, 1944, to the end, eleven months later, on May 7, 1945.<br /><br />This authoritative narrative account is drawn by the author himself from his five acclaimed books about that conflict, most particularly from the definitive and comprehensive <i>D-Day</i> and <i>Citizen Soldiers,</i> about which the great Civil War historian James McPherson wrote, “If there is a better book about the experience of GIs who fought in Europe during World War II, I have not read it. <i>Citizen Soldiers</i> captures the fear and exhilaration of combat, the hunger and cold and filth of the foxholes, the small intense world of the individual rifleman as well as the big picture of the European theater in a manner that grips the reader and will not let him go. No one who has not been there can understand what combat is like but Stephen Ambrose brings us closer to an understanding than any other historian has done.”<br /><br /><i>The Victors</i> also includes stories of individual battles, raids, acts of courage and suffering from <i>Pegasus Bridge,</i> an account of the first engagement of D-Day, when a detachment of British airborne troops stormed the German defense forces and paved the way for the Allied invasion; and from <i>Band of Brothers,</i> an account of an American rifle company from the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment who fought, died, and conquered, from Utah Beach through the Bulge and on to Hitter's Eagle’s Nest in Germany.<br /><br />Stephen Ambrose is also the author of <i>Eisenhower,</i> the greatest work on Dwight Eisenhower, and one of the editors of the Supreme Allied Commander's papers. He describes the momentous decisions about how and where the war was fought, and about the strategies and conduct of the generals and officers who led the invasion and the bloody drive across Europe to Berlin.<br /><br />But, as always with Stephen E. Ambrose, it is the ranks, the ordinary boys and men, who command his attention and his awe. <i>The Victors</i> tells their stories, how citizens became soldiers in the best army in the world. Ambrose draws on thousands of interviews and oral histories from government and private archives, from the high command—Eisenhower, Bradley, Patton—on down through officers and enlisted men, to re-create the last year of the Second World War when the Allied soldiers pushed the Germans out of France, chased them across Germany, and destroyed the Nazi regime.

11 Rise to Globalism

Author : Stephen E. Ambrose & Douglas G. Brinkley
Genre :  Politics & Current Events  Books  History  United States 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  1972-02-28
Description :  Since it first appeared in 1971, Rise to Globalism has sold hundreds of thousands of copies. The ninth edition of this classic survey, now updated through the administration of George W. Bush, offers a concise and informative overview of the evolution of American foreign policy from 1938 to the present, focusing on such pivotal events as World War II, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, and 9/11. Examining everything from the Iran-Contra scandal to the rise of international terrorism, the authors analyze-in light of the enormous global power of the United States-how American economic aggressiveness, racism, and fear of Communism have shaped the nation's evolving foreign policy.

12 Pegasus Bridge

Author : Stephen E. Ambrose
Genre :  Military  Books  History 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2013-04-23
Description :  In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, a small detachment of British airborne troops stormed the German defense forces and paved the way for the Allied invasion of Europe. Pegasus Bridge was the first engagement of D-Day, the turning point of World War II. This gripping account of it by acclaimed author Stephen Ambrose brings to life a daring mission so crucial that, had it been unsuccessful, the entire Normandy invasion might have failed. Ambrose traces each step of the preparations over many months to the minute-by-minute excitement of the hand-to-hand confrontations on the bridge. This is a story of heroism and cowardice, kindness and brutality -- the stuff of all great adventures.

13 Eisenhower

Author : Stephen E. Ambrose
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Politics & Current Events  History  United States 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2014-03-18
Description :  Stephen E. Ambrose draws upon extensive sources, an unprecedented degree of scholarship, and numerous interviews with Eisenhower himself to offer the fullest, richest, most objective rendering yet of the soldier who became president.<br /><br />He gives us a masterly account of the European war theater and Eisenhower's magnificent leadership as Allied Supreme Commander. Ambrose's recounting of Eisenhower's presidency, the first of the Cold War, brings to life a man and a country struggling with issues as diverse as civil rights, atomic weapons, communism, and a new global role.<br /><br />Along the way, Ambrose follows the 34th President's relations with the people closest to him, most of all Mamie, his son John, and Kay Summersby, as well as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Harry Truman, Nixon, Dulles, Khrushchev, Joe McCarthy, and indeed, all the American and world leaders of his time. This superb interpretation of Eisenhower's life confirms Stephen Ambrose's position as one of our finest historians.

14 To America

Author : Stephen E. Ambrose
Genre :  History  Books  Military  United States  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2002-11-11
Description :  In <i>To America,</i> 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. <br /> 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. <br /> 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. <br /> 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." <br /> <i>To America</i> is an instant classic for all those interested in history, patriotism, and the love of writing.

15 Ike's Spies

Author : Stephen E. Ambrose
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  History  Military  United States 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  1981-01-01
Description :  This classic Cold War-era history looks at the way President Dwight Eisenhower managed America’s secret operations as general and as commander in chief and is based on privileged access to the president and his private papers—from bestselling historian Stephen E. Ambrose.<br />&#xa0;<br />During his time in office, Eisenhower projected the image of a genial bureaucrat, but behind that public face, he ran the most efficient espionage establishment in the world, overseeing assassination plots, the growth of the CIA, and the overthrow of governments. This book gives a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most ambitious secret operations in American history, including the 1954 overthrow of &#xa0;Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán’s government of Guatemala; Operation AJAX, which toppled Iran’s Mossadegh; and the U-2 flights over Russia. Some of Ike’s most conspicuous intelligence missteps are also discussed, including the failure to predict the German attack during the Battle of the Bulge and the tragic encouragement of freedom fighters in Hungary, Indonesia, and Cuba. <i>Ike’s Spies</i> is indispensible to anyone interested in the development of America’s Cold War spy operations.

16 The Cold War

Author : Robert Cowley & Stephen E. Ambrose
Genre :  Military  Books  History  Politics & Current Events 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2005-09-06
Description :  Even fifteen years after the end of the Cold War, it is still hard to grasp that we no longer live under its immense specter. For nearly half a century, from the end of World War II to the early 1990s, all world events hung in the balance of a simmering dispute between two of the greatest military powers in history. Hundreds of millions of people held their collective breath as the United States and the Soviet Union, two national ideological entities, waged proxy wars to determine spheres of influence–and millions of others perished in places like Korea, Vietnam, and Angola, where this cold war flared hot.<br /><br />Such a consideration of the Cold War–as a military event with sociopolitical and economic overtones–is the crux of this stellar collection of twenty-six essays compiled and edited by Robert Cowley, the longtime editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History. Befitting such a complex and far-ranging period, the volume’s contributing writers cover myriad angles. John Prados, in “The War Scare of 1983,” shows just how close we were to escalating a war of words into a nuclear holocaust. Victor Davis Hanson offers “The Right Man,” his pungent reassessment of the bellicose air-power zealot Curtis LeMay as a man whose words were judged more critically than his actions.<br /><br />The secret war also gets its due in George Feiffer’s “The Berlin Tunnel,” which details the charismatic C.I.A. operative “Big Bill” Harvey’s effort to tunnel under East Berlin and tap Soviet phone lines–and the Soviets’ equally audacious reaction to the plan; while “The Truth About Overflights,” by R. Cargill Hall, sheds light on some of the Cold War’s best-kept secrets.<br /><br />The often overlooked human cost of fighting the Cold War finds a clear voice in “MIA” by Marilyn Elkins, the widow of a Navy airman, who details the struggle to learn the truth about her husband, Lt. Frank C. Elkins, whose A-4 Skyhawk disappeared over Vietnam in 1966. In addition there are profiles of the war’s “front lines”–Dien Bien Phu, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Bay of Pigs–as well as of prominent military and civil leaders from both sides, including Harry S. Truman, Nikita Khrushchev, Dean Acheson, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Richard M. Nixon, Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, and others.<br /><br />Encompassing so many perspectives and events, <i>The Cold War</i> succeeds at an impossible task: illuminating and explaining the history of an undeclared shadow war that threatened the very existence of humankind.<br />

17 Comrades

Author : Stephen E. Ambrose
Genre :  Family & Relationships  Books  Nonfiction  History  Biographies & Memoirs  United States 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2000-09-17
Description :  <i>Comrades</i> is a celebration of male friendships. Acclaimed historian Stephen Ambrose begins his examination with a glance inward -- he starts this book with his brothers, his first and forever friends, and the shared experiences that join them for a lifetime, overcoming distance and misunderstandings. He next writes of Dwight D. Eisenhower, who had a golden gift for friendship and who shared a perfect trust with his younger brother Milton in spite of their apparently unequal stations. With great emotion, Ambrose describes the relationships of the young soldiers of Easy Company who fought and died together from Normandy to Germany, and he recalls with admiration three unlikely friends who fought in different armies in that war. He recounts the friendships of Lewis and Clark and of Crazy Horse and He Dog, and he tells the story of the Custer brothers who died together at the Little Big Horn. Ambrose remembers and celebrates the friends he has made and kept throughout his life. <br /> <i>Comrades</i> concludes with the author's recollection of his own friendship with his father. "He was my first and always most important friend," Ambrose writes. "I didn't learn that until the end, when he taught me the most important thing, that the love of father-son-father-son is a continuum, just as love and friendship are expansive."

18 D-Day Illustrated Edition

Author : Stephen E. Ambrose
Genre :  Military  Books  History 
Price :  $19.99
Release Date :  2014-05-06
Description :  Now illustrated with an extraordinary collection of over 125 photos, Stephen E. Ambrose’s <i>D-Day </i>is the definitive history of World War II’s most pivotal battle, June 6, 1944, the day that changed the course of history.<br /><br /><i>D-Day </i>is the epic story of men at the most demanding moment of their lives, when the horrors, complexities, and triumphs of life are laid bare. Distinguished historian Stephen E. Ambrose portrays the faces of courage and heroism, fear and determination—what Eisenhower called “the fury of an aroused democracy”—that shaped the victory of the citizen soldiers whom Hitler had disparaged.<br /><br />Drawing on more than 1,400 interviews with American, British, Canadian, French, and German veterans, Ambrose reveals how the original plans for the invasion had to be abandoned, and how enlisted men and junior officers acted on their own initiative when they realized that nothing was as they were told it would be.<br /><br />The action begins at midnight, June 5/6, when the first British and American airborne troops jumped into France. It ends at midnight, June 6/7. Focusing on those pivotal twenty-four hours, the book moves from the level of Supreme Commander to that of a French child, from General Omar Bradley to an American paratrooper, from Field Marshal Montgomery to a German sergeant. Ambrose’s <i>D-Day </i>is the most honored account of one of our history’s most important days.

19 Fateful Friendship: Eisenhower and Patton

Author : Stephen E. Ambrose
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  History  United States  Military 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  2014-11-13
Description :  Dwight D. Eisenhower dreamed of serving under George S. Patton, Jr., but history reversed their roles. Their stormy relationship dramatically shaped the Allied assault on the Third Reich. Here, in this short-form book from acclaimed historian Stephen Ambrose, is their story.

20 Nixon Volume III

Author : Stephen E. Ambrose
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Politics & Current Events  History  United States 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2014-03-18
Description :  In <i>Nixon: Ruin and Recovery, 1973-1990</i>, Stephen E. Ambrose completes his acclaimed biography of the man many historians call the most fascinating politician in American history: Richard Milhous Nixon.<br /><br />Rarely before on the stage of global politics has one man, respected and reviled, blessed and cursed, held us in such rapt attention. Using Nixon’s own words, private writings, and tape-recorded conversations, Ambrose captures the man and all his contradictions as he faces the ordeal of Watergate and its aftermath, the long road back to public life.<br /><br />Watergate is a drama with high stakes and low skullduggery, of lies and bribes, of greed and lust for power. At its center is the obsession of the country and much of the world with President Richard Nixon himself. It is a remarkable play of foolhardy heroism as Nixon risked everything trying to maintain dignity and his job, when he alone had the power to determine the outcome of the scandal, whether by resigning, confessing, destroying evidence or defying the courts and Congress.<br /><br />Ambrose explains how Nixon destroyed himself through a combination of arrogance and indecision, allowing a "third-rate burglary" to escalate into a scandal that overwhelmed his presidency.<br /><br />Yet even after his self-exile from Washington and the Republican Party, even after the national outcry that sealed his shame, Nixon would not go gentle into oblivion. Ambrose provides an unforgettable portrait of the older Nixon in San Clemente, drawing on his seemingly endless reserves of determination, laying the groundwork for yet another comeback, a return to the arena that would defy all odds. <br /><br />Ambrose illuminates all the hidden years, and we see Nixon’s gradual transformation from pariah to valued elder statesmen, respected internationally and at home even by those who had earlier clamored loudest for his head. This is the story of Nixon's final fall from grace and astonishing recovery.

21 Nixon Volume I

Author : Stephen E. Ambrose
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Politics & Current Events  History  United States 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2014-03-18
Description :  From acclaimed biographer Stephen E. Ambrose comes the life of one of the most elusive and intriguing American political figures, Richard M. Nixon. From his difficult boyhood and earnest youth to bis ruthless political campaigns for Congress and Senate to his defeats in '60 and '62, Nixon emerges life-size in all his complexity. Ambrose charts the peaks and valleys of Nixon's first fifty years -- his critical support as a freshman congressman of the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan; his involvement in the House Committee on Un-American Activities; his aggressive pursuit of Alger Hiss; his ambivalent relationship with Eisenhower; and more. It is the consummate biography; it is a stunning political odyssey.

22 Eisenhower Volume II

Author : Stephen E. Ambrose
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  History  United States  Politics & Current Events 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2014-03-18
Description :  <i>Eisenhower: The President,</i> the second and concluding volume of Stephen Ambrose's brilliant biography, is the first assessment of a postwar President based on access to the entire record. It covers a wide range of subjects, including Eisenhower's rejection of the near-unanimous advice he received as President to use atomic weapons; his thinking on defense policy and the Cold War; his handling of a multitude of foreign-affairs crises; his attitudes and actions on civil rights; his views on Joseph McCarthy and on communism. Also illuminated are Eisenhower's relations with Nixon, Truman, Khrushchev, de Gaulle, and other world leaders. Ambrose provides us with an extraordinary portrait -- fairminded and enormously well-informed -- of the man, both decent and complex, who is increasingly regarded as one of the twentieth century's greatest Presidents.

23 From D-Day to Victory Box Set

Author : Stephen E. Ambrose
Genre :  Military  Books  History  Europe  United States 
Price :  $35.99
Release Date :  2013-06-25
Description :  “This e-book box set includes the following books by Stephen E. Ambrose, chronicling the pivotal moments from WWII—from D-Day to the capture of Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest.<br /><br /><i>Band of Brothers</i>: A riveting account of Easy Company, 506th Airborne Division, U.S. Army—responsible for everything from parachuting into France early D-Day morning to the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden. Drawing on hours of interviews with survivors as well as the soldiers' journals and letters, here are the stories, often in the men's own words, of these American heroes.<br /><br /><i>D-Day: </i>The preeminent chronicle of the most important day in the twentieth century —drawn from more than 1,400 interviews with American, British, Canadian, French, and German veterans.<br /><br /><i>Pegasus Bridge:</i> A gripping account of the first engagement of D-Day—Pegasus Bridge. In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, a small detachment of British airborne troops stormed the German defense forces and paved the way for the Allied invasion of Europe. Ambrose traces each step of the preparations over many months to the minute-by-minute excitement of the hand-to-hand confrontations on the bridge.”

24 The Men of War - Box Set

Author : Stephen E. Ambrose
Genre :  History  Books  United States  Military 
Price :  $36.99
Release Date :  2013-06-11
Description :  “This e-book box set includes the following books by Stephen E. Ambrose, bringing into focus the men and women who fought in World War II:<br /><br /><i>The Victors</i>: A breathtaking work that follows the momentous events of the war from D-Day through to the final days, centering this epic drama on the citizen soldiers, the boys who became men as they fought, proving eventually unbeatable. A compelling celebration of military genius and heroism, and of camaraderie and courage.<br /><br /><i>Citizen Soldiers</i>: A riveting account that follows the individual characters of World War II, from the high command down to the ordinary soldier, drawing on hundreds of interviews to re-create the war experience with startling clarity and immediacy. From the hedgerows of Normandy to the overrunning of Germany, this is the real story of World War II from the perspective of the men and women who fought it.<br /><br /><i>Wild Blue</i>: Following this exceptional band of brothers, the young men who flew the B-24s over Germany in World War II against terrible odds, Ambrose recounts their extraordinary brand of heroism, skill, daring, and comradeship with the vivid detail and affection.”

25 Nixon Volume II

Author : Stephen E. Ambrose
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  History  United States  Politics & Current Events 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2014-03-18
Description :  Stephen E. Ambrose’s biography of one of the most complex and puzzling US presidents at the apogee of his career, rebounding from defeat to an innovative, high-risk presidency, already sowing the seeds of his ruin.<br /><br />Starting with Nixon’s drive to the presidency, volume two of Ambrose’s major biography of America’s 37th president chronicles Nixon’s campaigns, his ultimate victory in 1962 as well as his first term as President, and culminates with the Nixon’s reelection on November 7, 1972. <br /><br />Nixon was a complex man graced with superb intellect, creative, knowledgeable about world activities and peerless in his talent for foreign affairs. Yet he could also be manipulative, quick to anger, driven by unseen ambitions, cynical about domestic politics, and sensitive to criticism. <br /><br />Culled from his private papers, speeches, hand-written notes, audio recordings of conversations in the Nixon White House and much more, Ambrose’s account offers insight into the thought patterns and attitudes of the man whose Presidency was marked by the debacles of Watergate and Vietnam, yet who also began the process of nuclear disarmament and opened up crucial diplomatic relations with China. This is a brilliant and detailed second part to Ambrose’s Nixon trilogy.

26 Eisenhower Volume I

Author : Stephen E. Ambrose
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  History  Military  Politics & Current Events 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2014-03-18
Description :  Stephen E. Ambrose draws upon extensive sources, an unprecedented degree of scholarship, and numerous interviews with Dwight D. Eisenhower himself to offer the fullest, richest, and most objective rendering yet of the soldier who became president.<br /><br />At various times in his life, Eisenhower was a soldier at wartime, the Chief of Staff, patron to the North American Treaty Organization, president of Columbia University, and the Supreme Commander of the United States. However, he was also a father, son, husband, and friend. This deeply personal biography concerns itself less with the “life and times” of Eisenhower and more on the man himself, his achievements and triumphs, failures and concerns, as well as his relationships with those closest to him. <br /><br />A charismatic leader with a high degree of intelligence, integrity, tremendous energy and a commitment to basic principles that drew soldiers, civilians, and foreigners alike to him, Eisenhower was also ambitious, sensitive to criticism, and avid sportsman who was terribly loyal to his friends and family. <br /><br />Ultimately, Ambrose presents a masterful portrait of Eisenhower that finely delves into his personal life during his presidency, the onset of the Cold war, and as the leader of a rapidly evolving nation struggling with issues as diverse as civil rights, atomic weapons, and a new global role. Ambrose shows what an extraordinary person Eisenhower was and the extent to which many who live in freedom today owe to him. This superb interpretation of Eisenhower's life confirms Stephen Ambrose's position as one of the nation’s finest historians.

27 Stephen E. Ambrose Opening of the West E-Book Boxed Set

Author : Stephen E. Ambrose
Genre :  United States  Books  History  Military 
Price :  $26.99
Release Date :  2013-06-25
Description :  This ebook box set includes the following books by Stephen E. Ambrose, focusing on the ingenuity and the hardships that shaped the American West:<br /><br /><i>Undaunted Courage</i>: This #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestseller gives a sweeping account of the most momentous expedition in American history. Ambrose follows the Lewis and Clark Expedition from Thomas Jefferson's hope of finding a waterway to the Pacific, through the heart-stopping moments of the actual trip, to Lewis's lonely demise on the Natchez Trace. Along the way, Ambrose shows us the American West as Lewis saw it—wild, awesome, and pristinely beautiful.<br /><br /><i>Nothing Like It in the World</i>: A riveting account of an unprecedented feat of engineering, vision, and courage—this is the story of the men who built the transcontinental railroad. The US government pitted two companies—the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific Railroads—against each other in a race for funding, encouraging speed over caution, and their race brilliantly comes to life in Ambrose’s telling of the investors who risked their businesses and money; the enlightened politicians who understood its importance; the engineers and surveyors who risked, and sometimes lost, their lives; and the Irish and Chinese immigrants, the defeated Confederate soldiers, and all the laborers who did the backbreaking and dangerous work on the tracks.

28 Kompania braci. Od Normandii do Orlego Gniazda Hitlera

Author : Stephen E. Ambrose
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2012-01-01
Description :  Opowieść o żołnierzach sławnej amerykańskiej kompanii piechoty spadochronowej od chwili sformowania w lecie 1942 roku i szkolenia w Stanach Zjednoczonych poprzez lądowanie w Normandii w D-Day aż do zajęcia Orlego Gniazda Hitlera w maju 1945 roku. To właśnie w tej kompanii służył żołnierz, którego losy stały się kanwą scenariusza filmu<i> Szeregowiec Ryan</i> Stevena Spielberga. Na podstawie książki Steven Spielberg i Tom Hanks wyprodukowali dziesięcioodcinkowy serial <b><i>Kompania braci </i></b>dla telewizji HBO.<br /><br /> <i>Wartościowe i fascynujące świadectwo. [...] Czytelnik tej książki może poczuć się jednym z żołnierzy kompanii E, wczuć się w ich losy, bawić się i cierpieć wraz z nimi.</i><br /> <b>„The Times”</b><br /> <i>Doskonałe opracowanie, dogłębna znajomość tematu i mistrzowskie opanowanie warsztatu przez </i><b><i>Stephena Ambrose'a</i></b><i> stworzyły dzieło historyczne, które doskonale się czyta i które wspaniale oddaje bohaterstwo „kompanii braci”. </i><br /> <b>„San Francisco Chronicle”</b>

29 Bratrstvo neohrožených

Author : Stephen E. Ambrose
Genre :  History  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2010-01-01
Description :  Bratrstvo neohrožených představuje práci vynikajícího historika o pozoruhodné rotě armády USA. Kromě bojových úspěchů, mezi něž patří excelentní výkony při invazi v Normandii, v bojích v Ardenách nebo v Holandsku, Ambroseho zaujal zvláštní vztah mezi jejími příslušníky, který přetrval dlouhá desetiletí po skončení války. „Mezi těmi veterány byl evidentní tak blízký a důvěrný vztah, že dodnes zůstávají jakýmsi bratrstvem neohrožených,“ napsal po dokončení knihy v roce 1991. Titul je tedy vedle podrobného popisu výcviku a bojů roty E od Normandie až po obsazení Hitlerova „Orlího hnízda“ v Berchtesgadenu také sondou do mezilidských vztahů elitních vojáků, popisem vzniku řady přátelství „na život a na smrt“ a v neposlední řadě také pohledem na západní frontu druhé světové války očima řadového amerického vojáka.



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