Stephen E. Ambrose was one of the popular biographer and historian of America, who has written many popular manuscripts in his writing career. He is particularly famous for writing down the biographies of the former United States Richard Nixon and Dwight Eisenhower. Before taking up writing as a career, author Ambrose used to work as a longtime history professor at the New Orleans University. His written works also include a number of bestselling novels based on the popular history of America. Ambrose was born on January 10, 1936 in Lovington, Illinois and died on October 13, 2002, in Bate St. Louis, Mississippi, United States. Some of the most famous works of author Ambrose include the Band of Brothers series, which was also adapted into a television series in the year 2001. Almost all his written works were rich in historical details about America as well as the wartime situations. Even the biographies of the U.S. Presidents that author Ambrose wrote were considered great by many scholars at that time. But, during the end phase of Ambrose’s life and also after his death, several reports and evidenced began surfacing, which documented long term patterns of inaccuracies and plagiarism in a number of his published works as well as others.
He responded to one of those reports when he came to know about it, saying that he was trying the steal the work of other people. After his death, a New York Times reviewer said that he deserved a better treatment from a few of his envious peers. The reviewer even credited author Ambrose for reaching a wide range of audiences without harming the standards of scholarship of the profession. Author Stephen E. Ambrose was born to Stephen Hedges and Rosepha Trippe Ambrose in Lovington, Illinois. His father used to serve in the United States navy as a physician during the Second World War. Author Ambrose was mainly brought up in Whitewater, Wisconsin, where he attended the Whitewater School. His family used to own a farmland in Lovington and a vacation property in Wisconsin. Later, Ambrose joined the Wisconsin-Madison University. There, he became a part of the Chi Psi Fraternity and also played as a team player in the university’s football team for a period of 3 years.
After completing his graduation from the university, author Ambrose wanted to pursue a degree in pre-medicine. But, he decided to change his subject to history after hearing a lecture about the United States history during his sophomore year. The topic of that lecture was Representative Americans and was delivered by William B. Hesseltine, who is also the person responsible for fundamentally shaping the writing skills of author Ambrose as well as developing his interest towards the history of America. While still studying at the Wisonsin-Madison University, Ambrose had become a member of the Army and Navy ROTC. In the year 1957, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and the earned his master’s degree from the Louisiana State University in the subject of history in the year 1958. Later, author Ambrose received his Ph.D from the Wisconsin-Madison University in the year 1963, under the guidance of William B. Hesseltine.
One of the initial novels written by author Stephen E. Ambrose was published under the title ‘Pegasus Bridge’. It was released by the Simon and Schuster publishing house in the year 1984. The plot of this depicts an event during the Second World War in which the airborne troops of the British force and the defense forces of the Germans. In the opening sequence of the plot of the novel, it is shown that a small team of British airborne forces storm the defense forces of the German Army during the early hours of June06. 1944. This helps the Allied forces to move ahead in invading Europe. 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. The first engagement of the rival forces on the D-Day takes place on the Pegasus Bridge, which proved to be the turning point of the War. Author Ambrose very well depicted the events of the Second World War, bringing to life the crucial and daring mission without which the Normandy invasion by the Allied forces would not have been possible. He has traced even the minute details of the fight between the rival forces on the Pegasus Bridge by taking months, for the preparation of the plot. In the end, the novel became successful in showcasing the heroism, kindness, brutality, and cowardice, which was actually experienced by the military personnels at the time of the Second World War.
One of the other initial novels written by author Stephen E. Ambrose was released under the title ‘Undaunted Courage’. It was published by the Simon and Schuster publishing house in the year 1996. The plot of this novel is set in the United States and revolves around the happenings in the lives of the central characters named Thomas Jefferson, William Clark, and Meriwether Lewis. In the opening sequence of the plot of the novel, author Ambrose has depicted a military expedition during the time of the year 1803, which took place in a hostile territory. The personal secretary of President Thomas Jefferson named Captain Meriwaether Lewis was selected by him to lead a voyage to the other side of the Great Plains. The place was an extremely uncharted region, with a vast and wild land, under the rule of the Indians. Lewis was brave and charismatic, and also had the past experience of going on a pioneering voyage. As a result, he was the perfect choice to lead the expedition. Even though Meriwether Lewis was treated as a hero after returning to Washington in the year 1806, he fantasies of the president were not by the his discoveries. Therefore, Lewis began to think that he failed in the expedition. He started drinking too much and piled up a huge debt. The novel proved to be one of the great historical stories, which helped it to top the bestseller charts in the United States. Author used the elements of drama, danger, diplomacy, and suspense, and combined them with personal tragedy and romance, which made the novel an excellent work of a thrilling adventure.Book Series In Order » Authors » Stephen E. Ambrose