Stephen Ambrose was born in 1936 and grew up in Whitewater, Wisconsin.
He became a history professor known for his liberal views (for example he left a
teaching job at Kansas State University in order to protest over a visit from
Richard Nixon during the bombings of Laos and Cambodia. He also spoke out
against America's involvement in the Vietnam war. However, he was largely
unknown outside of academic circles until 1994 when he published 'D-Day'
(published 50 years after D-Day itself). His focus in this and future
books was on the ordinary soldier. In addition to his books about World
War II, Ambrose wrote about many other aspects of American history.
He was the author of numerous books of history, including the New York Times bestsellers Undaunted Courage and D-Day, as well as multi-volume biographies of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. He also founded the Eisenhower Center and was President of the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans. He lived in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and Helena, Montana.
Ambrose's film work included consulting roles on two Spielberg projects, 'Saving Private Ryan' and a documentary. He also consulted on a mini series made for cable TV based on his bestselling book 'Band of Brothers'
He died in October 2002 at the age of 66. His last book 'To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian' was published in November 2002. Ambrose describes this as his love song to his country. He started writing it after he was diagnosed with cancer - six months before his death.
When asked, Hugh Ambrose - the author's son, said that those who wanted to honor his father should 'take a moment to thank one of America's veterans.''
Ambrose is survived by his son, Hugh, his wife, Moira, his brothers Harry and Bill, and his children, Andy, Barry, Grace and Stephanie.
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