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Stephen E. Ambrose

Stephen E. AmbroseAKA Stephen Edward Ambrose

Born: 10-Jan-1936
Birthplace: Decatur, IL
Died: 13-Oct-2002
Location of death: Bay St. Louis, MS
Cause of death: Cancer - Lung
Remains: Buried, Gardens of Memory Memorial Park, Bay Saint Louis, MS

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Author

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Band of Brothers

A college football player who played in the Rose Bowl, Ambrose received a PhD in History from Wisconsin and embarked upon a career writing over two dozen history books, including lengthy biographies and works intended for the popular audience. Many of the works were on matters of military history, and in 1998 he consulted with Steven Spielberg for the ultraviolent Saving Private Ryan.

A scandal arose when apparent plagiarism was noticed several of his works. The portions in question were not quoted but they were footnoted, so this puts him in a murky gray area but not an actual plagiarist. In a letter he noted that the sum total of such material amounted to 10 pages of a total volume of over 15,000. In general however, particularly his later works revealed very little new scholarship.

Wife: Judith Dorlester (m. 1957)
Wife: Moira Buckley (m. 30-Sep-1968, until his death)
Son: Andy
Son: Barry
Son: Hugh
Daughter: Grace
Daughter: Stephanie

    University: BA History, University of Wisconsin (1957)
    University: MA History, Louisiana State University
    University: PhD History, University of Wisconsin (1963)
    Administrator: Founder, Eisenhower Center for American Studies, University of New Orleans

    National Humanities Medal 1998
    Academy of Achievement 1998
    Chi Psi Fraternity
    The Independent Institute Advisory Board
    National World War II Museum

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (4-Nov-1997) · Himself

Author of books:
Eisenhower and Berlin, 1945: The Decision to Halt at the Elbe (1967, history)
The Supreme Commander: The War Years of General Dwight D. Eisenhower (1970, biography)
Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy Since 1938 (1971, history, with Douglas G. Brinkley)
Crazy Horse and Custer: The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors (1975, biography)
Ike's Spies: Eisenhower and the Espionage Establishment (1981, history)
Eisenhower (1983-84, biography, 2 volumes)
Nixon (1987-90, biography, 3 volumes)
D-Day June 6, 1944 (1994, history)
Undaunted Courage (1996, history, on Lewis and Clark)
Citizen Soldiers (1997, history)
The Victors: Eisenhower and His Boys: The Men of World War II (1998, history)
Nothing Like It in the World (2000, history)
The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany 1944-45 (2001, history)
To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian (2002, memoir)


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