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To America: Personal Reflections of an Historianby Stephen E Ambrose
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Completed shortly before Ambrose's untimely death, To America is a very personal look at our nation's history through the eyes of one of the twentieth century's most influential historians.
Ambrose roams the country's history, praising the men and women who made it exceptional. He considers Jefferson and Washington, who were progressive thinkers (while living a contradiction as slaveholders), and celebrates Lincoln and Roosevelt. He recounts Andrew Jackson's stunning defeat of a superior British force in the battle of New Orleans with a ragtag army in the War of 1812. He brings to life Lewis and Clark's grueling journey across the wilderness and the building of the railroad that joined the nation coast to coast. Taking swings at political correctness, as well as his own early biases, Ambrose grapples with the country's historic sins of racism; its ill treatment of Native Americans; and its tragic errors such as the war in Vietnam, which he ardently opposed. He contrasts the modern presidencies of Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, and Johnson. He considers women's and civil rights, immigration, philanthropy, and nation building. Most powerfully, in this final volume, Ambrose offers an accolade to the historian's mighty calling.
Now in paperback--the "New York Times" bestseller on the history of America and the pioneering men and women who made the nation what it is today.
About the Author
Stephen E. Ambrose wrote more than twenty-five works of history, including Undaunted Courage, D-Day, Citizen Soldiers, Nothing Like It in the World, and Band of Brothers as well as multivolume biographies of Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon. He was founder of the Eisenhower Center, president of the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans, and recipient of a National Humanities Award in 1999 as well as the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal from the Department of Defense in 2000. He died in 2002.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
One: The Founding Fathers
Two: The Battle of New Orleans
Three: The Indian Country
Four: The Transcontinental Railroad
Five: Grant and Reconstruction
Six: Theodore Roosevelt and the Beginning of the American Century
Seven: Democracy, Eisenhower, and the War in Europe
Eight: The War in the Pacific
Nine: The Legacy of World War II
Eleven: Writing in and About America
Twelve: War Stories: Crazy Horse and Custer and Pegasus Bridge
Thirteen: Writing About Nixon
Fourteen: Writing About Men in Action, 1992-2001
Fifteen: The National D-Day Museum
Sixteen: American Racism
Seventeen: Women's Rights and Immigration
Eighteen: The United States and Nation Building
Nineteen: Nothing Like It in the World
Acknowledgments Index Copyright © 2002 by Ambrose and Ambrose, Inc.
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