To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian

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  • Title: To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian
  • Author: Stephen E. Ambrose
  • ISBN: 9780743202756
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Hardcover

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  1. An amazing book A personal reflection on American history from a leading US Historian Goes into showing the American spirit and what made this country great Lewis and Clarke s expedition, manifest destiny, and the war of 1812 are just some points Stephen Ambrose seamlessly blends historical fact with his view on how these events forged who we are today as a country, a society, and a free people Truly a book every American should read


  2. My father gave me this book last summer before my husband and I embarked upon a long cross country road trip I did actually begin the book in the car along the way, but didn t finish it until this past week I have a mixed opinion about the book, complicated even farther by my English teacher reaction to some articles I ve since read about Ambrose s writing and alleged plagiarism in some of his books articles I plan to use in class for those serious discussions with my students about what it actu [...]


  3. Stephen Ambrose gives some overall thoughts on what America actually is, using his decades of scholarship, study and writing to back himself up He defends several critiques of American history the bombing of Japan in WWII, for example, or the myth of Native American harmony with nature He speaks at length about the work involved in history scholarship, and through his description, his love becomes the reader s as well Must say, I m a bit irritated at Ambrose on occasion in this book God rest his [...]


  4. Ambrose offers an eclectic set of historical profiles and his opinions about each topic or event I enjoyed his writing style His casual source citations detracted from the work For my tastes, I tired of his constant references about his academic background, research activities, and teaching experiences Since this was Ambrose s last book, I should not pass judgement on his selection and presentation of these historical events I would like to read another of his books, especially one of the biogra [...]


  5. For fans of the late historian Ambrose died in 2002 this book is something of a treat as it tells how he became an historian he was a pre med student initially , how he got into the writing game, and the stories behind all the books he had written Throughout the book there is always a theme of transition and progression, not just in the sense of America as a nation, but in Ambrose as a scholar, writer, man and citizen as he studies the history of the nation and its peoples, he progresses from wh [...]


  6. To America , was Ambrose s very last effort, but it should not be the first book you read from him My favorite American historian tossed me a little zinger from the grave Master Steve no disrespect intended I assumed, from his dust jacket, that this was a tribute collection of his favorite moments in history told in sequence I ve always had a pipe dream to do just that line up all my favorite historical books like little dominoes and kick off a chain reaction rolling forward through time The fir [...]


  7. With such masterpieces as Undaunted Courage , Band of Brothers and D Day , it is difficult to write a negative review of Stephen Ambrose s epitaph contemplation To America Personal Reflections of An Historian Ambrose applies 21st century thought to 18th century events, a sin by any historian s standards Within the first 5 pages, Ambrose stoops to discounting Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, as a racist , a bigot and an intellectual coward how can any historian dis [...]


  8. This book is a collection of essays The first chapters are about historical topics Thomas Jefferson, President Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, the American Indian wars, World War II Later topics become and personal He writes about his experiences writing most of his famous books the people he met, the experiences he had He describes how rancor over the Viet Nam war divided his family, so that he and his brothers did not speak for years He describes how he came to care about African American civil r [...]


  9. Stephen Ambrose was one of my favorite historians He was an excellent writer that brought a you are there quality to his works In many cases, he actually had been there, such as on the Missouri River following the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, which made his books authoritative and readable Sadly, he passed away due to cancer in 2002, but he managed to finish this last work To America is a little bit memoir, a little bit greatest hits, and a little bit patriotic hymn to America In it, Ambrose d [...]


  10. I downloaded this on Audible before I left, and listened to it through Iowa and Missouri, running down through Hannibal to St Louis Finished it when I got back home.I really enjoyed Ambrose s insights into and knowledge of some of the great people and events of American history And I learnt a lot.This is kind of the history behind the history This is Ambrose telling us why he became interested in certain subjects, often on the most trivial of happenstances It s also a bit of a roadtrip through A [...]


  11. I d never read any of Ambrose s books, so this book provided a nice survey of his body of work through 2002 Writing about the events in history that shaped this country had to have been a lot different in 2002 than writing about them a year later, after we d invaded Iraq Ambrose writes with such optimism toward the way America is seen around the world At one point he talks about what the future of warfare will look like essentially rebuilding a nation s infrastructure while earning that nation s [...]


  12. The last book of the American historian Stephen Ambrose, it s a collection of the author s different essays on a wide range of subjects in American history, from the 18th to the 21st centuries A fascinating part of this book is Ambrose s personal admission that some of his earlier beliefs and positions about American history were wrong, views which were popular then but which later turned out to be misguided And also consolidating other assessments, especially America s decisive role in victory [...]


  13. It made me want to read all his books and I enjoyed some of his personal anecdotes Made me want to read all his books and see the D Day museum in New Orleans


  14. Ambrose is a good historian When he s simply storytelling, it is when he s at his best I was excited to read the personal viewpoints of a longstanding historian But I forgot to take into account that I d be reading an many generations prior to my own, white, professional, and privileged male s opinion While Ambrose s is liberal, and I do find it interesting and valuable to learn opinions of those who came before you and who spent their lives studying history Ambrose often was an apologist for Am [...]


  15. I had to read this for a graduate school seminar I am not wild about American history Still, Ambrose gives a unique view of events and it feels like you are time traveling with Ambrose Ambrose almost lost me when he explained that his father refused to give his mother permission to get a job since he and his brothers and dad thought a woman s place was at home taking care of her husband and kids and finally he gave her permission to get involved in local boards and she got elected but he refused [...]


  16. In this random collection of things Ambrose wants to talk about, he tries to leave behind his school of Old White Male History, but he just can t Nor he can avoid a sometimes stunningly Amerocentric attitude When Americans win a war or a battle, they do it with glory and bravery than was ever seen before in history When they accomplish some feat, it is better than any feat that ever came before And when they form a hatred towards someone, that too is stronger than anyone else s hatred I might s [...]


  17. I thoroughly enjoyed this book And, I am by no means a history buff I am bias although, because I have read several of Ambrose s books and have enjoyed them all Ambrose is one of my favorite authors and the only History Author I like I enjoyed the way Ambrose shared his insights and his takes from the exhaustive reasearch that he has done, related to American History I especially admired his candidness in sharing with the readers that he learned a certain American history topic one way, taught i [...]


  18. Once again, taking on my kid s summer reading assignment This book was a much better choice than last year s history reading assignment Actually, it s the first time I ve read Stephen Ambrose, though I had certainly heard of him He wrote the book shortly before he passed on and I m sure he must have known he was dying as he wrote it It reads like a love letter to America, with a real Letters to a Young Poet vibe He describes his life as a historian his regrets and his proudest moments along with [...]


  19. Due to the events of the past week, I ve been feeling very patriotic, and I wanted to read something distinctly so I found historian Stephen Ambrose s last book To America to be just such a book Written right before he died in 2002, this short book is a look back over event s and guiding principles he thinks have been key to the success of our country A history teacher s final lecture Stephen Ambrose was attracted to military history According to him, the key events in American history were mili [...]


  20. Most Historians spend their lives striving to maintain objectivity on their chosen subjects The reader should be allowed to make their own interpretations of the information represented But the successful historian author such as Stephen Ambrose has refined their narrative skillful to expand interest in the material This, I believe, can bend objectivity ever so slightly But it s also why Ambrose is one the best selling historians of the last twenty years He knows how to tell history in a way tha [...]


  21. Written as Stephen Ambrose was suffering from the lung cancer that would ultimately take his life It is written not as his typical books covering a particular person or event in history, but in a series of personal essays on the topics that he covered in his career If you are looking for something different than a series of essays, then I suggest picking up Citizen Soldiers The U S Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany or Undaunted Courage.I liked the way Ambros [...]


  22. Stephen Ambrose begins his book with this quote in the preface, It is through history that we learn who we are and how we got that way, why and we changed, why the good sometimes prevailed and sometimes did not To America completely lived up to this statement Ambrose does a fantastic job of taking the reader on a journey through pivotal points in American history that have both taken a toll on the American public and Ambrose s own life Ambrose s narrative is inspiring to any person who is in the [...]


  23. Like the title implies, this book is the author s opinion on controversial topics in American history Stephen E Ambrose provides insight into such topics as the Battle of New Orleans, the construction of the 1st transcontinental railroad, racism, the presidency of Ulysses S Grant and other Presidents , the Vietnam War, WWI, WWII He provides arguments for his opinions changes from previously held views on these topics Issues discussed include war capitalism I would recommend this book to those wh [...]


  24. This turned out to be a personal look at history how Ambrose became an historian and how he reacted to the things he chose to study One of the things I really liked about it was his honesty in pointing out how he had gone with the academic crowd s current opinion when he first starting teaching, and where he has since come to a different opinion due to his own research and experiences It was nice to hear an academic admit to having been wrong at some point, and to have changed his mind over the [...]


  25. What this book basically consists of is Stephen Ambrose rambling, and that is grade A awesome Ambrose was a master historian, a man passionate about history and a spectacular writer To America represents an overview of his career, told by the man himself It hits all his major topics with a few devoted to figures he never got around to writing books for Where he strove to be objective in his previous books, To America is where he lets out a lot of his aggression on certain historical topics such [...]


  26. I have read several terrific books by Stephen Ambrose Citizen Soldiers, Undaunted Courage, and Nothing Like It in the World so I found this book of compiled magazine articles to be both interesting and a review of his historical studies Every chapter is very well written and includes both personal stories about how he studied the topic and also about his family life during his studies I especially appreciate two qualities about Ambrose s historical writing 1 his histories are based on numerous a [...]


  27. Listened to this as a CD in the car which was an excellent way to hear this Essays by history writer Stephen Ambrose on various aspects of our American history The initial chapter was a comparison of the early Presidents, particularly Jefferson and Washington Ambrose says that while Jefferson s intellect was superior to that of Washington, both men dealt with the issue of slavery differently Washington s slaves were freed upon his death and tho Jefferson s words about equality were immortalized [...]


  28. Stephen E Ambrose s reflections on his life and what he s learned as an historian are eye opening and transforming When I first picked up the book I assumed it would contain lessons of what he s learned to pass on down to future historians Some of that is included here but the main thrust of the book is examinations of the main topics he s written extensively about, his final thoughts and experiences of working on each of his selected works So, in essence, this book is part biography, part exam [...]


  29. What a strange, uneven book In reacting to the 1990s strain of political correctness that could simplify complex historical events and figures into good or bad, Ambrose sometimes provides a layered contextualization, insight that encourages genuine critical thought Other times, though, he serves up arguments that point to just as black and white a viewpoint as that which got him going His discussion of Manifest Destiny can be fairly summarized as the ends justified the means A less egregious but [...]


  30. Wasn t really sure what to expect but when I saw the 3 price tag and Stephen E Ambrose, I thought it was definitely worth the punt Much, much better than I had anticipated it is, as the title suggests, a personal reflection and sadly something of a farewell address but given his wide range of work, a fairly engrossing read Fairly familiar with his work in and around World War II but now inspired to read about the Transcontinental Railroad.