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Stephen E. Ambrose

A sad note: Stephen Ambrose died of lung cancer
on Sunday, October 13, 2002, at the age of 66

Band of Brothers author Stephen Ambrose Stephen E. Ambrose was born in 1936 in Whitewater, Wisconsin, the son of a small town doctor. He started pre-med at the University of Wisconsin but soon discovered his true passion and switched to American history. He went on to study at Louisiana State University for an M.A., and later returned to Wisconsin for his Ph.D.

He has become a phenomenal popularizer of history. He is the author of more than 20 books (see the list below), most of them on military history, many of them bestsellers.

In an interview with Atlantic Monthly magazine, Ambrose was asked what drew him to become a military historian, even though he had never fought in a war himself. He replied, "I decided early on that I wanted to be a historian, and then I very quickly figured out that war is where the action is, and even more specifically, that the action's on the battlefield, where who wins determines the kind of world we're going to live in. I thought, I want to go to the heart of the matter."

Elsewhere, Ambrose has further explained his specific interest in World War II: "I was ten years old when the war ended. I thought the returning veterans were giants who had saved the world from barbarism. I still think so. I remain a hero worshiper. Over the decades I've interviewed thousands of veterans. It is a privilege to hear their stories, then write them up."

He is a retired professor of history at the University of New Orleans, and is the founder and director emeritus of the Eisenhower Center in New Orleans. Recently, Ambrose founded the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans.

He lives in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and Helena, Montana, with his wife Moira Buckley Ambrose.

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