Authentic Wisconsin.  Stephen E. Ambrose

Above: An 8 minute unedited interview with author Stephen Ambrose on the troubles the Lewis and Clark expedition faced in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana.

Stephen E. Ambrose - Historian, teacher, author; born Stephen Edward Ambrose on January 10, 1936 in Lovington, Illinois but was raised in Whitewater, Wisconsin, where he graduated from Whitewater High School.   Ambrose attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was a member of Chi Psi Fraternity and played on the University of Wisconsin football team for three years as an offensive lineman.

While at the UW, Ambrose was also a member of the Navy and Army ROTC. He graduated with a B.A. in 1957, received a master's degree in history from Louisiana State University in 1958, and returned to The University of Wisconsin-Madison to earn a Ph.D. in 1963.

Ambrose is the author of many bestselling volumes of American popular history, and was best-known for his books on World War II and as a consultant for Steven Spielberg on the movie, "Saving Private Ryan".

Books include:

  • Band of Brothers (1992)
  • Undaunted Courage (1996)
  • Citizen Soldiers (1997)
  • D-Day (1994)
  • Nothing Like it in the World (2000)
  • The Wild Blue (2001)
  • Crazy Horse and Custer (1975)
  • Pegasus Brige (1984)
  • Eisenhower: Soldier and President (1968)
  • The Supreme Commander (1970)
  • The Victors: The Men of WWII (1998)
  • The Cold War: A Military History (2005)

Ambrose donated $500,000, half the amount needed, to the University of Wisconsin, to endow a chair in the name of William B. Hesseltine, Ambrose's mentor at the University of Wisconsin. The chair's position would focus on the teaching of American military history. When the chair became fully endowed, after Ambrose's death, it was renamed the Ambrose-Hesseltine Chair. Ambrose credits William B. Hesseltine for shaping his writing and igniting his interest in history.

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Stephen E. Ambrose

Stephen E. Ambrose.

Above: Stephen Ambrose speaking about his new book "The Wild Blue" at the National Press Club in 2001. Photo is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic: Jim Wallace (Smithsonian Institution).

Above: Stephen Ambrose Documentary.

Above: D Day Tour by Stephen Ambrose.

Above: Stephen Ambrose 1996 interview about his historical novel, "Undaunted Courage."

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