Stephen Ambrose: The American Soldier

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In the writing of the book Ambrose gave booth side of the war, from the American soldier as well as the German soldier. He did not lean toward or favor one side above the other. Any time he gave the accounting of an atrocity commented by one side, he would always have the stories from the other side to balance it out. He did not portray the American soldier any better than a German soldier, they all did horrific acts of cruelty during the war. There were also accounts of bravery, compassion and selflessness from both sides. If anything, I think Ambrose wanted to get the point across that war was harsh, brutal and merciless. The men that could not adapt to the situation around them became callous and uncaring, human life had little meaning to…show more content…
The only way to get to the end was to kill your enemy, he showed this side of the war. All the soldiers that made it through the war were changed in one way or another. Stephen Ambrose has written or edited over thirty-five books the majority dealing with military history. A professor of history from 1960 to 1995, he won several awards including, “George Marshall Award, the Teddy Roosevelt Award, the Department of the Army Award for Distinguished Public Service, the Abraham Lincoln Literary Award, the Will Rogers Memorial Award, the Bob Hope Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, and the National Humanities Award. He was also awarded the highest medal a civilian can receive from the Defense Department, the Medal for Distinguished Public Service, in 2000”. He was a commentator for the Ken Burns documentary Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery on PBS. Further achievements were, a consultant for the movie Saving Private Ryan, and his book the Band of Brothers was converted into a HBO mini-series. He also founded the Eisenhower Center at the University of New Orleans, with the focus being American national security policy.
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