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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (857 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen E. Ambrose Narrator: Jeffrey DeMunn Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Reflecting on his career, Stephen E. Ambrose—one of the country’s most influential historians—confronts America’s failures and struggles as he explores both its moral and pragmatic triumphs. To America celebrates the men and women who invented the United States and made it exceptional.

Taking a few swings at today’s political correctness, Ambrose grapples with the country’s historic sins of racism, its neglect and ill treatment of Native Americans, and its tragic errors. He reflects on some of the early founders—great men such as Washington and Jefferson—who, while progressive thinkers, lived a contradiction as slaveholders. He contemplates the genius of Andrew Jackson’s defeat of a vastly superior British force with a ragtag army in the War of 1812. He describes the grueling journey that Lewis and Clark made to open up the country, and the building of the railroad that produced great riches for a few barons.

Ambrose explains the misunderstood presidency of Ulysses S. Grant, records the country’s assumption of world power under the leadership of Theodore Roosevelt, and extols the heroic victory of World War II. He explores women’s rights and civil rights, immigration, museum and nation-building.

Most importantly, Ambrose tells us about writing history, and about what an historian’s job is all about. As he says, “The last five letters of the word ‘history’ tell us that it is an account of the past that is about people and what they did, which is what makes it the most fascinating of subjects.” As he reflects upon American history, Ambrose shares his own personal history. To America is an instant classic for those interested in history, patriotism, and the love of writing. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stephen Ambrose is that rare breed: an historian with true passion for his subjects.”

    Ken Burns, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An exciting classroom lecture by a well-beloved teacher.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “In this brief yet satisfying book, Ambrose moves seamlessly from one topic to the next with contagious enthusiasm and unapologetic optimism…Ambrose’s undying faith in his country and his fellow citizens is inspiring.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “An excellent read…a must for history fans…To America is a love letter to the nation.”

    Knoxville News-Sentinel

  • “Stunning…Stephen Ambrose should be assigned a special, honored place among modern historians…All of us who write or read history are in his debt.”

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Colette | 2/16/2014

    " For anyone that loves Ametican history and wants to uncover a few of the mysteries of recording of history in a non-biased way. It might be interesting for this who love Band of Brothers, but do not care too much for Jefferson (me). Many may not like Ambrose, but this is a heartfelt journey of an aged historian and could change your mind about him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Peter Mayeux | 2/16/2014

    " 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 biographies he published early in his career. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marc | 2/13/2014

    " Patriotic words from one of the greatest members of the greatest generation. This is his final will and testament, written with love and respect for all kinds of readers. It's his vision for all that America is--and could be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by AGC | 1/31/2014

    " I really adore Ambrose's writing style. Very clear and crisp, and he's a great storyteller. This was one of the books that got me interested in history (although the subject is now buried in my mind because of the intense amount of science). "

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