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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (858 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen E. Ambrose Narrator: Henry Strozier, Stephen E. Ambrose Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged 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 wordhistorytell 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

  • “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

  • “He does not shy away from writing about America’s sins, both past and present, but Ambrose’s undying faith in his country and his fellow citizens is inspiring.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Scott Whitney | 2/18/2014

    " I enjoyed this look into the mind of one of the best known author/historians of our age. In this book he has helped me discover the thoughts and feelings of many of the most influential men our country has produced and their impacts on this country I love and for which I have fought. Probably my favorite book by this author to date since it discusses his thought, feelings and relationships rather than what he has researched. This book, and Comrades has helped me know this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jagad5 | 2/11/2014

    " Great stories about how he became the writer he was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Terry | 2/8/2014

    " Stephen Ambrose is at his best as a storyteller of history. His other books bring the men and women of history to life. This book was a bit disappointing. Sometimes Ambrose leans toward American exceptionalism. Sometimes he leans toward progressivism. But most of the time his political analysis is surprisingly trite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Teri | 2/6/2014

    " I'm not a history buff, but I am an enthusiast - and a writer - and this book has something for both those sides of me. I like Ambrose's detail of the history of his own evolution over the years writing about people and events. It made me hungry to read more of his work and to visit World War II sites and museums. "

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