American History Author Dies
Lung Cancer took the life of one of my favorite authors early this morning. Ambrose, 66 wrote more than 25 books on American history, of which I have read but a few. I am working to change that.
His writing style tends to be much more open and personal than many of the other historical texts filling the shelves in libraries and bookstores. Utilizing personal accounts and probing some of the psychological reasons behind the key individuals, Ambrose presents history as a story told by those who were there.
My generation is further removed from American history than those born before us, and not due to the linear passage of days; though time does play a role.
We are distracted by the cacophony of videos, music, games and the intensity of 24 hour news concerning regions half a globe away.
For many, it is hard to step back to look at our past. Stephen Ambrose made it easier.
I love history, and I spend time reading some of of the event-based history books to provide my foundation for future learning and analysis. But few authors and few books engage me to the same degree.
Rest well Mr. Ambrose, you’ve left an amazing legacy to enrich your fellow Americans and citizens of the world.