Mourns the Passing of Stephen E. Ambrose
author Stephen E. Ambrose passed away from lung cancer on Sunday,
October 13th, in a Bay St. Louis, Miss., hospital near New Orleans.
He was 66.
is best known for his book Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment,
101st Airborne From Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest, which was
made into an award-winning HBO mini-series co-directed by Steven Spielberg
and Tom Hanks last year. Ambrose also wrote the introduction to the
interviews with Medal of Honor Recipients that ran in issue #8 of
of his career, Ambrose was a little known history professor.
He burst onto the bestsellers list less than a decade ago with
his 1994 book D-Day June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of
World War II. His other well-known titles included Nothing
Like It In the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental
Railroad 1863-1869, Lewis & Clark: Voyage of Discovery, and
Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to
the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany.
prolific writer who became a cottage industry planning historic tours,
creating museums and memorials, and giving lectures, Ambrose quickened
his pace when he was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer in April. In
an interview earlier this month with The Times-Picayune, Ambrose said
he was inspired to continue writing by Ulysses S. Grant, who wrote his
memoirs through the pain of throat cancer.
ATOMIC Issue #8, Medal of Honor Recipient Jack Lucas pictured
accompaning article with introduction by Dr. Stephen Ambrose.
is so damn complicated,'' he said.