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ATOMIC Mourns the Passing of Stephen E. Ambrose

Stephen E. Ambrose

Best-selling 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.

Ambrose 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 ATOMIC Magazine.

For much 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.

Inside ATOMIC Issue #8, Medal of Honor Recipient Jack Lucas pictured accompaning article with introduction by Dr. Stephen Ambrose.
A 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.

''Dying is so damn complicated,'' he said.

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