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To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date October 1, 2003
Pages 288
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780743252126
ISBN-10 0743252128
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 9.25 in.
Weight 0.75 lbs.
Original list price $16.00
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Summary
One of America's most popular historians shares his views of his own life and on the history of America, in a series of reflections on the Founding Fathers, Native Americans, Theodore Roosevelt, World War II, civil rights, Vietnam, and the writing of history, as he celebrates the reasons why America is the best country in the world. Reprint. 150,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Completed shortly before Ambrose's untimely death, To America is a very personal look at our nation's history through the eyes of one of the twentieth century's most influential historians.

Ambrose roams the country's history, praising the men and women who made it exceptional. He considers Jefferson and Washington, who were progressive thinkers (while living a contradiction as slaveholders), and celebrates Lincoln and Roosevelt. He recounts Andrew Jackson's stunning defeat of a superior British force in the battle of New Orleans with a ragtag army in the War of 1812. He brings to life Lewis and Clark's grueling journey across the wilderness and the building of the railroad that joined the nation coast to coast. Taking swings at political correctness, as well as his own early biases, Ambrose grapples with the country's historic sins of racism; its ill treatment of Native Americans; and its tragic errors such as the war in Vietnam, which he ardently opposed. He contrasts the modern presidencies of Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, and Johnson. He considers women's and civil rights, immigration, philanthropy, and nation building. Most powerfully, in this final volume, Ambrose offers an accolade to the historian's mighty calling.

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