Stephen Ambrose, born Stephen Edward Ambrose

Ambrose, born Stephen Edward Ambrose

American Historian and Biographer

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One observer estimated that in 1901 Texas alone had eight hundred million prairie dogs.4 Jack rabbits were nearly as numerous. Antelope and deer numbered in the millions, as did the wolves and coyotes, and there were thousands of elk, bear, and other game.

The myths emphasized the relatedness of life, for in them plants and animals talked and exhibited other human characteristics. The myths taught young Curly that everything had its place and function and that all things and animals were important The stories also gave him a feeling of balance; one, for example, told how the animals got together one day and decided to get back at mankind for killing and eating them. Each animal decided on a different disease he would give to man in retribution. Upon hearing of this, the plants got together and each one decided to provide a remedy for a specific disease. The telling of this myth might lead to the handing down of ancient wisdom about the medicinal properties of various leaves, bark, roots, and herbs.

Was to filter hair tonic through bread and then mix it with grape juice. Like virtually every other drink devised in the Pacific, it was known as Jungle Juice.

You cannot kill that city... I bet there's people saying, I've got to go back.'

At the core, the American citizen soldiers knew the difference between right and wrong, and they didn't want to live in a world in which wrong prevailed. So they fought, and won, and we all of us, living and yet to be born, must be forever profoundly grateful.

I am an unabashed triumphalist. I believe this is the best and greatest country that ever was.

In the 19th century, we devoted our best minds to exploring nature. In the 20th century, we devoted ourselves to controlling and harnessing it. In the 21st century, we must devote ourselves to restoring it.

May works be the test of patriotism as they ought, of right, to be of religion.

One of these traders brought in some newspapers and translated them for the Oglalas, reading aloud a report that called the Oglalas bloodthirsty savages and murdering hounds of hell. The word hell confused Crazy Horse. What was hell? The trader tried to explain but only confused Crazy Horse more- how could a great power do a bad thing like sending souls to hell?

The number one secret of being a successful writer is this: marry an English major.

Washington and Jefferson were both rich Virginia planters, but they were never friends.

You don't hate history, you hate the way it was taught to you in high school.

At the hangars, each jumpmaster was given two packs of papers, containing an order of the day from Eisenhower and a message from Colonel Sink, to pass around to the men. Tonight is the night of nights, said Sink?s.

I had no idea that history was about flesh-and-blood people. I was wowed by the way [the professor] drew you into the story. He hadn't said ten sentences when I had decided what I wanted to do with my life. I went up to him after the lecture, and I said, 'How do I do what you do for a living?' And he laughed and said, 'Stick around. We'll show you.'

In the morning, fog. As it slowly lifted, the expedition set off.

My favorite book is the last one printed, which is always better than those that were published earlier.

Pvt. Robert Fruling said he spent two and a half days at Pointe-du-Hoc, all of it crawling on his stomach. He returned on the twenty-fifth anniversary of D-Day to see what the place looked like standing up (Louis Lisko interview, EC).

The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future.

Washington, not Jefferson, freed his slaves upon his death.

You know, when I was doing my research on Nixon in California, I remember talking to one of his former high school classmates back in Yorba Linda. He was still a Nixon supporter. But he wanted to be sure that I understood one thing. He said 'You know, Dick Nixon wasn't the sort of guy you'd ever ask to go backpacking with you.' I've always thought that told you a lot about Nixon.

British and Free French in the Mediterranean were fighting to retain their colonial empires. Roosevelt said he hoped to

I instinctively dislike ever to uphold the conservative as opposed to the bold

In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries you have these great nation states hurling their young men at one another. The victory was really going to rest on who could do the best job of bringing up their kids to become efficient and effective soldiers. That's pretty grandiose, I guess, but I do think that, and thank God it's been the armies of democracy that have emerged from this as the triumphant armies.

My first book was the book that changed my life.

Reading your own material aloud forces you to listen.

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American Historian and Biographer