To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian by Stephen E. Ambrose
Recommended by Jacqueline Dzugan
Librarian, Poway Branch
The United States doesn’t have a long history when you consider other nations of the world such as England and the countries that comprise Europe, Africa or the Middle East. If you feel like much of your grasp of our country’s history is lacking and it’s not something you’ve paid much attention to since high school, then Stephen E. Ambrose’s To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian is a book that’s worth your time.
This book provides a way to reacquaint yourself chapter by chapter with our nation’s story in a way that’s immeasurably enjoyable given the writing talents of the late Ambrose who died in 2002. His writings have translated well into movies and documentary series that have brought history to the masses.
What’s noteworthy about this book is that it’s Ambrose’s memoir. We learn about influential figures he engaged with, his academic career, and the more personal stories that shaped his life. This memoir offers the reader the chance to learn about this fascinating man who made it his craft to document the fascinating history of our nation’s stories.