Reflections of Our Past

| April 07, 2005

To America -
Stephen E. Ambrose

Listening Time: 4.5 hours
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Retail: $26
Genre: Non-fiction
In To America, Stephen Ambrose, who is known for his books on World War II, Lewis and Clark, and the Transcontinental Railroad, looks anew at the view modern historians have of several presidents, including Thomas Jefferson, Ulysses S. Grant and Teddy Roosevelt. In the case of Jefferson, who owned slaves but also penned the Declaration of Independence and its immortal words “All men are created equal,” Ambrose reminds his audience that great men sometimes lead contradictory lives. With Roosevelt, he dismisses claims that he inflated his war record for political gain. And with Grant, whose presidency is often remembered for its corruption, Ambrose praises the Civil War hero’s failed attempts to integrate slaves into the political process.

To America also adds a personal tone, each essay detailing family camping and historical research trips, feelings about the Vietnam War or his own mistakes. A-


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3 hours
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Simon & Schuster Audio

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