As Historian’s Fame Grows, So Do Questions on Methods : New York Times

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As Historian’s Fame Grows, So Do Questions on Methods

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

Published: January 11, 2002

For most of his career, the historian Stephen E. Ambrose was best known for his exhaustive multivolume biographies of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard M. Nixon. He was respected in his field but seldom read by the general public until 1994, when he published ”D-Day,” a sentimental tale about rank-and-file soldiers.

”D-Day” became a best seller and changed Mr. Ambrose’s life. To manage his soaring income, Mr. Ambrose incorporated into what is now called Ambrose & Ambrose Inc., based in Helena, Mont. He began to keep his five grown children busy as research assistants and published best sellers roughly every two years. With his family’s help, he became the most prolific, the most commercially successful and the most academically accomplished of a new group of blockbuster historians.

via As Historian’s Fame Grows, So Do Questions on Methods – New York Times.

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