. This classic cold war-era history looks at the way president Dwight Eisenhower managed America’s secret operations as general and as commander in chief and is based on privileged access to the president and his private papers—from bestselling historian Stephen E. This book gives a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most ambitious secret operations in American history, including the 1954 overthrow of Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán’s government of Guatemala; Operation AJAX, which toppled Iran’s Mossadegh; and the U-2 flights over Russia.
Ike's Spies: Eisenhower and the Espionage Establishment - Some of ike’s most conspicuous intelligence missteps are also discussed, including the failure to predict the German attack during the Battle of the Bulge and the tragic encouragement of freedom fighters in Hungary, Indonesia, and Cuba.
Pegasus BridgeSimon & Schuster - Pegasus bridge was the first engagement of D-Day, the turning point of World War II. Ambrose traces each step of the preparations over many months to the minute-by-minute excitement of the hand-to-hand confrontations on the bridge. This gripping account of it by acclaimed author Stephen Ambrose brings to life a daring mission so crucial that, had it been unsuccessful, the entire Normandy invasion might have failed.
This is a story of heroism and cowardice, kindness and brutality -- the stuff of all great adventures. In the early morning hours of june 6, 1944, a small detachment of British airborne troops stormed the German defense forces and paved the way for the Allied invasion of Europe.
Nothing Like It In the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869Simon & Schuster - The union had won the civil war and slavery had been abolished, who was an early and constant champion of railroads, but Abraham Lincoln, would not live to see the great achievement. The surveyors, were latter-day lewis and Clark types who led the way through the wilderness, elk, living off buffalo, deer, the men who picked the route, and antelope.
. Ambrose offers a historical successor to his universally acclaimed Undaunted Courage, which recounted the explorations of the West by Lewis and Clark. The union pacific was led by thomas "doc" durant, and Oliver Ames, Oakes Ames, with Grenville Dodge -- America's greatest railroad builder -- as chief engineer.
The central pacific was led by california's "Big Four": Leland Stanford, Collis Huntington, Charles Crocker, and Mark Hopkins. At its peak, irish on the union pacific -- approached the size of Civil War armies, the workforce -- primarily Chinese on the Central Pacific, with as many as fifteen thousand workers on each line.
Nothing Like It In the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869 - In this account of an unprecedented feat of engineering, vision, and courage, Stephen E. Nothing like it in the world is the story of the men who built the transcontinental railroad -- the investors who risked their businesses and money; the enlightened politicians who understood its importance; the engineers and surveyors who risked, their lives; and the Irish and Chinese immigrants, the defeated Confederate soldiers, and lost, and the other laborers who did the backbreaking and dangerous work on the tracks.
This was the last great building project to be done mostly by hand: excavating dirt, filling gorges, cutting through ridges, blasting tunnels through mountains. Government pitted two companies -- the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific Railroads -- against each other in a race for funding, encouraging speed over caution.
The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany 1944-1945Simon & Schuster - Stephen E. We meet him and his mates, his co-pilot killed in action, and crews of other planes. These are the boys—turned pilots, bombardiers, navigators, and gunners of the B-24s—who suffered over fifty percent casualties. Ambrose describes how the army Air Forces recruited, trained, and selected the elite few who would undertake the most demanding and dangerous jobs in the war.
Twenty-two-year-old george mcgovern, who was to become a United States senator and a presidential candidate, flew thirty-five combat missions all the Army would allow and won the Distinguished Flying Cross. Many went down in flames. As band of brothers and citizen soldiers portrayed the bravery and ultimate victory of the American soldiers from Normandy on to Germany, The Wild Blue illustrates the enormous contribution that these young men of the Army Air Forces made to the Allied victory.
The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany 1944-1945 - With his remarkable gift for bringing alive the action and tension of combat, Ambrose carries us along in the crowded, uncomfortable, and dangerous B-24s as their crews fought to the death through thick black smoke and deadly flak to reach their targets and destroy the German war machine. Ambrose, acclaimed author of band of brothers and Undaunted Courage, carries us along in the crowded and dangerous B-24s as their crews fought to destroy the German war machine during World War II.
The young men who flew the b-24s over germany in world war II fought against horrific odds, skill, daring, in The Wild Blue, Ambrose recounts their extraordinary heroism, and, and comradeship with vivid detail and affection.
Eisenhower: Soldier and PresidentSimon & Schuster - Roosevelt, khrushchev, joe mccarthy, winston churchill, Nixon, Dulles, and indeed, Charles de Gaulle, Harry Truman, all the American and world leaders of his time. Along the way, most of all mamie, his son john, Ambrose follows the 34th President's relations with the people closest to him, and Kay Summersby, as well as Franklin D.
Ambrose draws upon extensive sources, richest, and numerous interviews with Eisenhower himself to offer the fullest, an unprecedented degree of scholarship, most objective rendering yet of the soldier who became president. He gives us a masterly account of the European war theater and Eisenhower's magnificent leadership as Allied Supreme Commander.
Eisenhower: Soldier and President - This superb interpretation of Eisenhower's life confirms Stephen Ambrose's position as one of our finest historians. Stephen E. Ambrose's recounting of eisenhower's presidency, communism, the first of the Cold War, atomic weapons, brings to life a man and a country struggling with issues as diverse as civil rights, and a new global role.
Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany June 7, 1944, to May 7, 1945Simon & Schuster - From Stephen E. Army in northwest europe from the day after D-Day until the end of the bitterest days of World War II. In this riveting account, historian Stephen E. From the hedgerows of normandy to the overrunning of Germany, Ambrose tells the real story of World War II from the perspective of the men and women who fought it.
From the high command down to the ordinary soldier, Ambrose draws on hundreds of interviews to re-create the war experience with startling clarity and immediacy. It is biography of the us army in the European Theater of Operations, and Ambrose again follows the individual characters of this noble, brutal, and tragic war.
Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany June 7, 1944, to May 7, 1945 - Ambrose continues where he left off in his #1 bestseller D-Day. Ambrose, bestselling author of Band of Brothers and D-Day, the inspiring story of the ordinary men of the U. S. Citizen soldiers opens at 0001 hours, and ends at 0245 hours, June 7, 1944, 1945, on the Normandy beaches, May 7, with the allied victory.
The Supreme CommanderAnchor - Ambrose examines the Allied commander’s leadership during World War II. Ambrose brings eisenhower’s experience of the second world war to life, showing in vivid detail how the general’s skill as a diplomat and a military strategist contributed to Allied successes in North Africa and in Europe, and established him as one of the greatest military leaders in the world.
Eisenhower the soldier, bestselling historian Stephen E. In this classic portrait of Dwight D. This is the definitive account of Eisenhower’s evolution as a military leader—from its dramatic beginnings through his time at the top post of Allied command. Ambrose, de gaulle, then the associate editor of the General’s official papers, Roosevelt, analyzes Eisenhower’s difficult military decisions and his often complicated relationships with powerful personalities like Churchill, and Patton.
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West: Meriwether Lewis Thomas Jefferson and the OpeningSimon & Schuster - Lewis is supported by a rich variety of colorful characters, first of all Jefferson himself, whose interest in exploring and acquiring the American West went back thirty years. From the new york times bestselling author of band of brothers and D-Day, the definitive book on Lewis and Clark’s exploration of the Louisiana Purchase, the most momentous expedition in American history and one of the great adventure stories of all time.
In 1803 president thomas jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River to the Rockies, over the mountains, down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean, and back. Next comes clark, a rugged frontiersman whose love for Lewis matched Jefferson’s.
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West: Meriwether Lewis Thomas Jefferson and the Opening - Lewis and his partner, made the first map of the trans-mississippi West, provided invaluable scientific data on the flora and fauna of the Louisiana Purchase territory, and established the American claim to Oregon, Washington, Captain William Clark, and Idaho. There are numerous indian chiefs, the indian girl who accompanied the expedition, and Sacagawea, the great naturalists of Philadelphia, along with the French-Indian hunter Drouillard, the French and Spanish fur traders of St.
. Ambrose has pieced together previously unknown information about weather, terrain, and medical knowledge at the time to provide a vivid backdrop for the expedition. High adventure, suspense, high politics, drama, and diplomacy combine with high romance and personal tragedy to make this outstanding work of scholarship as readable as a novel.
Louis, and many more leading political, scientific, John Quincy Adams, and military figures of the turn of the century.
D-Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War IISimon & Schuster - Stephen E. Ambrose portrays the faces of courage and heroism, fear and determination—what Eisenhower called “the fury of an aroused democracy”—that shaped the victory of the citizen soldiers whom Hitler had disparaged. Drawing on more than 1, canadian, british, and german veterans, french, Ambrose reveals how the original plans for the invasion had to be abandoned, 400 interviews with American, and how enlisted men and junior officers acted on their own initiative when they realized that nothing was as they were told it would be.
. Focusing on those pivotal twenty-four hours, it moves from the level of Supreme Commander to that of a French child, from General Omar Bradley to an American paratrooper, from Field Marshal Montgomery to a German sergeant. The action begins at midnight, June 5/6, when the first British and American airborne troops jumped into France.
D-Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II - Distinguished historian Stephen E. Ambrose’s d-day is the finest account of one of our history’s most important days. It ends at midnight June 6/7. Ambrose’s d-day is the definitive history of World War II’s most pivotal battle, a day that changed the course of history. D-day is the epic story of men at the most demanding moment of their lives, complexities, when the horrors, and triumphs of life are laid bare.
Men Against Fire: The Problem of Battle CommandScipio Press - He wrote over thirty books about warfare. Things have to be that simple. A penetrating analysis of behavior and leadership of men in active combat. Foreign affairs“a criticism of the present methods of infantry training is the author's challenge to the inadequacies of orientation courses, of present preparation for conditions on the field of combat, both physical and psychological.
Kirkus ReviewsS. Marshall was a chief U. S. Men against fire was first published in 1947. The good men which we had at the beginning are gone. It deserves a place among the really great volumes on combat and command. Military affairs“The soldier who can and will shoot is essential to victory in battle. General Bruce C.
Men Against Fire: The Problem of Battle Command - Parade ground formations disappear. Marshall passed away in 1977. L. What happens when men come under fire?S. Complex systems fall by the wayside. This is one of the great volumes on fighting published since World War II and should be required reading for every staff officer as well as every combat officer of the arms which fight on the ground.
Admiral Halsey's StoryEmbattled Publications - Admiral halsey's story was first published in 1947 and Halsey passed away in 1959. Bryan iii, usnr, who during the war had served a lieutenant commander assigned to naval air combat intelligence in the Pacific. Halsey was an american admiral in the United States Navy during World War II. Navy. The account begins with a brief overview of his years in school and early years with the navy where he fought in the First World War and served in Mexico and Greece as he rose through the ranks to become vice admiral just before the outbreak of the Second World War.
Halsey’s life was dramatically altered with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor as through the next four years he rose from relative obscurity to become one of the most famous allied naval figures in the war. The events of halsey’s life through world war two are split into three sections in the book and are covered in wonderful detail:Firstly he uncovers the details of his command of a carrier task force in the immediate aftermath of Pearl Harbor until May 1942.
Admiral Halsey's Story - Next the book discusses his life as Commander of the South Pacific Area and its forces which lasted until June 1944. And finally the book gives an in-depth overview of the final year of the war when Halsey was commander of the U. S. Third Fleet. During the war halsey had continually acted with bravery and speed and all of his most famous actions are covered through the book such as how he directed the campaigns in the Solomons and led the attacks on the Carolines and New Britain.
The book is pure halsey — the personal yarn of a seagoing, fighting admiral who was forthright, often brilliant, honest, sometimes rash, but who possessed above all else, a natural modesty that enhanced his uncommon valor.