Stephen Ambrose's son, Hugh, continues legacy
MADISON, Wis. (WTW) — Partly out of habit, and perhaps subconsciously to prove his mettle, Hugh Ambrose grabbed hold of the manuscript that arrived in the mail from his father, whipped out his marker and began to employ it liberally throughout, as if he were still a teacher's assistant challenging the assertions of one of his undergraduate charges.
It wasn't until after he mailed back the rough draft of what was to become "Undaunted Courage," the 1996 book regarded as the definitive modern retelling of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, that it struck the youngest of noted historian Stephen Ambrose's five children that he may have short-circuited their nascent working relationship.
That reaction, in Hugh's words: "Oh my God, what did I just do?"
Those fears were for naught. If anything, Hugh's boldness convinced his father that the kid may actually be of some help as his career focus turned from academia to producing a series of best-selling nonfiction titles....
comments powered by Disqus
- Journalist Michael Wolraich says he wrote his new book about the Progressives to teach Americans how to do liberal politics
- It’s Martin Kramer vs. Ari Shavit vs. Benny Morris
- It's official: 2014 AHA election results are in
- In new book UC Berkeley historian Waldo E. Martin, Jr. takes Black Panther Party's point of view
- Economics historian finds that real social mobility takes hundreds of years