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Stephen Ambrose

military historian and writer
Birthplace: Whitewater, Wisconsin
Born: 1/10/1936

Ambrose prolifically produced best-selling, authoritative war chronicles and biographies. His books, which focused mostly on World War II, include D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II and Citizen Solders. HBO's highly acclaimed miniseries Band of Brothers, which won an Emmy Award in September, was based on his 1992 book. In early 2002 Ambrose faced criticism for using passages in his works that closely resembled those that had appeared in other sources.

Died: Bay St. Louis, Miss., Oct. 13, 2002

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