Stephen Ambrose wrote the essay on Dwight Eisenhower for the book Character Above All published earlier this year by Simon & Schuster. He also participated in the PBS television program adapted from it.
Mr. Ambrose has written extensively about Dwight Eisenhower, the soldier and the president. President Eisenhower asked Ambrose to become his biographer after reading a book Ambrose had written on Henry Halleck, President Lincoln's chief of staff. The books include: Eisenhower and Berlin, 1945: The Decision to Halt at the Elbe (1967); The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower, Vols. 1-5 (1967); The Supreme Commander: The War Years of General Dwight D. Eisenhower (1970); General Ike: Abilene to Berlin (1973); Ike's Spies: Eisenhower and the Espionage Establishment (1981); Eisenhower: Soldier, General of the Army, President-Elect, 1890-1952 (1983); Eisenhower: The President (1985); Eisenhower: Soldier and President (1990); Eisenhower and the German POWs: Facts Against Falsehood (1992)
Mr. Ambrose was born in Whitewater, Wisconsin in 1936. He holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin. From 1960 to 1995 he taught history a number of colleges and universities in this country and in Europe. He retired in May 1995.
Mr. Ambrose says, "Teaching and writing are one to me: in each case I am telling a story. As I sit at my computer, or stand at the podium, I think of myself as sitting around a campfire after a day on the trail, telling stories that I hope will have the members of the audience, or the readers, leaning forward just a bit, wanting to know what happens next."
Mr. Ambrose's most recent book is Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West. He is currently writing a book about the American Army campaign for Northwest Europe in the year after the D-Day invasion.