Stephen Ambrose

Died October 13th, 2002

MIAMI (Reuters) - Historian Stephen Ambrose, whose best-selling books revived popular interest in America's World War II veterans, died on Sunday, according to a family friend. He was 66 years old.

The author of "Band of Brothers," a story of U.S. paratroopers fighting in Europe filmed as an Emmy award-winning television miniseries, and biographies of Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon had been diagnosed with lung cancer last spring.

Ambrose, whose more than 30 books also included histories of 19th century U.S. explorers Lewis and Clark and the epic laying of America's transcontinental railroad, died at a hospital near his home in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, family friend Anne Brinkley said. Family members were nearby.

Ambrose interviewed veterans for many of his books recounting World War II from the infantryman's or bomber pilot's vantage and went on to found the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans.

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