Stephen Ambrose | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Patricia Nelson Limerick

This literature criticism consists of approximately 4 pages of analysis & critique of Stephen Ambrose.
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Critical Review by Patricia Nelson Limerick

SOURCE: “Railroaded History,” in Washington Post Book World, September 18, 2000, p. C3.

In the following review of Nothing Like It in the World, Limerick criticizes Ambrose's uncritical generalizations about the American transcontinental railroad and his sentimental view of its construction.

Stephen Ambrose has grown weary of negativity. Finding in the first transcontinental railroad a prime opportunity to reroute U.S. history back to its proper track of pride, he offers Americans a journey to an appealing destination. Nothing Like It in the World gives readers a ride back to an era when people felt good about American history, inspired by the nation's leaders and proud of their triumphs.

Unity is the point and punch line of this book: Just as the Civil War united North and South, the building of the Union Pacific and Central...

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This section contains 972 words
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