varied as the contentious topics he has highlighted for the duration of his illustrious career.
The essays may provide the reader a short preview of the author’s scholarly interests. More
significantly, the essays provide a clear view into his vision of historical enterprise, and more
specifically, his vision of history.
In a succinct introduction, Ambrose (1997) narrates how he transformed into a
historian. He graduated from high school just about the time the Korean War finished. Instead
of joining the army, he enrolled in college at the University of Wisconsin. Being a son of an
established doctor, he presumed that he would take after his father, although physics and
chemistry subjects undermined the charm of medicine. He, later on, became one of the most
established historians in the history of the subject. The topics of his analyses are actors,
individuals who suffer or enjoy the outcomes of their decisions. As with a good skit, the
subject of his books may be tragic or comic, although like in “America at War” the impelling
cause of the action is found in the hearts of the characters.
In “America at War,” Ambrose (1997) has addressed many different issues in his
fifteen essays. In one of his essays titled “The Atomic Bomb and Its Consequences,” he
outlines the Japanese-American War and how it was conducted with race hatred and
barbarism. He argues that the war was confounding in scope, violent nearly beyond measure
and disastrous in consequence. In his argument, he contends states, “Each side regarded the
other as subhuman vermin,” (Ambrose, 1997 p. 99), denoting the level of hatred each side
had for the other. He further notes that they referred to each other as monkeys, rats, roaches,
beasts, and other unkind adjectives. War crimes were committed in large numbers by
governments, entire armies, units, and down at the individual level.
Roosevelt, the then President of the United States, led a campaign to stamp
Americans’ authority in the global geopolitical map. Ambrose (1997) addresses the reasons
for the use of the Atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the events that led to the famous