Sunday, February 26, 2017

Additions to the MP - Steven Ambrose's Credibility

         Steven Ambrose’s credentials as a historian have recently come under scrutiny.  Timothy D. Rives, the deputy director of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, claims, “the records I found did not substantiate Ambrose’s account of how he met President Eisenhower, nor did the records support his claims to have interviewed Eisenhower extensively over four or five years.”  Rives claimed “Ike’s post-presidential records . . . differs radically from the one described by Ambrose.”  Rives wrote this after a 2010 article by Richard Rayner in the New Yorker in which Rayner claimed Rives discovered that, “contrary to Ambrose’s claims, Eisenhower never approached him to write his biography.”  If Ambrose fabricated the detains of his relatioinship with Eisenhower, what else did he fabricate.

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