DIED. STEPHEN AMBROSE, 66, best-selling American historian whose books fed a popular appetite for stories of Allied valor in World War II; in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The former University of Wisconsin football star made his name in the academic world with multi-volume biographies of Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon before crashing the bestseller charts in 1992 with Band of Brothers, the first in a string of hugely successful patriotic histories. Ambrose, whose reputation was tarnished earlier this year by the discovery of plagiarized passages in several of his books, also served as an adviser on numerous Hollywood films, including Steven...

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