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Respected historian Stephen Ambrose accused of fabrication

26th April 2010

Historian and author Professor Stephen Ambrose has been accused of fabrication.

The accusations have shocked the academic community and have cast doubt on the late author's integrity.

Ambrose, who wrote the best-selling book Band of Brothers, which was turned into a successful TV series, allegedly made up a number of meetings he had with President Dwight Eisenhower, reports the Guardian.

The author, who died in 2002, was the official biographer of the former president. However, his claims that he had a series of lengthy meetings with President Eisenhower have been questioned by Tim Rives, deputy director of the Eisenhower Presidential Library.

'I think five hours is a generous estimation of the actual time they spent together. I personally would push it back to less than two or three,' Mr Rives said.

In the footnotes of his books, Ambrose often cited meetings which could not have taken place because either the president was out of the country or in meetings with other people, Mr Rives added.

Ambrose often courted controversy when he was alive and apologised for numerous instances of plagiarism.

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