Hugh Ambrose will visit Bay library

Hugh Ambrose, author of “The Pacific,” a companion book to the epic 10-part miniseries airing on HBO, will visit the Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library at 6:30 p.m. April 21, the library system announced Friday.

Ambrose served as a consultant on the production of the miniseries, executive produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman, the producing team behind the Emmy Award–winning and Golden Globe–winning 2001 HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers.”

Hanks and Goetzman also executive produced the HBO miniseries “John Adams,” which won a record-breaking 13 Emmys in 2008.

Ambrose’s book offers additional information and insight on the war from a historian’s perspective. It is a narrative history, compiled in part from the exhaustive research and in-depth interviews conducted in preparation for the miniseries.

Focusing on five men who fought in the Pacific — three of the Marines featured in the HBO miniseries and two other men who had powerful connections to them — Ambrose traces the course of the Pacific war from America’s withdrawal from China to the post-war rebuilding of Japan.

“The Pacific” book offers readers a panoramic view of the war in the Pacific. Ambrose is a noted historian and was a consultant on the documentary “Price for Peace,” for which Steven Spielberg and Hugh’s father, Stephen Ambrose (who had a residence in Bay St. Louis), were the executive producers. He was a consultant to his father on his books.

Hugh Ambrose lives in Helena, Mont. Bay Books will offer books for sale at the program. For more information, call 467-5282.

— Sun Herald

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