Author draws history fans to book signing

By LEIGH COLEMAN – Special to the Sun Herald



History lovers formed a long line at the Bay St. Louis Library on Wednesday to snag an autograph from author Hugh Ambrose.

Ambrose, a noted historian, spoke to a crowd of more than 100 fans about the completion of the book, “The Pacific.”

The book was conceived by the late historian Stephen Ambrose and carried through by Hugh, his son.

The Hancock County Library System and Bay Books partnered to bring Ambrose to town for the special appearance and book-signing.

The book follows several Marines and a Navy pilot through World War II in the Pacific Ocean and presents the Pacific War, from America’s first battle with the Japanese to the final shot.

“I got HBO at home just so I could watch ‘The Pacific’ every week,” said Ryan Gibson, a seventh-grade student at St. Stanislaus.

“I love this book and the series. I want to be a Marine when I get out of school and this is inspiring.”

Hugh Ambrose was a consultant on the documentary ‘Price for Peace,” for which Steven Spielberg and

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