Brian D’Ambrosio

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D’Ambrosio chronicles ‘Montana and the NFL’

Brian D’Ambrosio, a regular contributor to Last Best News, has a new book out, “Montana and the NFL.” Heavily illustrated with photographs, the paperback book was published by The History Press and is available for $21.99. “Montanans’ football obsession goes far beyond storied college programs,” reads a synopsis of the book on The History Press website. “From Baker to Zurich, even the tiniest towns in Montana have sent players to the NFL. One of the most dominant offensive linemen of the 1940s was Anaconda’s own Francis Cope, who earned All-Decade honors as a New York Giant. Continue Reading →

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A look back at the best of Last Best News, 2015


In honor of the new year, let me offer up what I consider the best of the Last Best News stories of 2015. Early in the new year, in a Prairie Lights column, I wrote about a deeply religious overseas terrorist organization. The conclusions I drew from that slice of history would resonate throughout the coming year. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Biography of Flathead boxer now in paperback

Brian D’Ambrosio, a frequent contributor to Last Best News, is also the author of “Warrior in the Ring,” a biography of Flathead Indian boxer Marvin Camel. Brian tells me today is the day the book is being released in paperback. Here’s a link to the Riverbend Publishing page about the book. (Ignore the notice about the paperback being available Dec. 15; you can order it now.)

Here’s part of the publisher’s description of the book:

“In the Golden Age of boxing, Marvin Camel—a mixed blood from the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana—defied all obstacles of race, poverty, and geographical isolation to become the first Native American to win a world boxing title. Continue Reading →

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