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H.W. Brands

H. W. Brands is the Dickson Allen Anderson Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. A New York Times bestselling author, he was the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography for The First American and again for Traitor to His Class.


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The Age of Gold
Written by H.W. Brands
Anchor | Trade Paperback | October 2003
$19.95/22.95(Canada) | 978-0-385-72088-5 (0-385-72088-2)

“I have found it.” These words, uttered by the man who first discovered gold on the American River in 1848, triggered the most astonishing mass movement of peoples since the Crusades. California’s gold drew fortune-seekers from the ends of the earth. It accelerated America’s imperial expansion and exacerbated the tensions that... Read more






American Colossus
Written by H.W. Brands
Anchor | Trade Paperback | October 2011
$17.95/20.50(Canada) | 978-0-307-38677-9 (0-307-38677-5)

In this grand-scale narrative history, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist H. W. Brands brilliantly portrays the emergence, in a remarkably short time, of a recognizably modern America.
 
American Colossus captures the decades between the Civil War and the turn of the twentieth century, when a few breathtakingly wealthy businessmen transformed the United... Read more






Andrew Jackson
Written by H.W. Brands
Anchor | Trade Paperback | October 2006
$18.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3072-9 (1-4000-3072-2)

National Bestseller 

In this, the first major single-volume biography of Andrew Jackson in decades, H.W. Brands reshapes our understanding of this fascinating man, and of the Age of Democracy that he ushered in.


An orphan at a young age and without formal education or the family lineage of the Founding Fathers, Jackson showed...

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The First American
Written by H.W. Brands
Anchor | Trade Paperback | March 2002
$18.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-49540-0 (0-385-49540-4)

National Bestseller 

He was the foremost American of his day, yet today he is little more than a mythic caricature in the public imagination. Benjamin Franklin, perhaps the pivotal figure in colonial and revolutionary America, comes vividly to life in this masterly biography.

Wit, diplomat, scientist, philosopher, businessman, inventor, and bon vivant... Read more






Lone Star Nation
Written by H.W. Brands
Anchor | Trade Paperback | February 2005
$19.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3070-5 (1-4000-3070-6)

In Lone Star Nation, Pulitzer Prize finalist H. W. Brands demythologizes Texas’s journey to statehood and restores the genuinely heroic spirit to a pivotal chapter in American history.

From Stephen Austin, Texas’s reluctant founder, to the alcoholic Sam Houston, who came to lead the Texas army in its hour of crisis and... Read more






The Man Who Saved the Union
Written by H.W. Brands
Anchor | Trade Paperback | May 2013
$17.95/21.50(Canada) | 978-0-307-47515-2 (0-307-47515-8)

Ulysses Grant emerges in this masterful biography as a genius in battle and a driven president to a divided country, who remained fearlessly on the side of right. He was a beloved commander in the field who made the sacrifices necessary to win the war, even in the face of criticism...

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The Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love of Josie Mansfield
Written by H.W. Brands
Anchor | Trade Paperback | May 2011
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-74325-1 (0-307-74325-X)

Even before he was shot dead on the stairway of the tony Grand Central Hotel in 1872, financier James “Jubilee Jim” Fisk, Jr., was a notorious New York City figure. From his audacious attempt to corner the gold market in 1869 to his battle for control of the geographically crucial Erie...

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Traitor to His Class
Written by H.W. Brands
Anchor | Trade Paperback | September 2009
$22.00/26.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-27794-7 (0-307-27794-1)

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

A brilliant evocation of the qualities that made FDR one of the most beloved and greatest of American presidents.
 
Drawing on archival material, public speeches, correspondence and accounts by those closest to Roosevelt early in his career and during his presidency, H. W. Brands shows how Roosevelt transformed American government during...

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