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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
The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream
Written by H.W. Brands


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $19.95

THEY WENT WEST TO CHANGE THEIR LIVES AND IN THE BARGAIN THEY CHANGED THE WORLD. THIS IS THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE GOLD RUSH.

When gold was first discovered on the American River above Sutter’s Fort in January 1848, California was sparsely populated frontier territory not yet... Read more >

The Age of Gold
The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream
Written by H.W. Brands


Format: eBook, 592 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 10, 2008
Price: $14.99

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American Colossus
The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900
Written by H.W. Brands


Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $17.95

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 >

American Colossus

Written by H.W. Brands


Format: eBook, 512 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 12, 2010
Price: $13.99

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Andrew Jackson
His Life and Times
Written by H.W. Brands


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $18.00

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... Read more >

Andrew Jackson
His Life and Times
Written by H.W. Brands


Format: eBook
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $13.99

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The First American
The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin
Written by H.W. Brands


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 12, 2002
Price: $18.00

Pulitzer Prize Finalist

A groundbreaking scientist, leading businessman, philosopher, bestselling author, inventor, diplomat, politician, and wit, Benjamin Franklin was perhaps the most beloved and celebrated American of his age, or indeed of any age. Now, in a beautifully written and meticulously researched account of Franklin's life and times, his clever repartee, generous... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

The First American
The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin
Written by H.W. Brands


Format: eBook, 784 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 26, 2010
Price: $13.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

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Lone Star Nation
The Epic Story of the Battle for Texas Independence
Written by H.W. Brands


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $19.00

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 >

Lone Star Nation

Written by H.W. Brands


Format: eBook
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $12.99

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The Man Who Saved the Union
Ulysses Grant in War and Peace
Written by H.W. Brands


Format: eBook, 720 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $13.99

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The Man Who Saved the Union
Ulysses Grant in War and Peace
Written by H.W. Brands


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 28, 2013
Price: $17.95

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... Read more >

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The Man Who Saved the Union
Ulysses Grant in War and Peace
Written by H.W. Brands


Format: Hardcover, 736 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $35.00

From New York Times bestselling author H. W. Brands, a masterful biography of the Civil War general and two-term president who saved the Union twice, on the battlefield and in the White House, holding the country together at two critical turning points in our history.

Ulysses Grant rose from obscurity to discover... Read more >

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The Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love of Josie Mansfield
A Tragedy of the Gilded Age
Written by H.W. Brands


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 31, 2011
Price: $15.00

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... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

The Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love of Josie Mansfield
A Tragedy of the Gilded Age
Written by H.W. Brands


Format: eBook
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 31, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and a trade paperback.

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Traitor to His Class
The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Written by H.W. Brands


Format: Trade Paperback, 912 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $22.00

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

A Washington Post Notable Book


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... Read more >

Traitor to His Class
The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Written by H.W. Brands


Format: eBook, 896 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 4, 2008
Price: $14.99

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