Search Results: "H.W. Brands"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A lucid, literate survey of events that transformed the nation, for better and worse."
Historian Brands (The Strange Death of American Liberalism, 2001, etc.) crafts a rich study of Gold Rush-era America that enfolds the period's bigger-than-life personalities and big ideas. Read full book review >

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THE MURDER OF JIM FISK FOR THE LOVE OF JOSIE MANSFIELD by H.W. Brands
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 31, 2011

"A wonderfully creative beginning to what promises to be a revitalizing history series."
Overlooked Gilded Age crooked financier Jim Fisk receives a compelling historical exhumation. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Judicious and well researched, the volume presents a good opening in the reappraisal of Johnson and his administration."
A convincing reassessment of Lyndon Johnson's foreign policy. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis."
Two American heroes tested and tried at their most inspired hours. Read full book review >

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REAGAN by H.W. Brands
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"An exemplary work of history that should bring Reagan a touch more respect in some regards but that removes the halo at the same time."
Monumental life of the president whom some worship and some despise—with Brands (History/Univ. of Texas; The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace, 2012, etc.) providing plenty of justification for both reactions.Read full book review >

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ANDREW JACKSON by H.W. Brands
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2005

"Brands illuminates the life of an American original while shedding light on such matters as the conquest of Texas and the origins of the Civil War. A pleasure for history buffs."
Industrial-strength historian Brands (Lone Star Nation, 2004, etc.), prolific in the Ambrose-McCullough vein, turns his attention to oft-overlooked Old Hickory. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 10, 2004

"A pleasure for students of Texas history, and a fine complement to Randolph E. Campbell's more complete Gone to Texas (p. 726)."
A sturdy survey of early-19th-century Texas history and the "Texican" struggle for independence. Read full book review >

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WOODROW WILSON by H.W. Brands
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2003

"A worthy overview that acknowledges Wilson's considerable strengths and his many limitations."
Latest in the American Presidents series, profiling a respected but now overlooked chief executive. Read full book review >

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THE STRANGE DEATH OF AMERICAN LIBERALISM by H.W. Brands
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Brands's argument, carefully made and easily followed, will be of interest to a wide range of readers."
A brilliant autopsy of a dearly departed American political tradition. Read full book review >

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THE RECKLESS DECADE by H.W. Brands
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Narratively not always up to its best moments, but well researched and accessible; a persuasive reminder that we should look back over our shoulder at what has gone before."
A historian peels the romantic veneer off the good old days of late-19th-century America. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A welcome, balanced look at this hotly debated issue, written with the author's usual flair."
In this succinct overview, two-time Pulitzer finalist Brands (History/Univ. of Texas; The Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love of Josie Mansfield: A Tragedy of the Gilded Age, 2011, etc.) traces the role of the dollar in shaping America's rise to global preeminence. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Right on the money."
A lively and accessible history of a once-dominant issue in American life. Read full book review >