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 >

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 >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"It serves as an invigorating justification of the business of business but will also perform well as an introduction to the pioneers of major industries and the nature of their contributions."
A capsule tour of the variety of inspiration and efforts that mark American entrepreneurial history. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A provocative audit of an adversarial world order whose passing, in retrospect at least, seems to have been long overdue."
A sophisticated interpretation of America's involvement in the cold war that appears calculated to draw fire from the left as well as right. 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 >