Search Results: "H.W. Brands"


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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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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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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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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: 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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THE HEARTBREAK OF AARON BURR by H.W. Brands
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2012

"A short but thrilling page-turner. Brands burrows into Burr's psyche and exposes his failings as he details the outstanding talents that were so sadly wasted."
Most schoolchildren can tell you that Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Brands (History/Univ. of Texas; The Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love of Josie Mansfield, 2012, etc.) chronicles the story of the downward trajectory his fortunes endured thereafter. Read full book review >

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T.R. by H.W. Brands
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 17, 1997

"Missing some of the brio of Edmund Morris's The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and of the colonel himself, but a life that pays its subject the ultimate tribute of taking him seriously as an adult. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Theodore Roosevelt emerges as considerably more than his toothy Rough Rider legend in this extensively researched, psychologically penetrating biography of our 26th president. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A direct, engaging approach to Grant's life that would have pleased him."
An unabashed admirer of the great Civil War general portrays the most unlikely, reluctant American hero since George Washington. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"An educational, briskly written pseudo-textbook aimed at readers outside university classrooms."
A loosely themed survey of 35 years of American history. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 1008

"A thoroughly readable, scrupulously fair assessment of the one president who could inspire a Mt. Rushmore makeover."
Prolific historian Brands (History/Univ. of Texas; The Money Men: Capitalism, Democracy, and the Hundred Years' War Over the American Dollar, 2006, etc.) turns his well-honed biographer's eye to FDR. 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 >