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H.W. Brands Books In Order

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Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Cold Warriors: Eisenhower's Generation and the Making of American Foreign Policy (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
India and the United States: The Cold Peace (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Specter of Neutralism: The United States and the Emergence of the Third World, 1947-1960 (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Inside the Cold War: Loy Henderson and the Rise of the American Empire 1918 - 1961 (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bound to Empire: The United States and the Philippines (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Devil We Knew: Americans and the Cold War (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Into The Labyrinth: The U.S. And The Middle East 1945-1993 (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Reckless Decade: America in the 1890s (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wages of Globalism: Lyndon Johnson and the Limits of American Power (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Since Vietnam: The United States in World Affairs, 1973-1995 (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
T.R.: The Last Romantic (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
What America Owes the World: The Struggle for the Soul of Foreign Policy (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Foreign Policies of Lyndon Johnson: Beyond Vietnam (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Masters of Enterprise: Giants of American Business from John Jacob Astor and J.P. Morgan to Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Strange Death of American Liberalism (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Selected Letters of Theodore Roosevelt (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Woodrow Wilson (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lone Star Nation: How a Ragged Army of Volunteers Won the Battle for Texas Independence - And Changed America (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Money Men: Capitalism, Democracy, and the Hundred Years' War Over the American Dollar (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
American Stories: A History of the United States (With: T.H. Breen,R. Hal Williams,Ariela J. Gross) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
American Stories: A History of the United States, Volume 2 (With: T.H. Breen,R. Hal Williams) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
American Dreams: The United States Since 1945 (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900 (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Greenback Planet: How the Dollar Conquered the World and Threatened Civilization as We Know It (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love of Josie Mansfield: A Tragedy of the Gilded Age (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
America Since 1945 [with MySearchLab & eText Access Code] (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Theodore Roosevelt and His Sagamore Hill Home: Historic Resource Study Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (With: Kathleen Dalton,Lewis L. Gould) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Revel for American Stories: A History of the United States, Combined -- Access Card (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reagan: The Life (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Haiku History: The American Saga Three Lines at a Time (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle for American Freedom (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gus M. Hodges: An Oral History Interview (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Our First Civil War: Patriots and Loyalists in the American Revolution (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Campaign (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Founding Partisans: Hamilton, Madison, Jefferson, Adams and the Brawling Birth of American Politics (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Foreign Relations and the Presidency Books

The Use of Force After the Cold War (With: Reynolds S. Kiefer,Darren J. Pierson,Darren Pierson) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Presidential Rhetoric and Political Communication Books

Critical Reflections on the Cold War: Linking Rhetoric and History (With: Martin J. Medhurst) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Moral Rhetoric of American Presidents (By: Colleen J. Shogan) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The American Presidents Books

Theodore Roosevelt (By: Louis Auchincloss) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grover Cleveland (By: Henry F. Graff) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thomas Jefferson (By: Joyce Appleby) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Abraham Lincoln (By: George S. McGovern) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Woodrow Wilson (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
John Adams (By: John Patrick Diggins) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
George H. W. Bush (By: Timothy Naftali) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (By: RoyJenkins) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (By: RoyJenkins,Arthur M. Schlesinger) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Warren G. Harding (By: John W. Dean) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
James Buchanan (By: Jean H. Baker) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chester Alan Arthur (By: Zachary Karabell) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ulysses S. Grant (By: Josiah Bunting) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Martin Van Buren (By: Ted Widmer) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
James Monroe (By: GaryHart) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Andrew Jackson (By: Sean Wilentz) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
James A. Garfield (By: Ira Rutkow) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Calvin Coolidge (By: David Greenberg) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gerald R. Ford (By: Douglas Brinkley) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Richard M. Nixon (By: Elizabeth Drew) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Herbert Hoover (By: William E. Leuchtenburg) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zachary Taylor (By: John S.D. Eisenhower) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Harry S. Truman (By: Robert Dallek) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
John Tyler (By: Gary May) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Millard Fillmore (By: Paul Finkelman) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lyndon B. Johnson (By: Charles Peters) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
John F. Kennedy (By: Alan Brinkley) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jimmy Carter (By: Julian E. Zelizer) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
George W. Bush (By: James Mann) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ronald Reagan (By: Jacob Weisberg) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bill Clinton (By: Michael Tomasky) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The American Story(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Louisiana Purchase and American Expansion, 1803-1898(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Voices of America Past and Present(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The National Interest (November/December 2012 Book 122)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

H. W. Brands
Henry William Brands Jr. was born in Portland, Oregon on August 7, 1953 and is an American historian. He grew up in the Portland metropolitan area.

He went to Jesuit High School, where he was a National Merit Scholar and a three sport athlete. He enrolled at Stanford University and studied history and mathematics, getting an undergrad degree in history in the year 1975.

After he graduated he worked for one year doing sales in the family cutlery business working as a traveling salesman, with a territory that spanned across the West from the Pacific and on to Colorado. His wanderlust diminished after he took several trips across the Great Basin, and he took to sales of a different kind.

Before going back to Jesuit to be a math teacher, working their for the next five years. As he did so, he earned an MA in Liberal Studies from Reed College in the year 1978, which was followed by an MS in Mathematics from Portland State in the year 1981.

It was during this time he came to realize that he wanted to make a living as a writer, and determined that his love of history might just provide an avenue for him to do so.

Then he enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin so that he could study under historian Robert A. Divine. He penned his dissertation on the Eisenhower administration and its foreign policy during the Cold War, and earned a PhD in History in the year 1985.

He holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin, which he started teaching at in the year 2005. He works as the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History and Professor of Government.

As he worked on his doctorate, he taught math and social studies, courses including Algebra II, calculus, world history, and American history at Austin Community College District and Kirby Hall School for four years. He preferred to ride his bicycle while commuting between classes at the University of Texas and his teaching duties at the college preparatory school on the fringe of the UT campus and ACC’s Rio Grande location in Central Austin.

During his first year after he completed his doctorate, he worked as an oral historian at the University of Texas School of Law. The year after that he taught at Vanderbilt University. In the year 1987 he took a job at Texas A&M University, where he stayed for a total of seventeen years. He made the daily trip from his home in Austin to teach in College Station.

Brands has authored around thirty books on US history, which have twice been selected as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, once for “The First American” and for “Traitor to His Class”. He’s also co-written some books with T. H. Breen, and edited a few others.

“What America Owes the World” was a finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize in international affairs. “The Age of Gold” was a Washington Post Best Book of 2002. His book on Andrew Jackson was a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the year 2005. “The Wages of Globalism was a Choice Outstanding Academic Book winner, and “Lone Star Nation” won the Deolece Parmalee Award.

In addition to his books on US history, Brands’ books about the economic development of the United States and his biographies about key leaders in corporate America, on people such as Benjamin Franklin, Ulysses S. Grant, Andrew Jackson, Ronald Reagan, and Theodore Roosevelt. Brands’ books are all known for their narrative thrust and their readability.

Brands is also a member of different honorary societies, which includes the Philosophical Society of Texas and the Society of American Historians. He regularly does guest spots on national television and radio programs, and frequently gets interviewed by the foreign and American press. Brands’s writing has been published in many countries, and has been translated into Korean, Russian, Japanese, German, Chinese, and French.

Brands takes a progressive view on the nation’s founders and the US Constitution, arguing that the founding fathers were radicals at heart that were willing to challenge the status quo to find a better future. That said, he also believes that Americans today shouldn’t be constrained only by the views of self-government that are held by the founders.

By revering them, he believes, we undervalue ourselves and end up sabotaging our own efforts to make the necessary improvements in the republican experiment that the started. It is our love of the founders that leads us to abandon and betray the principles which they fought so hard for.

Brands also believes that the framers wouldn’t want the Constitution to be interpreted by the idea of original intent, and it is his belief that we are wrong to think of the founders in a “deified” sort of way. The only thing that they did was to have the audacity to challenge the conventional wisdom.

His articles have appeared in the Journal of American History, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the American Historical Review, the National Interest, and the International Herald Tribune, as well as many other magazines, journals, and newspapers.

Brands has also appeared in documentaries like “The Presidents”, “America: The Story of Us”, “10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America”, “The Men Who Built America”, “The Eighties”, and “The World Wars”.

Brands has a son, named Hal, who is a scholar of US foreign policy.

“Dreams of El Dorado” is a non-fiction book that was released in the year 2019. Brands tells the story of the settling of the American West. He takes us from John Jacob Astor’s fur trading outpost located in Oregon and on to the Texas Revolution. From the Oklahoma land rush to the California gold rush.

He shows the reader how the migrants’ dreams pushed them to feats of perseverance and bravery that put their stay-at-home cousins to shame. And how these same dreams drove them to outrageous violent acts toward the indigenous population as well as each other.

The West was where riches would end up rewarding the miner’s persistence, the railroad man’s enterprise, and the cattleman’s bravery, however El Dorado was at the very least equally elusive in the West as it was back East.

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