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Brands, H. W.

Works: 136 works in 710 publications in 5 languages and 47,583 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  History  Manuscripts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Creator
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Most widely held works by H. W Brands
The first American : the life and times of Benjamin Franklin by H. W Brands( Book )

21 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 2,822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A complete biography of the statesman and scientist, Benjamin Franklin
Andrew Jackson, his life and times by H. W Brands( Book )

22 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 2,585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first "common man" to rise to the presidency, Jackson embodied the spirit and the vision of the emerging American nation; the term "Jacksonian democracy" is embedded in our national lexicon. Historian Brands follows Jackson from his days as rebellious youth, risking execution to free the Carolinas during the Revolutionary War, to his years as a young lawyer and congressman from the newly settled frontier state of Tennessee. As general of the Tennessee militia, his famous rout of the British at the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812 made him a national hero. But it is Jackson's presidency that won him a place among America's greatest leaders. A man of the people, he sought to make the country a genuine democracy, governed by and for the people. Although respectful of states' rights, when his home state threatened to secede, he promised to march down with 100,000 federal soldiers should it dare.--From publisher description
The strange death of American liberalism by H. W Brands( )

17 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 2,301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book, H.W. Brands confronts the vital question of why an ever-increasing number of Americans do not trust the federal government to improve their lives and to heal major social ills. How is it that government has come to be seen as the source of many of our problems, rather than the potential means of their solution? How has the word liberal become a term of abuse in American political discourse?" "From the Revolution on, argues Brands, Americans have been chronically skeptical of their government. This book succinctly traces this skepticism, demonstrating that it is only during periods of war that Americans have set aside their distrust and looked to their government to defend them. The Cold War, Brands shows, created an extended - and historically anomalous - period of dependence, thereby allowing for the massive expansion of the American welfare state. Since the 1970s, and the devastating blow dealt to Cold War ideology by America's defeat in Vietnam, Americans have returned to their characteristic distrust of government. With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Brands contends, the fate of American liberalism was sealed - and we continue to live with the consequences of its demise."--Jacket
Traitor to his class : the privileged life and radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt by H. W Brands( Book )

17 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 2,186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A sweeping biography of the life and political career of Franklin Delano Roosevelt draws on archival materials, public speeches, interviews with family and colleagues, and personal correspondence to examine FDR's political leadership in a dark time of Depression and war, his championship of the poor, his revolutionary New Deal legislation, and his legacy for the future
Critical reflections on the Cold War : linking rhetoric and history( )

16 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 2,136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The age of gold : the California Gold Rush and the new American dream by H. W Brands( Book )

24 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and held by 2,124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this richly detailed, panoramic saga, the acclaimed author of "The First American" brings to life the human dramas and commercial imperatives that spurred the California gold rush, and illuminates their lasting impact on the American landscape
The use of force after the Cold War( )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 2,085 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this volume, eleven leading scholars apply their expertise to understanding what (if anything) has changed and what has not, why the patterns are as they are, and just what the future might bring. Together, the authors address political, moral, and military factors in the decision to use or avoid military force. Case studies of the Gulf War and Bosnia, analyses of the role of women in the armed forces and the role of intelligence agencies, and studies of inter-branch and inter-agency tensions and cooperation inform the various chapters." "The volume will help scholars, policy makers, and concerned citizens contemplate national alternatives when force threatens."--Jacket
Reagan : the life by H. W Brands( Book )

23 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 2,030 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From master storyteller and New York Times bestselling biographer H.W. Brands, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, comes the first full life of Ronald Reagan since his death. Ronald Reagan today is a conservative icon, celebrated for transforming the American domestic agenda and playing a crucial part in ending communism in the Soviet Union. In his masterful new biography, H.W. Brands argues that Reagan, along with FDR, was the most consequential president of the twentieth century. Reagan took office at a time when the public sector, after a half century of New Deal liberalism, was widely perceived as bloated and inefficient, an impediment to personal liberty. Reagan sought to restore democracy by bolstering capitalism. In Brands's telling, how Reagan, who voted four times for FDR, engineered a conservative transformation of American politics is both a riveting personal journey and the story of America in the modern era. Brands follows Reagan as his ambition for ever larger stages compelled him from a troubled childhood in small-town Illinois to become a radio announcer and then the quintessential public figure of modern America, a movie star. In Hollywood, Reagan edged closer to public service as the president of the Screen Actors' Guild, before a stalled film career led to his unlikely reinvention as the voice of General Electric and a spokesman for corporate America. Reagan follows its subject on his improbable political rise, from the 1960s, when he was first elected governor of California, to his triumphant election in 1980 as president of the United States. Brands employs archival sources not available to previous biographers and dozens of interviews with surviving members of the administration. The result is an exciting narrative and a fresh understanding of a crucially important president and his era"--
T.R. : the last romantic by H. W Brands( Book )

9 editions published between 1997 and 2001 in English and held by 2,028 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In his time there was no national figure more popular than Theodore Roosevelt. It was not only the energy he brought to political office that made him so popular, or his unshakable moral convictions, or even his stature as an authentic war her othe colonel who led the Rough Riders up San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War. Though scion of a privileged New York family, he was a man with an uncommon common touch. Theodore Roosevelt was loved by the American people because he loved them." "Yet, as H.W. Brands shows in this biography, an examination of the private life of Roosevelt reveals an individual whose great public strengths hid troubling personal deficiencies. His uncompromising moralism frequently dismayed friends and alienated those who might have been allies. His speeches and writings, reflecting a temperament obsessively full of itself, became targets of fierce satire. His historical works, paeans to heroism, typically displayed a fierce and belligerent nationalism." "Even more revealing is Roosevelt as son, brother, husband, and father." "The compelling drama of Theodore Roosevelt's life continues to fascinate readers, and H.W. Brands, employing a wealth of private letters and previously unpublished material, tells his story as no biographer before him has."--Jacket
The man who saved the union : Ulysses Grant in war and peace by H. W Brands( Book )

12 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,792 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
The general vs. the president : MacArthur and Truman at the brink of nuclear war by H. W Brands( Book )

18 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 1,786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From master storyteller and historian H.W. Brands, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, comes the riveting story of how President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur squared off to decide America's future in the aftermath of World War II. At the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, 'The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has.' This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. Heir to a struggling economy, a ruined Europe, and increasing tension with the Soviet Union, on no issue was the path ahead clear and easy. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The lessons he drew from World War II were absolute: appeasement leads to disaster and a showdown with the communists was inevitable--the sooner the better. In the nuclear era, when the Soviets, too, had the bomb, the specter of a catastrophic third World War lurked menacingly close on the horizon. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. From the drama of Stalin's blockade of West Berlin to the daring landing of MacArthur's forces at Inchon to the shocking entrance of China into the war, The General and the President vividly evokes the making of a new American era"--
The wages of globalism : Lyndon Johnson and the limits of American power by H. W Brands( Book )

19 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 1,616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Wages of Globalism, Brands conducts a witty and insightful tour of LBJ's foreign policy - a tour that begins in Washington, runs through Santo Domingo, Nicosia, and Jakarta, and ends in Saigon. He opens with a thoughtful portrayal of the tense but often fruitful relationship between the domineering Johnson and his advisers - Dean Rusk, Robert McNamara, George Ball, Clark Clifford, Walt Rostow - as Johnson picked up Kennedy's legacy and sought to make it his own. Leaving Vietnam for the end, Brands presents the various crises with all the impact the White House felt at the time: the Dominican intervention, India's impending famine and war with Pakistan, the coup against Sukarno in Indonesia, France's departure from NATO's unified command, the threat of fighting between Greece and Turkey over Cyprus, the Six Day War, and the wrangles with Germany over money and arms. In each, Brands captures the uncertainty in Washington and the conflicting advice that Johnson received."--Jacket
Woodrow Wilson by H. W Brands( Book )

9 editions published in 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Woodrow Wilson was a man of words. Overcoming dyslexia, he finally learned to read at the age of ten, and then went on to spend much of his early life writing about politics and practicing oratory on the empty benches of his father's Presbyterian churches. Academic studies of the American Constitution and Congress (which he considered the most important branch of the federal government) established his reputation for original and insightful political thinking, which in turn led to his appointment to the presidency of Princeton and, eventually, to his nomination for the presidency of the United States. His term would be marked by his intellectual approach to government and the compromises demanded by practical politics." "H. W. Brands offers a clear, well-informed, and timely account of Wilson's unusual route to the White House, his campaign against corporate interests, his struggles with rivals at home and allies abroad, and his temporary decline in popularity following the rejection by Congress of his League of Nations. Wilson emerges as a fascinating man of oratorical power, penetrating thought, and inspiring ideals."--Jacket
American colossus : the triumph of capitalism, 1865-1900 by H. W Brands( Book )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From bestselling historian H.W. Brands, a sweeping chronicle of how a few wealthy businessmen reshaped America from a land of small farmers and small businessmen into an industrial giant
Lone star nation : how a ragged army of volunteers won the battle for Texas independence, and changed America by H. W Brands( Book )

12 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces Texas's precarious historical journey to statehood, covering such events as its early colonization, the battle at the Alamo, its Native American and Mexican heritage, and its early days as a new republic
The devil we knew : Americans and the Cold War by H. W Brands( Book )

16 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 1,069 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the late 1950s, Washington was driven by its fear of communist subversion: it saw the hand of Kremlin behind developments at home and across the globe. The FBI was obsessed with the threat posed by American communist party--yet party membership had sunk so low, writes H.W. Brands, that it could have fit "inside a high-school gymnasium," and it was so heavily infiltrated that J. Edgar Hoover actually contemplated using his informers as a voting bloc to take over the party. Abroad, the preoccupation with communism drove the White House to help overthrow democratically elected govern
Bound to empire : the United States and the Philippines by H. W Brands( Book )

9 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 1,052 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the day Commodore Dewey's battleships destroyed the Spanish fleet at Manila to the closing of the Subic Bay naval base in 1992, America and the Philippines have shared a long and tangled history. It has been a century of war and colonialism, earnest reforms and blatant corruption, diplomatic maneuvering and political intrigue, an era colored by dramatic events and striking personalities. In Bound to Empire, acclaimed historian H.W. Brands gives us a brilliant account of the American involvement in the Philippines in a sweeping narrative filled with analytical insight. Ranging from the Spanish-American War to the fall of Ferdinand Marcos and beyond, Brands deftly weaves together the histories of both nations as he assesses America's great experiment with empire. He leaps from the turbulent American scene in the 1890s - the labor unrest, the panic of 1893, the emergence of Progressivism, the growing tension with Spain - to the shores of the newly acquired colony: Dewey's conquest of Manila, the vicious war against the Philippine insurgents, and the founding of American civilian rule. As Brands takes us through the following century, describing the efforts to "civilize" the Filipinos, the shaping of Philippine political practices, the impact of General MacArthur, and World War II and the Cold War, he provides fascinating insight into the forces and institutions that made American rule what it was, and the Republic of the Philippines what it is today. He uncovers the origins of the corruption and nepotism of post-independence Philippine politics, as well as the ambivalence of American rule, in which liberal principles of self-determination clashed with the desire for empire and a preoccupation first with Japan and later with communism. The book comes right up to the present day, with an incisive account of the rise and fall of Ferdinand Marcos, the accession (and subsequent troubles) of Corazon Aquino, the Communist guerrilla insurgency, and the debate over the American military bases. "Damn the Americans!" Manuel Quezon once said. "Why don't they tyrannize us more?" Indeed, as Brands writes, American rule in the Philippines was more benign than that of any other colonial power in the Pacific region. Yet it failed to foster a genuine democracy. This fascinating book explains why, in a perceptive account of a century of empire and its aftermath
American dreams : the United States since 1945 by H. W Brands( Book )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Swedish and held by 1,017 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From bestselling historian H.W. Brands, an incisive chronicle of the events and trends that guided--and sometimes misguided--our nation from the A-bomb to the iPhone. Ultimately Brands captures the national experience through the last six decades and reveals the still-unfolding legacy of dreams born out of a global cataclysm
The reckless decade : America in the 1890s by H. W Brands( Book )

8 editions published between 1995 and 2002 in English and held by 1,009 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A period every bit as turbulent as our own age, the 1890s saw vast changes in the economy, politics, and society of the United States, while giving birth to a technological revolution that would profoundly alter the lives of all Americans. Those who knew how to exploit this new world - Carnegie, Morgan, Rockefeller - prospered handsomely; those who did not became icons of how the other half lives. The chilling violence of the Homestead steelworkers' strike and other labor conflicts underscored the tension that such disparity produced. The economic elite ensured that the currency of capital would remain gold and not free silver, yet technology transformed everyday life as alternating current began to light the nation. That new frontier came just when the Western one on which America prided itself closed. No longer could America expand internally; imperialism was the way of the future. But even as the United States became a colonial power, Jim Crow laws ensured that only whites could reap the harvest of empire. In The Reckless Decade, Brands captures the essence - whimsical, tragic, and intrinsically contradictory - of the 1890s, when for the first time America turned its face outward to the world and geared up for the "American Century." Evocative and fascinating, this remarkable book looks back over that amazing time and, in the telling, teaches us much about ourselves and our own reckless decade
Masters of enterprise : giants of American business from John Jacob Astor and J.P. Morgan to Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey by H. W Brands( Book )

10 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,000 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here, in a wittily told and deeply insightful history, is a complete set of portraits of America's greatest generators of wealth. Only such a collective study allows us to appreciate what makes the great entrepreneurs really tick. As H.W. Brands shows, these men and women are driven, they are focused, they deeply identify with the businesses they create, and they possess the charisma necessary to persuade other talented people to join them. They do it partly for the money, but mostly for the thrill of creation
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The first American : the life and times of Benjamin Franklin
Andrew Jackson, his life and timesThe strange death of American liberalismTraitor to his class : the privileged life and radical Presidency of Franklin Delano RooseveltCritical reflections on the Cold War : linking rhetoric and historyThe age of gold : the California Gold Rush and the new American dreamThe use of force after the Cold WarT.R. : the last romanticThe wages of globalism : Lyndon Johnson and the limits of American power
Alternative Names
Beu raen Jeu, Hen ri 1953-

brands, h. w

Brands, H. W. 1953-

Brands, H. William.

Brands, Henry W.

Brands, Henry Wiliam.

Brands, Henry William

Brands, Henry William 1953-

H. W. Brands Amerikaans historicus


Henricus Gulielmus Brands

Henry William Brands

Henry William Brands historien américain

Pŭraenjŭ, Hen-Ri 1953-

Брандс, Генри Уильям

Генрі Вільям Брандс

브랜즈, 헨리 1953-

ブランズ, H. W

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