Dr. H.W. Brands is a best selling author and professor at the University of Texas at Austin. As a writer he has written 25 books, has coauthored or edited five others, and published dozens of articles and scores of reviews.
Studying History and Mathematics, Brands earned his undergraduate degree in History from Stanford University, later earning his Ph.D in History at the University of Texas at Austin. Teaching history and mathematics at a high school and community college for nine years, Brands began working as an oral historian at the University of Texas Law school before becoming a visiting professor of history at Vanderbilt University. In 1987, Brands joined the history faculty at Texas A&M University, where he taught for 17 years. In 2005 he returned to the University of Texas, where he holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr Chair in History.
Brands has definitely covered more subjects on American history than most historians. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, the Boston Globe, the Atlantic Monthly, the Smithsonian, the National Interest, the American Historical Review, the Journal of American History, the Political Science Quarterly, American History, and many other newspapers, magazines and journals.
Brands has written the books The General vs. the President-An Amazon bestseller, Reagan: The Life,The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr,The Man Who Saved the Union,The Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love of Josie Mansfield, American Stories, Greenback Planet, American Dreams, American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, America: Past and Present, Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt,The Money Men, Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times–Chicago Tribunes‘s Best Book of 2005 and a Washington Post bestseller, Lone Star Nation-Winner of the Deolece Parmelee Award, Woodrow Wilson: A Biography, The Age of Gold–Washington Post Best Book of 2002, as well as a San Francisco Chronicle besterseller,The Strange Death of American Liberalism,The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin-Finalist for the Pultizer Price and the Los Angeles Times Prize, as well as a New York Times Best Seller,Masters of Enterprise,What America Owes the World: The Struggle for the Soul of Foreign Policy-A finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize in international affairs, T.R.: The Last Romantic,The Wages of Globalism-was a Choice Outstanding Academic Book winner,Since Vietnam, The Reckless Decade: America in the 1890s,Into The Labyrinth: The U.S. and The Middle East, The Devil We Knew: Americans and the Cold War,Bound to Empire: The United States and the Philippines,Inside the Cold War,India and the United States, The Specter of Neutralism, and Cold Warriors.
Here are three book recommendations we personally received from Dr. H.W Brands:
-“A sobering account of how the world can spin from peace to war in just weeks.”
2.The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams
-“Perhaps the finest memoir of American political history, by the most literate member of a famous political family.”
3.The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini by Benvenuto Cellini
-“A rollicking account of art, love, soldiering, and much else, from the Italian Renaissance.”
*Biographical information taken from Brands’ website and faculty page from University of Texas at Austin.