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    • Andrew Jackson

    • His Life and Times
    • By: H.W. Brands
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 26 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 638
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 470
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 474

    The most famous American of his time, Andrew Jackson is a seminal figure in American history. 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. With the sweep, passion, and attention to detail that made The First American a Pulitzer Prize finalist, historian H.W. Brands shapes a historical narrative that's as fast-paced and compelling as the best fiction.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very Thorough

    • By Eric on 02-07-06

    Regular price: $55.93

    • Reagan

    • The Life
    • By: H. W. Brands
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
    • Length: 31 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 389
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 335
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 336

    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 20th 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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Comprehensive, fast-paced and well told

    • By Dave on 05-31-15

    Regular price: $49.00

    • The General vs. the President

    • MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War
    • By: H. W. Brands
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 428
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 390
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 384

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Vivid Dramatic Accounting

    • By Jean on 11-11-16

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Traitor to His Class

    • The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of FDR
    • By: H. W. Brands
    • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
    • Length: 37 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 197
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160

    A sweeping, magisterial biography of the man generally considered the greatest president of the 20th century, admired by Democrats and Republicans alike. Traitor to His Class sheds new light on FDR's formative years; his remarkable willingness to champion the concerns of the poor and disenfranchised; and his combination of political genius, firm leadership, and matchless diplomacy in saving democracy during the Great Depression and the American cause of freedom in World War II.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Worth every minute.

    • By Ryan Arnold on 07-09-17

    Regular price: $59.93

    • American Colossus

    • The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900
    • By: H. W. Brands
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 23 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 148
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 116
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 113

    The three decades after the Civil War saw a wholesale shift in American life, and the cause was capitalism. Driven by J. P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and oth­ers like them, armies of men and women were harnessed to a new vision of massive industry. A society rooted in the soil became one based in cities, and legions of immigrants were drawn to American shores. Brands portrays the stunning trans­formation of the landscape and institutions of American life in these years.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • 8 Thoughts on 'American Colossus'

    • By Joshua Kim on 06-10-12

    Regular price: $35.93

    • The Age of Gold

    • The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream
    • By: H.W. Brands
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 17 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 202
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 137

    When gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill on the American River, it completely transformed the territory of California. Hundreds of thousands of people sped to California by any means possible, and small cities sprung up to service their needs as they sought the precious metal. By 1850, California had become a state; it had also become a symbol of where the nation was going.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very Enjoyable

    • By Claire on 01-15-04

    Regular price: $38.60

    • Lone Star Nation

    • By: H.W. Brands
    • Narrated by: Don Leslie
    • Length: 17 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 170
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104

    Lone Star Nation is the gripping story of Texas' precarious journey to statehood, from its early colonization in the 1820s to the shocking massacres of Texas loyalists at the Alamo and Goliad by the Mexican army, from its rough-and-tumble years as a land overrun by the Comanches to its day of liberation as an upstart republic.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Texas: From Spanish colony to statehood

    • By Brian on 04-06-05

    Regular price: $39.93

    • The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr

    • By: H. W. Brands
    • Narrated by: Chris Sorensen
    • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13

    One of the nation’s most respected historians and a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, H.W. Brands has the rare gift of investing historical narrative with unmatched verve and insight. The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr sheds light on the life of the third vice president of the United States, a man who is perhaps best known for killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Too much talk and not enough action

    • By Jeffrey L. Gingold on 01-07-13

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Woodrow Wilson

    • By: H.W. Brands
    • Narrated by: Richard Rohan
    • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    The product of Wilson's efforts — his vision of the United States as a nation uniquely suited for moral leadership by virtue of its democratic tradition — is a view of foreign policy that is still in place today. Brands provides great insight into the celebrated president and "man of words."

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Does the Trick

    • By Jordan on 12-19-04

    Regular price: $15.93

    • The Modern Scholar

    • The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin
    • By: H.W. Brands
    • Narrated by: H.W. Brands
    • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69

    This course examines the life of Benjamin Franklin and his influence on both American and world history. He remains the model of the American thinker - a man who was interested in nearly everything, and who pursued those interests with an admirable and contagious passion. To study Franklin's life is to learn not only the history of a single man, but to understand some of the most monumental changes in all of human history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fabulous!!!

    • By J. Rector on 11-09-14

    Regular price: $49.95

    • The Modern Scholar

    • Masters of Enterprise: American Business History and the People Who Made it
    • By: Professor H. W. Brands
    • Narrated by: Professor H. W. Brands
    • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    In this course, we'll examine the lives and careers of successful men and women who seized the opportunities offered by the vibrant and open economy that has ensued. We'll examine how each of these individuals found the necessary resources - both economic and personal - to achieve greatness in the business arena. In doing so, we hope not only to arrive at a better understanding of American business history in general, but also to commune with its greatest visionaries - its Masters of Enterprise.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating example of some Masters of Enterprise

    • By William on 03-25-13

    Regular price: $49.95

    • The Man Who Saved the Union

    • Ulysses Grant in War and Peace
    • By: H. W. Brands
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
    • Length: 27 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 368
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 318
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 320

    Ulysses Grant rose from obscurity to discover he had a genius for battle, and he propelled the Union to victory in the Civil War. After Abraham Lincoln's assassination and the disastrous brief presidency of Andrew Johnson, America turned to Grant again to unite the country, this time as president. In Brands' sweeping, majestic full biography, Grant emerges as a heroic figure who was fearlessly on the side of right.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Underrated hero

    • By Tad Davis on 12-22-12

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Ep. 5: Theodore Roosevelt (Presidents Are People Too)

    • By: Alexis Coe, Elliott Kalan, H. W. Brands, and others
    • Length: 25 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Alexis and Elliott get to know our 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt. They speak to biographer H.W. Brands about a peculiar presidential pet peeve, Elliott visits a taxidermist in Queens to learn more about Teddy's appreciation for mounted game, and Thomas Whittington gives voice to our most macho of presidents.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Greenback Planet: How the Dollar Conquered the World and Threatened Civilization as We Know It (Discovering America)

    • By: H. W. Brands
    • Narrated by: James Killavey
    • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    In Greenback Planet, acclaimed historian H. W. Brands charts the dollar's astonishing rise to become the world's principal currency. Telling the story with the verve of a novelist, he recounts key episodes in US monetary history, from the Civil War debate over fiat money (greenbacks) to the recent worldwide financial crisis. Brands explores the dollar's changing relations to gold and silver and to other currencies and cogently explains how America's economic might made the dollar the fundamental standard of value in world finance.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A good, clear telling of the basic story

    • By Philo on 05-25-18

    Regular price: $14.95

    • How Presidents Manipulate the Media and the Public

    • By: H.W. Brands
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "How Presidents Manipulate the Media and the Public" is from the Ideas and Controversy section of The Washington Post. It was written by H.W. Brands and narrated by Sam Scholl.

    Regular price: $0.95

    • Traitor to His Class

    • The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
    • By: H.W. Brands
    • Narrated by: Patrick Egan
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    A sweeping, magisterial biography of the man generally considered the greatest president of the 20th century, admired by Democrats and Republicans alike. Traitor to His Class sheds new light on FDR's formative years, his remarkable willingness to champion the concerns of the poor and disenfranchised, his combination of political genius, firm leadership, and matchless diplomacy in saving democracy in America during the Great Depression and the American cause of freedom in World War II.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent biography

    • By Pablo on 12-04-15
    • The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
    • By: H.W. Brands
    • Narrated by: Patrick Egan
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Release date: 11-04-08
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 34 ratings

    Regular price: $27.93

    • The Money Men

    • Capitalism, Democracy, and the Hundred Years' War over the American Dollar
    • By: H. W. Brands
    • Narrated by: Lloyd James
    • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 132
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 38

    A best-selling historian's gripping account of the powerful men who controlled America's financial destiny. From the first days of the United States, a battle raged over money. On one side were the democrats, who wanted cheap money and feared the concentration of financial interests in the hands of a few. On the other were the capitalists who sought the soundness of a national bank – and the profits that came with it.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not clear what this book is really about

    • By Chris on 07-03-08
    • Capitalism, Democracy, and the Hundred Years' War over the American Dollar
    • By: H. W. Brands
    • Narrated by: Lloyd James
    • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
    • Release date: 10-19-06
    • 4 out of 5 stars 132 ratings

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Lone Star Nation

    • How a Ragged Army of Volunteers Won the Battle for Texas Independence
    • By: H.W. Brands
    • Narrated by: Chuck Montgomery
    • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    Lone Star Nation is the gripping story of Texas' precarious journey to statehood, from its early colonization in the 1820s to the shocking massacres of Texas loyalists at the Alamo and Goliad by the Mexican army, from its rough-and-tumble years as a land overrun by the Comanches to its day of liberation as an upstart republic.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book on Texas History

    • By dennis behrend on 12-06-16

    Regular price: $23.93

    • The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr

    • By: H. W. Brands
    • Narrated by: H. W. Brands
    • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Though he was a hero of the Revolutionary War, a prominent New York politician, and vice president of the United States, Aaron Burr is today best remembered as the villain who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel. But, as H. W. Brands demonstrates in this fascinating portrait of one of the most compelling politicians in American history, Burr was also a man before his time - a proponent of equality between the sexes well over a century before women were able to vote in the US.

    Regular price: $21.00

    • The Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love of Josie Mansfield

    • A Tragedy of the Gilded Age
    • By: H. W. Brands
    • Narrated by: Richard McGonagle
    • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    Even before he was shot dead on the stairway of the tony Grand Central Hotel in 1872, financier James “Jubilee Jim” Fisk, Jr., was a notorious New York City figure. From his audacious attempt to corner the gold market in 1869 to his battle for control of the geographically crucial Erie Railroad, Fisk was a flamboyant exemplar of a new financial era marked by volatile fortunes and unprecedented greed and corruption. But it was his scandalously open affair with a showgirl named Josie Mansfield that ultimately led to his demise.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • interesting "period piece" of history

    • By D. Littman on 06-09-11

    Regular price: $19.60

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