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    • Heirs of the Founders

    • The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants
    • By: H. W. Brands
    • Narrated by: Eric Martin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 133
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122

    In the early 1800s, three young men strode onto the national stage, elected to Congress at a moment when the Founding Fathers were beginning to retire to their farms. Daniel Webster of Massachusetts, a champion orator known for his eloquence, spoke for the North and its business class. Henry Clay of Kentucky, as dashing as he was ambitious, embodied the hopes of the rising West. South Carolina's John Calhoun, with piercing eyes and an even more piercing intellect, defended the South and slavery. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Jean on 12-04-18
    • The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants
    • By: H. W. Brands
    • Narrated by: Eric Martin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
    • Release date: 11-13-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 133 ratings

    Regular price: $31.95

    • 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 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 228
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162

    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: $38.95

    • Andrew Jackson

    • His Life and Times
    • By: H.W. Brands
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 25 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 776
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 594
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 598

    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
    • A great tale, superbly read

    • By Elizabeth on 03-26-08

    Regular price: $55.95

    • 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 458
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 398
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 400

    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 509
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 465
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 460

    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: $34.95

    • 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 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Nonsense

    • By Dan on 11-22-18

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Traitor to His Class

    • The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
    • By: H. W. Brands
    • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
    • Length: 37 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 243
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 204

    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: $51.95

    • American Colossus

    • The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900
    • By: H. W. Brands
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 23 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 166
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 133
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 130

    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: $41.95

    • Woodrow Wilson

    • By: H.W. Brands
    • Narrated by: Richard Rohan
    • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    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: $14.95

    • The Man Who Saved the Union

    • Ulysses Grant in War and Peace
    • By: H. W. Brands
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
    • Length: 27 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 389
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 336
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 338

    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: $39.95

    • Lone Star Nation

    • How a Ragged Army of Courageous Volunteers Won the Battle for Texas Independence
    • By: H.W. Brands
    • Narrated by: Don Leslie
    • Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130

    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
    • How a Ragged Army of Courageous Volunteers Won the Battle for Texas Independence
    • By: H.W. Brands
    • Narrated by: Don Leslie
    • Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
    • Release date: 02-12-04
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 199 ratings

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Biography

    • The Corridors of Power (2009): Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
    • By: H. W. Brands, Jim Newton, Ronald C. White Jr.
    • Narrated by: A. Scott Berg
    • Length: 1 hr
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.

    Regular price: $4.19

    • 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 23 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    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 23 mins
    • Release date: 11-04-08
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 37 ratings

    Regular price: $27.95

    • 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 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    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: $19.95

    • The Modern Scholar

    • The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin
    • By: Professor H.W. Brands
    • Narrated by: H.W. Brands
    • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72

    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: $19.95

    • The Age of Gold

    • The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream
    • By: H.W. Brands
    • Narrated by: Brian Mancinelli
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    A stunning re-creation of the Gold Rush and the effect it had - and is still having - on the American character. "A fine, robust telling of one of the greatest adventure stories in history," says David McCullough, author of John Adams.

    Regular price: $20.95

    • 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 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    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 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 133
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 39

    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 133 ratings

    Regular price: $19.95

    • 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 88
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    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

    • Lone Star Nation

    • How a Ragged Army of Courageous Volunteers Won the Battle for Texas Independence
    • By: H.W. Brands
    • Narrated by: Chuck Montgomery
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    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
    • How a Ragged Army of Courageous Volunteers Won the Battle for Texas Independence
    • By: H.W. Brands
    • Narrated by: Chuck Montgomery
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Release date: 02-12-04
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 40 ratings

    Regular price: $24.95

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