H.W. Brands

H.W. Brands

Award-Winning Author of Dreams of El Dorado and Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin

H. W. Brands was born in Oregon, went to college in California, sold cutlery across the American West and earned graduate degrees in mathematics and history in Oregon and Texas. He taught at Vanderbilt University and Texas A&M University before joining the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History. He writes on American history and politics, with books including Dreams of El Dorado, Heirs of the Founders, The General vs. the President, The Man Who Saved the Union, Andrew Jackson, The Age of Gold and TR, Several of his books have been bestsellers; two, Traitor to His Class and The First American, were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.