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The Historian H.W. Brands

Wikipedia writes:

Henry William Brands is an American historian and author of 22 books, co-author of 2 and editor of 4, he is also a Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated from Stanford University in 1975 with a B.A. in history and from Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon. He resides in Austin, Texas. In June 2009 he and eleven other distinguished historians had dinner at the White House with President Barack Obama.

Titles of his books from 2010 back to 1988:

Of his book, American Colossus, at Amazon.com one reveiwer is disappointed but writes that "Brands is skillful in his use of words, like an accomplished reporter or novelist. He is an easy read." Another writes: "...a readable but hodgepodge history." Another reports that the book is written "in a popular, narrative style with little technical discussion or statistics. Yet the book is well-informed, thorough, and balanced."

Knowing the work involved in historical research, I see the book as an amazing collection of details and well organized. Hodgepodge it is not. It's an overview that covers a lot of ground.

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