|Henry William 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 The Man Who Saved the Union, Traitor to His Class, Andrew Jackson, The Age of Gold,
The First American and TR. Several of his books have been bestsellers; two,
Traitor to His Class and The First American, were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.
He lectures frequently on historical and current events and can be seen and heard
on national and international television and radio. His writings have
been translated into Spanish, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Ukrainian.