American Colossus

The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900

By H. W. Brands
(Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780307386779, 686pp.)

Publication Date: October 4, 2011

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In this grand-scale narrative history, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist H. W. Brands brilliantly portrays the emergence, in a remarkably short time, of a recognizably modern America.
 
American Colossus captures the decades between the Civil War and the turn of the twentieth century, when a few breathtakingly wealthy businessmen transformed the United States from an agrarian economy to a world power. From the first Pennsylvania oil gushers to the rise of Chicago skyscrapers, this spellbinding narrative shows how men like Morgan, Carnegie, and Rockefeller ushered in a new era of unbridled capitalism. In the end America achieved unimaginable wealth, but not without cost to its traditional democratic values.




About the Author
H. W. Brands is a distinguished professor of history and holder of the Melbern G. Glassock Chair at Texas A&M University. His books include the Pulitzer Prize finalist "The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin", "The Age of Gold", and "TR", a biography of Theodore Roosevelt. He lives in Austin, Texas.
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