American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900 (Paperback)

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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.

Praise For…


“A superb new history. . . . A big, brash narrative.”
Bloomberg News

“A first-rate overview of one of the most important periods in American history. . . . Brands is a terrific writer who commands his material, handles this sprawling, complicated story with authority and panache.”
The New York Times

“Colorful. . . . Sweeping. . . . Brands masterfully chronicles this transformation. . . . His account serves admirably as a survey history of Gilded Age America.”
The Plain Dealer
 
“An excellent book. . . . Brands is a smart, lively writer. . . . He demonstrates, as the best historians do, that past is prologue.”
The Dallas Morning News

Product Details
ISBN: 9780307386779
ISBN-10: 0307386775
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publication Date: October 4th, 2011
Pages: 686
Language: English