Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West (Paperback)
Balanced, authoritative, and masterfully told, Dreams of El Dorado sets a new standard for histories of the American West.
About the Author
H. W. Brands holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. chair in history at the University of Texas at Austin. A New York Times-bestselling author, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography for The First American and Traitor to His Class. He lives in Austin, Texas.
"Brands is a master storyteller...[Dreams of El Dorado] will enthrall aficionados of 19th-century American history."Library Journal
"The expansion of the United States across what would become the American West is the sort of sprawling, tumultuous epic that is best told by a calm and concentrated mind. Fortunately the author of this book is H.W. Brands, who has the vision and supreme narrative skill to braid the chaotic tendrils that make up the past into a story that is almost as exciting for its coherence as it is for the heroic and heartbreaking events it so vividly renders. Dreams of El Dorado is the latest reason to think of Brands as America's go-to historian."Stephen Harrigan, author of Big Wonderful Thing and The Gates of the Alamo