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History of the American West – An Interview with H.W. Brands – Episode 486

On this episode of Blunt Force Truth, Chuck and Mark are joined by H.W. Brands. Professor Brands teaches history at the University of Texas at Austin and has authored countless books on American history and politics.

Chuck and Mark kick of today’s show by asking Professor Brands about the history of our political system and the history of Progressives. They discuss how democracy has shaped our nation’s history and why our founders did not make our nation a pure democracy.

They continue by discussing presidential elections and how our nation has been shaped by our political divide. They discuss how the impeachment of President Trump will be looked at in the future.

They finish up today’s show by discussing Professor Brands latest book, Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American. Professor Brands explains what the book covers and what inspired him to focus this book on the American west.


More about H.W. Brands:

W. (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 teaches history and writing to graduate students and undergraduates. ~ He writes on American history and politics, with books including Dreams of El Dorado, Heirs of the FoundersThe General vs. the President and Reagan. Several of his books have been bestsellers; two, Traitor to His Classand 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, Czech, Dutch, Danish and Ukrainian. ~ For the past eight years he has been writing a history of the United States in haiku form and publishing it on Twitter (@hwbrands).

Connect with H.W. Brands:


Twitter: @hwbrands


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