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 ecomy 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 t without cost to its traditional democratic values.
H. W. BRANDS holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin. ANew York Timesbestselling author, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography forThe First AmericanandTraitor to His Class.