Sunday, November 21, 2010

H. W. Brands' American Colossus Receives Notice

American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism (Random House, October 2010), by H. W. Brands, has been receiving a good deal of media attention, both critical and approving. It was reviewed by John Steele Gordon in the November 18 New York Times, and by Amity Shlaes in the Wall Street Journal on October 29. Extensive newspaper coverage includes reviews for the San Francisco Chronicle by T. J. Stiles, by Steve Weinberg for the Dallas Morning News, and by Ezra Klein for the Barnes and Noble Review (on Salon.com), An excerpt is available on the Random House site. An audio  interview of Brands by Lewis Lapham of Bloomberg is available, as are another with Michael Medved of the American Conservative University and a video podcast sponsored by the Pritzker Military Library in Chicago. The C-Span video library presents video of a panel (called "The Age of Titans") from the Texas Book Festival that includes both Brands and T. J. Stiles. Stiles is the author of The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, which won the Pulitzer Prize for biography.

Brand's book follows in the wake of other recent works on American capitalism, including Joyce Appleby's Relentless Revolution, noted earlier on this blog.