Dreams of El Dorado by H. W. Brands audiobook

Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West

By H. W. Brands
Read by Matt Kugler

Basic Books, Hachette Book Group 9781541672529
17.20 Hours Unabridged
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"Epic in its scale, fearless in its scope" (Hampton Sides), this balanced, authoritative, and masterfully told account of the American West from a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist sets a new standard as it sweeps from the California Gold Rush to the Texas Revolution and beyond. In Dreams of El Dorado, H. W. Brands tells the thrilling, panoramic story of the settling of the American West. He takes us from John Jacob Astor's fur trading outpost in Oregon to the Texas Revolution, from the California gold rush to the Oklahoma land rush. He shows how the migrants' dreams drove them to feats of courage and perseverance that put their stay-at-home cousins to shame-and how those same dreams also drove them to outrageous acts of violence against indigenous peoples and one another. The West was where riches would reward the miner's persistence, the cattleman's courage, the railroad man's enterprise; but El Dorado was at least as elusive in the West as it ever was in the East. Balanced, authoritative, and masterfully told, Dreams of El Dorado sets a new standard for histories of the American West.

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An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick of Best History Books of the Month

A Booklist Pick of the Week

"Epic in its scale, fearless in its scope" (Hampton Sides), this balanced, authoritative, and masterfully told account of the American West from a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist sets a new standard as it sweeps from the California Gold Rush to the Texas Revolution and beyond.


In Dreams of El Dorado, H. W. Brands tells the thrilling, panoramic story of the settling of the American West. He takes us from John Jacob Astor's fur trading outpost in Oregon to the Texas Revolution, from the California gold rush to the Oklahoma land rush. He shows how the migrants' dreams drove them to feats of courage and perseverance that put their stay-at-home cousins to shame-and how those same dreams also drove them to outrageous acts of violence against indigenous peoples and one another. The West was where riches would reward the miner's persistence, the cattleman's courage, the railroad man's enterprise; but El Dorado was at least as elusive in the West as it ever was in the East.

Balanced, authoritative, and masterfully told, Dreams of El Dorado sets a new standard for histories of the American West.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A subject this monumental demands prose to match it, and I am pleased that to report that, in this sprawling epic, H. W. Brands is at his sparkling best.” S. C. Gwynne, New York Times bestselling author
“Brands tells the thrilling, panoramic story of the settling of the American West.” Amazon.com
“Brands has a deft narrative touch and a talent for highlighting the human drama undergirding historical events. But Dreams of El Dorado is not challenging history. It is scholarship as entertainment, history as adventure story.” Los Angeles Review of Books
“With his baritone voice, narrator Matt Kugler does well in delivering this engaging account of the settlement of the West…From courageous and daring deeds to acts of utmost cruelty, Brands provides a cogent overview of how our nation grew into a continental power. Kugler’s delivery can border on being dramatic, but he doesn’t overdo it. His pacing is deliberate but not pondering.” AudioFile
“This is a marvelous short history of the West, rewarding both expert and neophyte readers.” Booklist (starred review)
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
The 'winning' of the American West is that biggest and most daunting of subjects, so big that most historians have found it necessary to bite off small corners of this grand and sordid tale of empire-building. But here H.W. Brands endeavors to tell it all, from Texas to California, from beaver pelts to buffalo robes, from the hoofbeats of horses to the steam blasts of the first transcontinental trains. Epic in its scale, fearless in its scope, this is a bravura performance from one of our master historians. Hampton Sides, bestselling author of Blood and Thunder

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Author Bio: H. W. Brands

Author Bio: H. W. Brands

H. W. Brands holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. chair in history at the University of Texas at Austin. His book The President was a New York Times bestseller, and he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography for The First American and Traitor to His Class.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 17.20
Audience: Adult
Language: English