H.W. Brands, twice a finalist
for the Pulitzer Prize, is telling the history of the United States
through a series of biographies: Benjamin Franklin, Andrew Jackson,
Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt.
latest book is “The Man Who Saved the Union,” about Ulysses Grant, the
Civil War hero who later became president. Brands, a history professor
at the University of Texas at Austin, will be at Warwick’s Thursday at
Q: Why did you become a historian?
I grew up in Portland. When I was a kid, my father used to take me and
my siblings around to visit historical sites. I never had an idea that I
would turn out to be a historian or a writer, or a teacher for that
matter, but history always struck me as interesting....