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 is the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History. He writes on American history and politics, with books including TRAITOR TO HIS CLASS, ANDREW JACKSON, THE AGE OF GOLD, THE FIRST AMERICAN and TR. Several of his books have been bestsellers; two, TRAITOR TO HIS CLASS and 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 programs. His writings have been translated into Spanish, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Ukrainian.