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Read St. Louis Presents Distinguished Literary Achievement Author H.W. Brands

Press Release

Friday, March 21, 2014 - 10:00a.m.
St. Louis County Library celebrates the 2014 Read St. Louis Distinguished Literary Achievement selection with a special event featuring historian H.W. Brands. Brands will discuss and sign “The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace” on Friday, April 4, 7:00 p.m. at St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh. 
The program is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Barnes & Noble will provide copies of Mr. Brands’ books for purchase and signing at the program.
Ulysses Grant emerges in this masterful biography as a genius in battle and a driven president to a divided country, who remained fearlessly on the side of right. He was a beloved commander in the field who made the sacrifices necessary to win the war, even in the face of criticism. He worked valiantly to protect the rights of freed men in the South. He allowed the American Indians to shape their own fate even as the realities of Manifest Destiny meant the end of their way of life.
In this sweeping and majestic narrative, bestselling author H.W. Brands reconsiders Grant's legacy and provides an intimate portrait of a heroic man who saved the Union on the battlefield and consolidated that victory as a resolute and principled political leader.
H. W. Brands is the Dickson Allen Anderson Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. A New York Times bestselling author, he was the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography for “The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin” and again for “Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.”
Brands is the Distinguished Literary Achievement author for Read St. Louis 2014 presented by the St. Louis County Library, the St. Charles City-County Library, and St. Louis Public Library. At the core of the Read St. Louis program is a belief that making reading exciting and educational, will stimulate a passion for lifelong learning in all of us.
Read St. Louis 2014 Titles:
Fiction—Ayana Mathis, “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie”
Distinguished Literary Achievement – H.W. Brands, “The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace”
Young Readers’ Fiction – Kenneth Oppel, “The Boundless”
Teen Fiction – Libba Bray, “Lair of Dreams: A Diviners Novel”
Non-Fiction – Amanda Ripley, “The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way”
The Libraries host major events with each of the selected authors. For more information, visit Read St. Louis is made possible by generous grants from the UPS Foundation and Clarkson Eyecare. Media sponsorship is provided by St. Louis Public Radio.