H. W. Brands, presidential historian and award winning author of a forthcoming biography of Franklin Roosevelt, speaks to a Grand Rapids audience about FDR's life and times. The event was organized and co-hosted by the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. H. W. Brands is professor of history at the University of Texas in Austin. He is author of more than twenty books, including "TR: The Last Romantic" (1997), "The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin" (2000), "Woodrow Wilson" (2003), and "Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times" (2005). His latest work, "Traitor to His Class: The Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt," is forthcoming on election day 2008. His writing has received critical and popular acclaim; "The First American" was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a national bestseller. His essays and reviews have appeared in newspapers and journals all over the country. He is a regular guest on radio and television, and has participated in several historical documentary films.
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