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The three decades after the Civil War saw a stunning transformation in American life. A society rooted in the soil became one based in cities. The standard of living for ordinary people skyrocketed. Legions of immigrants were drawn to American shores. And American economic and military power reached the furthest corners of the planet. The force that compelled this change was the rise of capitalism. This week Pulitzer Prize nominee and historian H. W. Brands joins Al in discussing his new book "American Colossus", a sweeping chronicle of how America was reshaped from a land of small farmers and small businessmen into an industrial giant. Airs this Sunday, October 24th at 10:30 PM.www.hwbrands.com