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Julius Caesar: A Life from Beginning to End

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A little over 2000 years ago a man named Julius Caesar changed the world. Even if you have never heard of him his lasting legacy has no doubt had an impact on your life. No doubt, even the very calendar that you use is based upon the system he created, with the month of July bearing his name. So who was this man that single-handedly changed the course of history?  Inside you will hear about.... The underpinnings of a republic The real struggle begins When in Rome The Ides of March This audiobook follows the life and legacy of the man whose life stood as a footnote between Republic and Empire. The man who has inspired playwrights, governments, and the very days of the week, the life of Julius Caesar is an incredible journey to behold.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Grant Finley
Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
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Ivan the Terrible: A Life From Beginning to End

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Just what was so terrible about Ivan the Terrible? Most of us are familiar with this infamous nickname, but most fall short of being able to describe how he received such an ominous moniker. Maybe you’ve heard the stories of how Ivan killed his own son, poisoned his wives, and waged war on his neighbors, but these anecdotes are just minor details in the scheme of this man’s complicated life.  Inside you will read about... Ivan, the Neglected Orphan Ivan’s Liberation of Slaves War in the Baltic Intrigue and Diplomacy Ivan’s Final Redemption Ivan’s Last Days  And much more! Ivan IV, otherwise known as Ivan the Terrible, was born with a heavy burden on his shoulders. He was thrust into the seat of what the Russians considered the Third Rome, granting him all the rights and privileges of the official steward of Orthodox Christian civilization in the east. In order to hold on to that right, he did indeed do some pretty terrible things.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: William Irvine
Category: History, Russia
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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American Civil War: A History from Beginning to End

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Beginning with the birth of the nation, slavery divided and caused conflict for the United States of America, worsening during the country's early decades as the practice became more economically vital. Finally, in 1861, the American Civil War erupted after the election of President Abraham Lincoln.  Never acknowledging the South’s right to secede, Lincoln and the North fought the South through four long, bloody, destructive years; much longer than anyone thought the war would last.  Inside you will hear about.... America in the Antebellum Era Secession and the first shots Early battles and the turning point: April 1861-July 1863 The United States and the Confederacy Women and blacks in the war Military events, 1863-1865: The war ends Reconstruction The Legacy of the Civil War By 1865, more than 700,000 American soldiers and civilians were dead (including Lincoln himself), a race of people had been freed from bondage, and an entire country needed to rebuild. The Civil War is of such crucial importance to the history of the United States not just because of these factors, but also because its legacy still lives on.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Grant Finley
Category: History, Military
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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World War I: A History from Beginning to End

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World War I, or the Great War, was believed to be "the war to end all wars". Because of the incredible extent of destruction and the staggering number of wounded and dead, even those who lived through it could scarcely comprehend its horror. Beginning in 1914, alliances between powerful nations soon plunged the world into a global conflict. Fighting - including miserable trench warfare - broke out in practically every corner of Europe and spread around the world to Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Inside you will hear about.... The Causes of World War I The War in Europe: The Western Front The War in the Balkans and the Ottoman Empire The United States Russia and the War in Eastern Europe The Impact of World War I And much more! Even the peace treaty in 1919, which occurred during a deadly worldwide influenza pandemic, brought no relief; another world war, intricately connected to the first, would break out in only two short decades.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Category: History, Military
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
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French Revolution: A History from Beginning to End

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During the late years of the 18th century, the spirit of Enlightenment thinking and revolution were in the air. The world was changing, moving away from ingrained beliefs about religion, reason, society, and the rights of the individual and turning more toward the laws of nature as interpreted by the scientific method. Nowhere was the influence of this radical new way of thinking more apparent than in France, and the upheaval this caused would come to bloody fruition in the form of revolution. You will learn about: An environment of revolution Rise of the Third Estate The rights of man Vive la revolution! Reign of Terror The last revolutionaries And more!   Explore the triumph and terror that existed in France during the French Revolution. Review the causes and the lasting effects brought about during this tumultuous time period when the common people of France struggled to remake their world upon the cornerstone of liberty.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

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Category: History, Europe
Length: 57 mins
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Peaky Blinders: A History from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable history of the Peaky Blinders....  Peaky Blinders is a popular BBC television series about an organized crime family in post-World War I Birmingham, England, but does this series depict the factual history of Birmingham? As it turns out, there were Peaky Blinders in Birmingham, and they terrorized those streets long before World War I.  The Peaky Blinders rose to prominence in the overcrowded and unsanitary conditions of late Victorian Birmingham in the 1870s. Their ranks were composed of the working poor — trade union members who were fiercely loyal to each other — children who had no place else to go, and career criminals. Just how organized they became and the exact extent of their involvement in crimes other than street fighting and assault is a subject of some debate, but they did build a fierce reputation as violent criminals that plagued the citizens of this industrial city for a little over a decade.  The Peaky Blinders were well-known for both their stylish clothing and their violent nature. No man, woman, or child was safe when they were on the prowl. The Peaky Blinders left a profound impression on the city they terrorized, and over 150 years later, their legend lives on in film and song. This book tells their story, from the early days of the slogging gangs to the end of the Peaky Blinder era in the lead up to World War I.  Discover a plethora of topics such as  Birmingham, the birthplace of the Peaky Blinders Rise of the Peaky Blinders Mob rule The law strikes back The end of an era The world moves on: World War I And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on the Peaky Blinders, simply scroll up and click the "Buy Now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
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Ancient Greece: A History from Beginning to End

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Ancient Greece was the birthplace of advances in government, art, philosophy, science, and architecture - all of which continue to influence the world today. Warriors and diplomats, scientists, artists, and the first comedians: The achievements of this ancient society have formed a strong foundation to be built upon by later cultures. Inside you will hear about.... Mount Olympus Polis Athens and Sparta Literature Philosophy Art and architecture Science And much more! From the ancient origins of the Olympic Games through to art, architecture, language, and even the very way we view and investigate the world around us, the legacy of the culture and civilization of ancient Greece still burns brightly in the modern world.

©2017 Hourly History Limited (P)2017 Hourly History Limited

Length: 57 mins
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Wars of the Roses: A History from Beginning to End

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The Wars of the Roses were a series of civil wars in England fought between the House of Lancaster and the House of York between 1455 and 1485. Over a 30-year period, England had five rulers, three of whom were killed or executed. Power changed hands on even more occasions as an ineffective king, Henry VI, was subject to mental breakdowns. Protectors of the realm were regularly appointed to rule during these episodes, thereby disaffecting Henry’s ambitious queen, Margaret of Anjou. Though the battles fought were limited in scope, one of these, the Battle of Towton, is considered the bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil. The nearby river was described as running red with the blood of some 38,000 soldiers who lost their lives that day. You will hear about.... Prelude to war: a house divided A mad monarch and his quarrelsome relatives The ultimate family feud The final battle The Tudor dynasty And much more! By the end of the Wars, a new dynasty - the Tudor dynasty - was born, the powers of the nobility were significantly diminished, and the system of feudalism was all but eradicated. The monarchy was strengthened, and the royal line of succession was secured for the Tudor line. As family feuds go, the Wars of the Roses were historically significant in changing the trajectory of power in England. This audiobook tells the compelling story of this tumultuous period in English history in succinct yet informative detail that is both educational and entertaining.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: William Irvine
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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Tsar Nicholas II: A Life From Beginning to End

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Reigning from 1894 to 1917, Nicholas II was the last emperor of Russia. His rule served as the bookends between what were essentially two Russian empires; the one that his forefathers carved out through imperial ambition and the one dictated by the zealous communists of the Soviet Union bent on socialist expansion. Nicholas was by most accounts a conflicted ruler; a man viewed as kind and generous in his mannerisms, yet alleged to be greatly disconnected and apathetic toward the subjects he was supposed to rule over.  From this audiobook you will learn about: Nicholas and the Funeral Bride The Coronation Tragedy Bloody Sunday Nicholas’ Reluctant Reforms Three Hundred Years of Romanov Rule The Tsar and World War I The Last Russian Tsar And much more Find out how this last Russian tsar rose to power and oversaw the end of a 300-year family dynasty as it teetered, tottered, and finally fell over the edge of oblivion. This is the story of Tsar Nicholas II.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Category: History, Russia
Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
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The Sumerians: A History from Beginning to End

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The Sumerians settled in the area known as Mesopotamia, between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, around 5,000 years ago. They produced many fundamental changes to the way in which human societies developed - these were the first city-builders, the first people to use wheeled vehicles, the first methodical astronomers, and the first people to develop a sophisticated written language. The Sumerians also produced art, music, and literature as well as created some of the first professional soldiers the world had ever seen. But for all that we know about the Sumerians, one central mystery remains: We have no idea where the Sumerians came from when they suddenly arrived in Mesopotamia 5,000 years ago. Many people have put forward answers ranging from the plausible to the esoteric to the (literally) out of this world, but none of the solutions suggested to date appears to provide a complete or final answer. From this audiobook you will learn about... The Black Heads Arrive The Conquest of Sumer Sumerian Society and Religion Technology and Writing Music and Art Mysteries of the Sumerians And much more! When looking at how Homo sapiens have developed from primitive tribes of hunter-gatherers to today’s urban dwellers, the Sumerians represent one of the biggest and most dramatic single periods of change ever achieved by the human race. This is the story of the advanced, ingenious, and mysterious Sumerians.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Category: History, Middle East
Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
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The Middle Ages: A History From Beginning to End

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What do you think of when you consider the Middle Ages? Knights in armor and damsels in distress? Vikings plundering monasteries? Religious dissenters burning at the stake? The dead bodies piling up as war, famine, and plague devastated Europe?  Think again. While all these are part of the tapestry of the medieval era, the threads of politics, personality and war, culture, religion, education and the arts are vastly more intricate and fascinating. Think Charlemagne, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Joan of Arc, Peter Abelard, Geoffrey Chaucer and a riveting cast of thousands. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Western Europe had to reinvent itself and redefine its philosophical parentage.  Inside you will hear about... The Early Middle Ages Advancing to Empire with Charlemagne The High Middle Ages The Flowering of the Church Times of Change The Late Middle Ages The End and the Beginning As the Christian Church filled the void left by the loss of Roman authority, nations would emerge out of blurred geographical boundaries and dynastic kings would evolve from warlords. Rome gets the glory, and the Renaissance gets the glamor, but they are bookends for the dynamic centuries that are known as the Middle Ages.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

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Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
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The Dutch East India Company: A History from Beginning to End

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Once valued at close to seven trillion dollars by today’s standards, the Dutch East India Company, formed in 1602, became the world’s first multinational corporation. In the nearly 200-year reign of their empire at sea, the Dutch East India Company amassed unfathomable fortunes, laid the foundation of the modern globalized world, and built monopolies that controlled the economy of the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe and the East Indies. The rich history of the Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie, commonly referred to as the VOC, and its titanic exploits are as astonishing as the twelve labors of Hercules. Uncover the organization that in no small part built the world we live in from the ground up. You will learn about: The superstructure of the VOC The growth of VOC’s colonies and trade routes The Golden Age Reorientation and the Expansion Age The great wars and conquests of the VOC Decline and fall And much more!

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Bridger Conklin
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr
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Suleiman the Magnificent: A Life from Beginning to End

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Suleiman the Magnificent, the 10th sultan of the Ottoman Empire, may be an unfamiliar figure to many today. But in the 16th century, his military campaigns played a huge role in the shifting face of European politics. He was a man in search of power. His quest carried him not only to daring military exploits in Europe and Asia, but also through the intricate web of the Ottoman court, where deceit, scheming, and treachery abounded.   From this audiobook, you'll learn about: The makings of a sultan A rising power The besieged island Court life, consorts, and counsellors King Ferdinand and Vienna To the edges of the map The end of an Era And much more This audiobook describes his life, from his rivalry with the Hapsburg brothers, Charles and Ferdinand, to his doomed friendship with his grand vizier, Ibrahim, and his relationship with the indomitable Roxelana. Here you will find accounts of the battles he fought, the heroics and blunders of his enemies, and his relentless progress toward his colossal ambitions.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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Spanish-American War

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“A splendid little war" - that’s how one contemporary observer described the Spanish-American War, a war that is arguably one of the most important wars ever fought. The duration was short and the victory decisive, thus little and splendid, the latter at least from the victor’s point of view.  The impacts of the war, however, were anything but little. In fact, the aftermath of the Spanish-American War is still affecting global affairs today. The dominant superpowers of 1898 watched as a new player on the international scene, the US, shifted its ideology from isolationism to expansionism and emerged as a force to reckoned with, a true superpower.   You will hear about:   Prelude to war   First blood   The Pacific theatre   The Caribbean theatre   War’s end   And much more!   The result was a series of bloody battles fought in both the Caribbean and the Pacific over Spanish territorial holdings. This audiobook takes the listener on a journey from what set the stage for war to the aftermaths that continue to impact each of the players in the present day. From the explosion that sank the USS Maine to the recent détente in Cuban-American relations, this audiobook describes the events and their consequences in a thorough yet concise manner that is enjoyable to listen to and packed with historical information.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Scott R. Pollak
Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
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Richard the Lionheart: A Life from Beginning to End

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You might have heard of King Richard the Lionhearted, the “good king” in the tales of Robin Hood. But what do you really know about this 12th-century ruler of England? Do you know why he left England, or why he was taken prisoner by another sovereign as he tried to return? Did you know Richard had other brothers besides the famed scoundrel, Prince John? Have you heard tales of Richard not only as a missing king but as a leader who rode boldly into battle alongside his knights? You will learn about.... From Aquitaine to King of England Beginnings of a crusade The way to Palestine Sea battles and sieges A captive king The last five years And much more! In this audiobook, you’ll learn the actual story of King Richard, a king who may not have been exactly "good", but was certainly brave, charismatic, and dashing - a historical character with a story to remember.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: William Irvine
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
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Pocahontas

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Discover the remarkable life of Pocahontas... The name Pocahontas is one of the most recognized in the world, and many think they know the story of how she met and fell in love with a European colonist meddling in her Native American affairs. But is this really what happened? It certainly has been a popular theme, and whole Disney movies have been made celebrating this narrative, but besides these conveniently glossed-over tales, what is the real story? In this book, we will brush aside artistic license and get to the true-life story of who Pocahontas was, what she did, and the legacy that she left behind. Discover a plethora of topics such as: The Arrival of John Smith The Abduction of Pocahontas Meeting John Rolfe The Peace of Pocahontas Journey to England Late Life and Death And much more! So, if you want a concise and informative book on Pocahontas, simply scroll up and click the "buy now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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Oscar Wilde: A Life from Beginning to End

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Who was Oscar Wilde? Was he just an author of witty but meaningless plays, only out to get a laugh or two? The answer is a resounding no. Oscar Wilde was an Irish poet and playwright in the late 19th century. His controversial plays were riddled with mockery of social status, cleverly covered by the use of comedy.  Inside you will hear about: Blue china and long hair Marriage and men The Picture of Dorian Gray The sodomy trials Life after prison Death and posthumous pardon And much more  Wilde may have paved the way for people living a little off the center line. He was full of flash and flare, and he wrote some of those colorful traits into his literature. Take a journey into the world of Oscar Wilde, and find out just how individualistic he was.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Length: 1 hr
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Nikola Tesla: A Life from Beginning to End

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Nikola Tesla was a major figure in the world in which he lived. As the 19th century gave way to the 20th, it was Tesla who would contribute to some of the world's most amazing inventions. It was Tesla's theories, patents, and experiments that would pave the way for the digital, wireless world we are so familiar with today. Tesla didn't enjoy the high honors bestowed on so many of his contemporaries, yet he enjoyed the power of knowing that it was his inventions that were powering the world, literally. Inside you will learn about.... Early Life Alternating Current and the Induction Motor Patents, Radio and X-rays Wardenclyffe Years Personal Life Later Years 10 Things You Never Knew About Nikola Tesla And much more! This book will take you through the life of Nikola Tesla. From his humble beginnings in Croatia to all he would accomplish as a citizen of the United States, Tesla shows how his imagination fueled his creativity and brought his inventions to life. See Nikola Tesla for what he truly was; an extraordinary visionary who sparked the world.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Bridger Conklin
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
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Native American History

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Until surprisingly recently, most history books noted that America was discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus. The truth was that by the time that Columbus arrived in America, people had been living there for more than 12,000 years. During this time, the indigenous people of North America lived without contact with other continents. Different groups developed separate and distinct ways of life, cultures, and societies but all shared one common characteristic: They relied on the land to provide them with food, and they developed a series of religions that, while separate, shared a respect for nature and imbued many animals and natural features with spiritual characteristics. These beliefs, combined with the fact that most of these societies were relatively primitive compared to those emerging in other parts of the world, meant that the Native Americans were able to live in harmony with the natural world. These people had sophisticated and complex belief systems, but they built no cities, no wheeled vehicles, and developed nothing beyond the most basic written language. Although many millions of people lived in North America, their impact on the landscape and the natural systems was minimal. Then, abruptly, white settlers arrived, bringing with them new technologies and weapons, new religions, and an indifference towards nature. They also brought with them diseases to which the Native Americans had never before been exposed. Within 200 years, the Native American population dwindled to a fraction of what it had been; the survivors were herded onto reservations on which they could not follow their traditional ways of life and where they were denied the most basic human rights. Inside you will hear about... The emergence of Native American peoples and cultures Life before the white men European settlers arrive Early wars in America American expansion Ghost dancing and the Wounded Knee Massacre And much more! Only in the 20th century did the population of Native American people begin to recover, and only then did the general population of America begin to regard these cultured and sophisticated people as anything but savages. This is the story of the gradual rise, sudden destruction, and slow recovery of the native people of North America.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
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King George VI: A Life from Beginning to End

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King George VI In Britain The phrase "an heir and a spare" refers to the imperative for members of the royal family to provide both an heir to take on their title and a spare. In this equation King George VI was the spare - the second son of King George V and Mary, and never expected to sit on the throne. King George VI, or Albert as he was known prior to his kingship, had a career in the Royal Navy and served during the First World War before King Edward VIII’s decision to abdicate his throne.  Determined to restore the British royal family in the eyes of the people, King George VI played a pivotal role in the victory of the allied nations in the Second World War.  In this audiobook you will hear about... Early Years Prince Albert in the navy The Great War The Reign and Abdication of King Edward VIII Becoming King George VI The Second World War Postwar Years And much more! King George VI ruled long enough to oversee the tumultuous postwar years in Britain, the collapse of the British Empire, and the emergence of the Commonwealth. Succeeded by his daughter Elizabeth at just 55 years old, King George VI had a deep sense of honor and duty and was completely dedicated to his turbulent role as king.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Barry Shannon
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
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Greek Mythology: A Concise Guide to Ancient Gods, Heroes, Beliefs and Myths of Greek Mythology

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Greek Mythology is an enormous field of study, and a brief guide is a daunting task for any writer. The myths have a way of entwining with one another, and it is difficult to present a coherent story line without feeling one has omitted the best part of the story. Inside you will read about.... What is a myth? The sources of Greek mythology The creation of the universe and the gods What of man What of woman? The Greek Pantheon The Trojan War The influence of Greek drama Two Greek mortal heroes in mythological tales This guide succeeds in presenting an overall sketch of the creation of the world and the battles that follow, resulting in Zeus taking his place as the supreme god and ruling the earth from Mount Olympus. It covers the creation of man, it seems as a bit of an afterthought for the amusement of the Olympians, and some of the most famous stories that have come down to us via the writings of the great dramatists of the Classical Age. There are concise biographies of the twelve gods that make up the Olympians as well as of the heroes of the Trojan War.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Bridger Conklin
Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
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Cyrus the Great: A Life from Beginning to End

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Cyrus II of Persia was one of the greatest leaders that the world had ever known, he was the one in whose footsteps other empire builders would follow. From Alexander the Great to countless Roman emperors and Ottoman sultans - it was the mighty shoes of Cyrus that they all attempted to fill.   Inside you will read about: Early life and legend The Persian Empire is born Love and marriage Cyrus’ last stand Aftermath and succession   And much more!   More than merely a successful conqueror, Cyrus the Great is known just as much for being a great liberator as he is known for his conquests. He was even credited in the Bible as the one who freed the Jews from their long-held Babylonian exile. By the time of his death, Cyrus controlled more land and people than anyone before him. Under his dominion were countless principalities, nationalities, ethnicities, and religions of all kinds. In contrast to many other powerful rulers, Cyrus did not seek to oppress his subjects or interfere with their way of life, religions, or local customs. It is for this reason that, as great as his temporal conquests may have been, the benevolence of Cyrus the Great’s leadership stands as his greatest attribute of all. The life of Cyrus the Great remains as an unparalleled testament in the annals of history.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Length: 54 mins
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Akkadian Empire - A History from Beginning to End

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The Akkadian Empire was one of the first empires in human history and certainly the first to involve the central government of a large, multi-ethnic populace. It also introduced things like the very first postal system and facilitated advances in science, art, and medicine. The heart of the empire, the city of Akkad, became the most important trading center in the ancient world and one of the largest cities in the world. Then, in a relatively short time, the empire disintegrated, and the city itself was abandoned.  Now, we don’t even know where the city of Akkad was located. How is this possible? How could an empire that controlled most of the civilized world suddenly fall apart? Successors of the Akkadians thought that they had the answer. Many texts from the Babylonians and others talk of the Curse of Akkad, a curse placed on the empire after its king offended the gods, which led to its destruction. For thousands of years, historians assumed that the story of the curse was nothing more than a quaint legend. However, modern research shows that the Akkadian Empire was most likely destroyed by a cataclysmic change as a result of sudden and unprecedented climate change. 

©2018 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

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Category: History, Middle East
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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William the Conqueror: A Life from Beginning to End

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William the Conqueror invaded England in 1066, permanently changing the landscape of the English countryside and the course of English history. No one debates his importance; whether the influence was good or bad is a much more involved conversation. To understand English history over time, it is important to understand the transition from Anglo-Saxon history of the country to the Anglo-Norman control that existed until approximately the 15th century.   From this audiobook, you will learn about: William the Bastard  Claim to the English Throne  Battle of Hastings  English Resistance  Revolt of the Earls  The Death of William the Conqueror  And much more!   Learn about the transition of the Duke of Normandy from his early years as William the Bastard to his final years as King William I of England, often styled as William the Conqueror. Gain an understanding of how the Norman occupation changed English culture, language, and sense of law, while also laying down the threads of conflicts that would continue for centuries.   In this short history of William the Conqueror, the Battle of Hastings, and the influence of Norman presence in England, you will get a crash course in the early history of England as we understand it today.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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The Renaissance: A History From Beginning to End

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During the Middle Ages, the nations of Europe forged new identities that moved them away from the lost glory of the Roman Empire into their own ethnicity. The experience of maturation was often clumsy and out of step, an evolutionary process that saw the nation's developing at their own pace as they struggled to replace the protection of Rome with their own home-grown strength. What the nations, once they were ready to be described in that manner, did have was the Roman Catholic Church, which defined itself as the spiritual protector of Christian believers. But the dutiful Christians of the Middle Ages who sought orthodoxy and for the most part obeyed the papal rules underwent a change when the Middle Ages ended. The Renaissance, or rebirth, was a period of time when Europeans began to question what they had been told was sacrosanct. Through art, inventions, science, literature, and theology, the separate nations of the European continent sought answers that the Roman Catholic Church was unwilling, or perhaps unable, to offer. Learn about: The Rebirth of Europe The Italian Renaissance The French Renaissance The Spanish Renaissance The German Renaissance The Low Countries Renaissance The English Renaissance  Here Be Dragons: Exploring the Unknown  The Church that had become a powerful political entity was viewed with distrust and skepticism by many Christians; the spread of learning that accompanied the invention of Gutenberg’s printing press meant that bold new ideas were traveling across the boundaries of Europe faster than the Church could silence them. Lascivious, power-brokering popes could not bring a halt to the challenges they encountered when a German priest rebelled against corrupt practices that masqueraded as ecclesiastical authority. As the walls came tumbling down, humanism burst forth, inspiring the art of Michelangelo, the science of Vesalius, the literature of Shakespeare and Cervantes. But with the loss of religious uniformity came terrible conflicts: France suffered the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre; Spain welcomed the Inquisition to purge heresy; the Low Countries were split between Catholic and Protestant. The Renaissance was a triumph of the human spirit and a confirmation of human ability, even as it affirmed the willingness of men and women to die for the right to think freely. 

©2016 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

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Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 1 min
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Sigmund Freud

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Sigmund Freud was a catalyst who signaled a seat change in how humanity came to understand the world and how it relates to the human mind. And if you have ever had a “Freudian slip”, you know full well that the concepts and theories of Mr. Freud are well ensconced in the modern lexicon. But as much as many of us are familiar with his work, what about the man? What do we know about the person? Just who was Sigmund Freud? Inside, you will hear about: A Jewish family in Vienna  The talking cure The Wednesday Society Working for potatoes  The cancer and the monster  Freud during World War II  And much more!

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

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Olive Oatman: A Life from Beginning to End

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A pioneer girl traveling west with her Mormon family at the mid-point of the 19th century, Olive Oatman’s life story began like many others. But when Olive’s family were massacred and she was taken captive by Native Americans, her story took a unique turn. An extraordinary tale of survival and loss, the life of Olive Oatman is stranger than fiction.  Inside, you will listen about: Journey to the Promised Land The Massacre  Slaves of the Tribe  Olive’s Tribal Tattoo  Return to Civilization  Late Life and Death  And much more!

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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Isaac Newton: A Life from Beginning to End

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Isaac Newton seemed to be a most unwanted child of the world. Ignored by his mother, scorned by contemporaries, seemingly at war with the world in which he lived, Newton turned his energies to things unseen. His laws of motion and law of universal gravitation would set the stage for a most extraordinary life. Inside you will hear about.... The English Civil War  Newton and the Apple  Newton's Work in Mathematics & Optics  Middle Years in Scientific Experiments  Principia Newton and Alchemy  Later Life and Death  And much more! Follow along as you travel from a rugged stone farmhouse to Trinity College, Cambridge to the halls of London exhibitions where Newton found himself the celebrity of the age. Looking back on Aristotle, and inspired by all that Galileo had brought the world, Newton made his life work much of what is heralded as the modern age. He saw what no one else did, and his vision saw into the universe. See how he did it, and why.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Mark Rossman
Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
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Crimean War: A History from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable history of the Crimean War... The Crimean War was one of the bloodiest conflicts of the 19th century, but it is also one of the least remembered. More men died in the Crimean War than in the American Civil War which followed soon after, but while the Civil War has been the subject of countless books, articles, and movies, the Crimean War has been virtually ignored. Part of the reason for this is that the causes of the Crimean War are not well understood. Just what made four empires go to war in the Black Sea in 1854? The outcome of the war was also partly responsible; it can be argued that the Crimean War changed nothing and that it is not at all clear why and for what half a million men died. Even the name by which this war is now known was not used at the time; until the 20th century, this war was known in Britain as the Russian War. Yet the Crimean War is important for a number of reasons. Although it did not change the map of Europe and did not directly cause the fall of any of the combatants, it did indirectly shape the second half of the 19th century and the early years of the twentieth century in Europe. This war also introduced newspaper reporters and photographers who provided regular dispatches direct from the battlefield, something that became a feature of virtually every war which followed. The presence of these reporters gave the public some idea, almost for the first time, of what war was really like for the men who fought it. Although the Crimean War did not fundamentally change the world, nothing would be quite the same after its conclusion. This is the story of the Crimean War. Discover a plethora of topics such as: The March to War The Charge of the Light Brigade Death, Disease, and the Lady with the Lamp Inkerman and the Death of the Tsar The Naval War The Fall of Sevastopol And much more! So if you want a concise and informative audiobook on the Crimean War, simply buy this audiobook now for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Category: History, Russia
Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
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John F. Kennedy: A Life from Beginning to End

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John F. Kennedy is the president that everyone knows. He was a rich man's son, an athlete, a war hero, a ladies' man, an author, a president - his face rendered forever young because the last time Americans saw him, he was riding in a convertible in Dallas, his glamorous wife at his side. Then the bullets struck, and the assassinated president became a legend, the truth of his life obscured by his tragic and untimely death. But JFK had more depth to his character than the magazine covers indicated. Inside you will hear about.... No Irish need apply War and the Kennedys Kennedy in Congress Kennedy for President Kennedy women The presidency And much more! The rich man's son was the grandson of Irishmen who knew what it was to be denied jobs because Irish weren't welcome in Boston. The athlete suffered from poor health all his life, from a bad back to Addison's disease. The war hero whose PT-109 boat became part of his campaign legend was the son who survived; elder brother Joe, flying on a secret mission, was killed for his heroism. The ladies' man loved his wife, but fidelity was not a concept revered by the Kennedy men. The Pulitzer Prize that he was awarded for Profiles in Courage should have gone to the person who actually wrote it. In 1963, death in Dallas ended his first term as president, bringing an end to the optimism that he inaugurated when he narrowly defeated Vice President Richard Nixon in the 1960 election. But the Kennedy legend, like Camelot, lives forever.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Mark Wangerin
Category: History, Americas
Length: 59 mins
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Edmund Kemper: The Life of the Co-Ed Killer

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To the average American, there was nothing out of the ordinary about Edmund Kemper before 1973. Standing at six-foot-nine, the young man was a giant, but he was gentle, soft spoken, and shy. He lived with his mother into his mid-20s and frequented local bars, cozying up to police officers - a job he had once hoped to hold himself but couldn’t since he was too tall. This was one reality of Kemper's life - the reality he wanted those around him to see. There was another side to the man though, a much darker side. Kemper's actions in his life shocked America, who dubbed him the Co-Ed Killer for his urge to murder and violate co-ed girls in Northern California. Inside you will hear about.... Hatred Is Born Kemper’s First Murders Institutionalized with an IQ of 145 The Co-Ed Killer Kemper’s Grand Finale: The Death of His Mother Arrest, Imprisonment, and Parole And much more!

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Length: 1 hr
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Boer War

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This audiobook provides an introduction to one of the most intriguing wars of modern times - a war that saw several innovations, including the use of heliography and indirect fire, and caused the complete overhaul of the great Imperial British fighting machine in its aftermath. It also tells of the first example of the brilliant use of guerrilla warfare by the people who, to this day, have never been outclassed: the Boer commandos. However, the Boer War was also an intensely emotional journey cutting to the very core of the horror of war; leaving women and children in a deliberately destroyed landscape, watching their home and all their possessions burn to the ground. You will learn about the the causes of the war; the commando system; phase one; phase two; phase three; the concentration camps; a gentleman's war; and much more. This audiobook gives a broad overview so that the interested listener will be able to find a point of entry to study the war further. Perhaps studying and understanding this subject is the only way to ask the question: When is a war not a war?

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

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Category: History, Africa
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
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World War II

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Discover the remarkable history of World War II... Until 1939, World War I was known as “the war to end all wars”, but when Nazi Germany capped its mounting aggression against its neighbors by invading Poland, Europe was plunged into a second global conflict. It threatened the entire continent as well as the far-flung colonial possessions claimed by the French, the British, and the Dutch. German triumphs saw nation after nation fall, until only Great Britain remained defiant against Hitler’s dreams of conquest. By late 1941, the United States was forced from neutrality into war after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Meanwhile, Joseph Stalin’s Nonaggression Pact with the Germans became meaningless after Germany invaded the Soviet Union. In Europe, along the Eastern Front, and in the Pacific, the Allies battled the Axis Powers, and then, on D-Day - June 6, 1944 - the invasion of Normandy brought the fighting closer and closer to Berlin. In the Pacific, the Allies fought the Japanese, island by island, in bloody battles where the bodies of fallen soldiers attested to the Japanese willingness to die for their emperor. Untested American President Harry Truman had to decide whether to continue the fighting in the conventional manner and allow more American troops to be slaughtered in battle, or to use a new and devastating secret weapon to bring the war to a cataclysmic conclusion. Discover a plethora of chapters, such as: War Begins: The Invasion of Poland Europe Under the Swastika The Eastern Front From Normandy to Berlin War in the Pacific: The Rising Sun Bringing the War to Japan And much more! So, if you want a concise and informative book on World War II, simply scroll up and click the "buy now" button for instant access!

©2019 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
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Queen Elizabeth I: A Life from Beginning to End

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There are many versions of Queen Elizabeth I of England; the beautiful young Tudor Queen courted by all the princes of Europe; a fearless virgin warrior in white velvet, rousing her troops on the battlefield; an irascible old woman in a powdered wig, surrounded by fawning young men. A formidable woman, Elizabeth I ruled alone at a time when Europe was a hotbed of conflict, dominated by empire-seeking Kings with opposing religious beliefs. Inside you will hear about.... Early Years Becoming Queen of England The Matter of Succession Mary Queen of Scots The Last Suitor Trouble in England Mary's Execution The Essex Affair And much more! A shrewd politician, Elizabeth manipulated these Kings using any means necessary, including her own hand in marriage, to transform what had been a small, relatively impoverished half-island nation into one of the greatest powers in the world. "Queen of the Seas", "The Virgin Queen", "Gloriana" and "Good Old Bess", Queen Elizabeth I inspired a cult following during her lifetime that endures to this day.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Barry Shannon
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
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Francisco Franco

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It has been several decades now since Francisco Franco’s passing in 1975, and yet his legacy still seems very much in the air. Depending on who you talk to, Franco was a fascist and a peacemaker, a destroyer and a savior, an idiot and a genius. Even after all this time, opinions of just who Franco was and how he contributed to modern civilization are up for open debate.  You will learn about: Franco’s Conquest Allying with Mussolini Ein Fuhrer and Un Caudillo The Last Fascist Standing The End of Colonial Power The Spanish Miracle The Last Days of Francisco Franco  And much more! Franco himself believed that he was doing a great service to his people. He never tired of making grandiose statements about his perceived mission to save Spanish society. Whether this was deluded self-righteousness is for others to decide. Discover Francisco Franco’s story in this audiobook and draw your own conclusions.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Nate Sjol
Length: 59 mins
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Adolf Hitler: A Life From Beginning to End

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The most notorious man in history, Adolf Hitler, is best known for having perpetrated crimes against humanity over the six-year course of World War II. His brutal extermination policies are responsible for the deaths of close to 30 million people he considered inferior, and added to that, the military casualties suffered by all parties, yields a grand total of approximately 60 million people dead by the end of the war. That number equates to 3% of the world's population at the time. But, who was this man? What made him into the monster he became? Can his childhood explain the formation of such a brutal dictator? Inside you will hear about: Hitler's Early Years Hitler's Years in Vienna Life After Vienna -- Hitler's Early Military Career The Formation of the Nazi Party Hitler's Imprisonment and Subsequent Rise to Power World War II This audiobook tells the story of the man behind the monster in concise yet thorough detail. Hitler's childhood, his early life and dreams of becoming an artist, his military career in World War I, his subsequent rise to power as the leader of the Nazi Party, and his rule during the war are presented in succinct, compelling detail packed with historical information that makes for an entertaining and informative read.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

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World War II Stalingrad: A History from Beginning to End

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The Battle of Stalingrad, perceived by historians as the most important battle of World War II and regarded by Russians as the most significant battle in their country’s history, cannot be viewed solely as a military engagement between two powerful, long-time foes. The Soviet Union, which had climbed to power from the shambles of the 1917 Revolution that saw communism overthrow the czar, and Germany, which had risen from the ashes of World War I’s Treaty of Versailles, certainly had a complicated history. Stalingrad was a battle between the Allies and the Axis Powers; it was a struggle between the Soviet Union and Germany for victory; and it was also a test of wills between Josef Stalin and Adolf Hitler, two totalitarian dictators who were willing to do whatever was necessary to demonstrate the supremacy of their systems of government. Inside you will read about.... Josef Stalin: man of steel Adolf Hitler: a quest for vengeance Operation Barbarossa The Stalingrad Street Fighting Academy The heroes of Stalingrad And much more! Stalin had succeeded Vladimir Lenin as the leader of the Soviet Union, and his entry upon the world stage ushered in a reign of absolute power as he bent a battered nation to conform to his will. Adolf Hitler, leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party, was elected chancellor of Germany in 1933 and promptly turned the beleaguered nation into a launch pad for Aryan domination. As their armies met at Stalingrad for a long and bloody struggle that would ultimately tally two million civilian and military casualties, the world would watch as two brutal regimes challenged one another while the fate of the free world hung in the balance.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Category: History, Military
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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King James I: A Life from Beginning to End

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James I of England and VI of Scotland was the first king to rule both countries. He was faced with division between his realms and caught between the religious wars of the Reformation. Spending most of his reign at odds with the religious and parliamentary powers around him, James did little to unite his people. Unable to take a firm stand on critical issues, he spent his life avoiding them. Inside, you will listen about.... James’ Bride and the Witch Hunt The Mystery of the Gowrie Plot Taking over Elizabethan England King James Bible The Gunpowder Plot The King’s Favorite Men And Much More! Still, James was not a bad king. He is best remembered for the translation of the Bible into English, making it accessible to all. During the start of the bloody Thirty Years’ War that would engulf Europe, James did his best to keep England out of the turmoil. His descendants, however, brought about a bloody civil war that was to last for several generations. James I and VI continues to have a reputation as a lazy king who gave too much power to his male favorites.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
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Zapotec Civilization: A History from Beginning to End

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The Zapotecs formed one of the most important of the pre-Columbian civilizations. For 1,000 years, their main city of Monte Albán was one of the largest and most sophisticated in Mesoamerica. Building this city was an astonishing engineering feat - it involved flattening a hill in the center of the Oaxaca Valley to create an artificial plateau and then constructing a series of large, ornate buildings on this inaccessible site. Maintaining this large city on a site with no natural source of water must have required an enormous and willing workforce. Despite this, Monte Albán became one of the largest and most important cities in Mesoamerica, and the Zapotecs came to dominate not just the Oaxaca Valley but many adjacent lands. You will hear about... The emergence of the Zapotecs and Monte Albán Monte Albán phase one to five Zapotec architecture, art, and science Zapotec religion and society Legacy And much more! We don’t know why or how the Zapotecs suddenly seemed to acquire new engineering and architectural skills, but their rise to prominence was astonishingly swift. Once in a position of dominance, they maintained their hold over the region for more than 1,000 years. Then, for reasons that are equally unclear, the Zapotecs faced a slow decline which saw them abandon Monte Albán to decay and ruin and return to the Oaxaca Valley floor to become once again a mainly agrarian, peasant people. The Zapotecs still exist as a separate culture in Mexico, but they have never regained their prominence and are now little more than one of the indigenous peoples of that region. This is the story of the rapid rise and gradual decline of the ancient Zapotec people.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
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Wounded Knee Massacre

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Discover the tragic history of the Wounded Knee Massacre. The events which took place on a bitterly cold morning near Wounded Knee Creek on December 29, 1890, represent the last acts in the series of bloody conflicts that were carried out between White settlers and Native Americans over a period of more than 200 years. These deaths of several hundred people of the Lakota tribe at the hands of soldiers from the US 7th Cavalry have also become symbolic of the often violent subjugation of Native American culture.  This event was originally known in the United States as the Battle of Wounded Knee and was celebrated as a resounding victory for US troops over a dangerous band of Native American warriors. More than 20 soldiers who participated were awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest US award for valor in combat. It only later became clear that most of the dead Lakota were unarmed women and children and that this group of Native American people was not on the warpath, but attempting to flee to safety on a reservation. Wounded Knee was not just another battle of the Indian Wars. It marked the moment when hopes for the preservation of a unique Native American way of life finally died. Before Wounded Knee, there were frequent and often violent conflicts between settlers and Native Americans. After Wounded Knee, most Native Americans were confined to reservations where they were increasingly overwhelmed by feelings of despair and hopelessness. Wounded Knee is important in itself as an example of the massacre of helpless people by a well-armed adversary from an entirely different culture, but also in the wider context as the final act in the story of conflict between Whites and Native Americans. Whether you choose to call it a battle, a massacre, or simply a tragedy, this is the story of what really happened at Wounded Knee Creek in December 1890.

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
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World War II Pearl Harbor

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt described December 7, 1941, the date when the Japanese launched a surprise attack against the United States while the two countries were still officially at peace, as a day that would live in infamy. The action hurled the United States into the global conflict of World War II, a violent conflagration that the nation, fiercely isolationist, had intended to ignore. But the rising tide of militarism across the globe meant that American neutrality could not last. War was contagious, and sooner or later, no matter how a nation tried to quarantine itself, the infection would find it.  To the people of the United States, the attack came as a complete surprise. Perhaps Americans should have expected it. Tensions between the US and Japan had been steadily increasing throughout the year, and American sanctions against Japan were hindering the efforts of the Japanese to become the dominant power in the Pacific. You will learn about: America opens the door to Japan Pearl Harbor, home of the Shark Goddess Air raid Pearl Harbor, this is no drill The commanders The story of a survivor And much more! Ironically, a mock naval exercise the decade before the Pearl Harbor attack had foreshadowed the penalty of ignoring the base’s vulnerability, but the naval higher-ups refused to believe it, setting the stage for the real attack in 1941. The commander of Pearl Harbor, Admiral Kimmel, was convinced that the attack would be made against Wake Island. But Japanese Admiral Yamamoto’s shrewd planning was as devastating as he intended it to be, as America’s Pacific base lay in ruins - over 2,403 dead, 1,178 wounded, and the fleet devastated. 

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

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Category: History, Military
Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
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World War II Leningrad: A History from Beginning to End

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History describes the 872-day Siege of Leningrad as the most devastating siege in history. The German army had made its way to Leningrad before the city had the opportunity to prepare for an assault, and the consequences were lethal. Accompanied by one of the worst famines in history, as well as a brutally cold winter in 1941-1942, the civilians were doomed. Of the three million people living in Leningrad at the start of the siege, more than a million would be evacuated and approximately another million would die before the assault ended in 1944. Inside you will hear about.... "St. Petersburg: The City of Three Revolutions" "The Fate of Leningrad Under Stalin" "Encircling Leningrad" "Inside Leningrad" "The Road of Life" "The Leningrad Affair" And much more! During those 872 days, Leningrad was rendered numb as people fell dead in the streets and were not placed in coffins because no one had the strength to bury them. People ate their pets and boiled leather for food; they committed murder to obtain ration cards for the meager provisions that the city could provide; some resorted to cannibalism. Kept alive by their fervent patriotism and an astonishing will to survive, the citizens of Leningrad greeted the end of the siege with jubilation. Although they outlasted the Nazis, they could not defeat Josef Stalin as the paranoid leader punished Leningrad and its prominent Party members and stilled the voices of the heroes who lived. But Leningrad did not remain silenced, and the truth finally emerged. It’s a harrowing saga of bravery and brutality, but one that must be told.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Category: History, Russia
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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World War II Dunkirk

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The movie Dunkirk premiered in 2017, decades after the event that turned certain defeat into a military miracle that inspired the people of Great Britain. The epic saga of the ordinary British civilians who sailed across the English Channel to rescue their trapped soldiers, while the German military launched its might to prevent the evacuation, is a stirring tale. The British government hoped that perhaps the mini-armada would be able to rescue 50,000 troops, but the 861 vessels who responded to their country’s plea brought more than 300,000 soldiers safely home. The film has garnered awards and earned the impressive rank of the highest-grossing World War II film of all time. But even more stirring than cinema is the true story of the events that unfolded in the embattled port of Dunkirk, where, against all odds, the British Army was rescued from Hitler’s forces by a fleet of “Little Ships” determined to bring their boys home. Inside you will hear about: Britannia rules the waves The Phoney War Defending the perimeter The "Little Ships" The "Dunkirk Spirit"  And much more!

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

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Category: History, Military
Length: 1 hr
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World War II D-Day: A History from Beginning to End

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D-Day, June 6, is one of the most significant dates in the calendar. The 20th century's fate hung in the balance as Nazi Germany had marched across Europe, bringing the blitzkrieg, the Holocaust, and the mad dreams of Adolf Hitler across the bloodied landscape of Europe. France had fallen, and until the Americans joined the battle in December, 1941, the balance of power was securely in the hands of the Third Reich. But even as the Allied forces joined together under the leadership of Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Germany continued to win battles. In order for the Nazis to be stopped, the Allies had to invade occupied Europe. And invade they did, launching the most massive amphibious landing the world had ever seen. You will hear about.... Countdown to D-Day Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower The invasion planning is underway A day in June The German response The invasion End game And much more! The pantheon of heroes of the Normandy invasion includes soldiers who are unknown except for the crosses that bear their names in the cemeteries where they were buried, but all - those who died and those who survived - played their part in the liberation of Europe.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Category: History, Military
Length: 56 mins
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World War II Battle of Britain

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The British people had no sooner finished rescuing their trapped army from Dunkirk than they found themselves preparing for an attack from the Germans once again. This time, the Nazi menace struck from the air, as Hitler’s Luftwaffe bombed the British in an attempt to break their spirit and force Great Britain to accept peace terms.  But as the skies above London filled with the German planes, the Royal Air Force pilots, alerted by radar, flew to intercept them. The Luftwaffe had started the Battle of Britain confident the RAF was no match for German aircraft and skill, but the pilots of the RAF, the people of England, and the bulldog tenacity of Prime Minister Winston Churchill did not intend to give way.   You will learn about:  Battle for the skies   The home front   The London Blitz   Churchill at war   The end of the Battle of Britain   And much more!  The heroism of the RAF and the fortitude of the British people turned Germany’s certain victory into defeat, forcing Hitler to abandon his plans to invade England. “We shall never surrender,” Churchill vowed, and his words rallied a nation, delivering a blow to the Nazi war machine that would, in the end, prove to be a turning point in World War II.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

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Category: History, Military
Length: 58 mins
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World War II Auschwitz: A History from Beginning to End

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Auschwitz is a monument to the barbaric inhumanity of the Nazi regime. It is the site where more than one million people were systematically tortured and killed in support of Adolf Hitler’s determination to eradicate entire populations that he viewed as racially impure. Dr. Josef Mengele conducted horrific experiments on live victims, treating his subjects as if they weren’t human. The Jews, homosexuals, Communists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the mentally and physically disabled were less than human to the Nazis. The “Final Solution”, a cornerstone of Nazi ideology, enacted a devastating sentence upon people whose only crime was their ethnic origin or their religious and political beliefs.  But the voices of Auschwitz continue to be heard. Anne Frank’s diary speaks for all the innocent who were sent there. Elie Wiesel spent his life speaking out against the horrors he and others endured at Auschwitz. The recorded histories of the survivors of the camps keep the memories alive for generations whose only knowledge of the Holocaust would otherwise be through a school assignment to read The Diary of Anne Frank or by watching a movie like Schindler’s List. Auschwitz holds a bizarre fascination for those who hear about it. How could such evil thrive? How could an entire nation surrender to the rantings of a diabolical man who sought revenge against the followers of a religion? The names reverberate in a gallery of maniacs who purported to be leaders: Hitler, Goebbels, Mengele, Goering, Himmler, and the countless others who supported them.  In this book you will learn about... Adolf Hitler and the Preservation of the Aryan Race The Nazis in Charge The Final Solution to the Jewish Question The Angel of Death Life in Auschwitz

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

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Woodrow Wilson

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Before Woodrow Wilson was president of the United States, he was the president of Princeton University and the only occupant of the White House to hold a PhD. But before he became a university professor, he was a 12-year old boy who didn't know how to read. The reformer who challenged the corrupt party bosses to fight for legislation that gave ordinary Americans a seat at the table was also the president who provided us with one of our greatest Oval Office mysteries: when he had a massive stroke during his second term, and was out of communication with Congress, was the First Lady covertly running the country for him? In this book you will learn about: Tommy Wilson, the preacher's kid Mrs. Ellen Wilson Wilson turns to politics Wilson's first term Widower and bridegroom Wilson the war president Madame President Wilson? The Wilson legacy There are many layers to Thomas Woodrow Wilson, the Southern-born son of a Confederate family whose willingness to tilt at legislative windmills provided the country with the Federal Reserve, the Federal Trade Commission, the first Jewish Supreme Court justice, and the seeds of what would later become, after his dream of a League of Nations was crushed, the United Nations. Listen on to find out about this man who is regarded as one of the nation's top 10 presidents, and delve deeper into the mystery of Woodrow Wilson.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Derek Jeck
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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Winter War

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Discover the remarkable history of the Winter War.... Free BONUS Inside!  The Winter War between Finland and the Soviet Union was a match-up between a mighty, powerful, aggressive nation and its smaller and weaker neighbor. Throughout its history, Finland had learned that in order to survive as a nation, it was obliged to dodge, when possible, the threat of neighboring countries that possessed more people, resources, and ambition than the small country locked in between. As a predatory threat to its borders, the Winter War was nothing new to Finnish security; what was new, however, was that Finland did not immediately capitulate to the massive Soviet force.  Lasting 105 days, the fighting saw the Finns mount an unexpectedly vigorous defense against the Soviets in a contest that the Russians had confidently believed would be over in a couple of weeks. The Finns, fighting without significant help from either Scandinavian or European sources, used their country’s rugged terrain and brutal winter weather to severely test the unprepared Soviets.  In the end, their valiant effort was no match for the overwhelming advantages that the Soviets enjoyed in equipment and troops, and the Finns had no choice but to accept the Soviet terms before a peace agreement was signed. Wary of Russian aggression and determined to find a protector, the Finns would turn to Germany as an ally, a decision which seemed wise in 1940, given the ease with which Germany had conquered Poland.  Other than that, the brief altercation between Soviet Russia and Finland might have been no more than a minor blip on the panoramic screen of the global war to come. But the Winter War had a significance that extended beyond the boundaries of the Finnish battle sites. As Adolf Hitler watched the action, he perceived that Soviet weakness and European apathy would allow him to advance, uncontested, in Nazi Germany’s quest to dominate the map and the future of the continent. As for the Finns, they lost land to the Soviets, but they maintained their independence. Perhaps they emerged victorious after all.  Discover a plethora of topics such as  Reluctant Neighbors Creating a Reason for War Preparing to Defend Their Homeland The Molotov Cocktail Weathering the Winter War Turning the Tide to Soviet Triumph And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on the Winter War, simply scroll up and click the "Buy" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2021 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Military
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
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Winston Churchill: A Life from Beginning to End

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The man that the world knows as Winston Churchill looms large on the stage of world history. Like some sort of colossus from antiquity, Churchill strides between two major epochs in the world, one foot planted in the glory days of the British Empire when the sun never set on history’s largest known conglomeration of imperial holdings, and the other planted firmly in the aftermath of World War Two, and a post-war order that saw that empire collapse, with Britain barely hanging on to its own sovereignty in the wake. Inside you will hear about.... Love and War Courting the Americans The Allies Show Their Teeth Preparing for the Post-War World Wrestling the Reins of Power Churchill’s Hiatus The End of an Empire And much more! With the Iron Curtain descending over Europe, Churchill was the first to raise the alarm bell that signaled the start of the Cold War. Churchill was a master at the helm, navigating his country and to a much larger extent the world through some of its darkest hours, even while he battled some of his own personal demons of depression and doubt. Follow along as Churchill guides us through uncharted and uncertain waters through the sheer power of his own pugnacious pizzazz.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Barry Shannon
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
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William Wallace: A Life from Beginning to End

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William Wallace; if ever there was a champion in the annals of Scottish history, he was it. Known as a proud Scot who rose through the ranks to challenge the English king, Wallace was a mere man who became larger than life - large enough even for the likes of Mel Gibson to play him in Braveheart for movie-going audiences on the silver screen. But who was William Wallace? What separates the real man from the myth?  Chapters include: A Country in Need of a Hero Early Life and Legend The Battle of Stirling Bridge Wallace’s Invasion of England Defeat at Falkirk Capture and Execution And much more...  In this book, we will take a look at the life and the legend of Sir William Wallace in its entirety.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Length: 1 hr and 1 min
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Wars of Scottish Independence (A History From Beginning to End)

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Discover the remarkable history of the Wars of Scottish Independence.... Free bonus Inside! The Wars of Scottish Independence were a series of conflicts between Scotland and England that spanned more than 60 years during the 13th and 14th centuries. These wars led directly to the establishment of Scotland as an independent, sovereign country and to the emergence of two of Scotland’s best-known national heroes, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Yet these wars are much more than a simple struggle on the part of Scotland to free itself from English incursions. Some of the men who became kings of Scotland during this period were not just opposed to Scottish independence - they were directly sponsored by the English king. These wars are not only a story of Scotland versus England; they had complex causes and a large cast of characters with motives that were not always clear and who sometimes changed sides more than once. These wars also have a close connection with the wars being fought by England against France at the same time which gave rise to the Auld Alliance, a friendly connection between France and Scotland that persists to the present day. This is the complex, complicated, and occasionally tragic story of sixty of the most turbulent years in British history. This is the story of the Wars of Scottish Independence. Discover a plethora of topics such as: The Succession Crisis William Wallace’s War Robert the Bruce An Uneasy Peace The Pretender to the Throne Return of the King And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on the Wars of Scottish Independence, then buy now!

©2019 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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War of 1812

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In 1812, Americans held two distinctly different visions of their country. Some saw growing production, manufacturers, trade, and merchant ships traversing the globe, bringing a vast array of staple and luxury goods to commercial centers and riches to American captains living in cities like the capitals of Europe. Others saw a vast, agrarian paradise spreading from the Eastern Coast into the Western wilderness where innumerable American farmers and their families could be independent and equal, free of government impediments and corruption.  These incompatible visions of America were held by two opposing political parties. The two halves of America also had incompatible views on the necessity of war that year. Only the Democratic-Republicans were anxious to march into Canada, seize Florida, and take all the Western land they could win or negotiate.  Canada survived, but the indigenous peoples, despite their prodigious efforts to get a voice at the peace-treaty table, failed to preserve their cultures, as they foresaw would happen.   You will learn about:  War hawks and neutrality   Declaration and reaction   The campaign of 1812 and 1813   1814: War in the balance   Final conflict and peace   And much more!  Discover how shifting political ideologies shaped the path forward to 1812 and beyond.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

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Category: History, Military
Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
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Voltaire

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Discover the remarkable life of Voltaire in less than an hour.... Free bonus inside! Voltaire, born François-Marie Arouet in Paris, France, was a writer and leading figure of the Enlightenment. His insistence that all authority could and must be questioned was so radical, he ended up in prison several times and was ultimately exiled. Voltaire’s writings were instrumental in influencing the American and French revolutions. Man as a being with natural rights was a radical concept at the time, but one which the American founding fathers embraced. Voltaire’s anger was specifically directed at the arbitrary powers of the state and the church. The French legal system treated aristocrats differently than ordinary citizens. The Catholic church, too, wielded its dictatorial power. Voltaire incurred the wrath of both kings and bishops with his unrelenting attacks on such abuses of freedom. Unwilling to be silenced, Voltaire continued his demand for individual freedom throughout the span of his entire life. Only after his death was he officially welcomed back to Paris, and Voltaire’s remains now rest in the Parisian Panthéon, the burial place for the country’s national heroes. Discover a plethora of topics such as Literary success and financial failure Émilie: the love of his life Years in exile Candide and morality Voltaire’s final year and death And much more! So, if you want a quick and easy audiobook on Voltaire, listen now!

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
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Virginia Woolf

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Discover the remarkable life of Virginia Woolf.... Virginia Woolf ranks among the most influential writers of the 20th century. Embracing the Post-Impressionist times in which she lived, her novels reflect the artistic shift from romanticism to abstract. Plot mattered very little to Woolf. Her writing was a stream of consciousness outside of time and place. Her novels, including her best-known work, Mrs. Dalloway, invariably dwell on gender roles and the concept of reality. Woolf suffered from mental illness throughout her life. Her inner torment formed the basis of much of her writing. Virginia made multiple suicide attempts and was institutionalized several times throughout her life as she feared a loss of control due to her increasing depression and manic episodes. Her husband, Leonard Woolf, with whom she had mainly a platonic relationship, remained supportive of her until her death. On March 28, 1941, Virginia Woolf walked into the River Ouse wearing a heavy coat with pockets filled with rocks. Her body was found three weeks later. Discover a plethora of topics such as: A dysfunctional home Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group The making of a modern woman Mrs.Dalloway Virginia and Vita’s love affair Woolf’s Suicide and beyond And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on Virginia Woolf, simply buy now!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
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Vincent van Gogh

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Vincent van Gogh is one of the world’s most famous artists, and his paintings are among the world’s most valuable. The archetypal starving artist, Vincent died aged just 37 years by his own hand, poor, isolated, and, in his eyes, a failure. Yet, in Vincent’s life story we can see the evolution of a boy becoming a man becoming a great artist, whether his contemporaries could see it at the time or not.   You will learn about: Vincent as a boy   Marrying a prostitute   Developing his style in Paris   The incident with the razor   Van Gogh in the asylum   After van Gogh’s suicide   And much more!

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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Vietnam War: A History from Beginning to End

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The Vietnam War remains one of the most iconic events of the 20th century. In the United States, it polarized public opinion and changed foreign policy. It destroyed the presidency of Lyndon Johnson and was the catalyst for a massively impactful protest movement. More importantly, in Vietnam, as well as surrounding areas, it caused untold destruction, death, and suffering. Inside you will haer about...  Vietnam’s Past   Exit the French   The United States and Ngo Dinh Diem   The Resistance War Against America Begins   “Americanization”   The American Home Front   Vietnamization and President Nixon   The End of the Vietnam War and Its Aftermath    Millions of Vietnamese and Cambodian people were killed, and many - including Americans - remain missing. Its origins lie in Europe’s colonial conquests, and its legacies endure to this day. Listen to this comprehensive, concise history of the Vietnam War.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

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Category: History, Military
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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Ulysses S Grant: A Life from Beginning to End

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The list of American war heroes who went on to become presidents includes men as little remembered as Zachary Taylor and as famous as Dwight D. Eisenhower. While these men are venerable with a significant their place in American history, they cannot equal the status of Ulysses S. Grant, the Civil War general who rose through the ranks from virtual obscurity to command.   You'll learn about: The undistinguished Hiram Ulysses Grant  The Mexican War and marriage The failure  War to the rescue  The triumphant General Grant  The war hero president  Government: The next battlefield The last battle   He was a modest man with a series of failures behind him, but when success came to him on the battlefield, it brought a nation back to wholeness. Grant faced financial ruin, alcoholism, family trials, and cancer with the same steady courage that he employed in battle. He is one of the most famous, yet also one of the least well-known, of America’s heroes, well worth an introduction.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Ryan Whiting
Category: History, Military
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
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Trail of Tears

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Discover the remarkable history of the Trail of Tears... In the early 1800s, the five civilized tribes - the Cherokee, Seminole, Chickasaw, Muscogee-Creek, and Choctaw - were living in lands allocated to them by the United States government in present-day Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. In general, the Native American people lived in peace with the increasing numbers of white settlers coming to these areas, though there were occasional conflicts as settlers took lands that belonged to the tribes. To many white Americans, the existence of these people in lands that could be used for the expansion of the United States was unacceptable, and many wanted the Native American to be removed and relocated to a new area, west of the Mississippi River, which was not, then, of interest to settlers.  In 1830, the administration of President Andrew Jackson signed into law a new piece of legislation - the Indian Removal Act - which gave the government the power to force these tribes to relocate to new lands in Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma. The forced relocation that followed have become known as the Trail of Tears. Some were conducted with extreme brutality, and many thousands of Native American people died as a direct result. Once they had been uprooted from their homelands, many tribes found themselves unable to continue with ways of life which they had followed for thousands of years, and the nature and character of Native American culture and society was forever changed. This is an account of the privations of these forced relocation and the indifference of the US government and the majority of Americans to the suffering they caused to the Native American people. This is the story of the Trail of Tears. Discover a plethora of chapters, such as: Settlers Move West Andrew Jackson and the Indian Removal Act Creek Removal in 1834 Chickasaw Removal in 1837 Cherokee Removal in 1838 And much more! So, if you want a concise and informative book on the Trail of Tears, simply scroll up and click the "buy now" button for instant access!

©2019 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
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Toltec Civilization: A History from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable history of the Toltecs. The Toltecs are one of the most mysterious and little understood of all the ancient cultures of Mesoamerica. This culture was venerated by later civilizations, such as the Aztecs. Even today, “Toltec knowledge” is used as a kind of shorthand for arcane wisdom from an ancient culture.  However, discussing the actual history of the Toltecs is extremely difficult. Much of what we know of these people comes from writings and oral traditions of the Aztecs, as translated and interpreted by the European invaders. This Aztec history is so mingled with myth and legend that it is very difficult to discern what may be historical facts. In the 19th and 20th centuries, most historians seemed to accept that the Toltecs were a distinct and warlike culture centered around the Valley of Mexico and who conquered large parts of Mesoamerica. More recently, there has been debate about whether the Toltecs really were a separate culture at all or whether this term should be taken to represent a set of shared ideas and beliefs which permeated many cultures in Mesoamerica around the end of the first millennium. Even now, much of the information about the Toltecs is vague, contradictory, and subject to debate. This is the mysterious, baffling, and ever-changing story of the Toltecs. Discover a plethora of chapters, such as:  Origins of the Toltecs The Place of the Reeds Toltec Society and the Cult of Quetzalcoatl The Toltecs and the Maya Decline and Fall And much more! So, if you want a concise and informative book on the Toltecs, simply scroll up and click the "buy now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
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Thomas Paine: A Life from Beginning to End

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The mind of Thomas Paine was gifted to the American Revolution at just the right time. Right when the fervor of the revolutionary spirit was beginning to subside, the pen of Thomas Paine came along and ignited the fires of American liberty once again. Yet decades later, when Paine returned to the American shores that he helped liberate, he was met with a bitter homecoming. Paine had arrived right on the heels of his association with bloody upheavals in revolutionary France and the publication of his unapologetically anti-Christian tracts, which did not go over well in an America swept by the Second Great Awakening. Both of these aspects of his intellectual life made him an insufferable outcast, shunned by nearly all of his former associates. But Thomas Paine always knew that life was a gamble, and depending on the factors involved he was variously known as the greatest hero of the republic, or the greatest villain. Inside you will hear about: "On the Seas During the Seven Years’ War" "The Loss of His Wife and Child" "The Father of the American Revolution" "Rallying Behind the French Revolution" "Escaping the Guillotine" "An American Outcast" And much more! Now that the dust of history has finally begun to settle, we can get a much clearer view of who Thomas Paine was. This book seeks to cut through the hype and hyperbole to present to you the life of an unapologetic patriot and inveterate freethinker - Thomas Paine, the father of the American Revolution.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
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Thomas Paine Timeline

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This is a short timeline of Thomas Paine, a well-known political activist and revolutionary. He was born in England and later migrated to Philadelphia. He is best known for his two influential pamphlets encouraging patriots to gain independence from the British. He was a major source of inspiration for the American Revolution.

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Justin Zeppa
Length: 9 mins
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Thomas Jefferson: A Life from Beginning to End

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At a White House dinner in 1962 honoring the Nobel Prize winners of the Western Hemisphere, President John Kennedy greeted them by saying: "I want to tell you how welcome you are to the White House. I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone." The laureates might have been a trifle nonplussed to hear themselves collectively compared to one man, but Thomas Jefferson left his imprint on his state of Virginia; his young country, the United States; France, where he served as ambassador; and the world, where his opposition to tyranny and his advocacy of freedom have inspired generations to believe that the pursuit of happiness, as he wrote in his Declaration of Independence, is an unalienable right. You will hear about.... His life, his loves, his legacy The son of Virginia Jefferson the patriot Jefferson in Paris Jefferson the politician Jefferson the President Jefferson at home Jefferson himself opted for less opulent praise; the epitaph that he composed for his tombstone accommodated space for the dates of his birth and death, and listed the following accomplishments: author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and father of the University of Virginia. Between Kennedy's description of the third president of the United States and Jefferson's own rendition of his accomplishments resides the enigma of an American philosopher who ardently believed in freedom yet owned slaves; a patriot who served his country with his talents and energies, but who was embroiled in the political machinations which rose to the surface as soon as the first president was in office; a human being who doubted the intellectual equality of African-Americans yet was engaged in a 38-year affair with a much younger female slave, with whom he fathered six children; a brilliant innovator who lived his life in debt; a man accustomed to the finer things that life could offer who espoused the simple, agrarian model for the new country he helped to found.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Derek Jeck
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
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Thomas Edison

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Thomas Edison passed on many decades ago, but his inventions still echo loudly through time. If you watch TV, listen to your favorite songs, or simply click on the lamp next to your bed, it was Thomas Edison who brought all of these innovations into the world.   Inside you will hear about...   Edison's early life   The electric light   The war of the currents   Other inventions and projects   Final years and death   Edison's legacy    And much more!  Edison is sometimes regarded as someone who loved arguing with other inventors who were going in different directions from him, yet his tenacity and dedication to his own work were what made so many of his inventions workable.   No matter which way you look at Edison, from failed businessman, renowned inventor, distant father to his children, to an argumentative scientist, there is one thing everyone can agree on: Thomas Edison was pure genius. After all, in his world, nothing less would do.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Jimmy Kieffer
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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Thomas Aquinas: A Life from Beginning to End

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Thomas Aquinas is known as a great theologian, and his treatises and theories are studied by clergy all over the world. He is celebrated for his words of wisdom as well as the alleged miracles that he performed while he was still alive. Yet as large as his acclaim may be, Aquinas has also had his fair share of detractors both during his lifetime and long thereafter.  In the 20th century, for example, esteemed British philosopher and writer Bertrand Russel went so far in his criticism as to say that he believed that Thomas Aquinas was not a philosopher in the classical sense of the word but rather that he relied more on dogmatic Catholic faith than any sense of inquiry or inductive reasoning. There are of course those that would vehemently argue the opinions of Bertrand Russel. While it is not the purpose of this book to take one side or the other, these arguments and criticisms will be examined as we delve into the history of this great thinker.  Casting all accolades and critiques aside, in this book, you will find the raw, bare bones of the man who Thomas Aquinas came to be. Thomas Aquinas had an exceptional life of both major accomplishments and upsetting setbacks - here, we explore them in full.   Discover a plethora of topics such as: Born into a noble family Joining the Dominican Friars Kidnapped and Imprisoned Journey to Cologne The execution of his brother Late life and death And much more... So if you want a concise and informative book on Thomas Aquinas, simply scroll up and click the "Buy Now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Length: 57 mins
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Theodore Roosevelt: A Life from Beginning to End

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There was truly no one like Theodore Roosevelt. From a sickly boy, Teddy (as the world came to know him) would transform himself into the apex of vigor and energy. From husband, father, and rancher to hunter, governor, and president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt led a most extraordinary life. Inside you will hear about.... Early Life & Education Early Political Career and Marriage The Old West and a New Beginning Early Public Life Becoming a National Figure Governor and Vice President Presidency Post-Presidency Election of 1912 and Final Years This was a man who did many things and did them outstandingly well. Roosevelt's willingness to go the extra mile, to put fear in the back seat, were qualities that he saw in his beloved country as well. America is a better place for having known Theodore Roosevelt.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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The Wright Brothers: A History from Beginning to End

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Wilbur and Orville Wright have gone down in history as pioneers of flight and the inventors of the first airplane. This is the story of how their mechanical interest in printing presses and bicycles led them towards finding solutions to the conundrum of flight. Find out how their methodological research and innovative ideas set them apart from other inventors, and learn about the newspaper editors and scientists’ reactions to the Wright brothers’ achievement - the slow transformation of skepticism and disbelief to amazement.   You will learn about: The house at 7 Hawthorne Street   Flying on two wheels   The dream of flight   Three gliders and a windy hill   The first flight   Convincing the skeptics   The dawn of a new era  And much more  This is not only the story of the success of two determined brothers from Dayton, but it is the story of a new chapter of history.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Felix Grey
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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The Spanish Flu

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Discover the remarkable history of the Spanish Flu.... The 1918 outbreak of the H1N1 strain of influenza, popularly known as the Spanish flu, killed more people worldwide than World War I, which ended the same year. It infected nearly one-third of the world's population and killed 10 percent of those it struck. In its wake, schools and businesses closed, hospitals became overwhelmed, and the sick spilled out into makeshift care centers in public spaces. Policemen, public transportation workers, and everyday citizens in face masks were a common - and eerie - sight. Yet, discussion of this global pandemic often takes a backseat to World War I and other contemporary events.  In this book, we revisit this terrifying time that left the world in fear.  Discover a plethora of topics such as The World in 1918 The Beginning of the Outbreak What Was the Spanish Flu? The Third and Final Wave Aftermath The Strange Legacy of the Spanish Flu And Much More! So if you want a concise and informative book on the Spanish Flu, simply scroll up and click the "Buy" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
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The Space Race: A History from Beginning to End

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During 14 years, from 1955 to 1969, the Soviet Union and the United States of America were engaged in a dramatic race against each other to conquer space. This period encompassed dramatic victories, humbling defeats, and more than one tragedy. This is a story of human courage and ingenuity at its best and political maneuvering at its worst, of almost unbelievable technological progress undertaken with the object not just of advancing human knowledge but also of proving the superiority of one country over another. Here's what you'll learn about: From missiles to rockets Russia takes the lead Early American failures The first men in space Fatalities on both sides The moon landing And much more! The space race culminated in man setting foot upon the moon, but each milestone on the way to that final goal was bitterly contested. Two powerful nations pledged a substantial part of their national resources to beat the other in a scientific and technological race to be the first to achieve new records. In terms of contests between major powers, there has never been anything quite as dramatic, public, and sustained as the space race; it remains one of the most fascinating and engaging episodes of the Cold War.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
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The Roaring Twenties: A History from Beginning to End

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The Roaring Twenties was a golden age of economic prosperity and liberal social change. Innovations in numerous industries revived a sluggish post-World War I economy, and mass production methods allowed for the standardized, rapid production of various goods, the most notable of which was the automobile. The roar of thousands of newly manufactured vehicles filled the city streets, and the ripple effect of the industry spawned a myriad of ancillary industries, such as car dealerships and mechanic shops. Innovations in the entertainment industry heralded the Golden Age of Radio and resulted in the replacement of vaudeville with cinema as "talkies" replaced silent films and movies came alive with color. The most iconic image of the era was the flapper - a thoroughly modern, young woman, unafraid to flout the social norms of her parents' generation and break with long-standing traditions. She typified the sexually expressive, modern, young, and fun woman who had gained the right to vote and who was ready to take her rightful place in both the workforce and in the speakeasies that cropped up in the wake of Prohibition. You will learn about.... The booming economy of the 1920s Babe Ruth, jazz, Art Deco, and the flapper Women's rights, civil rights, and gay rights Politics and all that jazz The Wall Street Crash of 1929 And much more! Along with the social changes for women, African-American cultural and artistic expressions ruled the day as jazz music emanated from the speakeasies and the radio. African-American literature rose to prominence, and all-black casts were featured in the popular theatrical productions. It was an era of progressive change fueled by a sustained economic prosperity that seemed to have no end. It did come to an abrupt end, though, with the Wall Street Crash of 1929. The music stopped, the flapper faded, and the roar of prosperity was silenced. The impact of that golden era, however, still reverberates throughout the modern day. This audiobook tells the compelling story of this raucous period in history in succinct yet informative detail that is both educational and entertaining.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Sean Tivenan
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
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The Progressive Era: A History from Beginning to End

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The Progressive Era was the period of American history between the 1890s and 1920s. It was a movement dedicated to political and social reform, largely driven by the middle class. In a world that was dominated by wealthy industrialists and threatened by radical ideas of laborers, the middle class strived for order.  In this audiobook, you will explore the following topics: Stirred to action Women’s suffrage Temperance and anti-alcohol campaigns The dark side of progressiveness: forced sterilizations and eugenics The African American experience Progressive presidents and the start of WWI And much more!  Women played a prominent role in the movement. Their main objective was gaining the right to vote, but they also worked tirelessly on temperance, urban reform, and other social reforms. Women gained a strong influence even before they achieved suffrage. Progressiveness was dominated by optimism for the future and the ability of civilization to find solutions to age-old problems. Those in the movement had an overriding faith, particularly in Western civilization and its apparent greatness. The end of the era embodied a severe questioning of that faith. Ultimately, the Progressive Era left a legacy of hope, but also a warning against hubris.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Narrator: Jeffrey Howard
Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
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The Ottoman Empire

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Over the course of just 200 years, the Ottoman Empire grew from a small, obscure Anatolian state into the most powerful Muslim nation in the world, controlling vast swathes of the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and North Africa. Within the empire, science, medicine, technology, and art flourished, and the Ottoman army became one of the most feared and efficient fighting forces in existence. Then came a period of gradual decline. Beset by external enemies and torn apart by conflicting elements inside, over the next 350 years, the Ottoman Empire lost power, territory, and prestige until it became “the sick man of Europe”. Inside, you will hear about: Emergence of the Ottoman Dynasty The Fall of Constantinople Selim the Grim and Suleiman the Magnificent Sultanate of Women The Crimean War Decline until World War I And much more! This is the dramatic story of the rise, fall, and eventual disintegration of the Ottoman Empire, of its conquests and defeats, and of its sultans who ranged from the grandeur of Suleiman the Magnificent to the obsession and confusion of Mustafa the Mad. The story begins with the dream of the first Ottoman sultan, Osman I, in 1300, and ended with the nightmare of the last sultan, Abdulmejid II, in 1922. This is the story of the Ottoman Empire from beginning to end.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

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Category: History, Middle East
Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
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The Opium Wars: A History from Beginning to End

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Opium Wars Violent confrontation between armed groups over the supply of illegal narcotics is something we commonly associate with criminal gangs in modern cities, but in the mid-19th century Great Britain went to war with Imperial China in order to continue to supply Chinese addicts with opium. The two wars that followed have become known as the Opium Wars, and they led to the utter defeat of China, the establishment of a British colony in Hong Kong, and the continuation of a narcotics trade that was worth millions of pounds each year to the British. The Opium Wars exposed the weaknesses of the Chinese Qing dynasty in terms of its military abilities and internal corruption. They also exposed divisions in Victorian Britain where people were beginning to question the morality of going to war to support an illegal narcotics trade which caused misery and death for millions of Chinese. In the end, the British were able to overcome their reservations and prosecuted these two wars with great success. British casualties were small and the gains enormous - the British opium trade to China would continue for more than 50 years after the end of the Second Opium War. In this book you will hear about.... The joy plant Outbreak of the first Opium War British superiority and the devil ship The treaty of Nanking: first of the unequal treaties The inevitable second Opium War The fall of Beijing and much more!   For the Chinese Qing dynasty, the Opium Wars marked the beginning of the end. Imperial China had endured for 2,000 years, but within 50 years of the humiliations of the Opium Wars, a revolution overthrew the imperial court and turned China into a republic. Although they are little remembered today, the Opium Wars changed the face not just of China but also of the whole of Asia. This is the story of those wars.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

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Category: History, Asia
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
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The Olmecs

Summary

Many ancient civilizations are described as mysterious, but none provide as many puzzles and unanswered questions as the Olmecs. These people arrived in lands near the Gulf of Mexico around 1500 BCE and brought with them entirely new concepts in terms of engineering, agriculture, and religion. The problem is we have no idea where they came from or how they developed these new ideas. Then, around 400 BCE, the Olmecs vanished as suddenly and inexplicably as they appeared, leaving behind no written records but providing a legacy of beliefs and ideas which permeated virtually every Mesoamerican culture that followed.  In this audiobook you will hear about: Origins The Olmec enigma The fall of San Lorenzo Were-jaguars and feathered serpents The rise of La Venta The disappearance of the Olmecs And much more! Respected scholars take very different views on the Olmec civilization. Some feel that the Olmecs must have come to Central America from somewhere else entirely, while others are adamant that they are indigenous people. Some historians believe that the Olmecs were simply one of several cultures that emerged at around the same time, while others are vehement that this is the mother culture from which all subsequent Mesoamerican cultures descended. Less than 100 years ago, there wasn’t even agreement on whether these people had existed at all. There are very few cultures as important as the Olmecs about which we know so little. This book attempts to convey the story of the mysterious Olmecs and their unique and fascinating artifacts.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
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The Inquisition: A History from Beginning to End

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The Roman Catholic Inquisition was one of the most controversial organizations in human history. Although it has been painted in a negative light, the Inquisition was too broad in scope to define as simply good or bad. It was a period where conflict and bloodshed were inevitable. It was a time where war, famine, plague, and poverty were common factors of human life. From the 1180s to the 1830s, the Inquisition was the judicial arm of the Catholic Church. Created to root out and punish heretics within the Catholic faith, the Inquisition became an institution that would carve its name into history.    Inside you will hear about.... The Conception of the Inquisition  The Hammer of Witches  The Spanish Inquisition  The Portuguese Inquisition  The Roman Inquisition  Shades of the Inquisition in Modern Society   And much more! Throughout its many variations, the Inquisition took hold in France, Spain, Portugal, and Italy and in the process, both hastened and stunted progress in Western society. The Inquisition was as multi-faceted in its failure as it was in its successes. Though it was responsible for the deaths of thousands, it was also responsible for the sparing of thousands more. The Inquisition put to death some of the brightest minds of the time, and yet their brutality quickened the pace of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. In short, the Inquisition was many things - easy to define is not one of them. This concise, compressed audiobook reveals the history, failures, and successes of the Roman Catholic Inquisition from its birth to its final death rattle.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Scott R. Pollak
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
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The Hundred Years War: A History from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable history of The Hundred Years War... The Hundred Years War was a series of conflicts waged between England and France between 1337 and 1453. The war involved several generations of kings on both sides and was fought over a single issue: whether the English had the right to rule the kingdom of France. The origins of the war can be traced back to the invasion of England in 1066 by William the Conqueror, the duke of Normandy. William became king of England, but he also retained control over his lands in Normandy. From that time on, English kings ruled not just over their own country but also over areas of western France. What is now France was at the time of the Norman conquest not a single country but rather a group of semi-independent principalities. By the early 1300s, the kingdom of France was consolidating and emerging as an important European power, and it was almost inevitable that there would be a conflict between France and England over the English lands in western France. The Hundred Years War marked important changes in the very nature of warfare. When it began, the principal weapons on both sides were heavily armored knights who generally followed an agreed code of conduct. By the time the war ended, the Age of Chivalry had been superseded by the appearance of gunpowder weapons which rendered these knights and their notions of chivalrous combat obsolete. The Hundred Years War was an important element in the creation of modern Europe and in the definition of the national characters of both England and France. This audiobook tells the story of this long, complex, and fascinating conflict. Discover a plethora of topics such as: The War Begins The Caroline War England Triumphant French Revival and Joan of Arc Peace at Last And much more! So if you want a concise and informative audiobook on the The Hundred Years War, get this audiobook now for instant access!

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
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The Great Sioux War

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Discover the remarkable history of the Great Sioux War.... Free bonus inside!  The Battle of the Little Bighorn, or Custer’s Last Stand, has gone down in legend, but this was just one part of an epic struggle between the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians and the United States of America.  The Great Sioux War was the bloodiest of all of the conflicts in the 300 years of American Indian Wars and would effectively close that tragic chapter of American history. The war resulted in the deaths of hundreds of US soldiers, countless Indian warriors, women and children, and the end of a way of life. This book tells the story of the Great Sioux War in full.  Discover a plethora of topics such as  The Pacification of a Nation Fiasco at Powder River Bloodshed at the Little Bighorn Custer’s Last Stand The Starving Summer The Last Sun Dance And much more So, if you want a concise and informative book on the Great Sioux War, simply scroll up, and click the "buy now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2021 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Military
Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
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The Great Famine: A History from Beginning to End

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The Great Famine The Great Famine which afflicted Ireland from 1845 to 1849 was one of the most catastrophic events in Europe during the 19th century. More than one-quarter of the population of Ireland died of starvation or associated disease, or were forced to emigrate. Ireland after the famine was a completely different country in many ways. The direct causes of the famine are simple to understand - a large part of the population of Ireland, mainly the poorest families, had become completely dependent on the potato as a source of food. In 1845, the blight appeared, a disease which affected the potato crop. Successive failures of the potato crop in Ireland led to more than one million people dying as a direct result. What is less easy to understand is why this famine was confined to Ireland and why the British government did not do more to help. The potato blight affected parts of Great Britain and other countries in Europe, but nowhere else did it lead to famine. For much of the famine, food continued to be exported from Ireland, and at its height, there was food stored in warehouses which could have been used to alleviate the suffering of the starving - that it was not represents at the very least a complete failure of understanding on the part of the British government. You will listen about: Farming in Ireland The Blight Arrives Full-blown Famine Mass Emigration Poor Laws, Revolt, and the Return of the Blight Aftermath and Legacy And much more! The Great Famine left a legacy of distrust and animosity between large segments of the population of Ireland and Great Britain, and this in part led to the movements which finally produced Irish independence. The famine also left a deep impression on the psyche of the people of Eire, and even today, Ireland remains at the forefront of international famine relief. This is the story of the Irish Potato Famine.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
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The Great Depression

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The Great Depression was one of the most trying eras in American history. All aspects of the US were affected. After the stock market crash of 1929, the nation was thrust into a decade of turmoil and change - in government, the economy, and culture. Many of the changes brought about by the Great Depression remain today.   You will learn about:  Causes of the Great Depression   The Depression and the Hoover administration   The election of 1932 and the rise of Franklin Roosevelt   The Depression and American culture   Setbacks and detractors   Last steps toward recovery - and war   And much more!

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator:
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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The Gilded Age

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The period from 1870 to 1900 in the US has become known as the Gilded Age, during which America was transformed almost beyond recognition. In the 1870s, the country was still recovering from a horrendously destructive Civil War. The nation was still mainly agrarian; cities were relatively small and large-scale industry almost nonexistent. Thirty years later, the US had become an industrial powerhouse with massive cities featuring skyscrapers, electric lights, automobiles on the streets, and subways running below. An influx of immigrants from different parts of the world had changed the very nature of American society, which featured almost unimaginable wealth living side by side with abject poverty. Inside, you will hear about: Taming the Wild West Robber barons and captains of industry Emergence of labor unions and women’s movements The new immigrants Invention and innovation And much more! The Gilded Age was an era of entrepreneurs, inventions, industrial development, and new ideas. Most of all, it was a period of rapid and profound change that came at a high cost for the working class.  In a Golden Age, life is good for everyone. But in a Gilded Age, there is only a thin surface of gold over underlying base metal, a metaphor for a small number of fabulously wealthy people who grew rich by exploiting vast numbers who lived in poverty.  This is the story of the Gilded Age of America.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
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The East India Company: A History From Beginning to End

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Founded at the dawn of the 17th century as European nations were establishing global empires, the English East India Company would become a vital part of burgeoning British supremacy. Begun as a joint-stock company for trade with the East Indies, this organization would evolve into one of the world's first capitalistic corporations. Inside you will hear about.... Founding of the East India Company Struggling, Building, and Growing with Violence The East India Company Enters the 18th Century The British Government Steps In China and the Opium Trade The 19th Century and Growing British Involvement The End of the East India Company Over the course of their 250+ years, they've built a global trading empire, raised an army and waged war, and conquered vast territory, including the entire subcontinent of India. Without their involvement, the British presence in India would look very different in the historical record. Though the company was dissolved by 1874, their influence on world history cannot be overstated.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: John Riddle
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
Available on Audible
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The Cuban Missile Crisis: A History From Beginning to End

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The Cold War between the United States of America and the Soviet Union lasted for more than 40 years. In general, this was a war of spies and subterfuge, of covert action and espionage. There was always a danger, however, that an error of judgment on either side could suddenly cause the Cold War to turn red-hot with an exchange of nuclear weapons. On many occasions, tensions between the countries increased, but the prospect of all-out nuclear war between America and Russia was never closer than during a two-week period in October of 1962.  In response to the placement of American nuclear missiles in Turkey, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev secretly ordered the transport of Russian nuclear missiles to the island of Cuba in the Caribbean. These were capable of reaching and destroying almost all American cities in a matter of minutes. When this was discovered, the US administration under President John F. Kennedy decided that the threat had to be removed, even if this meant risking war with Russia. The Americans set up a blockade of the island and considered air strikes and even a full-scale invasion of Cuba. Forty thousand heavily armed Russian and Cuban troops supported by tanks, aircraft, and even tactical nuclear weapons stood by to do anything required to repel an American attack. From this audiobook, you will learn about: From World War to Cold War Mutually assured destruction Revolution in Cuba The missile gap American build-up and provocation Russian missiles arrive in Cuba Kennedy speaks to America And much more It was clear that the United States refused to accept the presence of Russian nuclear missiles less than 100 miles from the coast of Florida. It was equally clear that Russia was determined not to remove the missiles and desert its Cuban ally. An armed confrontation between the two superpowers appeared inevitable, and there seemed a very strong possibility that the world was on the brink of full-scale nuclear war.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Category: History, Military
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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The Crusades: A History From Beginning to End

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The Crusades are the prototype and epitome of the Holy War. The fight to take control of the city of Jerusalem, believed to be the most sacred Holy City to two distinct religions of Christianity and Islam, has lasted far longer than the two centuries of the Crusades, and its reach has extended far further than Europe and the Middle East.  Over the course of nine organized campaigns and many more unorganized ones, the Christian West militarized in the name of God to push back the threat of Islam advancing from the East. Inside you will read about.... Peace in War: A Background to the Crusades  The First to the Eighth Crusade Establishing the Crusader States The Children’s Crusade and Crusading Against Christians?  The Last Crusade  And much more! Understanding the Crusades is key in understanding the religious divides that still threaten the order of the world.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Jimmy Kieffer
Category: History, Middle East
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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Ted Bundy: A Life from Beginning to End

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Ted Bundy is one of America’s most notorious serial killers. Between the mid- and late 1970s, Bundy admitted to the murders of more than 30 young women and girls across the American states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Colorado.  Reports of Bundy’s murders reached the police and trickled down through the press to ordinary citizens; panic ensued. Yet while the killings were taking place, no one could see the string of brutal murders happening all over the Northwest of America was perpetrated by the same man.  Inside, you will hear about: Bundy’s early life Bundy’s first year of terror Bundy’s second year of terror Escape and Chi Omega sorority house murders Arrest and trial Second trial, legal battles, and execution And much more! Ted Bundy’s story does not end with his capture, nor does it end with his trial and conviction. Even moments before he was executed by electric chair, the most notorious serial killer in US history revealed more crimes and more victims. We will never know the true number of Bundy’s victims.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
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Tallulah Bankhead: A Life from Beginning to End

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Tallulah Bankhead was known just as much for her off-stage presence as she was for her on-stage performances. Fearless from birth, Tallulah charted her own course in life. She trudged off to New York to make it big in theater when she was still a teen. She then saw opportunity calling on the other side of the Atlantic and didn’t hesitate to hop on a steamship and head to England, chasing her dreams until they became a certain reality. You will listen about: Early Life and Discovery The Road to England The Suicide Attempt Tallulah’s Return to America Hollywood Success Late Life and Death And much more! Tallulah Bankhead was a legendary stage performer, a strong voice in both radio and television, and an occasional blockbuster at the movie house. But more than any accolades from theater or film critics, Tallulah is celebrated for her personality and no-holds-barred approach to life. She was someone who refused to conform to anyone’s standards, determined to live life to its fullest, and on her own terms. The life and legacy of Tallulah Bankhead is an impressive one by anyone’s standards.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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Taj Mahal

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The Taj Mahal in Agra is arguably the most iconic image of India and is visited by eight million tourists annually. It was characterized as “pure, perfect and unutterably lovely” by the British Viceroy Lord Curzon, and in 1983, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site of “outstanding universal value.”  For centuries, the world believed that it was built by Shah Jahan in 1631 to immortalize his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Certain mysteries and myths that surround the monument have recently come to the fore in the country, and stimulated a public debate about the place it holds as a true representation of Indian culture.   Listen to stories about: the life of Mumtaz Mahal, considered the jewel of the place; the building of the Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the myths, conjecture, and controversy; the 22 locked rooms in the basement; and much more!   This audio presents the five main historical figures of the Mughal Empire in India during that period and the many details of how the Taj Mahal was built. It traces the events that have led to the present controversy.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Eiman
Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
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Subhas Chandra Bose

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Discover the remarkable life of Subhas Chandra Bose. Subhas Chandra Bose was a revolutionary who sought Indian independence, but as many would contend, he ended up on the wrong side of history. In order to shake off the British yoke, Bose enlisted aid from Germany and Japan during World War II.  This has led some to roundly condemn Bose as nothing more than a fascist cast in the same mold as Adolf Hitler, Hideki Tojo, and Benito Mussolini. But is there more to this complicated figure than meets the eye?  In this book, we will take a look at the big picture when it comes to one of India’s first freedom fighters of the modern era. Discover a plethora of chapters in this audiobook, such as: Expelled from School Work in London By the Führer’s Side Going Over to the Japanese Bose’s Invasion of India The Fatal Plane Crash And much more! So, if you want a concise and informative book on Subhas Chandra Bose, simply scroll up and click the "buy now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Length: 1 hr and 1 min
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Stephen Hawking

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In 1963, Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with motor neuron disease and given two years to live. More than half a century later, Hawking had made some of the most significant contributions to our understanding of the universe since Albert Einstein. The world’s most famous physics professor, a best-selling author, and a father of three, Stephen lived his life to its fullest. Bridging the world of theoretical physics with the reach of pop culture, Stephen Hawking became an emblem of human determination and intellectual curiosity. Inside you will hear about: Early life and terminal illness Hawking radiation and black holes The Hawking family A gambling man Late life and death And much more!

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
Available on Audible
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Spanish Civil War

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The Spanish Civil War is sometimes seen as merely a precursor to World War II, and it’s easy to understand why. The troops of the extreme right fought against those of the extreme left, and the soldiers and military hardware of Germany, Italy, and Russia faced off on Spanish battlefields many years before they fought each other on the Russian steppes. For the first time, the world would see bombings of civilians to create terror. There were secret police forces on both sides and large numbers of arbitrary executions, and the use of imprisonment without trial and torture as a means of establishing state power became almost routine. But the Spanish Civil War was much more than just an overture to World War II. It was a war born out of schisms in Spanish society between rich and poor, monarchists and Republicans, the right and the left, and between those who supported the church and those who saw it as an instrument of oppression. For all its brutality and horror, the Spanish Civil War was a conflict between ideals often fought by volunteers on each side who truly believed that they were helping to build a better world. You will read learn about: Taking positions Outside intervention The terror Nationalists triumphant in the north The Republicans fight back The end of the war And much more! This book provides an overview of the causes which led to the war, the significance of outside intervention, and the main events which took place between July 1936 and April 1939. This is not an exhaustive history of the war, but it’s rather a succinct introduction for anyone interested in an overview of this confusing but important European war.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator:
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
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Sojourner Truth

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Discover the remarkable life of Sojourner Truth.... Sojourner Truth was born a slave in 1797. One day, she decided she didn’t want to be a slave anymore and simply walked away from her master. Truth spent the rest of her life preaching and lecturing against slavery and for freedom and equality. While helping former slaves integrate into a free society, she lectured fervently against the discriminations against women, and especially African American women. Her speech “Ain’t I a Woman?” is considered one of the most riveting women’s rights speeches ever given. Sojourner Truth demanded that African Americans should have equal rights to support themselves and live independently of the dictates of a master or the government. She didn’t just demand her rights, she seized hold of them - such as when she rode the white section of a trolley car. During her lifetime, Sojourner Truth became famous throughout the country, and her funeral in Battle Creek, Michigan, was the largest the town had ever seen.  Discover a plethora of topics such as: Born a Slave Becoming Sojourner Truth Spiritualism in America Meeting with Abraham Lincoln Ain’t I a Woman? Late Life and Death And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on Sojourner Truth, simply scroll up and click the "buy now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2021 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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Silk Road

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Discover the remarkable history of the Silk Road... Whether you approve or disapprove, globalization is an inescapable feature of the modern world. Trade between nations and continents is now commonplace, and this exchange of goods is inevitably accompanied by the exchange of ideas and cultures.  This is not, as you might expect, a new phenomenon. A series of trade routes which were first established almost 2,000 years ago provided one of the first examples of intercontinental trade.  Although these overland routes between Europe and Asia were not generally given a name during the period when they were in use, a 19th century German writer and traveler Ferdinand von Richthofen used the name by which they have become famous - he called them the Seidenstrasse (the Silk Road). Of course, it wasn’t just silk that was traded on these routes. Many other commodities traveled in both directions.   For more than a thousand years, the Silk Road (or rather roads; there were actually several routes) provided the main trading link between the East and the West, which also enabled an exchange of philosophy, art, culture, and religion. It wasn’t until new maritime trade routes were established in the 15th century that the Silk Road finally began to decline in importance. It is difficult to overestimate the impact the Silk Road had on the development of civilization in both Europe and Asia. Without this trade route, the civilization of both continents would almost certainly have developed very differently. This is the story of the Silk Road. Discover a plethora of chapters such as: The Han Dynasty The War of the Heavenly Horses The Silk Trade A Route for New Ideas Marco Polo The Decline of the Silk Road And much more! So, if you want a concise and informative book on the Silk Road, simply scroll up and click the "Buy now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Category: History, Asia
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
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Saint Augustine

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Although he was born in what was considered the backwaters of the Roman Empire, Saint Augustine of Hippo has long been renowned for his early religious and philosophical thought. He has been called a doctor of the Church for his unrivaled ability of patching up even the most complex of theological questions. He tackled such things as the condition of the soul and the omnipotence of God. During the course of his tenure as bishop of the North-African city of Hippo, Augustine often gained as many critics as he did followers. Inside you will hear about: The son of a Pagan Augustine’s love child The road that led to Rome Looking toward Christianity The priest of Hippo A founding father of the church And much more! To say that this esteemed theologian was a complex man would be an understatement. Saint Augustine’s life held many contradictions from the very beginning. Born to a pagan father and a devoutly Christian mother, he seemed destined to be at a crossroads. In his life he was both a sinner and a saint, and his seminal works, such as the Confessions and the City of God, prove that somewhere at the intersection of tremendous faith and terrible human frailty you will find the greatness of Saint Augustine.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Length: 1 hr and 1 min
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Robert the Bruce

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Discover the remarkable life of Robert the Bruce... Robert the Bruce is one of the most iconic figures of Scottish history. Born in Scotland’s desperate hour of need, Robert stepped forward to answer the call. In the early 1300s, the situation looked bleak for the Scottish with the might of England and its eager monarch King Edward I threatening to crush any resistance to his rule. In 1305, the former freedom fighter William Wallace had already been captured and cruelly executed. Robert the Bruce and his family initially tried to stay out of the fray, but the sudden onslaught of a series of circumstances would soon dictate Robert’s ultimate destiny. He would be made a king without a kingdom, forced to claw his way to the throne that was rightfully his. It was on the shoulders of Robert the Bruce to right the wrongs of the past - would he be up for the challenge? Listen to his trials and tribulations in this book to see just how this dynamic piece of Scottish history played out.  Discover a plethora of topics such as: Early Life A Guardian of Scotland The Murder of John Comyn The Rise of Robert I The Fight for Independence Late Life and Death And much more! So, if you want a concise and informative book on Robert the Bruce, simply scroll up and click the "buy now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
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Robert E. Lee (A Life From Beginning to End)

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Discover the remarkable life of Robert E. Lee.... Free bonus Inside! Robert E. Lee was a hero to some and a villain to others. For one side, he embodied the rebellion of the slave-holding South which had seceded from the Union; for the other side, he was a champion of the little guy, willing to marshal the forces of liberty to stand up against the federal government. How in the world do we get such divergent views on one single man? It seems that such diversity of opinion is simply a symptom of the American experience, and at certain points in history, these sentiments become embodied on individual people. In many ways, Robert E. Lee was just an average man of his time that was foisted into a role that he never wanted nor asked for. This book presents an objective analysis of what Robert E. Lee’s life was really like. Avoiding the bramble bushes of historical bias, this book takes us through the long, winding, and treacherous path that was trodden by Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Discover a plethora of topics such as: Growing up in Virginia Lee in the Mexican-American War The American Civil War: Choosing Sides Granny Lee and the Seven Days Battle From Gettysburg to the Trenches Last Years and Death And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on Robert E. Lee, then buy now!

©2019 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Length: 59 mins
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Richard Nixon: A Life from Beginning to End

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He’s the president with the asterisk by his name: Richard Milhous Nixon, the only US president to resign from office. But Richard Nixon’s legacy to the history of the US is much more complicated than the scandal of Watergate. His is the classic story of American legend - a young man who rose from his humble roots to achieve power and influence.   This audiobook will teach you about: The “Have-Not” Nixon  Nixon rising Vice President The Election of 1960 President at last Watergate Nixon in disgrace Much more  Nixon's story has tinges of Horatio Alger, but also of Machiavelli, and that may be the enigma of him, the student who was offered scholarships to Ivy League schools but couldn’t afford to go there, forever embedding within him the resentment against his political opponents, such as John F. Kennedy. Nixon was the politician who helped to bring the Republican Party back into power after the Roosevelt years, but who didn’t shy away from “dirty tricks” in order to win election. He was the dogged, diligent candidate who had his facts in order, but couldn’t compete on television with the telegenic JFK, the anti-communist who negotiated treaties with the Soviet Union and opened the door to China, the president who experienced abuse during the Watergate investigation, and the rehabilitated elder statesmen of American politics in the post-Watergate years.  Was Nixon a villain or a hero? Meet the president whose personality consisted of conflicting layers of pragmatism, patriotism, and self-doubt, which caused a fall from grace that roiled American democracy.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Jonathan Rabe
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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Reconstruction Era: A History from Beginning to End

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The American Civil War, fought from 1861 to 1865, produced casualties and destruction on an unprecedented scale. Up to 800,000 soldiers were killed, and huge swathes of the American south were devastated. However, although the defeat of the Confederate States and the end of the war brought peace of a sort, it left many unresolved issues. The period following the end of the Civil War has become known as the Reconstruction Era, and during this time there were efforts to achieve two separate goals: to reintegrate the former rebel southern states fully into the Union and to achieve not only the abolition of slavery - which had been a war aim for the north - but also the emancipation and granting of civil rights to freed slaves. Inside you will listen about: The End of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War Radical Reconstruction Carpetbaggers and Scalawags The Rise of the Ku Klux Klan Corruption and Recession And much more!  The Reconstruction Era proved almost as divisive as the Civil War itself - the freeing of slaves threatened to undermine the very basis of society and many southerners resisted. For some in the north, the unwillingness of people in the south to adopt new laws and new ways of life seemed to negate the whole point of the war. After all, what was the point of fighting and winning a war if the very things that were fought for failed to happen? The Reconstruction Era was a period of turmoil and change in the United States, and it ended not with a complete victory for either side but with a compromise which satisfied no-one. However, this period did pave the way for important changes which came much later. This is the complex and sometimes confusing story of the Reconstruction Era.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Category: History, Military
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
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Queen Victoria

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The Queen of Great Britain and Ireland for 63 years, the mother of nine children and grandmother to 42, Queen Victoria’s life was one of magnificent proportions. Victoria’s childhood was difficult and lonely, but from the time she took the throne aged just 18, she blossomed into a powerful woman, both frivolous and formidable. You will hear about.... An unsentimental marriage Race to produce an heir Finally an adult and finally a queen V & A Die Shattenseite The Hungry Forties and Albert’s Great Exhibition "The Widow at Windsor" And much more! In her later years, Victoria struggled to find balance between her wish to live a very private life as a widow and her duty to live the very public life of a queen and later empress. The world Victoria was born into was a very different world to that which she left behind, and her life story is an incredible journey from infant heir to matriarchal queen and empress.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: William Irvine
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
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Queen Mary I: A Life from Beginning to End

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Mary I, perhaps best known by the moniker Bloody Mary, was England’s first female monarch who ruled in her own right. A fighter from birth, she was the only surviving child of Henry VIII and his wife, Catherine of Aragon. Mary would make her way back to her father’s good graces after being cast out by him in favor of his numerous wives and would eventually undo her father’s religious reforms by restoring Roman Catholicism in England. The fourth Tudor to rule England, Mary is remembered for burning around 300 Protestants at the stake on her quest for religious reform. In this audiobook, we will discover the true life story of Mary I, the infamous English queen who claimed her place in history after a mere five years as regent.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Category: Women, History
Length: 59 mins
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Prohibition in the United States: A History from Beginning to End

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For thirteen years, from 1920 to 1933, the transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages were prohibited in America. This “Noble Experiment” was undertaken because its supporters believed that alcohol was the single major cause of both crime and poverty. They believed that prohibiting alcohol would lead to the end of poverty and slum housing in the United States and that prisons and jails would no longer be needed.  However, the precise opposite proved to be true. Prohibition led directly to rising crime rates, widespread illegal behavior amongst ordinary Americans, and a loss of respect for laws, law enforcement, and for the apparatus of government. How could something based on such good intentions go so disastrously wrong?  Inside you will learn about: Alcohol in Colonial America Prohibition propaganda The Noble Experiment Life under Prohibition Organized crime and corruption Repeal Day And much more This book tells the story of the temperance movement in America, of its rise over a period of 100 years to encompass the growing women’s movement, and how it eventually attained its goal in 1920. It tells the story of Prohibition itself, of how people exploited loopholes in the law to continue drinking legally, and of how they simply ignored the law and drank illegally. It tells the story of the bootleggers and corrupt officials who made fortunes during Prohibition and the politicians who supported and attacked it. This is the story of a bold experiment undertaken for the very best of reasons which led to the worst of outcomes.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
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Pirates: The Golden Age of Piracy: A History from Beginning to End

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Pirates dominate movie box-office profits, they are theme park entertainment, and they occupy a place in popular culture that has outlasted the era when they originally ruled the seas. Contemporary audiences who are safe from the pistols and cutlasses of the men who sailed the Caribbean, Indian, and Atlantic Oceans to prey upon ships and claim their cargo may find it hard to reconcile the perceived glamour of Captain Jack Sparrow with the authentic bloodlust and greed of the real pirates who killed without conscience, kidnapped innocent victims for ransom, and ravaged, bribed, and robbed their way into legend. Tragut Rais, Grace O’Malley, William Kidd, Blackbeard, and their colleagues were dangerous adventurers who lived at a time when piracy was an economic enterprise that yielded both wealth and a hangman’s noose.   This audiobook will teach you about: When pirates owned the seas The roots of piracy The original pirates of the Caribbean The pirate round Piracy after the Spanish War of Succession The pirates of the Barbary Coast The modern-day pirates   Most pirates had a short life before they were captured and executed. A few lucky ones did die of natural causes, but they were rare. Nonetheless, those tales of swashbuckling adventure under the Jolly Roger continue to mesmerize us. Listen to more about the reality of the golden age of piracy to find out whether or not Hollywood’s version can possibly compare with the truth.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
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Pierre-Auguste Renoir: A Life from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable life of Pierre-Auguste Renoir... Pierre-August Renoir, leader of the 19th-century Impressionist movement, spent his entire life perfecting his style. Rejected for decades, he depended on friends for a place to stay and money for painting supplies. Renoir lived in poverty until his 40's, and when he was finally discovered and hailed as a great artist, his health began to fail him. Still, Renoir never gave up his passion for painting. When he became crippled by arthritis, Renoir painted confined to a wheelchair with the paintbrush bound to his wrist. His need to create beauty was the driving force of his life, and throughout rejections and deteriorating health, Renoir retained an optimism that is reflected in his paintings. Discover a plethora of topics such as  Early Life in Poverty Success as a Portrait Artist The Dreyfus Affair The Price of Fame Losing the Use of His Hands Last Years and Death And much more! So if you want a concise and informative audiobook on Pierre-Auguste Renoir, simplybuy this audiobook now for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
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Paul Newman (A Life from Beginning to End)

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Discover the remarkable life of Paul Newman.... Free bonus Inside! Paul Newman lived the life of a legend. He was not only a jack of all trades but in many cases a master of all trades. During his tenure on planet Earth, he was an award-winning actor, a philanthropist, a founder of a food company, a race car driver, and even an owner for the Indianapolis 500. Just about anything Newman put his hand on turned to gold. Even over a decade after his death, much of what he achieved is still being discovered. In this book, we bring to light the accomplishments of one of the greatest actors of all time, Paul Newman. Discover a plethora of topics such as: Serving in World War II Big breaks and a bad bust Life, love, and politics Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid The death of his son Late life and death And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on Paul Newman, then buy now!

©2019 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
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Nuremberg Trials: A History from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable history of the Nuremberg Trials... In 1933, the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, triumphant after the July 1932 elections, was the largest political party in Germany. The Nazis quickly banned all other political parties and, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, proceeded to implement the policies which aroused the anti-Semitic sentiment of the German people. By 1933, the first concentration camp in Dachau was already in operation, punishing Jews, intellectuals, the mentally and physically handicapped, homosexuals, and Romani because, in Nazi ideology, they were inferior and unfit to live in the Third Reich. In September 1935, the Nazis passed the Nuremberg Laws, which consisted of the Reich Citizenship Law and the Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honor. These laws established the legal foundation upon which the systematic persecution and extermination of Jews and non-Aryans became the law of the land. Between 1933 and 1945, the Nazis established more than 42,000 camps and ghettoes to implement this policy. When the Allied Powers joined forces to fight the Nazis, they were determined to bring the German leaders to justice in an international court where they would be tried for their war crimes. The location for the trial would be Nuremberg in Germany, the site where the Nazi Party had held its famous rallies and where the Nuremberg Laws had been legislated. Now, the tables were turned and the city of Nuremberg would be the place where justice would be served. What we call the Nuremberg trials was actually a series of 13 trials that took place between 1945 and 1949. The most famous of the trials was the Trial of Major War Criminals, which began in November 1945 and ended in October 1946. Nazi leaders such as Joachim von Ribbentrop were hanged; others, such as Albert Speer and Rudolf Hess, were sentenced to prison terms. Hermann Goering was also sentenced to hang, but he cheated the noose by committing suicide with a cyanide pill that he had smuggled into his cell. Although there were some, including several American Supreme Court justices, who felt that the Nuremberg trials failed to deliver justice, the contemporary view holds them as a milestone in the annals of the law and as the forerunner of a permanent international court charged with the task of addressing crimes against humanity. Discover a plethora of topics such as: Hiding the Evidence The Defendants The Trial Begins The Prosecution A Brain without a Conscience Sentencing and Executions And much more! So if you want a concise and informative audiobook on the Nuremberg Trials, simply buy this audiobook now for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
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Norse Mythology: A Concise Guide to Gods, Heroes, Sagas, and Beliefs of Norse Mythology

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An introduction to such a vast subject as Norse mythology can be problematic, as it could well fall between two stools; so packed with details as to put one off, or so vague, that one is none the wiser for having read it. This audiobook manages a pleasing balance, succeeds in whetting the appetite and supplying excellent resources for the listener who wishes to know more. You will hear about... Creation in Norse mythology The nine worlds Major gods and goddesses Valhalla Ragnarok The sagas The influence of Norse mythology on our lives today The author quotes generously from the most important relevant source which is freely available via Project Gutenberg, and you are left with the sounds and taste of the times... ringing in your ears and tingling on your tongue.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Tony Scheinman
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
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Nero: A Life from Beginning to End

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Nero. The very name seems to embody the character of a tyrant. The years of his reign come down to us with tales full of self-serving totalitarianism. Wasn’t he the one that fiddled while Rome burned after all? Wasn’t this the mad monarch who wished to embark upon a building project, so he set the old buildings that were in his way on fire? But besides this power-mad tyranny, what do we know about Nero? Surely even the most despotic dictator has a good side? Come along with us as we explore the multifaceted nature of a man who is often presented as a one-dimensional, dictatorial caricature.  You will learn about: A Wedding and a Funeral The Great Fire of Rome Killing His Wife and Marrying His Manservant The Jewish-Roman War Nero’s Suicide The Year of the Four Emperors And much more

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Length: 58 mins
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Napoleonic Wars: A History from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable history of the Napoleonic Wars. The Napoleonic Wars were a series of conflicts fought between France and various coalitions in Europe between 1803 and 1815 (though some put the start date at 1799). The prelude to the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Napoleonic Wars is the French Revolution, and the conflicts that continued after Napoleon seized power would radically affect Europe and indeed political philosophies not confined by artificial boundaries. When Napoleon rose to power, he had first to get his country on stable financial ground. After he did so, he created a professional, well-trained army that would go on to dominate Europe for years to come. And, it wasn’t only his army that changed the continent; it was also the liberal ideals - including democracy, the abolition of serfdom, and the reduction in power of the church - that would change the course of history and leave an enduring legacy. Discover a plethora of topics such as: Prelude to Revolution The Third Coalition: War Breaks Out The Invasion of Russia The Battle of Waterloo Military Legacy Napoleonic Innovations And much more! So if you want a concise and informative audiobook on the Napoleonic Wars, simply buy this audiobook now to begin listening!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2021 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
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Napoleon: A Life from Beginning to End

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This audiobook is for anyone that enjoys crucial turning points in history. Napoleon was an unremarkable man who managed to change the entire landscape of the world 200 years ago. He has been hailed as a military genius, and his victories are still studied by international armed forces to this day. Inside you will hear about.... The Little Corporal Napoleon Takes Charge The Napoleonic Code On the Road to Empire A Continent Under Siege Backroom Deals and the Division of Empire Exile and the Napoleonic Last Stand Everyone Wants to Rule the World Through military exploit and the Napoleonic code, he was a man who came out of nowhere and changed the world. This audiobook describes not only how he did it, but why he did it; delve into the psychology of one of the most heroic despots ever known - Napoleon Bonaparte!

©2016 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Matt Haynes
Category: History, Military
Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
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Muhammad Ali: A Life from Beginning to End

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Cassius Clay Jr. The Greatest. The Louisville Lip. The People’s Champion. Muhammad Ali. All are names for one of the greatest boxers of all time. Muhammad Ali lived a life that produced some of the most notable boxing matches ever. He also had battles outside of the boxing ring - battles that included fighting with the federal government for his freedom, as well as fighting against his debilitating Parkinson’s disease.  Inside, you will listen about.... Growing up in the Jim Crow South Becoming the greatest The king of trash talk Refusing to join the Vietnam War Politics and Parkinson’s Personal life and marriages  And much more! You’re about to embark on a journey of greatness. Dive into the life of one of the greatest athletes ever to grace the boxing ring, Muhammad Ali. Ali’s life wasn’t perfect - it was full of twists and turns and conflicts - inside, and outside the ring. But his life was truly meaningful, and it made Muhammad Ali worthy of the title he often used to describe himself, “The Greatest”.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Length: 56 mins
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Mughal Empire

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Discover the remarkable history of the Mughal Empire... For more than 200 years, the Mughal Empire dominated the Indian subcontinent. It became one of the largest empires on the planet, with an army of almost one million men at arms and an economy that was stronger than any other at the time. The Mughal Empire developed new art and architecture, and some of the things created during this empire are still regarded as iconic representations of India. Although most of its conquests were achieved through the application of military power, this was also a relatively liberal, pluralist empire which successfully assimilated people from varied cultural and religious background into a total population of over 150 million. Perhaps, that is surprising given that this empire originated with an invasion by nomadic Mongols from the north; the very first Mughal emperor was a direct descendant of both Genghis Khan and Tamerlane. Then, just when the Mughal Empire seemed to have become invincible, it disintegrated in an astonishingly short space of time. This book tells the story of how the Mughal Empire was able to achieve almost unimaginable power and wealth and how within the nature of that success were the elements which eventually tore the empire apart. This is the complex, exciting story of the rapid rise and even more rapid collapse of the mighty, colorful, vibrant, and complex Mughal Empire. Discover a plethora of chapters, such as: The Emergence of Babur The Reign of Akbar the Great Consolidation and Glory Art, Architecture and Science in the Mughal Empire Decline of the Mughal Empire India Falls under British Control And much more! So, if you want a concise and informative book on the Mughal Empire, simply scroll up and click the "buy now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Asia
Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
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Mozart: A Life from Beginning to End

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a figure that is cemented in the annals of history as one of the greatest composers of all time. A fascinating and enigmatic character, Mozart was hailed in his own lifetime as a child prodigy and a musical genius. His travels throughout Europe exposed him to art, music, and education, offering plentiful opportunities for his gifts as a composer and musician to evolve and thrive. Despite his preternatural talents, the artist struggled significantly throughout his life, and he died in his prime. Explore the life of one of history’s greatest classical composers as his ambitions and remarkable skills catapult him into the highest aristocratic courts of the Age of Enlightenment. Inside you will hear about.... Prodigious Bloodlines Early Compositions and Career Fame, Riches, and Opera The Man Behind the Music War Time, Hard Times The Death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart And much more!

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Jimmy Kieffer
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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Michelangelo Buonarroti

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The ingenious artist we know as Michelangelo lived during the Renaissance in Northern Italy, and you could say that he was indeed a Renaissance man - he was a painter, sculptor, poet, and engineer all rolled up into one. Even though it has been some 450 years since his passing, his legacy remains one of the strongest on record. If the burgeoning art student of today wishes to learn from the best, he takes his notes directly from Michelangelo. Inside you will hear about: Humble Beginnings Michelangelo Meets the Medicis Fist Fights and Dissections Rivalry with Leonardo da Vinci The Year of Atrocities Last Days and Death And much more! He lived for his art, and despite the chaos of kings, popes, and the civil government around him, Michelangelo Buonarroti made sure that his works of artistic expression would withstand the scrutiny of time. In this audiobook you will get to learn more about the incredible personality behind the brushstrokes and caresses of clay. Here you will find the full panoramic display and showcasing of a masterful artist’s life well lived.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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Mayan Civilization

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Making sense of our universe is an age-old practice that transcends cultures and generations. From our vantage point, the larger-than-life Maya civilization grappled with the urge on a grand scale. Join us as we take a voyage to understand the ways of the Maya. Inside you will hear about: Who made contact: Early explorers and their impact How the Maya wanted to be represented: History written by the victors Different periods of Maya history Larger than life New findings   We'll learn what they held as sacred, how the sacred manifested itself in their lives, and about efforts to accurately portray them, despite romanticized versions. This audiobook explores their glories and misfortunes and provides a deeper look at their pre-Columbian battling dynasties and their highly structured approach to religion, science, and society.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Nathan Bierma
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
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Maya Civilization: A History from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable history of the Maya Civilization... For more than one thousand years, the Maya people dominated areas of Central America and modern-day Mexico and made important advances in architecture, astronomy, mathematics, and medicine. Then, after the Spanish occupation in the 16th century, Maya culture and thinking were deliberately suppressed. Only in the 20th century did scientists appreciate just how advanced these people had been and how important they were in the history of Mesoamerica. The excavation and investigation of several large Maya cities in the second half of the 20th century completely changed how we view these people. We now know that the Maya were capable of building vary large stone structures that were precisely aligned with astronomical features, though we do not know how this was done. We are still learning about Maya cities - as recently as 2018, the use of new technology uncovered more than 60,000 previously undiscovered Maya ruins in the jungles of Guatemala. Many scholars now believe that the Maya were one of the most important of all the ancient Mesoamerican cultures. There are still many mysteries about the Maya. At one point in their history, several major Maya cities were abandoned and left to the encroaching jungle while their people relocated to more inhospitable areas in the Yucatán. There are many theories, but no one is entirely certain why this happened. We also don’t know why the Maya made important advances in the fields of mathematics and medicine and yet failed to develop, for example, the wheel or metalworking. What we do know is that these people created a sophisticated culture which they recorded via one of the first complex writing systems. Unlike other contemporary Mesoamerican peoples, the Maya survived the Spanish occupation, and Maya language, religion, and culture continue to survive today in parts of Central America and Mexico. This is the story of the mysterious and frequently misunderstood Maya civilization. Discover a plethora of topics such as: Origins Maya Religion and Medicine The Classic Period Weapons and Warfare The Spanish Conquest Maya Writing And much more! So if you want a concise and informative audiobook on the Maya Civilization, simply get this audiobook now!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
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Mau Mau Rebellion

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Discover the remarkable history of the Mau Mau Rebellion.... The Mau Mau Rebellion took place in Kenya, beginning in 1952. A group of native Kenyan peoples, mostly from the Kikuyu tribe, rose up against their British colonizers, who had held the region since 1895. With a complicated story, it can be difficult to place the Mau Mau Uprising within the larger history of Kenyan nationalism and nationhood. Regardless of nuance, though, its importance in the history of Kenya, Africa, and British colonialism cannot be understated. This is the complete history of the Mau Mau Rebellion. Discover a plethora of topics, such as: Background and Causes The Desire for Freedom The British Respond: Operation Anvil Brutality and War Crimes The End of the Rebellion Legacy And much more! So, if you want a concise and informative book on the Mau Mau Rebellion, simply scroll up and click the "buy now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Africa
Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
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Mary Todd Lincoln

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Discover the remarkable life of Mary Todd Lincoln! It is no secret that Mary Todd Lincoln is one of the least popular first ladies in American history. She was considered a shrew, a spendthrift, and her own son had her declared insane. The truth behind Mary Todd Lincoln lies in the fact that she was unable to conform to the feminine expectations of her times. Well-educated and filled with opinions, she defied conventions and incurred the wrath of the public who hated her for it. Mary Todd Lincoln’s life ran the gamut from Southern aristocrat, first lady, to a lonely old woman who was shunned by those who knew her. Not for one moment, however, was it a dull life. Discover a plethora of topics such as: Early Life at the Western Frontier America’s First Lady The Assassination of Her Husband Exile in Europe Mary Todd Lincoln: Eccentric or Lunatic? Final Years and Death And much more! So, if you want a concise and informative book on Mary Todd Lincoln, simply scroll up and click the "buy now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
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Mary Queen of Scots: A Life from Beginning to End

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Mary Stuart was born into a powerful royal dynasty that was at war with the rest of Europe and with itself. Mary’s ascent to the throne was disarmingly easy and she reached adulthood completely unprepared for the plots and betrayals she would be subject to. As the head of a resolutely unstable country, Mary struggled to maintain her grip on the precarious crown on her head and was removed from the throne by an armed rebellion.  Inside you will hear about....  Early life A fairy tale in France A most tragic year Return to Scotland and marriage to Darnley The murders of Rizzio and Darnley The final rebellion Elizabeth and the casket letters An incarcerated queen The execution Held as a prisoner for more than 18 years, Mary suffered the final betrayal of her life aged 44 when she was executed by her own cousin, Queen Elizabeth I of England.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Barry Shannon
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
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Mary Baker Eddy: A Life from Beginning to End

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Mary Baker Eddy Free bonus inside! Mary Baker Eddy stands unique in our collective remembrances of supposed prophets of the bygone past. She was a girl that quite literally felt a calling at an early age when she thought she heard a supernatural voice call her name. Shortly thereafter, she was intermittently beset with chronic illnesses and remarkable bouts of healing. Mary Baker Eddy did not claim to understand where her spontaneous remissions were coming from until much later in life; it was in old age, when no one expected Mary Baker Eddy to do much of anything except retire, that she entered into her great final act, and in doing so, she rocked the entire religious world to its core.  Inside you will hear about: Healed by prayer Early love and loss Separated from her son Mary during the American Civil War The birth of Christian Science And much more! Whether or not you believe her claims of healing and divine intervention, the story of Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist, is a riveting one all the same.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Length: 58 mins
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Martin Van Buren: A Life from Beginning to End

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Martin Van Buren, the eighth president of the United States, was the first president who was born an American and not a British citizen, a change in demographic which reflects his modern influence upon the office he held. His rise to political power began in the humble setting of Kinderhook, New York, where he was born to Dutch parents who ran a tavern frequented by the Empire State’s political elite, including Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. Inside you will hear about.... An American is born The little magician Van Buren enters the national stage President Jackson’s right-hand man Van Buren’s turn In and out of the White House The legacy of the little magician And much more! From his earliest involvement in government, Van Buren was committed to the nurturing of political parties as a way to deliver the most effective leadership to the American people. He was a loyal supporter of President Andrew Jackson, but when Van Buren took office, he inherited the financial crisis that Jackson’s policies had helped to create. The Panic of 1837 brought the economic prosperity of the country to a screeching halt, and ultimately, Van Buren, who was not re-elected for a second term, paid the price. Whatever his failings as a president, he was a pre-eminent politician, and when the story of America is told, Van Buren’s contribution to the political process must be highly ranked.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Arthur Rowan
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr
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Martin Luther King Jr.: A Life from Beginning to End

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The life of Martin Luther King Jr. was painfully short but joyously valuable. Using non-violent direct action and the principles of Christian love, King became the most influential pioneer of the civil rights movement in the United States of America. A husband, father, pastor, and leader, King preached a message of hope by taking to the streets and changing the world.  You will hear about: Early life Montgomery bus boycott A brush with death March on Washington and murders in Selma Riots in Watts and war in Vietnam The Poor People’s Campaign and the assassination And much more!

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

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Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
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Martin Luther

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Martin Luther is famous for the moment he nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, yet the scope of his influence on the modern world is hardly limited to that one act. He emerged as a leader of the Reformation, coming onto the European scene at a time when modes of thought were changing, adapting from the medieval norm of reliance on authoritative sources such as Aristotle to modern ideas of discovering knowledge through textual interpretation, experience, and experimentation. Inside you will hear about.... From law student to monk  The angry monk  95 Theses  Debater, reformer, and heretic  Knight George  Defining the Lutheran Church  And much more!   As his life followed a tumultuous path from student to monk to reformer and church leader, his emphasis on salvation by faith and the authority of the Bible alone - not priests or the Pope - had lasting impact on the history of the church. While Martin Luther may remain a controversial figure, his life and writings undoubtedly played an important role in the religious, intellectual, and political development of the Western world.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Arthur Rowan
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
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Marquis de Lafayette: A Life From Beginning to End

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The Marquis de Lafayette may be a name that sounds vaguely familiar. If you've studied even a little American history, you'll recall Lafayette as George Washington's right-hand man during the American Revolution. This remarkable man was just a teenager when he ventured across the seas from France to fight in a conflict that he was in no way obligated to participate in. Yet, here he was, this young man full of idealistic thoughts, ready to help a country set their path on the road to independence. Little did Lafayette know that this would be just the first ride among many that he would take in his lifetime. You will learn about.... Early Life Farewell to France American Revolution France and America Once Again An American and a French Hero French Revolution Going From Bad to Worse And much more! For what Lafayette accomplished in America and what he brought home to France was unmistakably unique in his own time. For over 70 years this man would be the well-known and intimate friend of world leaders on both sides of the Atlantic. The Marquis de Lafayette can truly be called an American patriot; one who tried his best to bring America's best to the world's stage. Lafayette reached out to all; the poor, the middle classes, and the nobility. He believed in freedom for all people and for that we should be truly grateful.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Bridger Conklin
Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
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Marlon Brando: A Life from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable life of Marlon Brando.... Marlon Brando has been a household name for decades, and even though he passed away in 2004, his life’s work still stands as a testament to the unique ability he possessed for his craft. Whether he was playing a sentimental yet ruthless mafioso in The Godfather, an insane megalomaniac colonel of the U.S. Army in Apocalypse Now, or a misguided and misunderstood teenager in The Wild One, Brando was a man of all seasons. Very few could bring characters to life in the way that Marlon Brando did. He was a great observer of life, and his observations were set on a finer scale than most. It was precisely this eye for detail that allowed him to take the world of Hollywood by storm. Despite his success on the big screen, however, Brando’s personal life was plagued by persistent tragedy. From the untimely death of friends, the manslaughter conviction of his son, to his daughter’s death by suicide, Brando had been through more than most by the time his 80 years on earth came to a close. This book seeks to pull back the layers of hype to bring you the life and legend of Marlon Brando in full detail. Discover a plethora of topics such as: Life at the military academy Success at Broadway Becoming a husband and a father The Godfather His son’s trial and his daughter’s suicide Late life and death And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on Marlon Brando, simply scroll up and buy now!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

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Marilyn Monroe: A Life from Beginning to End

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She vigorously played the dumb-blonde stereotype in her movie roles, but there is nothing at all dumb about Marilyn Monroe. Born to a single mother who suffered from severe mental illness, the odds were stacked against the girl originally named Norma Jeane from the very beginning. She became a ward of the state and bounced around from foster home to foster home. The fact that she rose from such impoverished beginnings to become one of the top-billed acts in Hollywood speaks for itself. Inside you will read about.... From foster child to movie star The scene with the white dress Marilyn the Jew Diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia Marilyn’s first overdose The presidential affair Locked in the psych ward And much more! Discover the life and legend that is Marilyn Monroe.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Sean Tivenan
Length: 55 mins
Available on Audible
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Marie Curie: A Life From Beginning to End

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One of the most famous women of the 20th century, Marie Curie was a trailblazer in the truest sense. Known for her discovery of two radioactive elements, radium and polonium, Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. She remains the only woman to win two Nobel Prizes in different sciences.  From this audiobook, you will learn about: Early life and loss The Flying University Nobel prizes Scandals Curie’s first World War efforts The discovery that killed her And much more! Marie Curie lived by her own rules in a society marred by misogyny and xenophobia. A scientist, but also a loving wife and mother, she defied expectations as a matter of course. Curie also fought for her country during the First World War the best way she knew how - with science. There is much more to Marie Curie’s story than the discovery of the radioactive elements that eventually killed her.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
Available on Audible
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Marie Antoinette: A Life from Beginning to End

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Her name was Marie Antoinette. She was the last queen of France and among the most notorious of royalty ever to wear the crown. But besides the tales that would make The National Enquirer blush, just what do we know about Marie Antoinette? While the peasants of France were starving for lack of bread, did she really say, “Let them eat cake!”? Or was it all a carefully crafted smear campaign?  Inside, you will hear about: Groomed to become queen The failed wedding night Madame Deficit The roots of revolution Under the protection of Lafayette The last French king and queen And much more! Animosity against Marie Antoinette, the Austrian-born woman who many French citizens viewed as a transplanted upstart, had been brewing for several years. But was there any truth to their claims of the queen squandering resources and neglecting the lives of her subjects?  In this audiobook, we seek to cut through centuries of bias and preconceived notions when it comes to Marie Antoinette. Never mind what you may think you know about this sensational sovereign; here, we seek to find the real person behind the historical quips and catchphrases.  Come along as we rediscover the life and legend of the ill-fated last queen of France - Marie Antoinette.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Marcus Aurelius

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Have you ever heard of Marcus Aurelius? It wouldn’t come as much of a surprise if you haven’t. While names like Nero, Caligula, Hadrian, and Constantine grab all the attention with their exploits, Marcus Aurelius tends to sit more in the historical background of the Roman Empire. In many ways, he is a lesser known emperor even though his written works have stood the test of time. Marcus, a prolific writer and formidable scholar, was perhaps the first to fulfill Plato’s dream of the philosopher king. Learn about: Rise to prominence Marriage of convenience Losing his twin boys The defeat of Parthia The danger from within And much more! Marcus Aurelius reigned over the Roman Empire for almost two decades - from 161 CE until 180 CE - and during that span, he took the time to look back at his own life in the legendary Meditations. Penned in his own words in a mainly diary-styled format, this book was never meant for publication but was discovered several years after the emperor’s death. It was this book that ignited an interest in this otherwise unsung emperor, and that interest lasts to this very day.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

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Length: 1 hr and 1 min
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Mao Zedong: A Life from Beginning to End

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For a champion of the poor, Mao Zedong was born to a wealthy aristocratic family in Shaoshan, Hunan, China. As an adolescent, he once had to defend his father’s farm during a famine from starving peasants who wished to seize his father's land and steal his grain. This same Mao would later promote a policy of land reform that would give those peasants the green light to violently overthrow the rich land owners all over the Chinese countryside. Inside you will hear about.... Where revolution was made Mao comes into his own Mao the pragmatist From Nanking to Pearl Harbor Consolidating power Mao’s stranglehold Mao loses face And much more! Mao Zedong was a Marxist revolutionary wishing to overthrow regimes he viewed as imperialist, and yet Mao, often referred to as the Red Emperor, behaved much like totalitarian emperors of China’s medieval past. Mao was a man of intriguing contradiction. This audiobook takes the time to explore them all.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Sean Tivenan
Category: History, Asia
Length: 1 hr and 1 min
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Malcolm X: A Life from Beginning to End

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“I am not a racist. I am against every form of racism and segregation, every form of discrimination. I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color.” How could Malcolm X, whose favorite mantra was “the white man is the devil,” have been the author of those words? How could this man, who was known for advocating hatred and separation, have come to inspire a nation in their search to eliminate racial prejudices? In this book, you will join Malcolm X on his sincere search for truth. Inside you will read about... A Troubled Childhood Dealing, Gambling, and Pimping in Harlem Prison Time and the Nation of Islam Malcolm X Rises to Prominence Final Years and Assassination And much more! You will discover the painful, tortuous journey of Malcolm X’s life, which holds the key to the influences and experiences that shaped this man’s mind. To get a glimpse of the true Malcolm X, you have to walk alongside him. You have to allow yourself to visualize the dark paths through which he passed.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
Available on Audible
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Mahdist War

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Discover the remarkable history of the Mahdist War....  The Mahdist War took place at the end of the 19th century between Sudanese rebels and their Egyptian colonizers. A religious leader claiming to be the Islamic Mahdi, Muhammad Ahmad, raised an army and led a movement to guide not only Sudanese Muslims, but Muslims worldwide. He and the Mahdists envisioned a future in which they would live by the teachings of the Qur’an.  However, larger global forces, especially those of global imperialism, would stand in their way. From the Mahdist grassroots movement to independence to reconquest, this is the story of the Mahdist War.  Discover a plethora of topics such as  Life under Egyptian rule Muhammad Ahmad, the Mahdi British entrenchment The Suakin expedition The reconquest of Sudan The end of the war And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on the Mahdist War, simply scroll up and click the "Buy now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Category: History, Middle East
Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
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Ludwig van Beethoven

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What kind of a man could create the dreaming melodies of the "Moonlight Sonata"? Give birth to the dramatic voice of the "Fifth Symphony"? Compose the "Ode to Joy"? Meet Ludwig van Beethoven, the musical genius, the passionate artist, the incorrigible man, the composer from whose soul music breathed. You will hear about: Groomed for greatness Beethoven’s deafness and depression "Für Elise" Guardianship of his nephew Karl Karl’s suicide attempt  Beethoven’s final notes And much more!  This will not be an idealistic story of perfection. Just like his music, Beethoven’s story will have its fearful lows and its exulting crescendos. It will have its repeated themes. It will have its sudden surprises. And it will speak to the heart.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
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Leonardo da Vinci: A Life From Beginning to End

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Creativity is in our bones. It is found in our very DNA, something not known to Leonardo da Vinci or anyone else who lived in his day and time. All he did was to uncover the hidden genius which lay within himself, and he used that inner genius to the very best of his abilities. Leonardo da Vinci is best known for some of the world's most masterful paintings, but he was so much more than merely another artist with paints and brushes. Born to a peasant woman in 1452, Leonardo would go on to astound the world he lived in with his artistry and his inventions. Inside you will hear about.... Early Beginnings and the Italian Renaissance Leonardo's Personal Life Leonardo's Artistic Beginnings Early Paintings 1480s-1490s Paintings of the 16th Century Scientific Studies and Anatomy Engineering Inventions Later Life and Old Age Facts about Leonardo da Vinci In this audiobook, discover for yourself the brilliance of da Vinci. Uncover some of his best works of art, including the Mona Lisa, and see why he kept so many notebooks and observations about everything under the sun. See where his far-reaching talents led him, and how you can be more like Leonardo da Vinci than you ever thought possible.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Nate Sjol
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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Leon Trotsky

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The man that history came to know by the name of Trotsky has the well-established legacy of being one of the most mysterious of all the cast and characters involved with the Russian Revolution. If the Russian Revolution was a Shakespearean tragedy, Trotsky would undoubtedly be cast into the role of an Othello or King Lear type figure who means well but seems to hamstring himself with his never-ending ideological speculation and theorizing. In many ways, Trotsky could be said to be a brilliant thinker that was miscast in the wrong role. Almost seeming to refute Plato's idea of the philosopher king, Trotsky appeared to be just a little bit too introspective for his own good. While the likes of Joseph Stalin were taking action and seizing the reins from Lenin, Trotsky seemed to be lost in his thought. This book takes a look at the great mind that the Russian Revolution forgot, Leon Trotsky.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Matt Haynes
Category: History, Russia
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
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King Richard III: A Life from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable life of King Richard III in just an hour.... Free bonus inside! Richard III has gone down in history as one of the most hated and vilified British monarchs of all time. His two-year-long reign as king of England ended in 1485 when he was defeated at the Battle of Bosworth by Henry Tudor, making him the last English king to die on the battlefield. Despite the brevity of his reign, Richard III managed to earn an enduring - albeit unflattering - reputation which lives on to this day. William Shakespeare painted him as a ruthless, hunch-backed usurper, who killed not only his brother but also his two young nephews to get his hands on the crown. Amazingly, Shakespeare’s claims are not completely unfounded. This audiobook attempts to separate fact from fiction to present the true life story of one of Britain’s most controversial kings: Richard III. Discover a plethora of topics such as: Richard of York and the Wars of the Roses Early life as a knight Lord of the North Richard’s rise to power Buckingham’s Rebellion Death at the Battle of Bosworth And much more! So, if you want a straightforward resource on King Richard III, listen to this audiobook!

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
Available on Audible
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King Philip II

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Discover the remarkable life of King Philip II of Spain....   As the heir to the Spanish Empire of his father Charles V, Philip II came into this world with some rather big shoes to fill. Eventually, Philip would prove himself in his own right even though he turned out to be a much different ruler than his father. He won a life or death struggle against a resurgent Ottoman Empire, he consolidated Spanish dominion in the Americas, and he fought to maintain Spanish holdings in Europe. He also used a ruthless Spanish Inquisition in order to keep his subjects in line with his own version of the Catholic faith.  Even now, the legacy of this powerful ruler is being sorted out. As such, some are beginning to change their long hardened views of the monarch, and new aspects of his dynamic and complicated life are starting to come forth. Hear for yourself the life, the legacy, and the unbridled achievement of this colossal potentate — King Philip II of Spain.  Discover a plethora of topics such as   Groomed for the throne The death of his wife His son’s madness The Dutch Revolt Taking on the English Late life and death And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on King Philip II of Spain, simply scroll up and click the "Buy now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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King Louis XIV: A Life from Beginning to End

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He was born on September 5, 1638, in the French lap of luxury otherwise known as the Chateau de Saint-Germain-en-Laye. This extravagant palace of French excess is located about 12 miles west of Paris. His birth name, Louis-Dieudonne, is French for, literally, "gift for God". This belief of divine right, initially inspired by his mother, Queen Anne, would be a powerful theme throughout Louis XIV’s life. In this book you will learn about.... "The Conflict of Kings" "War and Marriage" "The Noose Tightens" "The Scorched Earth of Louis XIV" "The Balance of Power" "Louis’s Last Stand" "The Death of the King" And much more! Although he didn’t create absolutism in France, King Louis XIV seemed to embody the divine right of kings better than anyone had before him. Louis XIV directly correlated his own private good with that of the public good. There was really no concept of private property under Louis. The French king viewed all of France as his personal estate, with all who lived and toiled in his domain doing so only under his express permission; even so, not everyone in France had the same sentiment. The ones who most notably resisted the notion of the king’s absolutism were the French nobles and aristocrats that Louis depended upon to raise armies and defend the country. Despite his theory of absolutism, this dependence on French nobility to bear arms gave them increasing autonomy and independence from the king. It was this independence that would one day come to a head and send Louis, the so-called "Sun King" of divine inheritance, into a full-blown conflict with his own subjects - and the world at large.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Chance Hartman
Category: History, Europe
Length: 53 mins
Available on Audible
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King Henry VII: A Life from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable life of King Henry VII in less than an hour.... Free bonus inside! Henry VII was not destined to be the well-known (or perhaps better described as infamous) king that his son was after him, but his place in history remains important. With his victory over Richard III in 1485, Henry brought England out of the Middle Ages and ushered it into the modern era. His reign ended decades of bloody civil wars and provided the wealth and stability necessary for commerce and art to thrive in England. When Henry’s son, Henry VIII, ascended the throne in 1509, it marked England’s first uncontested transfer of power in almost 90 years. This fact alone is a testament to Henry’s achievements. In this audiobook, we will discover the story of how Henry VII became the last English king to win his crown on the battlefield and by doing so established the Tudor dynasty which would remain in power for over 100 years. Discover a plethora of topics such as: Early life and exile The battle for the throne The Tudor dynasty begins England and Spain join forces The work of Henry VII Late life and death And much more! So if you want a quick and easy audiobook on King Henry VII, listen to this audiobook!

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 1 min
Available on Audible
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King Edward Vi: A Life from Beginning to End

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King Edward VI, the only legitimate male heir of King Henry VIII, took his seat on the throne at the age of nine. His life would come to an end when he was only 15 years old, but the mark he would come to leave on England’s history has endured to this day. This part of the Tudor period was chock-full of social unrest and economic struggles as well as turmoil over religious reforms, which the young king and his advisors often made worse by imposing substantial changes on their subjects. You will listen about: The Rough Wooing England’s First Protestant King The Year of Rebellions The English Reformation Succession Crisis Death of a Boy King And much more!  Edward VI led his country into a new age where the Church of England was no longer tied to the Catholic Church. Putting his efforts into spreading Protestantism throughout all of England, he continued his father’s work of freeing England from the Holy Roman Empire’s grasp. His successor and half-sister, Queen Mary I, better known as “Bloody Mary”, would try to undo many of Edward’s reforms, but the English Reformation to which Edward contributed significantly would resume its course upon her death.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 1 min
Available on Audible
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King Arthur: A Life from Beginning to End

Summary

Dating back to the fifth century, the legend of King Arthur, his Queen Guinevere, and the Knights of the Round Table is an integral part of British national mythology. From its beginning as a few lines of Latin text written in a sixth-century monk’s hand, Arthurian legend has blossomed over the years into a unique universe built on the real foundations of Britain’s Dark Ages and the principles of ancient chivalry. Inside you will read about... The era of King Arthur Ambrosius Aurelianus King Arthur and the Celts Geoffrey of Monmouth King Arthur’s grave The Round Table And much more! Liberally expanded over the years to include romantic entanglements, an imaginary ancient empire, and the threat of the supernatural, the legend of King Arthur remains as engaging today as it was in medieval times. King Arthur’s life, whether it happened or not, cuts to the core of the Matter of Britain and reveals the heart of Britain’s fanciful idea of its origin.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: William Irvine
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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Karl Marx

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If anything, Karl Marx’s life reminds us of the power of the pen over the sword. During his lifetime, he lived in relative obscurity. Rather than making any waves, Marx was usually lucky just to make the rent. And to make the ongoing hardship of his life even worse, Karl Marx was afflicted with boils from the top of his head to the soles of his feet. This painful skin condition in his later years made even his beloved vocation of writing rather difficult.  But his pen would indeed demonstrate its power, and by the time 70-some years had passed since his demise, one-third of the entire planet would be living under regimes based upon his ideology.  You will hear about:  The makings of a revolutionary  The Communist Manifesto  Poor and deported  The folly of the French  Marx and the Civil War   And much more!  Love him or hate him, the power of Karl Marx’s pen, and his legacy, cannot be denied.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Marc Zeale
Length: 58 mins
Available on Audible
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John Wilkes Booth

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Discover the remarkable life of John Wilkes Booth.... Free BONUS Inside!  By the age of 26, John Wilkes Booth had achieved success on the stage. He had rugged good looks and the fame he craved. Yet that wasn’t enough for the fanatical actor. On April 14, 1865, just a few days following the end of the American Civil War, Booth stepped into the presidential box at Ford’s Theatre in Washington and shot Abraham Lincoln. He subsequently managed an incredible escape until he himself was killed.  What would drive a man who had everything going for him to commit such a heinous act? What were his motives? This book unravels a tale of fanatical hate and deadly vengeance. John Wilkes Booth saw himself as a southern hero - the rest of the world will remember him as a stone-cold assassin.  Discover a plethora of topics such as:  Early Signs of Trouble Finding Fame as an Actor The Plot to Kidnap the President A Modern-Day Caesar The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln Legacy of an Assassin And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on John Wilkes Booth, simply scroll up, and click the "Buy" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2021 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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John Wayne: A Life from Beginning to End

Summary

John Wayne graced the screen as a cowboy, an all-around rugged hero of the plains. With his “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” determination and raw sense of individualism, in many ways he came to symbolize everything that Americans held dear. His characters - tough as nails - were always idealistic adventurers seeking to right the wrongs of the world. But who was John Wayne? Born Marion Morrison, most don’t even know his real name. In this book, we will cut through all the hype and get to the real man behind the legend of John Wayne.  Chapter titles include: "The Boy Named Marion Morrison" "Becoming John Wayne" "Stuck in the B-List" "Riding the Stagecoach to Success" "War and Love Affairs" "Late Life and Lung Cancer" And much more!

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

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John Quincy Adams: A Life from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable life of John Quincy Adams... The son of the second president of the United States, John Quincy Adams was prepped and primed from his youth to be the quintessential statesmen. At just 14 years of age, he was given a diplomatic post in St. Petersburg, Russia. This was the beginning of a political career that would last until his last breath.  Adams became a one-term president thanks to the populism of his archrival Andrew Jackson, but even after being ousted from the White House, the unsinkable John Quincy Adams came right back to the fore, getting himself elected as a Congressman in the House of Representatives.  Here John Quincy Adams would be a force to be reckoned with, entering into endless debates with his colleagues. It was, in fact, in the middle of this congressional wrangling that John Quincy Adams would suffer a stroke and collapse on the House floor. His life was truly one of service, and he had lived it well. In this book, we explore the life of John Quincy Adams in full.  Discover a plethora of topics such as: A child of the American Revolution Adams’ mission in Europe and Russia Speaking out against Thomas Paine Rise to the top Adams as president Late life and death And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on John Quincy Adams, simply scroll up and click the "Buy Now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
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John Jay: A Life from Beginning to End

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John Jay: founding father. First chief justice of the United States Supreme Court. Governor of New York. Negotiator of the treaty to end the American Revolution and the treaty that would stave off a second war with Great Britain for a few vital years until the infant nation was strong enough to take on its former adversary once again. Abolitionist. Father of American counterintelligence.   You'll learn about: The forgotten founding father The Jays of New York The father of American counterintelligence  Negotiating the Treaty of Paris  The unpopular Jay Treaty  And much more How is it that so little is known about the Renaissance man of America’s early history, with no image on Mount Rushmore, no face on currency, and certainly no Broadway musical to his posthumous credit?   Perhaps it’s because he was not a man who sought renown. Throughout his career, others, including George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and John Adams, sought his help when the country was in need of his skills. John Jay’s role in the establishment of the United States, a country that was founded upon ideals of freedom and democracy, has almost been forgotten. But that omission is now being remedied as editors at Columbia University plan to release a seven-volume biography of Jay’s life by 2020. In the meantime, discover for yourself the remarkable story of one of the architects of the American nation, John Jay.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
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John Adams: A Life from Beginning to End

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The drama of the life of the second president of the United States has been stirringly chronicled both in print and on television. Yet, the life of John Adams is so rich in history, emotion, power, and tragedy that no medium can entirely contain its essence. Hearing the story of his life is to be introduced to a nation, new and untried, that would rise to prominence in no small part due to his legacy of leadership. Inside you will hear about.... John Adams, the Farmer’s Son John Adams Begins His Career The Man from Massachusetts Adams in Philadelphia Destination Europe An Experiment in Nationhood President A Friendship Restored John Adams was no bland hero; he had his personal blemishes, and he made his share of mistakes. He was born in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and died a citizen of the United States. Along with his wife, the impressive Abigail Smith Adams, the minister’s daughter whose lack of formal education did not hinder her intellectual advances, John Adams sired a political dynasty that served the United States well.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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Joan of Arc: A Life from Beginning to End

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No historical figure’s life story offers a more intriguing and insightful look at a specific moment in French - and European - history than that of Joan of Arc. Over the course of a life that sadly lasted just 19 years, Joan of Arc completely altered the course of the Hundred Year’s War. Acting on the counsel of divine voices, Joan left her small village behind, swapped her peasant dress for a suit of armor, and transformed herself into a revered military leader. From her first miracle, freeing the besieged city of Orléans, to her finest moment, leading King Charles VII to Reims for his coronation, the Maid of Orléans stunned the world with her courage, her goodness, and her faith. Inside you will read about.... A peasant girl The voices in Joan’s head The virgin and the dauphin Joan joins the battle The inevitable fall A prisoner of war The savior of France meets her end at the stake And much more! Ultimately, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for her insistence that she received counsel from God, but what she achieved as a result of this guidance is a truly incredible story.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Nate Sjol
Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
Available on Audible
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Jefferson Davis Timeline

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Sound interesting? The author thinks so too! Listen to Jefferson Davis Timeline and for a short timeline of Jefferson Davis.

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Justin Zeppa
Category: History, Military
Length: 8 mins
Available on Audible
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Jefferson Davis (A Life From Beginning to End)

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Discover the remarkable life of Jefferson Davis.... Free bonus Inside! Jefferson Davis - was he a rebel for a bad cause, or just a greatly misunderstood man? Davis was certainly lambasted as the ultimate evil during the American Civil War since he was the leading statesman of the Southern Confederacy. But what do we really know about Jefferson Davis? What motivated him and what made him tick? What inspired him to lead a cause that very nearly ripped the United States asunder?  Davis was a statesman and politician for sure, but he was also a soldier, a husband, and a father. In this book, we will explore the full character of Jefferson Davis from beginning to end.  Discover a plethora of topics such as: The Eggnog Riot: A Rebel is Born The Black Hawk War Under Arrest Trial and Tragedy Fighting in the Mexican-American War The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on Jefferson Davis, then buy now!

©2019 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Length: 57 mins
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James Madison: A Life from Beginning to End

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There have been countless words written about the Founding Fathers. As the people who crafted the documents that would win Americans freedom from Great Britain and establish a constitutional republic, they were indeed a special group. One of the most overlooked Founders is James Madison. His life was as extraordinary as the others, but for some reason, he doesn't often find himself in the popularity column. Inside you will hear about.... Early Life Early Political Career Father of the Constitution The Federalist Papers Politician and Statesman President 1809-1817 Personal Life Later Years This audiobook will introduce you to James Madison. Besides becoming the fourth president of the United States, he served in government for most of his life. You will meet him as he goes off to college, when he returns home to Montpelier, and when he decides to assist with the greatest achievement of his life, the writing of the US Constitution. James Madison was a man not to be forgotten. This audiobook will prove to you why.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Bridger Conklin
Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
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James Dean: A Life from Beginning to End

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James Dean is known as the first rebel. He was a ‘50s-styled, leather-clad biker rebuking authority. With his black turtleneck and a penchant for bongo drums and poetry, he could also easily be a kind of forerunner to the beatniks. And with his unkempt, wild hair and far-reaching philosophies, he is often cited as a kind of early hippie, as well. But whatever category you put him in, James Dean was the embodiment of cool. He had a cool look, cool clothes, cool attitude, and a cool backstory that most know nothing about. James Dean began life in Indiana as the descendant of a long line of farmers. After the tragic passing of his mother at a young age and the virtual abandonment of his father, he was left to be raised by his sister and her husband on a farm in Fairmount, Indiana.   From this audiobook, you'll learn about: Losing his family  A troubled childhood  Dean’s first big breaks  Friends and lovers  Dean’s acting and car racing career  The final ride  And much more   So just how did this Indiana farm boy become a Hollywood legend and kickstart a counterculture rebellion that would last throughout the ‘50s, ‘60s, and beyond? Who was James Dean? Come along as we find out more about the man, the legend, and the eternal rebel without a cause: James Dean.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Kevin Arteaga
Length: 52 mins
Available on Audible
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James Cook: A Life from Beginning to End

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The association of the name James Cook with ideas of seafaring adventure and discovery is truly an indelible one. Even if you do not know the details of this extraordinary man’s life, you can probably avow that he left a unique stamp on history. In this audiobook, we will explore the life of James Cook from his birth in 1728 in a humble Yorkshire village all the way to his death on the newly discovered Sandwich Islands - today known as Hawaii - in 1779. You will gain insight into the character of this famous yet markedly private man, and explore the factors that might have contributed to this tragic downfall. James Cook’s legacy is by no means without controversy. While gifted, he was a complex and imperfect character. This book will immerse you in his life and help you imagine his adventures at sea in the 18th century.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

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James Clerk Maxwell: A Life from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable life of James Clerk Maxwell in just an hour.... James Clerk Maxwell was a brilliant mathematician and scientist, but his impact on this world goes even deeper than that. Maxwell singlehandedly overturned what was believed to be fact with a whole new outlook on fundamental aspects of the universe. Maxwell is often credited as one of the first pioneers of quantum physics and rightly so because it was Maxwell who envisioned particles such as electrons spinning inside an electric current before anyone else had so much as guessed that such a thing might be possible.  The rarefied scientific mind of James Clerk Maxwell has left us with a lasting legacy of incredible innovations in thought that still affect us to this very day. Listen to this book in order to get a full grasp of just what kind of enlightening fire this 19th-century Prometheus has gifted all of humanity with. Discover a plethora of topics such as:  Early life and loss The world’s first color photograph Maxwell’s equations The Cavendish Laboratory Illness and death And much more! So if you want a straightforward book on James Clerk Maxwell, simply scroll up and click the "buy now" button for instant access!

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

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Jack the Ripper: The Story of the Whitechapel Murderer

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In 1888, between August and November, the women of London’s East End were terrorized by a deranged serial killer. A man was stalking the streets at night, seizing random women who worked those streets and killing them. This man mutilated his victim’s bodies after death, removing body parts and organs. You will hear about: The Whitechapel murderer’s hunting ground Leather apron The double murder  The investigation Letters from Jack the Ripper  Who Jack the Ripper was  And much more! No one has ever been able to identify Jack the Ripper. Despite the best efforts of numerous police officers, media professionals, historians, and amateur detectives over more than a century, we know of dozens of suspects but no definitive perpetrator. What we do know is the identity of Jack the Ripper’s victims - the canonical five women who lost their lives at his hands. This is the story not of Jack the Ripper’s life, about which we know nothing about, but of the lives of the women he destroyed. For better or worse, after Jack the Ripper, life on the streets of London would never be the same again.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Marc Zeale
Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
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J. R. R. Tolkien (A Life From Beginning to End)

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Discover the remarkable life of J. R. R. Tolkien.... Free bonus inside! J. R. R. Tolkien, an orphan in love with words, spent most of his life as an unassuming Professor of Literature at Oxford studying and teaching old languages. During his time there, he created his very own languages and a mythological world, Middle-earth. Middle-earth was inhabited by Hobbits, Dwarves, Elves, and other fascinating creatures. It was a world that became almost more real to Tolkien than the one he lived in. Tolkien’s two masterpieces, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, have set the standard in mythological literature. Translated into more than 70 languages, the books and their battles of good and evil are as relevant today as they were when Tolkien first wrote them. Discover a plethora of topics such as: From South Africa to the English countryside Tolkien’s forbidden love Tolkien during World War I Years at Oxford The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Late life and death And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on J. R. R. Tolkien, then buy now!

©2019 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
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Irish Civil War

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Discover the remarkable history of the Irish Civil War.... The Irish War of Independence, which ended in July 1921, led directly to the agreement of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, an agreement that provided Ireland with a measure of independence. The Irish Free State was created, and Ireland was granted a level of autonomy it had not enjoyed for more than 100 years.  However, the treaty contained a clause that was to divide Ireland, literally and politically. The six counties in the north that formed Ulster were allowed to opt out and to remain a part of the United Kingdom. The island of Ireland became two separate countries for the first time - the Irish Free State in the South and West and Northern Ireland in the North. This division caused bitterness among many Irish people who had fought for independence. Some even viewed the signing of the treaty and the creation of a separate Northern Ireland as a betrayal of all they had fought for. Others accepted that the treaty was not perfect but saw the creation of the Free State as an important first step on the road to complete independence for Ireland.  In late June 1922, growing animosity between Pro- and Anti-Treaty factions erupted into armed conflict in the center of Dublin. For the next 10 months, the Irish Free State was wracked by a bitter, bloody, and brutal civil war between those who sought to protect the new government and those who wished to destroy it. This is the story of the Irish Civil War, its origins, and its consequences.  Discover a plethora of topics such as  The War of Independence and the Anglo-Irish Treaty The attack on the Four Courts Civil war breaks out The deaths of Arthur Griffith and Michael Collins Executions and assassinations The ed of the civil war And much more! So if you want a concise and informative audiobook on the Irish Civil War, simply scroll up and click the "Buy Now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
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Indus Valley Civilization

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In the late 1800s, British engineers building some of the first railways in the Dominion of India discovered large numbers of bricks buried in the dusty plains of the Punjab. This was odd because historians were not aware of any cities or civilizations which might have constructed buildings in this area. It wasn’t until archeological expeditions in the 1920s that it was finally realized that these bricks were the remains of mighty cities built by a previously unknown ancient civilization.  Inside you will hear about... Discovery  Excavation of Harappa Origins Life and Death in the Indus Valley Downfall of the Indus Valley Civilization And much more! This culture has become known as the Indus Valley Civilization or sometimes the Harappan Civilization, after Harappa, the first city to be discovered. It has proved to be one of the largest ancient cultures, having a population of over five million people at its height and covering an area of one and a half million square kilometers. It also created very large cities, carefully planned and laid out where almost every house had its own bath and flush toilet, thousands of years before such things became common in other parts of the world. Somehow, the Harappans seem to have controlled this vast territory without having a large army or by conquering other weaker cultures, and they did not seem to have a single ruler such as a king or emperor.  Then, for reasons that still aren’t understood, this culture declined and then vanished so completely that all that was left were piles of bricks in the plains of present-day India and Pakistan. We are still learning about these people, but this is what we know so far about the mysterious Indus Valley Civilization.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Category: History, Asia
Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
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Hudson Taylor: A Life from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable life of Hudson Taylor....   Hudson Taylor was a man always on the move. Born in Britain, he toured the world spreading the gospel, but it was in China in particular that Hudson would carve out his biggest legacy in Christ. It was here that he pushed the limits, going deeper and farther than any other Christian had gone before. Reaching the hearts and minds of the Chinese that lived there, he preached a gospel that they had not yet heard.  Hudson Taylor was following the prime directive laid out in the Bible to preach the good news to every creature, great and small, and in doing so, he changed the world.  Discover a plethora of topics such as: First journey to China Sick in Britain The Yangzhou Riot The loss of his wife and child From China to Sweden Late life and death And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on Hudson Taylor, simply scroll up and click the "Buy Now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Length: 1 hr
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Horatio Nelson

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In a world where heroism and self-sacrifice sometimes seem to be in short supply, the exploits of the famed Admiral Horatio Nelson stand out to us as a refreshing reminder. His noble actions serve to show us of what it means to go above and beyond the call of duty and to put petty differences aside for the greater good. But of course, this is only part of the story. Because despite the larger-than-life legend that two centuries have brought us, Horatio Nelson was not some swashbuckling caricature, he was a real flesh and blood human being, just as flawed as the rest of us. Inside you will hear about: Fighting American revolutionaries and malaria Nelson the enforcer Nelson takes on the Spanish The one-eyed and one-armed admiral The hero and his mistress And much more! The same man who saved Britain but couldn’t save his marriage. The man, who was faithful to God and country beyond anything else, had several mistresses and fathered a child out of wedlock. The truth is that even heroes aren’t perfect. This book gets beyond the two-dimensional figure we learned about in grade school and delves deep into the true character of Horatio Nelson.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Length: 1 hr and 1 min
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Hittites: A History from Beginning to End

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The Hittites lived among gods and kings and captivated the mysterious Sir Lawrence of Arabia, among many eager minds. Who were they? Simply warlike conquerors on a mission to impose Hittite power on the world? How did they become part of the elite highly-exclusive club of kings as great as Egyptian, Assyrian, and Babylonian empires of the second millennium BCE?   They created a complex system of collective governance and changed the metallurgy of the ancient world. This mysterious empire remained the unknown fourth empire and thanks to their tradition of preservation we continue solving mysteries buried in their ancient past.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Scott R. Pollak
Category: History, Middle East
Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
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History of India

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In The History of India in 50 Events, you will explore the rich and storied culture of the Indian subcontinent. This region of the world, largely considered to be one of the cradles of civilization, has developed over a period of over 5,000 years. Consequently, this long run of history has drawn up a national history filled with intrigue, philosophy, art, architectural wonders, and the births and deaths of great men and women. Inside you will read about: Dawn of civilization Vedic period Mauryan Empire and Gupta Empire  Medieval India Age of exploration and colonialism  Independence and the modern age  And much more!  From Buddha to Gandhi, this account of Indian history is but a taste of the full spectrum of historical flavor that one can experience when exploring Indian history.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Eiman
Category: History, Asia
Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
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Hirohito

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Japanese Emperor Hirohito is one of history’s most enigmatic figures. He led the Japanese during the darkest point of their history as they joined forces with the fascist Nazi Germany and Italy. Upon Japan’s defeat most believed that Emperor Hirohito would stand trial for the war crimes he was accused of presiding over. But the trial never happened. Instead, to the surprise of the whole world - and most likely Hirohito himself - he was placed back on his throne and allowed to administer affairs in Japan until the day he died peacefully in 1989. How did all this come about? Listen to learn more about the life and the legend of Japan’s most notorious leader. From this audiobook, you will hear about: Hirohito takes the throne Invasion of China and assassination attempts The rape of Nanjing and Unit 731 Imperial Japan, an axis power Entering World War II Atomic Bombs: Hiroshima and Nagasaki And much more!

©2018 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Category: History, Asia
Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
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Hernan Cortes: A Life from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable life of Hernan Cortes. Hernán Cortés, the famed Spanish conquistador, had always dreamed of becoming the next Christopher Columbus. Little did he suspect that he would surpass his hero as he settled various islands and marched into the heart of Mexico to conquer the Aztec empire for Spain. Cortés discovered more gold and riches than could be imagined in the New World, but greed soon became his driving passion. He killed his own men and thousands of native Americans in his quest for more. Although Cortés brought the mighty Montezuma II to his knees, even the king of Spain was unhappy with his cruelty. When Cortés demanded to be named governor of his settlement in New Spain, the king refused. At the time of his death, Cortés was wealthy but alone and forgotten. He had conquered the New World but had been defeated by his own avarice. Discover a plethora of topics such as: Dreams of Gold and a New World Wealth, Imprisonment, and a Wife in Cuba The Mighty Montezuma Pitting Native Against Native The Massacre at Cholula The Fall of the Aztec Empire And much more! So if you want a concise and informative audiobook on Hernan Cortes, simply scroll up and click the "Buy now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
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Henry VIII: A Life from Beginning to End

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Since his death in the year 1547, King Henry VIII has been celebrated as a chivalrous pioneer and reviled as a brutal tyrant, but he has never been ignored. Henry was responsible for the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church, the ramifications of which reverberated through subsequent centuries of European history. Domestically, Henry revolutionized the English Constitution, elevating his own status to that of a God. Inside you will hear about.... From Childhood to Coronation Early Reign The King’s Great Matter The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn Dissolution of the Monasteries Anne of Cleves The Execution of Katherine Howard A Rough Wooing in Scotland and War with France Henry’s belief in his own divine right certainly played a part in his six marriages, his penchant for executing those who disagreed with him, and his many disagreements with the Pope. Chauvinistic, chivalrous, tyrannical, visionary; it is possible that King Henry VIII was all of these things, and yet, however you view his place in British history, his reign was nothing short of momentous.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Barry Shannon
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
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Henry Ford

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Henry Ford once announced to a young schoolboy that it was he who had invented the modern age. Born on a farm in rural Michigan three weeks after the battle of Gettysburg, Ford hated everything about farming as soon as he could understand what it was about. So he turned his attention to the farm machinery that made the family farm run and never looked back.   It was his love of machines, then engines, and finally automobiles for which Henry Ford is best known. He designed and manufactured cars that would transform not just his family's little farm and not just the city of Detroit; the automobile would change the world, ushering in a whole new way of living one's life. A modern life, to be sure.   Beneath this diligent tycoon lay a man of many contradictions. He worked hard to give the average American an affordable car and believed mass consumerism was the key to keeping the world safe from war. Yet he opposed labor unions, supposedly sired a son with another woman, and was an enthusiastic anti-Semite.   You will learn about: Henry Ford's early years   Ford's love for engines   The Ford Motor Company and the Model T   Disdain of labor unions   The anti-Semite problem   Later years and death   And much more!   Follow along as you come to know Henry Ford, the man responsible for putting Americans and the people around the world behind the wheels of their own cars.  Was this man a genius or a dominator? Did he want those around him to live free lives with the things he invented, or was he only satisfied when people read his newspaper and obeyed his advice? Listen on, and form your own conclusion.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Scott R. Pollak
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
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Helen Keller: A Life from Beginning to End

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What was Helen Keller’s legacy to the world? Was it the impressive list of firsts that she accomplished as a deaf-blind person? Was it the assistance that she gave to the cause of the handicapped? Was it her numerous writings, her forgotten ideals, her inspirational quotations? Or was it simply her story? In this book you will hear about... Growing up deaf and blind at Ivy Green Learning to speak Earning her bachelor’s degree Relentless work and radical socialism Keller’s secret engagement Late life and death And much more! Perhaps the only way to measure the gift of Helen Keller would be to discover just how her life has touched the lives of the presidents, inventors, poets, and other famous people of her day down to the countless school urchins who have heard the tale of the little girl that could not see or hear. Helen Keller meant something to them all.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
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Hedy Lamarr

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Discover the remarkable life of Hedy Lamarr.... Free BONUS Inside!  Hedy Lamarr was a rare kind of woman. She was not only a strikingly beautiful actress who took Hollywood by storm in the 1940s, but she was also an inventor - and not just any inventor. Hedy Lamarr’s work with radio frequencies is credited with paving the way for wi-fi. It seems that the greatest bomb that this bombshell dropped would only fully explode until the last years of her life because when Lamarr passed away in the year 2000, the computing world was just then mainstreaming many of her ideas.  Sadly, as amazing as her early career was, in later life, Lamarr became reclusive and had very limited contact with the outside world. It is perhaps ironic that it was the ideas of this recluse that would bring so many people together in the modern world of interconnectedness. In this book, we delve deep into the full unvarnished life and legacy of the woman we know as Hedy Lamarr.  Discover a plethora of topics such as: The Runaway Bride The Controversy of Lamarr’s Adopted Son Hedy During World War II Lamarr’s Last Film Arrested for Shoplifting Hedy’s Disappearing Act And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on Hedy Lamarr, simply scroll up and click the "Buy" button for instant access!

©2021 Hourly History (P)2021 Hourly History

Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
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Harriet Tubman: A Life from Beginning to End

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Slavery in the United States has left deep, unhealed wounds in American society. It was a dark period in American history that saw the emergence of a number of heroes. One of these was a small woman, about five feet tall, who was a former slave. Her name was Harriet Tubman, and she changed the world. After escaping from a life of slavery that left her with permanent scars including a lifelong disability, she dedicated herself to freeing other slaves and working tirelessly for equality for oppressed people. Inside you will hear about.... Slavery in a new world: The foundation of a new economy Araminta "Minty" Ross: Harriet Tubman’s early years Tubman, the freedom fighter: Her years as a conductor Civil War in the United States: Tubman’s role in a country divided Life after freedom: Tubman’s later years Lessons learned: Tubman’s legacy And much more! Harriet Tubman was an uncommonly brave person who, on several occasions, put her life at risk to re-enter slave territory, and later, to assist the Union army in the American Civil War. She was the first Black woman to lead an assault in the war. After the war, she dedicated herself to the cause of women’s suffrage. She used any money she made in any of her endeavors to help those less fortunate than herself, despite the fact that this caused her to live a life of poverty. She is the definition of a true American hero and her legacy includes inspiring millions of oppressed people worldwide to fight for equality. Her memory will live on as an example of a life well-done.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Sean Tivenan
Length: 1 hr
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H. H. Holmes: The Life of the American Ripper

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H. H. Holmes’ story has become one of legend. Holmes committed his crimes at a time in history where the idea of murdering on a mass scale was just being introduced to the world through the actions of Jack the Ripper. Unlike Jack the Ripper though, Holmes’ motives were clear; he killed out of greed, convenience, and curiosity. Listen and learn about:  Herman Webster Mudgett, the medical student Settling in Chicago Murders in the mansion  The world’s deadliest fair  Suicide or murder  America’s first serial killer And much more! Fueled by an intense desire for money, Holmes sought the fastest way to make money with the least amount of effort possible. Throughout his life, he would commit devastating murders for money, appropriately earning him the title of America’s first serial killer.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Marc Zeale
Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
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Grigori Rasputin: A Life from Beginning to End

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Grigori Rasputin began life as a peasant in the poorest reaches of Siberia and ended his life as the virtual second-in-command of Tsarist Russia. How did he achieve such a rapid change in fortunes? Was it through palace intrigue or magic and mind control? Or perhaps, the causes were a combination of hypnosis and hemophilia?  The tsar’s son Nicholas had been born with the dreaded “royal disease” otherwise known as the blood clotting deficiency named hemophilia. The slightest cut or scrape could be life-threatening for the young boy. The self-proclaimed healer managed to convince the royal family that he was the only way that their son would stay alive. With a role this vital, there was no way that Rasputin would be dropped from the imperial payroll anytime soon.  From this audiobook, you will hear about: From peasant monk to royal holy man Rasputin’s miracle Immoral rumors Rasputin’s banishment Rasputin during World War I The end of Rasputin’s reign And much more Through intrigue, divine intervention, or perhaps just the sheer force of his personality, he forever cemented his place in Russian history. Learn about the mad monk turned master minister - listen to the story of the rise and fall that comprised the life of Grigori Rasputin.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Marc Zeale
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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Glorious Revolution

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Discover the remarkable history of the glorious revolution! On August 28, 2019, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked Queen Elizabeth II to prorogue Parliament. She approved the request. The elaborate ritual of the queen granting the prime minister permission to do what he intended to do anyway demonstrates how the legacy of the Glorious Revolution of 1688 made the British Parliament, not the monarch, the ultimate source of power in government. But it was not always so. Under the Stuart kings, battles between the Parliament and the throne were far from unusual, with no ceremonial rituals to preserve popular fictions regarding who was in power. King Charles I believed ardently in the divine right of kings and went to his execution firmly convinced that he was God’s anointed. His second son James II believed the same. However, James II was a Catholic, and his succession to the English throne following the death of his brother Charles II set in motion a series of cataclysmic events which culminated in a largely bloodless revolution to bring James’s daughter Mary and her husband William of Orange to the throne as Protestant sovereigns. Under the 11-year Interregnum following the execution of King Charles I, the Parliament got a taste of power, and ordinary men perceived that God might choose rulers from among their own class. The path to parliamentary supremacy over pedigreed royalty, although ultimately achieved without bloodshed, was strewn with religious intolerance, petty rivalries, titanic clashes of ideology, and a belief in the rights of Parliament to govern without royal interference. The evolution of parliamentary supremacy over royal birthright redefined human social evolution, laying the groundwork for a bold new experiment in government that would make democracy the crowning achievement of the modern age. Discover a plethora of topics, such as: The Roundheads Behead a King The Return of the Monarchy: Charles II James, the Catholic King The Dutch Invasion of England Mary and William: Joint Sovereigns, One Ruler And much more! So, if you want a concise and informative book on the Glorious Revolution, simply scroll up and click the "buy now" button for instant access! 

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
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Geronimo: A Life from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable life of Geronimo... The legendary Geronimo led one of the last great Apache uprisings against American expansionism. The lands of the Apache tribe comprised what is today part of northern Mexico and the southwestern United States, and Geronimo was one of the last who dared to stand up to the powers that encroached on the Native American way of life. In the end, even the cunning and might of Geronimo had to surrender to the wayward expansion of the west. As a prisoner of war, he eventually became a part of the western machine, even getting money to pose for pictures at the state fair and taking part in re-enactments of the Wild West. His name certainly went down in history - so much so that World War II paratroopers picked up the habit of shouting it as they leaped from planes. The name Geronimo certainly leaps off the page as a larger than life figure, but just who was this nomad of the southwest? This audiobook will discuss the life and legend of Geronimo in full. Discover a plethora of topics such as: The Joy of a Young Apache The Massacre of His Family Americans Arrive at Apache Pass On the Run Life at the Reservation Capturing Geronimo And much more! So if you want a concise and informative audiobook on Geronimo, simply buy this audiobook now for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
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German Revolution

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Discover the remarkable history of the German Revolution of 1918.... The brief history of the Weimar Republic is generally seen as an abbreviated intermission between the First and Second World Wars. It was the government, led by the Social Democratic Party, which took power, albeit with some trepidation, after Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicated the German throne. Socialists saw this as the opportunity they had been waiting for, the day when workers would be the ones in power. For the conservatives who could not accept the German defeat in World War I, however, the Weimar Republic was a feeble entity which had capitulated to Germany’s enemies.  The German Revolution of 1918-1919 told the story of a bruised nation attempting to overcome its military defeat at the hands of enemies who wanted to punish Germany for starting the war. Because Germany was caught in the vise of such irreconcilable political philosophies between the left and the right, the Weimar Republic, although it was the ruling power following the German Revolution, was destined to have a doomed, short life in Germany’s tragic 20th-century history.  Discover a plethora of topics such as   Sacrificing for the Fatherland The German spring offensive The seeds of Revolution The Christmas crisis Rosa Luxemburg and the Spartacist uprising The end of the Revolution And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on the German Revolution of 1918, simply scroll up and click the "Buy Nw" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
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George Washington: A Life from Beginning to End

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George Washington, the first president of the United States, is much more than a monument on Mount Rushmore. Who was Washington, the general, president, and husband? He was first and foremost a man of impeccable honor which, despite military adversity and political wrangling, never abandoned him. The Founding Fathers who squabbled and competed among themselves did agree on one thing: Only Washington could lead the country, first in the country’s military fight for freedom and then as the man charged with transforming 13 individual states into a united country. But in his youth, George Washington did not intend to become the Father of his Country. As a younger son of a middling class Virginian, he intended to earn his living as a surveyor, and in that role, he was introduced to the vast potential of the country that would one day be a nation. But when the death of his older brother made him the heir to Mount Vernon, Washington ascended to leadership in the military, political, and social spheres of Virginia and the United States. Inside you will hear about.... The Washingtons of Virginia Europe Exports Its Wars to the Colonies Washington at Mount Vernon An Englishman No Longer Washington at War The Father of His Country Return to Mount Vernon As a member and later officer in the Virginia militia, he fought with the British army against the French as the two European powers struggled for control of the rich Ohio Valley. The British, who would refuse Washington a commission in their army, would later meet him in battle as the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, fighting for independence against the forces of King George III. As a political leader, he would become the architect of the American government. As the master of Mount Vernon, Washington’s marriage to the wealthy Martha Dandridge Custis placed him among the elite of the Virginia aristocracy. His integrity established a model for subsequent generations to emulate. That few have managed to match his achievements is an indication of his influence and character. Meet George Washington, the man, and discover the identity of this remarkable leader.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Jimmy Kieffer
Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
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George Washington Carver: A Life From Beginning to End

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“Most people search high and wide for the key to success,” George Washington Carver pondered. “If they only knew, the key to their dreams lies within.” True to his philosophy, the key to Dr. Carver’s almost legendary success story was to be found within the man himself. From slavery to fame, from errand boy to botanical genius, Carver’s accomplishments, popularity, and legacy were all ignited by the vision he carried within. From this audiobook, you will learn about: The $300 Boy From slave to college graduate The clash of the two Washingtons The Jesup wagon Carver's peanuts Later life and death And much more! Often, George Washington Carver is remembered only as the man who could make almost anything out of peanuts. That was only part of his story.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
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George Patton: A Life from Beginning to End

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The name Patton has almost become synonymous with general; the two words have become nearly interchangeable in American history. When the name General Patton comes to mind, we are automatically inundated with themes of strength and tough resolution. Patton was a man who seemed to embody the old American ethos of the rugged individual who shattered all expectations, decimated the status quo, and pulled himself up by his bootstraps, succeeding when all odds were against him just because he was audacious enough to try. In his exploits, Patton seems to loom larger than them all. Inside, you will hear about.... A Patent for Patton In Between War This Means War Operation Husky Invasion of Normandy The Battle of the Bulge Man of Controversy The Last Days of Patton And much more! But Patton was not some comic book superhero, he was a real person and just as flawed as the rest of us. He had his hopes and fears, he made his mistakes, and he lived his life. In order to understand Patton, you can’t focus on just one side of this larger-than-life personality; you have to take in the whole picture. This audiobook allows you to do just that.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Length: 58 mins
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George Orwell: A Life from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable life of George Orwell... George Orwell, the son of a British civil servant, spent his life promoting social justice and equality, while fighting against totalitarianism and elitism. His two best-known novels 1984 and Animal Farm depict the ultimate horror of a totalitarian government. Orwell wrote with passion about what he believed. Eighty years after their publication, his novels are as relevant as ever. Citizens are spied on by CCTV cameras. Smartphones track people’s movements and activities. These same citizens give up their privacy not through government force, but through the internet and social media.  In many ways, Orwell’s dystopian future is the present in which we live. Discover a plethora of chapters, such as: Early Life as a Police Officer in Burma Fighting in the Spanish Civil War Orwell During World War II Animal Farm and 1984 Late Life and Death And much more! So, if you want a concise and informative book on George Orwell, simply scroll up and click the "buy now" button for instant access!

©2019 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
Available on Audible
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George Eliot: A Life from Beginning to End

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George Eliot was born Mary Ann Evans in the same year as Queen Victoria. At the time, the role of women was well-defined and limited to providing a home to a husband and children. Mary Ann might have lived a traditional Victorian-era life had she been pretty and ornamental. The truth is, her lack of looks made her doubt whether a man would want her. When she didn’t attract attention with her looks, however, she made use of her remarkable intelligence. By her early 20s, she translated articles from Latin and French into English and wrote her own reviews for a radical magazine.  In her early 30s, she met the married George Henry Lewes, with whom she would live for the next 24 years. While Lewes suffered only minor social consequences for this arrangement, Mary Ann was ostracized from acceptable circles for years. She took on the pen name George Eliot mainly to hide her identity. By the time her secret was revealed, she was one of England’s most popular writers. People were now eager to meet her.  Her books, which include Adam Bede, Silas Marner, and Middlemarch, were intended to expose the limitations that women faced at the time. Throughout her life, Eliot fought vigilantly for women’s rights. Over a century later, her work remains relevant.  Discover a plethora of topics such as: The young radical Journey to Switzerland Meeting George Henry Lewes Becoming George Eliot The meaning of beauty Final years and death  And much, much more! So, if you want a concise and informative book on George Eliot, simply scroll up and click the "Buy Now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
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Genghis Khan: A Life from Beginning to End

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Genghis Khan: a man who managed to unify the warring nomadic Mongol clans, who orchestrated military victories from China all the way to Russia, who founded an empire that continued to expand across Asia and into Europe during the generations that followed his reign. Riding across the steppes, bow and arrows at his side, he was a man who believed himself to be on a divinely appointed mission and would stop at nothing to fulfill it. He valued loyalty above all else and destroyed kingdoms that got in his way. Inside you will hear about.... Poverty and Captivity Becoming a Leader A Unified People The First Campaigns The Raid into Europe And much more! Genghis Khan’s great victories were preceded by destitution and captivity. This is a rags to riches tale - not just a theme for fairy tales and legends, but the real story of a leader who overcame hardship and setbacks to play a role in shaping the modern world.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Joseph Boyer
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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Galileo Galilei: A Life from Beginning to End

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Galileo Galilei began his career as a mathematician. Yet as fate would have it, he became far more than a numbers whiz. Here was a true Renaissance man; one who was greatly educated and a genuine lover of the arts. He was a fan of poets and a fine lute player. When in 1609 Galileo created his first telescope and turned his attention to the skies, everything changed. His discoveries, as they came, could not be denied. Because of his years of study in the arts and humanities, Galileo was well prepared to bring his ideas into the light of day.  Inside you will hear about.... Living in the Italian Renaissance Student becomes master Opposition to the Church Controversial theories The trial of Galileo Galilei The end of all things And much more! Discoveries often don't come easy and introducing them to a doubting world is even more challenging. It takes a certain kind of person to do that and Galileo was just the man for the job. It was his brilliance that supported the Copernican system of how the solar system was laid out. It was his original thinking which kept him fearless in the face of the greatest adversary there was - the Church. Come along to discover what made Galileo so great. And why his achievements can influence your life, too.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Bridger Conklin
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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French and Indian War: A History from Beginning to End

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The French and Indian War is one of the most significant, yet least acknowledged and understood, periods of American history. Fought chiefly between the two imperial powers of England and France in the mid-18th century, the struggle would also draw in native Indian nations who sought to exert their own strength and sovereignty over the North American continent. Inside, you will hear about.... "Imperial Appetites" "Sparks Ignite" "Rumours of War" "Pitt Rising" "The Montcalm Before the Storm" "Fortresses Fall" "From the Plains of Abraham to Peace" From the first shots fired in the Ohio Valley wilderness in 1754 until the Treaty of Paris signed in 1763, the French and Indian War became a conflict that encircled the globe, drawing in nation after nation and inciting battles from the Caribbean to the Philippines. This audiobook tells the story of this mighty struggle and how its outcome ultimately laid the foundations for the modern world we inhabit today.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Jimmy Kieffer
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
Available on Audible
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Falklands War: A History from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable history of the Falklands War... The Falklands War, which erupted in 1982, was a conflict between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Argentina over sovereignty of the Falklands, a group of largely uninhabited islands in the South Atlantic. The islands had under two thousand inhabitants and little particular strategic or commercial importance when they became the object of the war. Still, disputes over whether these islands belonged to Great Britain or Argentina had been underway for many years. During negotiations in the late 1970s, Britain seemed willing to consider transferring the sovereignty of the islands to Argentina. Continuing lobbying by the islanders themselves, however, prevented this from happening. In Argentina, the brutal rule of a military dictatorship was tottering under rising unemployment, massive inflation, and popular unrest. A short, successful war seemed like the perfect way to bolster the popularity of the military junta. After all, it seemed very unlikely that Britain would actually go to war over a few small islands eight thousand miles away. To the surprise of almost everyone, that is precisely what happened. Within three days of the Argentine invasion, a British naval task force was on its way to the South Atlantic. This would be the first conflict in which Britain had been involved since the Korean War and the first conflict in which British warships were sunk since World War II. For many British people, this was their first experience of war. The Falklands War lasted just over 74 days, but it claimed the lives of hundreds of soldiers, sailors, and airmen. This is the story of that war. Discover a plethora of topics such as: Prelude to War Operation Rosario The British Response The War Begins The Battle for San Carlos Water The Recapture of Stanley And much more! So if you want a concise and informative audiobook on the Falklands War, simply buy this aubiobook now for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
Available on Audible
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Erwin Rommel: A Life from Beginning to End

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He was known as the "Desert Fox", and outfox his enemies he often did, leaving whole armies confounded and demoralized in his wake, and yet, the one adversary that Erwin Rommel could not outfox was his own government. On that rather unlucky day of October 14, 1944, when the SS came knocking on Rommel’s door, even his legendary heroism couldn’t save him from the monstrous regime for which he had once fought so hard. Inside you will hear about.... Building the Next War Rommel’s Return to War The Desert Fox Against All Odds Near Death Experience Mislaid Plans Rommel Takes the Fall And much more! After being implicated in a last minute plot to kill Hitler in the final phases of World War Two, Rommel was given a choice. He could either face charges of treason or commit suicide. He was then duly assured that in the advent of his suicide, all charges would be dropped, covered up, never mentioned again. He was then promised a hero’s burial with full military honors and even a pension for his wife. Rommel was then literally driven to his suicide when members of the SS transported him to a secluded area, where he swallowed a cyanide capsule - a gruesome and twisted end to a man that was supposed to be his nation’s greatest hero. What caused a nation to canonize and cannibalize one of its best champions simultaneously? What were the events that led up to the strange paradox that was Erwin Rommel’s life?

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Length: 58 mins
Available on Audible
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Ernest Hemingway: A Life from Beginning to End

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Ernest Hemingway has sometimes been called one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. The titles of his works - novels such as The Sun Also Rises and For Whom the Bell Tolls or short stories such as “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” - are recognizable even to many who have never read them. His last novel, The Old Man and the Sea, won him the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, and he also won the Nobel Prize in literature. Hemingway used language to develop an innovative style, purposely seeking to set himself apart from those who had come before with his distinctive pared-down sentences.  You will hear about: From Journalist to War Hero Bullfights and Book Deals Hemingway’s Breakthrough Suicide in the Family Hemingway During World War II Pulitzer Prize and Plane Crashes And much more! In this short book, you’ll discover that much of Hemingway’s writing drew on the experiences of his life. From the bullfights of Spain to safaris in East Africa; from being a war correspondent in war zones around the world to surviving multiple airplane and car crashes, Hemingway’s life is a riveting story worth exploring in and of itself.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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English Civil War: A History from Beginning to End

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In 1642, King Charles I and the elected Parliament of England went to war over the future of the Stuart kingdom. Over the next nine years, three civil wars would be fought, devastating the populations of England, Scotland, and Ireland and claiming a death toll of an estimated 800,000 people, including King Charles I himself. You will hear about.... Reasons to go to war The First English Civil War: choose your side The First English Civil War: the war begins The First English Civil War: the war spreads The First English Civil War: a new model army The Second Civil War The Third Civil War With the authority of the monarchy, the freedom of Parliament, and the power of religion at stake, the English Civil Wars decided the future of Great Britain and influenced the future of politics around the world.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: William Irvine
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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Elvis Presley

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Elvis Presley was much more than a cultural icon; he was a reliable barometer of the world in which he grew up. Long before the cultural revolutions of the '60s and '70s, Elvis was sparking a dynastic change of hands in American society. By his own admission, much of it was by accident. Whenever his performances caused a stir, Elvis was always the first to ask what all the fuss was about. When questioned if he was trying to provoke a response from his audience, Elvis innocently replied he was just doing what came naturally.  You will learn about: Elvis and his twin That’s all right Presley’s controversial rise Elvis joins the army Comeback in Las Vegas Last years and death And much more! According to Elvis, as much as James Dean was a “rebel without a cause”, he was a rebel completely by accident. If we believe him, everything he did that led to his rise to stardom was just some sort of cosmic alignment of happenstance. Elvis claimed when he went into Sun Records to record his first song, he wasn’t looking to become famous; he maintained he just wanted to record a song for his mom’s birthday.  This audiobook will let you decide for yourself as you learn about the life, the legend, and the unmistakable icon - Elvis Presley.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Marc Zeale
Length: 58 mins
Available on Audible
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Elizabeth Taylor

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Discover the remarkable life of Elizabeth Taylor.... Elizabeth Taylor was born to become a legend. By the time she was a young teenager, she was already making news and attracting attention. Taylor would go onto star in movies such as A Place in the Sun, Butterfield 8, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Cleopatra, where she played opposite Richard Burton. Her affair with Burton caused a worldwide scandal, and the movie almost ruined 20th Century Fox. Taylor and Burton were married and divorced twice, with the world watching their every scandalous move. In her fifties, when Taylor was no longer in demand for leading lady roles, she developed her own brand of perfumes and jewelry. These were so successful that she made more money from her brands than from her movies. She also became the voice for AIDS when everyone else in Hollywood ignored the subject. Her grandchildren have now taken over the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and continue her work long after her death. Elizabeth Taylor, the “most beautiful woman in the world”, will continue to affect people for years to come.  Discover a plethora of topics such as: Born Beautiful Becoming Mrs. Hilton Cleopatra and Eddie Fisher On the Campaign Trail The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Late Life and Death And much more! So, if you want a concise and informative book on Elizabeth Taylor, simply scroll up and click the "buy now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Eleanor of Aquitaine

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Eleanor of Aquitaine became the queen of both France and England, the wife of two kings, and later the mother of two kings. Heiress to the rich French provinces of Aquitaine and Poitou, she was undoubtedly one of medieval Europe’s most powerful and wealthiest women. Inside you will read about: Duchess of Aquitaine, Queen of France Eleanor and King Louis joins the crusade The royal divorce Continuing conflict and courtly love At the center of rebellion Fifteen years of captivity And much more!  Eleanor of Aquitaine has, not surprisingly, captured many imaginations. From inciting her sons to rebel against their father to the tale of her “courts of love”, where she reportedly fostered the idea of courtly love and promoted the arts, to her captivity and later tireless work to rescue her son Richard the Lionheart from his imprisonment, Eleanor’s life is a tangle of legend mixed with the struggle to interpret the sometimes scarce facts. This does not make it any less fascinating - or any less worthy of study. In this audiobook, you will find a concise exploration of the life of one of the medieval world’s most memorable figures.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
Available on Audible
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Egyptian Mythology: A Concise Guide to the Ancient Gods and Beliefs of Egyptian Mythology

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In this brief introduction to the subject of Egyptian mythology, the author has given a lot of thought to the context of the subject. There is a useful historical timeline which allows the listener to follow the complexities of Egyptian history and locate the mythology within the development of the country. Inside you will learn about.... A timeline for ancient Egypt Historical Egypt The myth of creation The pantheon of gods Mythology in day-to-day ancient Egypt The central role of the temple and some temple rituals Sources of the history of Egyptian mythology The underworld and life after death Pyramids and their locations The audiobook includes the myths of creation in some detail and introduces the top deities in a pantheon of over two thousand god and goddesses. The presence and importance of the Nile is discussed, and details of daily life, including the rituals followed in the temples, essentially the backbone of the economy, are well covered.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Bridger Conklin
Category: History, Middle East
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Easter Rising: A History from Beginning to End

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In the midst of World War I, the Easter Rising took place in Dublin and throughout Ireland in April 1916. The revolutionary movement faced many problems from the beginning, including splintered leadership, disorganized support, opposition from moderate supporters of home rule, and prepared retaliation from the British.  Inside you will hear about.... Background of the Easter Rebellion Planning the Easter Rising The Easter Rising begins The Easter Rising, days two and three The Easter Rising, days four and five, and the Easter Rising across Ireland The Easter Rising comes to an end on Saturday Aftermath of the Easter Rising Even though the rebels did not achieve their ultimate goal of Irish independence, they were successful, because they rallied many more of their countrymen to the cause of independence. The legacy of their bravery and love of country inspired generations of Irish men and women, and helped lead to independence. This is the story of what led to the uprising, the events of the rising, and its impact.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Bridger Conklin
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
Available on Audible
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Dwight Eisenhower

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World War II hero Dwight D. Eisenhower had never voted in his life before he decided to run for the office of president. From the humblest of beginnings as the third of seven sons born to a struggling Kansas couple, he emerged as a military leader whose administrative acumen brought clashing personalities together. During his time in office, he was frequently dismissed as a man who would rather play golf than govern, but history has treated the 34th president with a respect that recognizes the strength of his leadership and the breadth of his accomplishments. Inside you will hear about: Eisenhower, West Point graduate Eisenhower advances Eisenhower in charge The post-war Eisenhower From commander to candidate President Eisenhower And much more!  The Eisenhower years are regarded as one of the most tranquil periods in American history, and yet he presided over a nation which saw the growth of the civil rights movement, the creation of a national system of highways, the end of the McCarthy anti-communist witch hunts, the advent of the Cold War, and the quest for space. From the roads across the country to the terrain above the skies, Dwight Eisenhower, the last American president born in the 19th century, laid the groundwork for modern America.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Scott R. Pollak
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Life from Beginning to End

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In the face of ruthless totalitarian rule, it is only the rare few who stand up at risk of their own life to do what is right. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one of those exceptional individuals. Even on pain of death, he would not bend, he would not budge - this German pastor fought the Nazi regime with every fiber of his being.  Inside you will hear about.... Bonhoeffer during World War I  The Making of a Great Theologian  Pastoral Career in Barcelona  Bonhoeffer Heads to America  Resistance Against the Nazi Party  Imprisonment and Execution And much more! Today, Dietrich Bonhoeffer is recognized by the United Methodist Church as a Christian martyr, one of only a few to have been bestowed this honor since the Reformation. His legacy as a man who practiced what he preached lives on and has inspired movements all over the world, ranging from the Civil Rights Movement in the United States to the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Length: 59 mins
Available on Audible
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Coco Chanel

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Discover the remarkable life of Coco Chanel... The legendary French designer Coco Chanel was born in 1883. She changed the way women thought about fashion and themselves; her dresses were meant to free women of the corset and allow them to move freely and elegantly. At the dawn of a new century, Chanel stood for a new type of woman. Chanel worked her way up from living in an orphanage to dining with royalty. She personified her own designs. Always independent, she never married, took on lovers as she pleased, and never apologized. A century after Coco Chanel opened her first small shop in Paris, her designs still define luxury. Discover a plethora of topics, such as: An Orphaned Girl Coco Takes on Paris Chanel No. 5 The Crash of 1929 Chanel During World War II: The Nazi Spy Exile and Return And much more! So, if you want a concise and informative book on Coco Chanel, simply scroll up and click the "buy now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
Available on Audible
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Cleopatra

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The last ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom and the last Pharaoh of Egypt, Cleopatra reigned over the end of an era. Cleopatra has been defined by her relationships with powerful Roman statesmen Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, both of whom fathered her children, but there is much more to Cleopatra’s story than romantic intrigue. Discover:  The Ptolemaic Dynasty  Cleopatra as queen Cleopatra and Julius Caesar  Mark Antony and Cleopatra  Propaganda wars The last Pharaoh of Egypt: Cleopatra's suicide  And much more!  One of the first independent female rulers of an ancient kingdom, Cleopatra was a gifted diplomat, efficient administrator, and accomplished linguist who ruled her kingdom with more courage than the majority of her male predecessors. Cleopatra’s death ended an era, but her life promised the dawn of a new age, one where women might dare to rule the world.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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Christopher Columbus: A Life from Beginning to End

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Everyone knows who Christopher Columbus is, and everyone knows what he discovered and what he is famous for. Who, really, is this man, so shrouded in mystery? Columbus would tell you he was inspired by God to make his voyages, and it takes a brave soul indeed to sail out into the ocean blue where no one has gone before. Inside you will read about.... Early life The Silk Road and beyond Columbus' quest for a voyage First voyage Second voyage Third and fourth voyages Governor of the Indies And much more! In this audiobook, you'll find out all about this most remarkable of men. You will uncover why he thought it so important to never give up on his dream and how impossible his struggles became with each voyage he made. What was it like to sail over the edge of the ocean? This was a voyage not just anyone could undertake. It was the bravery and the brilliance of a man like Christopher Columbus who would make his dream come true and inspire a world to follow him.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Nate Sjol
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Che Guevara: A Life from Beginning to End

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Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara has long been revered as a hero by countless teenagers with an ax to grind. You can see them wearing his t-shirts with the iconic image of Che, with long unkempt hair stylishly sticking out of a jauntily slanted beret on his head. For many, he is the standard bearer of a revolution that they know very little (if anything) about. Many who have pointed to the exploits of Che Guevara as a revolutionary ideal don’t have much of an idea of what his revolution was about. What did Che Guevara actually stand for? What was he trying to achieve? Inside you will read about.... The minds of revolution The proudest man in the world This is not communism Friendly enemies The roving revolutionary Betrayed by the proletariat A captive audience And much more! In this audiobook, we will explore the man behind the revolution, explore the good and the bad of the man who - despite his lionization - was still a man with all of the foibles and complexities that can plague us all. From his days as a carefree medical student roving the South American countryside to his tenure as the most preeminent revolutionary in the world, the true story of Che Guevara is finally uncovered. Beyond all of the hype and hyperbole, the real man behind the beret is revealed. This audiobook takes a refreshing and unbiased approach in presenting the men who became the legend: Che Guevara.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Stephen Floyd
Length: 54 mins
Available on Audible
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Charles Manson: A Life from Beginning to End

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A small man with wild, matted hair, wide eyes, and a swastika tattooed on his forehead, Charles Manson is instantly recognizable as the deranged cult leader who was responsible for the deaths of nine people in the late 1960s. Manson was a career criminal who got his education in the US prison system and learned at an early age that only those who have power over others will survive. You will learn about: Starting the Manson family  Seeking fame in Los Angeles  The first murder 10050 Cielo Drive Rosemary and Leno LaBianca  Life and death behind bars And much more!  In less than three years, Manson transformed his followers from a group of freedom-loving, LSD-dropping hippies into a pack of blood-thirsty murderers who carried out acts of astounding brutality at his request. For many, August 8, 1969, the day the Manson family murdered Sharon Tate and her guests, marked the end of the '60s. The Manson family murder spree shocked the world and standing silently at the center of it all was one man, Charles Manson.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Marc Zeale
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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Charles Darwin: A Life from Beginning to End

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Charles Darwin thought he would be a clergyman after an uneventful childhood, where he hated school but loved the natural world. All that would change when he was allowed to be a part of a worldwide expedition to faraway lands. He was able to collect specimens and keep notes on all he experienced. Inside you will hear about.... "Early Life and Education" "Round the World Aboard the Beagle" "Darwin's Evolutionary Theory" "Life Leading Up to Marriage" "Evolutionary Research" "The Theory of Natural Selection" "Darwin's Post-Publication Life" And much more! This audiobook takes a closer look at who Charles Darwin was, how he lived his everyday life and how influential he became; not just in his own day but into the modern world as well. Find out what interested his incredible mind and how Darwin presented his theories to a yet unsuspecting world. From beetles to butterflies, coral reefs and tropical islands, from apes to humans, learn how Charles Darwin's evidence speaks even to the world today.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: William Irvine
Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
Available on Audible
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Charlemagne: A Life from Beginning to End

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It is possible that no man has ever dominated a time as much as Charles the Great dominated the Early Middle Ages. It is true that the era had its kings, warriors, scholars, and religious leaders, but in many ways, Charlemagne was all of these things. Inside you will hear about.... "Charles the Carolingian" "Charles the Conqueror" "Charles the King" "Charles the Man" "Charles the Holy Roman Emperor" "The End of Charlemagne" He conquered land for the Franks and sent in missionaries to convert the pagans to Christianity. He was probably illiterate, but he brought in Europe’s most renowned scholar, Alcuin of York, to transform education for both clergy and laity. He was much-married and virile, but he cherished his children and provided education for both his sons and his daughters. When he was named the Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Leo III, his title was a Christian benediction for the conquest that unified Western Europe. The unification did not last, but the legend never faded.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Nate Sjol
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
Available on Audible
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Caligula: A Life from Beginning to End

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Caligula was one of the first rulers of the Roman Empire, and yet numbers among the most famous. His family history is mired in political scandals, tragedy, and murderous plots to forward the agendas of shadowy cabals that sought to oppose the nation in its early infancy. The full story of his life begins long before his birth, and his legacy continues long after his sensational murder at the hands of those closest to him. Inside you will hear about.... "The Rise of the Roman Empire" "The Julio-Claudian Dynasty" "Caligula’s Rise to Power" "An Emperor Driven Mad" "An Emperor Becomes a God" "The Assassination of the Emperor" And much more! A true product of his time, Caligula’s rich and colorful story is sure to draw you in until the very end.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Donn Swaby
Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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Byzantine Empire: A History from Beginning to End

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According to history books, the Roman Empire ended in 476 CE with the fall of Rome. But if you asked most people alive at that time, they would have pointed you to what they considered the continuation of the Roman Empire - the civilization we now call the Byzantine Empire. The Byzantines, however, were more than just a remnant of Roman glory. At its geographical peak, the Byzantine Empire stretched out across the Mediterranean world. Culturally, the Byzantines both preserved the knowledge of the classical world, much of which was lost in the West, and added to it. Inside you will hear about.... A Divided Empire The Fall of the West Rising to Glory An Age of War The Destruction of Icons The House of Macedon The Comnenian Revival The Final Decline And much more! Shaped by its classical roots, its Christian religion, and the changing medieval world, the story of the Byzantine Empire is one of both glorious victories and terrible defeats, of a civilization that rose from the brink of destruction again and again, and of the development of a culture whose vestiges remain today.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Jimmy Kieffer
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Bruce Lee: A Life from Beginning to End

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The name Bruce Lee is synonymous with martial arts superstar. Lee’s movie career was cut tragically short by his death at just 32 years old. Starring in six big-release feature movies, Lee revolutionized martial arts movie-making and challenged Western prejudices against the East.  Inside, you will hear about: Growing up in post-war Hong Kong A new life in America The one-inch punch Jeet Kune Do, the way of the intercepting fist Enter the dragon Health issues and sudden death And much more! Challenging the status quo of martial arts practice, Lee created his own unique system, Jeet Kune Do. More than a martial art, Jeet Kune Do is a philosophy for life that is founded on the art of fighting without fighting. Lee’s life may have been short, but it burned bright and continues to illuminate today.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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Brian Boru: A Life from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable life of Brian Boru.... Ireland is a country steeped in history, myth, and legend. During ancient times a long line of kings reined over this fairytale land, and one of those kings was a man named Brian Boru. Ruling the Emerald Isle from 1002 to 1014, Brian’s tenure is indeed so immersed in mythology that it is sometimes hard to glean the fact from the fiction. But Brian Boru himself was not the product of a fanciful tale - he did indeed exist in the flesh. His body is buried at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh where countless admirers of his life still come to visit.  In 2014, as a testament to his enduring character, at the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf and Brian Boru’s ultimate demise, thousands made their way to the site of the former fray to pay homage. This book seeks to flesh out every detail of his character and his experiences as they transpired. Discover a plethora of topics such as: Ireland in the Viking Age Early Life in Kincora Rise to Power The High King of Ireland The Battle of Clontarf Death and Burial And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on Brian Boru, simply buy now for instant access!

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Length: 56 mins
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Brian Boru Timeline

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This is a short timeline of Brian Boru.

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Length: 4 mins
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Boston Massacre: A History from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable history of the Boston Massacre... What makes a shooting a massacre? If a mob of hundreds is facing down eight soldiers, and five citizens are killed, is that the Boston Massacre or the Incident on King Street? As was the case with so many of the tumultuous events in America’s colonial history, the answer depended upon whether one regarded oneself as a British subject or a free American. Loyalists and patriots were already at odds over the idea of separation from Great Britain, and the Boston Massacre, which John Adams regarded as the day the foundation of American independence was laid, catapulted the concept into the forefront of Boston’s fate. Future president Adams, although a patriot by inclination, agreed to serve as the defense attorney for the British soldiers charged in the shooting. He believed that everyone was entitled to a fair trial. As he conjured the events of March 5, 1770, in the courtroom, he masterfully instructed the jury to rely on evidence rather than emotion.  Was an order to fire upon the crowd given? Were the soldiers acting in self-defense? Were the men who made up the crowd innocent victims or, as Adams attested, a mob? The Boston Massacre played an integral part in the incubation of American independence, but it also proved that while a new nation might spring forth in violence, it would not neglect its allegiance to the law. Discover a plethora of chapters, such as: From Allies to Enemies Taxation Without Representation The Shooting on March 5 How the Incident on King Street Became the Boston Massacre The Origin of Reasonable Doubt Aftermath of the Massacre And much more! So, if you want a concise and informative book on the Boston Massacre, simply scroll up and click the "buy now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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Bette Davis (A Life From Beginning to End)

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Discover the remarkable life of Bette Davis.... Free bonus inside!  Bette Davis didn’t fit the usual Hollywood image of beauty, but by sheer force of will she became one of the most famous and prominent actresses of the twentieth century. Her entire life was focused on her six-decades-long career. This invariably led to the loss of three husbands and estrangement from her oldest daughter. Still, Bette Davis lived with few regrets. Her most famous movies, Jezebel, All About Eve, and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? are still considered classics, discovered by a generation that wasn’t even born when the movies were made. Bette’s tombstone, which reads “She did it the hard way,” aptly sums up her life. Discover a plethora of topics such as: From acting school to Hollywood success Bette’s first husband and the Oscar Award A New England romance The horror years The feud with Joan Crawford My mother’s keeper And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on Bette Davis, then buy now!

©2019 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

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Benjamin Franklin: A Life from Beginning to End

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Founding Father Benjamin Franklin came from humble beginnings to take his place in the annals of history as one of the most celebrated Americans ever to stand on the world stage. The Boston apprentice who ran away because of his brother's ill-treatment found his destiny in Philadelphia, where he became a printer, a scientist, an author, an inventor, a politician, and a citizen of the world. His inventions and his philosophies had the same ultimate goal - to make the world a better place - and Franklin achieved that goal. Europeans saw him as a symbol of what America represented; Franklin saw himself as the result of what America produced. Pragmatism ruled his life, and yet he believed passionately that it was the role of the government and the church to improve the world for all. He has been called the first American, but every American who followed owes something to this remarkable man who designed his own destiny.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Grant Finley
Length: 57 mins
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Benedict Arnold

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Benedict Arnold: a name that has become synonymous with betrayal. However, this wasn't always the case. At one time he was General (and future first president) George Washington's trusted advisor in the struggle against the British. What caused this turncoat to turn his revolutionary ambitions inside out to match the crimson of the British? What brought on one of the most famous treacheries in history? Inside you will learn about: A revolutionary in his own right On the eve of revolution The war rages Independence Day Marriage of destiny America's wayward son And much more! It has long been perceived as a historical enigma, but in this book we are going to tackle it. Listen to learn what turned a man who could have potentially been one of the greatest military heroes of American history - and perhaps even a future president himself - switch course and betray his country in such a devastating way. Listen to learn the true story about Benedict Arnold.

©2017 Hourly History Limited (P)2017 Hourly History Limited

Narrator: Derek Jeck
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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Battles of Lexington and Concord

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Discover the remarkable history of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first battles of the American War of Independence, an introduction into years of combat that would pit the forces of the Thirteen Colonies against the world’s mightiest empire - Great Britain. The events of April 19, 1775, have been commemorated in poetry and have become part of the sweeping legend of the American fight for independence. Yet, when Paul Revere and William Dawes left Boston on the night of April 18 to warn the towns that the British were coming, there were no Americans. The colonies were British subjects who owed their allegiance to King George III. Nonetheless, hostilities had been percolating since the previous decade, when the British, needing to replenish the Royal Treasury after fighting the French and Indian War on the North American continent, began levying taxes against their colonial subjects. Massachusetts, in particular, resented the taxes, and the Sons of Liberty, a patriot organization dedicated to independence from Great Britain, capitalized on the seething emotions of the people to stir up resistance. The Boston Massacre in 1770 and the Boston Tea Party in 1773 brought the colony to the point of revolt, and weapons and ammunition were being hidden in neighboring towns around Boston. It was to capture those weapons that the British left Boston on the night of April 18, 1775, unaware that their movements were being watched and that couriers were ready to alert Lexington and Concord that soldiers were on their way. When the British arrived, the militias were waiting, and as the day went on, more and more colonial soldiers joined the forces in defense of their towns and their colony. By the end of the day, as the harried, bloodied, and weary British returned to Boston, the colonial forces had achieved their first military victory and the American Revolution had begun. Discover a plethora of topics such as: Taxes and Tyranny The Rebellion in Massachusetts The British Are Coming! The Battle of Lexington The Battle of Concord Retreat from Concord And much more! So, if you want a concise and informative book on the Battles of Lexington and Concord, simply scroll up and click the "buy now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Military
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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Battle of Waterloo: A History from Beginning to End

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The Battle of Waterloo has become synonymous with the word defeat, but who lost, and why was it important? In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte left the island of Elba and, in a space of 100 days, took power and challenged the entire world to meet him on his terms. When that failed, he offered them a fight, one that would end at Waterloo, and left repercussions which can still be felt, even now, centuries later. Inside you will hear about.... Beginnings Discord and Discontent The World Rearranged The Prisoner The Journey to Waterloo Begins One Hundred Days Quatre Bras & Ligny And much more! Who was this man, and what happened on the battlefield that made this fight in particular so important? What was the lesson of Waterloo?

©2016 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Jimmy Kieffer
Category: History, Europe
Length: 56 mins
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Battle of the Coral Sea

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The Battle of the Coral Sea was a major naval conflict which took place a month before the Battle of Midway. Because Midway is regarded as the turning point in the war in the Pacific, Coral Sea is seldom given the respect it deserves. This view fails to take into account the strategic victory that the Allies enjoyed over their powerful, more experienced Japanese foe.  Inside you will learn about... The battle to save Australia Battle plans The invasion of Tulagi The fog of war The last day of the battle And much more! Pearl Harbor was only the beginning; in order to achieve its goal of becoming the dominant power in the Pacific, the Japanese knew that they had to finish the destruction of the American fleet. The supply lines that extended between the United States and Australia were an obstacle that the Imperial Japanese Navy intended to remove. But, unknown to the Japanese, the Americans had broken the Japanese code.  Upon learning that the Japanese planned to invade Port Moresby in New Guinea as an initial step in isolating Australia, Admiral Jack Fletcher and the American fleet, which included the carriers Yorktown and Lexington, raced to the Coral Sea. When the Japanese arrived, the Allies were waiting to engage in the battle that would, for the first time in World War II, force the Japanese to turn back without achieving their goals.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Category: History, Military
Length: 58 mins
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Battle of the Bulge - World War II

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The bloodiest battle in American history earned its name from the war correspondents who were covering the conflict. The “bulge” was a protuberance 50 miles wide and 70 miles deep in the American lines. The Germans, who had been in flight from the American invasion of Normandy, were not supposed to be in the Ardennes region, with its terrain deemed too difficult for tanks to move or soldiers to fight. That deadly assumption left the Ardennes and the town of Bastogne insufficiently defended by 80,000 American soldiers, most of whom had minimal battle experience. Attacking them were more than 400,000 well-armed German troops, many of whom had earned their fighting experience on the deadly Eastern Front.  Inside, you will hear about: After the Normandy Invasion The Siege of Bastogne The German infiltration Nuts! Old blood and guts The last major German offensive And much more! Trapped and surrounded by the Germans, the besieged Americans seemed doomed. But a daring action by General Patton would break through the German lines and end the siege of Bastogne, bringing supplies and reinforcements that would allow the Americans to prove their mettle at the largest battle fought on the Western Front in Europe.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

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Category: History, Military
Length: 1 hr and 1 min
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Battle of the Atlantic

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Battle of the Atlantic - World War II Imagine a battlefield of 3000 square miles, with an enemy that was often invisible when it struck. Imagine a convoy of ships carrying vital supplies from North America to Great Britain, at the mercy of the deadly marauders under the water, waiting to attack them. The Battle of the Atlantic, the longest campaign of World War II, took place upon the Atlantic Ocean as the Allies traveled back and forth from North America to Great Britain with desperately needed oil, provisions, weapons, and supplies for the embattled forces fighting against Nazi Germany. The U-boats, the terror of the undersea, made those convoy journeys particularly precarious, especially after Germany’s Admiral Karl Dönitz developed his dreaded wolf pack strategy. You will hear about: The Threat of the German U-Boats Battleships and the Bismarck The Lend-Lease Program The Downfall of the U-boats The Codebreakers who Cracked the Enigma Code And much more! From the start of the war in September 1939 until its end in 1945, the Battle of the Atlantic was fought to keep the Germans from blockading the Atlantic Ocean. The efforts of those valiant seafarers would eventually make D-Day possible, but there were times when even Winston Churchill feared that the prowess of the U-boats would imperil the Allies in their battle against the Nazi menace that had conquered Western Europe. The bravery of the Allied naval crews, and the brilliance of the Bletchley Park codebreakers, prevented the Atlantic Ocean from becoming yet another victim of Nazi dominance.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Category: History, Military
Length: 1 hr
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Battle of Tarawa - World War II: A History from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable history of the Battle of Tarawa... “It’s hell out there” was how one Marine described the assault on Tarawa, the US Navy’s first amphibious landing in World War II’s arduous Pacific campaign to bring the Empire of Japan to its knees.  In 76 hours of fighting, the Marines lost nearly as many men as had died during the six months of the Guadalcanal campaign. Military intelligence had failed to take into account the reefs around Betio, the target of the assault, or the low tides which prevented transport vehicles from bringing the Marines safely to shore. As Marines were forced to wade 700 yards from the stranded vehicles to the shore, many of them were shot by enemy fire or drowned from the weight of their packs.  When Americans back home saw the photographs of the bodies in the waters around Tarawa, they were horrified to realize that the route to Japan and victory would be strewn with the bodies of their young soldiers. Discover a plethora of chapters, such as: The Road to Tarawa Preparing Tarawa's Defenses The First Day of the Battle Eyewitness Account of the Betio Landing The Lessons and Legacy of Tarawa And much more! So, if you want a concise and informative book on the Battle of Tarawa, simply scroll up and click the "buy now" button for instant access!

©2019 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Category: History, Military
Length: 58 mins
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Battle of Okinawa - World War II

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The Battle of Okinawa was the deadliest campaign of the Pacific during World War II. The Americans had come back from the demoralizing defeat at Pearl Harbor to mount a ferocious attack against the Japanese. To be able to invade Japan, the Americans had to take Okinawa. But the Japanese, determined to defend their homeland and preserve their way of life, would fight to the death against the invaders. As the Army and Marines fought bloody battles to gain Okinawa inch by inch, the Navy was subjected to kamikaze attacks.  Inside you will hear about... Revenge for Pearl Harbor  Kamikaze: The Divine Wind Hell’s Own Cesspool Fight to the Last Man  Ernie Pyle  And much more! For almost three months, the Americans and the Japanese contested one another in a battle of endurance that highlighted the courage of the fighting men of both nations. Ultimately, the Japanese lacked the resources of the Americans, and the Americans claimed the island. But the Americans had learned a deadly lesson from the Battle of Okinawa: if the Japanese fought this hard to protect one island, how much harder would they fight to preserve Japan itself, the last vestige of their empire?  To save American lives, military leaders decided that they would utilize another, deadlier weapon to bring the Japanese to their knees. The atom bomb and the nuclear age rose from the ashes of the Japanese defeat at Okinawa.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Category: History, Military
Length: 56 mins
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Battle of Midway - World War II

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The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 had dealt a catastrophic blow to the US Navy, but it had not knocked out all of the US carriers. That was an omission that Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Japan’s fleet commander, intended to rectify by invading a site close to Pearl Harbor. The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor had worked out well for the Japanese - why not try another one on Midway Island?  The plan was to destroy the Americans when they launched a counterattack. Japan, then, would rule the Pacific and continue the expansion of its empire. What Yamamoto didn’t know was that Japanese fleet codes had been broken and that Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Chester Nimitz, privy to what the Japanese planned to do, was able to place the American carriers where they would catch the Japanese off guard as they prepared to launch air strikes on Midway Island.  Inside, you will hear about: Not ready for war The crucial codebreaker Nimitz, commander in chief Preparing for battle The battle that changed the tide of war The legacy of the Battle of Midway And much more! After the Battle of Midway, the Japanese were forced into the position of trying to defend the territory they had previously taken; their dreams of expanding their acquisitions and becoming the dominant power in the Pacific were gone. The tide of war in the Pacific had shifted.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

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Category: History, Military
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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Battle of Kursk - World War II

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Battle of Kursk - World War II Long-time adversaries Germany and the Soviet Union put their hostilities to the test in World War II. Despite a temporary truce in the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Non-aggression Pact in 1939, the Germans and the Soviets knew that the time was coming when they would face one another on the battlefield. Adolf Hitler, eager to accomplish his confident prediction that Russia would be easily defeated and its people subjected into slavery to serve as free labor for Germany, invaded the vast country in June 1941. But Operation Barbarossa was the beginning of the downfall of the Third Reich, as the dogged Russian refusal to succumb and the menace of the Russian winter demonstrated that the Soviet Union would not surrender as other European nations had done. You will learn about: Hitler’s View of the Untermensch The Communazi Pact and Operation Barbarossa The German Panzers The Soviet T-34 Preparing for Battle Showdown at Kursk And much more! By the end of the Battle of Kursk in August 1943, the largest tank battle in history, Germany had learned that the Soviet war machine was not easily dismissed. The Russians had learned that the Nazis were not invincible. In a fierce military encounter that included more than three million soldiers, 10.000 tanks, and 5.000 aircraft, the Battle of Kursk demonstrated the folly of underestimating the might of the Red Army.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Category: History, Russia
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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Battle of Iwo Jima - World War II: A History from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable history of the Battle of Iwo Jima.... After the shock and devastation of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, the Americans were determined to take their revenge on the Empire of Japan. The Japanese were just as determined to become the dominant power in the Pacific, a goal they were well on their way to achieving as they occupied China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaya, Burma, Northern Borneo, the Dutch East Indies, and the Philippines.  As the Allied victories began to mount, the Pacific was no longer the guaranteed province of the Japanese. Yet for Japan, the American advance merely provided a reason to fight even harder. By the time the two adversaries were locked in battle on the island of Iwo Jima, the Americans had no idea that they would have to shed blood for every hard-earned inch of ground that they gained. In their mission to protect their homeland from the advancing Americans, the Japanese soldiers turned Iwo Jima into a graveyard for the Marines, as well as for themselves. Discover a plethora of topics such as: Sulphur Island Over in a week: American optimism Day one: the invasion begins Raising the flag on Mount Suribachi Hill 382: the meatgrinder The Marines conquer Iwo Jima And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on the Battle of Iwo Jima, simply scroll up and click the "Buy Now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Category: History, Military
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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Battle of Gettysburg: A History From Beginning to End

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Battle of Gettysburg The bloodiest battle of the Civil War was also its turning point. From this point onwards, the Confederate forces would never gain a hold in the North again. Inside you will hear about.... Before July there was Lee Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? Rumors of War Hooker's Last Stand Everything Comes Together Day 1: July 1, 1863 Day 2: July 2, 1863 Day 3: July 3, 1863 Aftermath This Hallowed Ground Heroes would be born from places such as Little Roundtop and among the soldiers of Picketts Charge. And later, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, martyrs were created in the aftermath of the conflict, giving reason to a war that no one quite believed in fully until this point.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Bridger Conklin
Category: History, Military
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
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Battle of Bunker Hill (A History From Beginning to End)

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Discover the remarkable history of the Battle of Bunker Hill.... Free bonus Inside! In every war, there are those battles that mark a turning point, after which everything is different. These are the battles that help determine how the war will proceed. The Battle of Bunker Hill was one of those battles in the American Revolutionary War. While it was a battle that the American rebels lost, it was significant because it showed that a rag-tag band of civilian soldiers could in fact stand up to the best trained and most experienced military in the world at that time. Despite losing the battle, the American colonists managed to repulse the British advances twice before finally running out of ammunition during the third assault. Additionally, they killed or injured over 1,000 British soldiers as compared to only suffering a little over 400 casualties among their own ranks. It came as a surprise to the British who had gone into the battle supremely confident that they would easily win. They didn’t count on the spirit of the colonial rebels who were, by that time, committed to the fight. The Battle of Bunker Hill changed the entire tone of the American Revolutionary War - from that point forward, the British knew they were in for a long, difficult fight, and the colonists had the confidence they needed to declare their independence from Great Britain and establish their own new country, the United States of America. Discover a plethora of topics such as: The Shot Heard Round the World: Lexington and Concord Preparing for Battle The Battle of Bunker Hill Battle Analysis Notable Participants Political Consequences And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on the Battle of Bunker Hill, then buy now!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Category: History, Military
Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
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Battle of Berlin - World War II: A History From Beginning to End

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The Battle of Berlin was a monumental battle between two adversaries who despised one another. For the Russians who had endured the horrific suffering and loss of lives in defending their nation against the Nazi invasion, the opportunity for vengeance seemed as if fate was on their side. For the German civilians who remained in Berlin, the approach of the Red Army invoked terror. The Germans hoped that the Americans would reach them first; they would have preferred to surrender to the Americans. But the Russians were advancing swiftly from the east, and by April of 1945, the Battle of Berlin was underway.  You will learn about: From Stalingrad to Berlin The Battle of the Oder-Neisse The Russians Enter Berlin The Last Days of Adolf Hitler The Rape of Berlin And much more Hitler died by his own hand on April 30, and the Third Reich was crumbling. The loss of life on both sizes was catastrophic, but the Germans had no way of replacing the defenders of the city, and on May 2, Berlin surrendered to the Soviet forces intent on retaliation. The Russians attempted to provide services and food to the starving Germans, but not all of the Russian soldiers were inspired by compassion or altruism. Looting and rape replaced law in the city, and more than 100,000 women of Berlin were raped by Allied soldiers. By the time the Americans and British arrived, the scars of the Russian occupation were seared upon the memories of the German people. The country and its capital would be divided, and the Soviet presence would remain in the country for decades, a bitter reminder that Adolf Hitler’s grand promises of glory had brought Germany to defeat. World War II came to an end in 1945, but for the Germans, their nation became a sacrifice to the Cold War which took its place.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Category: History, Military
Length: 58 mins
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Battle of Antietam: A History from Beginning to End

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The Battle of Antietam was a turning point in the Civil War. In the span of several hours, there would be more loss of American life than in any other battle before or since, leaving one in four of the soldiers who took part either dead or wounded by the end of the day. Inside you will hear about.... "Maryland, My Maryland...." "McClellan’s Army" "The Opening Gambit" "Harper’s Ferry" "Dunker Church & the Woods" "The Cornfield" "Bloody Lane" And much more! What led to such a disastrous conclusion? And could something positive come from such an appalling massacre? The focus of the war was about to change. So, too, was how the American people viewed war as a whole.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Bridger Conklin
Category: History, Military
Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
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Babylon: A History from Beginning to End

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Of all the cities of ancient Mesopotamia, Babylon is virtually the only one still remembered today. The very word Babylon has entered the lexicon of popular understanding as a synonym for decadence and wealth. But what do we really know about the history of this once mighty city? Inside you will read about:  King Hammurabi and the Babylonian Empire The Persian Conquest Alexander the Great Enters Babylon Babylon Falls Babylon in the Bible And much more! Babylon first became important in the 18th century BCE under the rule of King Hammurabi. However, it barely survived his death before it was conquered, first by the Hittites and then by the Assyrians. In the seventh century BCE, the city was completely destroyed after it rebelled against Assyrian rule, and it wasn’t until the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar II that it once again became the heart of a large empire. After that, it was conquered by the Persians and finally, in the fourth century BCE, by Alexander the Great. Alexander planned to make Babylon the capital of his mighty empire, but he died in the city under mysterious circumstances before this was done. After his death, Babylon entered a period of decline from which it never recovered, until by the seventh century CE, it was no more than a source of bricks for local builders. How did this happen? How did this city rise to great power and then fall to become nothing but a memory? Why do we remember the name of Babylon when the names of all the other great cities of ancient Mesopotamia have been forgotten? This is the story of Babylon.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

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Category: History, Middle East
Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
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Aztec Civilization: A History from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable history of the Aztec Civilization....  The Aztec Empire dominated Mesoamerica for a relatively short time — less than 100 years — but it is remembered today more than other ancient cultures in the region which sustained for much longer. Partly that is because this was a relatively recent culture which was widely reported by the first Europeans to make contact with it. Another one of the reasons is because the Aztecs have become indelibly associated with human sacrifice. The sheer scale of these rituals caused horror and fascination in the first Europeans to encounter it. Anything up to eighty thousand victims may have been brutally killed during a single religious festival, and up to a quarter of a million people may have been sacrificed each year of Aztec rule. The seemingly insatiable need for victims to placate the Aztec gods even led to wars whose purpose was not conquest or plunder, but obtaining sacrificial victims.  Yet there was a great deal more to the Aztecs than human sacrifice. These people created a complex society and one of the largest cities in the world. They developed a sophisticated set of laws and made notable advances in astronomy and agriculture. In the course of less than one hundred years, the Aztecs came to dominate Mesoamerica and created an empire which looked set to continue for a very long time indeed. Then the first Spanish conquistadores arrived, and within less than two years, the Aztec Empire had been completely destroyed.  This is the story of the rise and fall of the Aztec Empire.  Discover a plethora of topics such as: Origins The creation of Tenochtitlan Aztec weapons and warfare The Triple Alliance The city of Tenochtitlan The Spanish Conquest And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on the Aztec Civilization, simply scroll up and click the "Buy Now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
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Augustus Caesar

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He was the first emperor of one of the greatest empires ever known to man. He commanded unmatched authority in the ancient world and was always one step ahead of his opponents. He had an intellect and a sharp wit that could cut down his foes just as easily as the steel of his sword. The life of Octavian - later known as Augustus - was so rich and full that it would take several volumes to cover all of his exploits. Although he lived and died over 2,000 years ago, this founder of the Roman Empire is as intriguing as ever. You will hear about: The adoptive son of Julius Caesar Defeating Mark Antony The Second Triumvirate The suicide pact The first Roman emperor And much more!   Learn the riveting history and the inspirational life of the most noble Roman of them all - Augustus.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

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Length: 1 hr and 1 min
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Assyrian Empire: A History from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable history of the Assyrian Empire... The Assyrian Empire was the largest, most powerful, and longest-lasting in the ancient world. It included lands that comprise modern-day Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, Kuwait, Jordan, Bahrain, and Cyprus, as well as large parts of modern Saudi Arabia, Libya, Turkey, and Iran.  The Assyrian army was the most effective, most highly trained, and best equipped in the ancient world, and few nations dared to stand against it. This force was used with ruthless brutality by Assyrian kings to ensure that potential foes were terrified of losing a battle with the Assyrians. There wasn’t just one Assyrian empire; there were three. Each rose, seized lands in the ancient Near East, and then declined to insignificance. It was only the third empire, the Neo-Assyrian empire, that finally attained the full size and scope which previous rulers had attempted. Yet, the very size of the empire was part of what eventually led to its downfall.  Internal dissent and civil wars weakened the empire to the point that it was not able to exercise effective control over the lands it had conquered. When this point arrived, the Assyrian Empire collapsed and disintegrated with bewildering speed.  This is the story of the rise and fall of the three Assyrian Empires. Discover a plethora of chapters, such as: The City of Ashur The Old Kingdom The Warrior Society The Late Bronze Age Collapse The Fall of the Assyrian Empire And much more! So, if you want a concise and informative book on the Assyrian Empire, simply scroll up and click the "buy now" button for instant access!

©2019 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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Antebellum Era

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Discover the remarkable history of the Antebellum Era.... Free bonus Inside!  In his Gettysburg Address in 1863, President Lincoln wrote of the birth of the United States that had taken place “fourscore and seven years ago”. Although a broad overview of American history leaps from the surrender of the British at Yorktown in 1781 to the firing upon Fort Sumter in 1861, historians realize that those 80 years in between represent a dynamic but unsung era in the chronicle of the nation’s ancestry.  The Antebellum Era encompasses the period from the first Fugitive Slave Law of 1793 to its more drastic sequel in 1850. It includes the invention of Eli Whitney’s cotton gin, which made cotton vastly more profitable to produce, and the expansion of slavery to feed King Cotton, a progression that led to the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861.  The Antebellum Era saw the evolution of a nation with deep agrarian roots to a country that developed a manufacturing presence which competed on the international markets. In the Antebellum Era, those who were judged inferior, whether because of their race, their gender, or their faith, developed the perseverance and commitment to the justice of their cause. It was a period of time in which the mold of the nation’s character was cast. When the Civil War ended, the resurgent United States emerged, resilient and strong, into a new era.  Discover a plethora of topics such as: Half-Slave, Half-Free: The United States in the Antebellum Era Holding off the War: Legislation in the Antebellum Era Technology in the Antebellum Era From Roads to Canals to Rail The Rise of Nativism Women in the Antebellum Era And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on the Antebellum Era, simply buy now for instant access!

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Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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Anne Boleyn: A Life from Beginning to End

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Anne Boleyn is most likely the best-known of Henry VIII’s six wives; she is also the most controversial. History has represented Anne as either a whore or a martyr. The true story, however, is far more complex.  Inside you will learn about: Early Life as a Lady-in-waiting The King’s Great Matter Anne Ascends the Throne Another Birth, Another Tragedy Trial and Execution And much more! Henry VIII of England pursued Anne Boleyn for seven years while he was battling for an annulment from his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Catherine had failed to provide Henry with a male heir to the throne, so the king looked to Catherine’s maid of honor, Anne Boleyn, to secure his Tudor lineage. When Anne also failed to give birth to a son, her fate was sealed. She was charged with multiple counts of adultery during a trial everyone agreed was a sham. Found guilty, Anne Boleyn was beheaded immediately afterward and placed in an unmarked grave. Her death served to reveal the true horror dispensed to wives who displeased their royal husbands.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
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Andrew Jackson: A Life from Beginning to End

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Old Hickory. King Mob. The People's President. King Andrew I. The nicknames by which the seventh president is known reflect the different facets of his complicated nature. He believed in the rights of the common man because he came from humble beginnings and distrusted the vested institutions of power. The first American president born to immigrant parents, Jackson was the embodiment of the new blood which infused the American spirit in the early 19th century.  You will hear about: The birth of a legend Jackson the general Jackson and politics Jackson’s home life Jackson’s first term Jackson’s second term Jackson returns to Tennessee Jackson’s legacy   Like his country, he was both ruthless and chivalrous, hot-tempered and steadfast, an authoritarian and a believer in equality. Jackson cannot be described in one-dimensional terms because there were layers to the Tennessee frontier president. Jacksonian democracy invigorated the national government and became a foundation of the modern political process. Controversial and complicated, Andrew Jackson's life is worthy of examination. To understand America, it’s vital to understand Andrew Jackson.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Jimmy Kieffer
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
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Ancient Rome: A History from Beginning to End

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Rome is a city of myth and legend. The Eternal City, the city of the seven hills, the sacred city, the caput mundi, the center of the world, Roma, Rome, by any of her many names is a city built of history and blood, marble and water, war and conquest. Inside you will hear about.... Legendary Beginnings The Senate and the People Ave Caesar Empire Rulers of the World The Fall Legacy From legendary beginnings, a city rose from the swamp surrounded by the seven hills and split by the Tiber River. Built and rebuilt, a sacred republic and a divine empire, blessed by a thousand gods and by One, the story of her rise and fall has been told and retold for a thousand years and is still relevant in today's world, as echoes of her ancient glory have shaped our culture, laws, lifestyle, and beliefs in subtle and pervasive ways.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Length: 1 hr
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American Revolution: A History from Beginning to End

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The American Revolution, which had its roots in 1765 with a rejection of British authority to tax the colonies without fair representation and ended with the British defeat at Yorktown, was one of the most momentous events in the history of the North American continent. The odds faced by the colonists were almost overwhelming. Facing the superpower of the day, which boasted a professional army equipped with the latest weapons and the ability to properly finance the war, the rebels were reliant on the goodwill of men to continue fighting without pay and in dreadful conditions. In this audiobook, American Revolution, you will discover the history behind the conflict and why it came about. The chapters lead you through the major events which took place, including the Boston Tea Party and the significant clashes between the armies. Other chapters include: A Series of Oppressions Death and Taxes Out of Many, One War in Earnest Voices of Liberty Independence The rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness were what gave the colonists the impetus and courage to continue a fight, which at times looked to be a hopeless lost cause at best, to eventually win the freedom they yearned for. The new government they created was unlike anything seen before and became a model for democracies around the world. American Revolution is a compelling audiobook packed with historical information. If you are a student of the era or simply want to know a little more about this fascinating period of history, then this audiobook is one you cannot afford to pass by.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
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American Indian Wars

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The American Indian Wars, a series of conflicts between white settlers and Native Americans which took place in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, were complex, brutal, and many. An official United States Census report published in 1898 noted at least 40 wars which had taken place in the previous 100 years. The total number of individual wars probably numbers well over 100, though many were localized and on a very small scale.   Inside you will hear about: The colonial period Washington takes on the Northwest territory Andrew Jackson and the Seminole Wars Wars in the wild West Sheridan’s Wars The road to the wounded knee massacre And much more!  The American Indian Wars were often bafflingly different, each with its own specific causes and precipitating factors. Yet each was also essentially similar: These wars was fought for possession of land. As white settlers gradually spread over what is now the United States of America, they encountered Native American tribes. The white settlers wanted to create farms and ranches. The tribes wanted the land for hunting. There could be no compromise - these were wars to the death for the right to establish or retain a way of life. The conflicts which resulted were numerous, violent, and localized. Although both sides suffered setbacks, this series of wars gradually pushed Native Americans out of their homelands to make way for the expansion of white settlement. This is a concise telling of the American Indian Wars, from the earliest Beaver Wars in the 17th century between French, Dutch, and British settlers and their Native American allies to the tragic confrontation at Wounded Knee Creek at the end of the 19th century.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

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Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
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Amelia Earhart: A Life from Beginning to End

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Amelia Earhart was a legend - but perhaps an unlikely one at that. You see, Amelia Earhart was not always the dashing heroine that most of us associate with her name. She began life as a rather shy girl, who often found herself having to hide from her troubled upbringing. As her family life spiraled out of control, Amelia Earhart was forced to move from state to state, town to town, never getting the chance to put down roots. The high school she graduated from was one of many she attended, and a caption by her photo for that semester’s yearbook seems to have said it all. It read, “The girl in brown who walks alone.” But even as her peers scoffed at the girl in brown slacks who walked a lonely path, Amelia Earhart was charting a course for a tremendous destiny.    Inside, you will listen about: A Turbulent Childhood  First Transatlantic Flight  Earhart in the White House  Amelia Earhart's Disappearance  Theories and Explanations  And Much More!   In this book, we will follow all of the hurdles that this heroine surmounted in order to become one of the most famous pilots of all time.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Narrator: Alexander G.
Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
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Alexander the Great: A Life from Beginning to End

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Alexander the Great. A boy, groomed for greatness from the earliest age, who would put his stamp on the world for generations to come. A man who sought immortality and achieved it in just 10 years. A soldier whose genius for strategy and tactics is still studied in the modern world. A ruler who understood how to win the hearts and minds of his subjects. This is the story of a Titan of the ancient world, a man who rose but, though he died, never truly fell. Inside you will hear about.... Introduction "The Genius of Philip of Macedon" "Alexander, King of Macedon" "Conquest of Persia" "Gaugamela and King of Asia" "The Death of Alexander" And much more!

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Jimmy Kieffer
Length: 59 mins
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Alexander Hamilton: A Life from Beginning to End

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Alexander Hamilton did not rise to public prominence as an austere New Englander or a gentlemanly Virginian. He was not born in the colonies at all. He was born in the West Indies, the son of a woman of French descent who had left her husband for another man. As an illegitimate child, Hamilton could not be educated in the local church school, so businessmen, impressed by his remarkable intelligence, sent him to America for his schooling. The American Revolution would interrupt his vacation but accelerate his promotion to the national stage from his service as George Washington's aide-de-camp to his position as the new nation's first Secretary of the Treasury. Hamilton understood money and knew that for the nation to thrive, it had to become financially strong, a stance which brought him into contention with other Founding Fathers who distrusted his enthusiasm for a strong central government. Inside you will hear about... Hamilton Rises  The Patriotic Prodigy  Hamilton the Politician and Puller of Strings  Washington's Man at the Treasury  The Reynolds Affair  Back to New York  Hamilton and Burr: The Final Chapter His extramarital affair with a married woman brought his public career to a conclusion but he continued to involve himself in political intrigue. It was his role in a contested election that brought him to a duel with Aaron Burr, the shadowy character in American history. Scandal and death cannot overpower the mighty role he played in building the United States of America.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Bridger Conklin
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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Alexander Graham Bell: A Life from Beginning to End

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Educator. Innovator. Inventor. These three words sum up Alexander Graham Bell, one of the greatest scientific men of his era. He is most famous for the invention of the telephone, a device which he predicted would transform human society. And it did. But the telephone is just one of the many innovations and inventions that Bell brought into being. Inside you will hear about.... Childhood Emigration to North America The Bell Telephone Company The Race to Save the President A Rival to the Wright Brothers Later Years and Death And much more! A man who epitomizes the word visionary, Alexander Graham Bell predicted the use of light as a medium for transmitting information and how humanity would be transformed by flight. This is his story.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Nathan Bierma
Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
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Albert Einstein

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How did one insignificant patent clerk change the world? Step into the world of Albert Einstein in this book and find out what was so extraordinary about him. Why did it take so long for him to win the Nobel Prize? What kind of a father was Einstein to his boys? How did his marriages affect his work? What motivated him? And most importantly: What unlocked his mind to grapple with the most profound ideas of all time? You will hear about: Einstein’s first endeavors Einstein's tangled life Becoming American WWII and The Manhattan Project Einstein's beliefs Later life and death The legacy of Albert Einstein And much more! Find out why Einstein valued creativity and freedom as the foundation stones of a good life, and how these two traits would inspire him and help to transform the world as it was known up until then. Discover how Einstein, the scientist, became Einstein, the humanitarian, and all of the causes which he so passionately held. Without Albert Einstein, there would be no modern age. See how it all began.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
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Alan Turing

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Alan Turing had a radical and ingenious mind. He is considered one of the fathers of artificial intelligence, and his theories on this matter range from purely mechanical to almost spiritual. During World War II, his decryption of the Nazis’ Enigma codes proved vital for the Allied victory over the Axis powers. Turing’s fingerprints are everywhere, and yet his own country for quite some time failed to acknowledge it. It wasn’t until 2009 that the then prime minister of the United Kingdom, Gordon Brown, issued an official, posthumous apology to Alan Turing for “the appalling way he was treated.” To many, this was an admission that was far too long in coming.   Inside you will read about: The death of his first love Turing machines Breaking the Nazis’ enigma codes Conviction and chemical castration The poison apple And much more!  As the chronicling of this book demonstrates, Alan Turing’s life was by no means easy; there were hardships, trials, and tribulations that would shake him to his core. But despite the tragic way his life ended by way of a poison apple, the spark ignited by Alan Turing’s short life is still something exceedingly brilliant to behold.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Length: 56 mins
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Al Capone

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Al Capone and Chicago at one time were almost synonymous. While opinions of the infamous mob leader varied from group to group, Capone was at one point seen by many as a lovable outlaw and modern Robin Hood. How could this man who ran the most vicious criminal organization in the country become so beloved by the general public? Was it the rags-to-riches tale of an immigrant that rose from the bottom to make it to the big time that transfixed the nation? Or is it something else entirely? Let us discover just what is it about the life of Al Capone that seems to spark both disgust and admiration in those that hear it. Inside you will hear about: How Capone became Scarface The murder of McSwiggin Public enemy number one Taking down Capone Holed up in Alcatraz The last days of Al Capone And much more! This is the story of the life and enduring legend of the Italian-American mobster that some loved and others loved to hate.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Length: 1 hr
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Agatha Christie: A Life from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable life of Agatha Christie.... Free Bonus Inside!  Agatha Christie, born in upper-middle-class British society during the late Victorian era, turned into one of the most prolific and popular mystery writers of all time. Her novels have been translated into 44 languages and have sold over two billion copies worldwide. Her mysteries continue to sell as new generations of readers discover the delights of her main characters, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. In addition, Christie’s plays have been a tremendous success, with The Mousetrap running in London for the past 70 years.  This is the story of the best-selling fiction writer of all time - Dame Agatha Christie.  Discover a plethora of topics such as: An Enchanted Childhood Agatha Meets Archie Christie The Loss of Her Mother and Husband Christie’s Mysterious Disappearance Murder Most Foul: Enter Miss Marple Final Years and Death And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on Agatha Christie, simply biu now for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
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Ada Lovelace: A Life from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable life of Ada Lovelace... As the sole legitimate child of Lord Byron, Ada Lovelace was the progeny of literary royalty. Many might have naturally expected her to go into the field of her father, but instead of delving into poetry, she delved into the hard sciences of mathematics and analytic thinking. Even so, Ada still had the imagination of a lyricist when writing scientific treatises, at times referring to her own work as nothing short of “poetical science”.  Everything she did, she did with passion and dogged determination. It was this drive that led Ada to look farther and search deeper than her contemporaries. Her unique vision led her to become one of the pioneers of the modern computer and one of the world’s first computer programmers.  But what exactly do we know about Ada Lovelace, and how can it be quantified? Listen to this book to find out more about the 19th-century mathematician and writer Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace.  Discover a plethora of chapters, such as: The Daughter of Lord and Lady Byron Early Years of Paralysis The World’s First Computer Programmer Rumors and Laudanum Addiction A Grim Prognosis Last Days and Death And much more! So, if you want a concise and informative audiobook on Ada Lovelace, simply scroll up and click the "buy now" button for instant access!

©2019 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Length: 53 mins
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Ada Lovelace Timeline

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This audiobook is a short timeline of Ada Lovelace, a mathematician and writer, born to the English poet Lord Byron and Anne Isabella Byron.

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Ross Pipkin
Length: 8 mins
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Abraham Lincoln: A Concise History of the Man Who Transformed the World

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Abraham Lincoln's determination to hold the North and South together would ultimately lead to the bloodiest war in American history, the abolition of slavery, and his own untimely death from an assassin’s bullet. But to see Lincoln solely as a tragic figure consumed with the strife of mid-19th century America is to miss meeting him as a man who never allowed himself to be defeated by adversity, grief, or turmoil. From his earliest days on the frontier, he endured the loss of his beloved mother and the demanding physical challenges of a rough-and-ready land where death came easily and education was rare; where ambition was rewarded if a man proved himself willing to work hard; where love was attainable, even for a man whose physical appearance was most charitably described as homely. Inside you will hear about.... Born on the frontier Lincoln’s life in New Salem The election of 1860 The house divides The tide turns The end The legacy of Lincoln Lincoln arose from poverty and ignorance to become a man of influence and eloquence, whose speeches continue to resonate with a nation that aspires to meet his ideals. Lincoln had his detractors and enemies, but throughout his years, he had a remarkable ability to remain unpoisoned by his foes and to retain compassion for those who opposed him. Meet Abraham Lincoln, the frontier president whose death made him a martyr but whose life made him a hero.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Jimmy Kieffer
Category: History, Military
Length: 58 mins
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