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They Call Me George

32 ratings

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A CBC Books Must-Read Nonfiction Book for Black History Month Nominated for the Toronto Book Award Smartly dressed and smiling, Canada’s black train porters were a familiar sight to the average passenger - yet their minority status rendered them politically invisible, second-class in the social imagination that determined who was and who was not considered Canadian. Subjected to grueling shifts and unreasonable standards - a passenger missing his stop was a dismissible offense - the so-called Pullmen of the country’s rail lines were denied secure positions and prohibited from bringing their families to Canada, and it was their struggle against the racist Dominion that laid the groundwork for the multicultural nation we know today. Drawing on the experiences of these influential black Canadians, Cecil Foster’s They Call Me George demonstrates the power of individuals and minority groups in the fight for social justice and shows how a country can change for the better.

©2019 Cecil Foster, 2019 (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Category: History, Americas
Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
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The Kidnapping Club

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In a rapidly changing New York, two forces battled for the city's soul: the pro-slavery New Yorkers who kept the illegal slave trade alive and well, and the abolitionists fighting for freedom. We often think of slavery as a southern phenomenon, far removed from the booming cities of the North. But even though slavery had been outlawed in Gotham by the 1830s, Black New Yorkers were not safe. Not only was the city built on the backs of slaves; it was essential in keeping slavery and the slave trade alive.  In The Kidnapping Club, historian Jonathan Daniel Wells tells the story of the powerful network of judges, lawyers, and police officers who circumvented anti-slavery laws by sanctioning the kidnapping of free and fugitive African Americans. Nicknamed "The New York Kidnapping Club", the group had the tacit support of institutions from Wall Street to Tammany Hall whose wealth depended on the Southern slave and cotton trade. But a small cohort of abolitionists, including Black journalist David Ruggles, organized tirelessly for the rights of Black New Yorkers, often risking their lives in the process.  Taking listeners into the bustling streets and ports of America's great Northern metropolis, The Kidnapping Club is a dramatic account of the ties between slavery and capitalism, the deeply corrupt roots of policing, and the strength of Black activism.

©2020 Jonathan Daniel Wells (P)2021 Hachette Audio

Category: History, Americas
Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
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A Mind Spread Out on the Ground

252 ratings

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Number One National Best Seller

Shortlisted for The 2019 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2019 BY THE GLOBE AND MAIL • CBC • CHATELAINE • QUILL & QUIRE • THE HILL TIMES • POP MATTERS

A bold and profound meditation on trauma, legacy, oppression, and racism in North America from award-winning Haudenosaunee writer Alicia Elliott.

In an urgent and visceral work that asks essential questions about the treatment of Native people in North America while drawing on intimate details of her own life and experience with intergenerational trauma, Alicia Elliott offers indispensable insight into the ongoing legacy of colonialism. She engages with such wide-ranging topics as race, parenthood, love, mental illness, poverty, sexual assault, gentrifcation, writing, and representation, and in the process makes connections both large and small between the past and present, the personal and political - from overcoming a years-long battle with head lice to the way Native writers are treated within the Canadian literary industry; her unplanned teenage pregnancy to the history of dark matter and how it relates to racism in the court system; her childhood diet of Kraft Dinner to how systemic oppression is directly linked to health problems in Native communities. 

With deep consideration and searing prose, Elliott provides a candid look at our past, an illuminating portrait of our present and a powerful tool for a better future.

©2019 Alicia Elliott (P)2019 Doubleday Canada

Category: History, Americas
Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
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Endurance

433 ratings

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This is a new reading of the thrilling account of one of the most astonishing feats of exploration and human courage ever recorded. In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world. Lansing describes how the men survived a 1,000-mile voyage in an open boat across the stormiest ocean on the globe and an overland trek through forbidding glaciers and mountains. The book recounts a harrowing adventure, but ultimately it is the nobility of these men and their indefatigable will that shines through.

©1959 Alfred Lansing (P)2007 Blackstone Audo, Inc.

Category: History, Americas
Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
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The Industrial Revolution

19 ratings

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From electric lights to automobiles to the appliances that make our lives easier at work and at home, we owe so much of our world to the Industrial Revolution. In this course, The Great Courses partners with the Smithsonian - one of the world's most storied and exceptional educational institutions - to examine the extraordinary events of this period and uncover the far-reaching impact of this incredible revolution. Over the course of 36 thought-provoking lectures, longtime Great Courses favorite Professor Allitt introduces you to the inventors, businessmen, and workers responsible for transforming virtually every aspect of our lives and fueling one of the greatest periods of innovation in human history. The technological achievements of this era are nothing short of astonishing. Thanks to inventions such as the steam engine and processes such as large-scale iron smelting, industrial entrepreneurs were able to mechanize labor, which allowed for a host of new efficiencies such as division of labor, mass production, and global distribution. You'll discover the science behind some of the most astounding inventions in modern history, including the spinning jenny, the incandescent light bulb, and the computer processor. You'll learn how these inventions came about and consider what effects these technologies had on every aspect of human life. Get an inside look at the history of industrial innovation and explore the lives of engineers, inventors, architects, and designers responsible for changing the world - as well as ordinary workers who lost their livelihoods to new technologies and suffered from unsafe working conditions. The story of the Industrial Revolution is complex, and these lectures will leave you with a new appreciation for the amazing human achievements all around us. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2014 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2014 The Great Courses

Category: History, Americas
Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
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Experience and Education

3 ratings

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Experience and Education is the best concise statement on education ever published by John Dewey, the man acknowledged to be the pre-eminent educational theorist of the twentieth century. Written more than two decades after Democracy and Education (Dewey's most comprehensive statement of his position in educational philosophy), this book demonstrates how Dewey reformulated his ideas as a result of his intervening experience with the progressive schools and in the light of the criticisms his theories had received. Analyzing both "traditional" and "progressive" education, Dr. Dewey here insists that neither the old nor the new education is adequate and that each is miseducative because neither of them applies the principles of a carefully developed philosophy of experience. Many pages of this volume illustrate Dr. Dewey's ideas for a philosophy of experience and its relation to education. He particularly urges that all teachers and educators looking for a new movement in education should think in terms of the deeped and larger issues of education rather than in terms of some divisive "ism" about education, even such an "ism" as "progressivism." His philosophy, here expressed in its most essential, most readable form, predicates an American educational system that respects all sources of experience, on that offers a true learning situation that is both historical and social, both orderly and dynamic.

©1938 Kappa Delta Pi (P)2013 Redwood Audiobooks

Category: History, Americas
Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
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Living in the Long Emergency

2 ratings

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Forget the speculation of pundits and media personalities. For anyone asking "Now what?" the answer is out there. You just have to know where to look. In his 2005 book, The Long Emergency, James Howard Kunstler described the global predicaments that would pitch the USA into political and economic turmoil in the 21st century - the end of affordable oil, climate irregularities, and flagging economic growth, to name a few. Now, he returns with a book that takes an up-close-and-personal approach to how real people are living now - surviving The Long Emergency as it happens. Through his popular blog, Clusterf**ck Nation, Kunstler has had the opportunity to connect with people from across the country. They’ve shared their stories with him - sometimes over years of correspondence - and in Living in the Long Emergency: Global Crisis, the Failure of the Futurists, and the Early Adapters Who Are Showing Us the Way Forward, he shares them with us, offering an eye-opening and unprecedented look at what’s really going on "out there" in the US - and beyond. Coming from all walks of life, the individuals you’ll meet in these pages have one thing in common: their stories acutely illustrate the changing realities real people are facing - and coping with - every day. In profiles of their fascinating lives, Kunstler paints vivid, human portraits that offer a “slice of life” from people whose struggles and triumphs all too often go ignored. With personal accounts from a Vermont baker, homesteaders, a building contractor in the Baltimore ghetto, a white nationalist, and many more, Living in the Long Emergency is a unique and timely exploration of how the lives of everyday Americans are being transformed, for better and for worse, and what these stories tell us both about the future and about human perseverance.

©2020 James Howard Kunstler (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Category: History, Americas
Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
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1491

106 ratings

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A groundbreaking study that radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans in 1492. Traditionally, Americans learned in school that the ancestors of the people who inhabited the Western Hemisphere at the time of Columbus' landing had crossed the Bering Strait 12,000 years ago; existed mainly in small nomadic bands; and lived so lightly on the land that the Americas were, for all practical purposes, still a vast wilderness. But as Charles C. Mann now makes clear, archaeologists and anthropologists have spent the last 30 years proving these and many other long-held assumptions wrong. In a book that startles and persuades, Mann reveals how a new generation of researchers equipped with novel scientific techniques came to previously unheard-of conclusions. Among them: In 1491 there were probably more people living in the Americas than in Europe. Certain cities - such as Tenochtitlán, the Aztec capital - were far greater in population than any contemporary European city. Furthermore, Tenochtitlán, unlike any capital in Europe at that time, had running water, beautiful botanical gardens, and immaculately clean streets. The earliest cities in the Western Hemisphere were thriving before the Egyptians built the great pyramids. Pre-Columbian Indians in Mexico developed corn by a breeding process so sophisticated that the journal Science recently described it as "man's first, and perhaps the greatest, feat of genetic engineering". Amazonian Indians learned how to farm the rain forest without destroying it - a process scientists are studying today in the hope of regaining this lost knowledge. Native Americans transformed their land so completely that Europeans arrived in a hemisphere already massively "landscaped" by human beings. Mann sheds clarifying light on the methods used to arrive at these new visions of the pre-Columbian Americas and how they have affected our understanding of our history and our thinking about the environment. His book is an exciting and learned account of scientific inquiry and revelation.

©2016 Charles C. Mann (P)2016 Random House Audio

Category: History, Americas
Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
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The Captured

3 ratings

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On New Year's Day in 1870, 10-year-old Adolph Korn was kidnapped by an Apache raiding party. Traded to Comanches, he thrived in the rough, nomadic existence, quickly becoming one of the tribe's fiercest warriors. Forcibly returned to his parents after three years, Korn never adjusted to life in white society. He spent his last years living in a cave, all but forgotten by his family. That is, until Scott Zesch stumbled upon his great-great-great-uncle's grave. Determined to understand how such a "good boy" could have become Indianized so completely, Zesch traveled across the west, digging through archives, speaking with Comanche elders, and tracking eight other child captives from the region with hauntingly similar experiences. With a historian's rigor and a novelist's eye, Zesch paints a vivid portrait of life on the Texas frontier in The Captured and offers one of the few nonfiction accounts of captivity.

©2004 Scott Zesch (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks

Narrator: Grover Gardner
Author: Scott Zesch
Category: History, Americas
Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
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Kissinger: Volume I

7 ratings

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The definitive biography of Henry Kissinger, based on unprecedented access to his private papers, by an acclaimed historian at the height of his powers.

No American statesman has been as revered and as reviled as Henry Kissinger. Once hailed as "Super-K" - the "indispensable man" whose advice has been sought by every president from Kennedy to Obama - he has also been hounded by conspiracy theorists, scouring his every "telcon" for evidence of Machiavellian malfeasance. Yet as Niall Ferguson shows in this magisterial biography, the idea of Kissinger as the ruthless arch-realist is based on a profound misunderstanding. Drawing not only on Kissinger's hitherto closed private papers but also on documents from more than a hundred archives around the world, Ferguson argues that the true foundation of Kissinger's thought is philosophical idealism - combined with history itself.

The first half of Kissinger's life is usually skimmed over as a quintessential tale of American ascent: the Jewish refugee from Hitler's Germany who made it to the White House. But in this first of two volumes, Ferguson shows that what Kissinger achieved before his appointment as Richard Nixon's national security adviser was astonishing in its own right. Toiling as a teenager in a New York factory, he studied indefatigably at night. He was drafted into the US infantry and saw action at the Battle of the Bulge - as well as the liberation of a concentration camp - but ended his army career interrogating Nazis. It was at Harvard that Kissinger found his vocation. Having immersed himself in the philosophy of Kant and the diplomacy of Metternich, he shot to celebrity by arguing for "limited nuclear war". Nelson Rockefeller hired him. Kennedy called him to Camelot. Yet Kissinger's rise was anything but irresistible. Dogged by press gaffes and disappointed by "Rocky", Kissinger seemed stuck - until a trip to Vietnam changed everything.

©2015 Niall Ferguson (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Category: History, Americas
Length: 34 hrs and 11 mins
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The Skeptic's Guide to American History

23 ratings

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To take a skeptical approach to American history is not to dabble in imaginative conspiracy theories; rather, it's to reframe your understanding of this great nation's past and actually strengthen your appreciation for what makes American history such a fascinating chapter in the larger story of Western civilization. And in this bold 24-lecture series, you can do just that. Travel back in time and examine many commonly held myths and half-truths about American history and prompt yourself to think about what really happened in the nation's past - as opposed to what many believe happened. These lectures demonstrate how reconsidering some of the most popular notions of U.S. history can yield new (and sometimes startlingly different) interpretations of political, social, economic, and military events. But more than just debunking commonly accepted accounts, you'll be able to replace these misconceptions with insightful truths. Exploring both America's history and the verdicts that have been rendered about some of its most enduring figures - including George Washington, John Adams, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and many others - these lectures investigate a wide-ranging list of questions. What impact did other nations have on the American Revolution? Has George Washington always been revered as president? Do we now understand the true blunders in America's Vietnam policies and tactics? In exploring these and other questions, these lectures prove themselves to be a delightful intellectual experience that will allow you to rethink not just the facts of U.S. history, but also their meaning. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2012 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2012 The Great Courses

Narrator: Mark A. Stoler
Category: History, Americas
Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
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The Hour of Fate

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Bloomsbury presents The Hour of Fate by Susan Berfield, read by Jennifer Woodward. A riveting narrative of Wall Street buccaneering, political intrigue and two of American history’s most colossal characters, struggling for mastery in an era of social upheaval and rampant inequality. It seemed like no force in the world could slow J. P. Morgan’s drive to power. In the summer of 1901, the financier was assembling his next mega-deal: Northern Securities, an enterprise that would affirm his dominance in America’s most important industry — the railroads. Then, a bullet from an anarchist’s gun put an end to the business-friendly presidency of William McKinley. A new chief executive bounded into office: Theodore Roosevelt. He was convinced that as big business got bigger, the government had to check the influence of the wealthiest or the country would inch ever closer to collapse. By March 1902, battle lines were drawn: the government sued Northern Securities for antitrust violations. But as the case ramped up, the coal miners’ union went on strike and the anthracite pits that fueled Morgan’s trains and heated the homes of Roosevelt’s citizens went silent. With millions of dollars on the line, winter bearing down and revolution in the air, it was a crisis that neither man alone could solve. Richly detailed and propulsively told, The Hour of Fate is the gripping story of a banker and a president thrown together in the crucible of national emergency even as they fought in court. The outcome of the strike and the case would change the course of our history. Today, as the country again asks whether saving democracy means taming capital, the lessons of Roosevelt and Morgan’s time are more urgent than ever.

©2020 Susan Berfield (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Category: History, Americas
Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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Texas: A Captivating Guide to the History of Texas and Texas Rangers

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If you want to discover the captivating history of Texas, then pay attention...   Two captivating manuscripts in one audiobook History of Texas: A Captivating Guide to Texas History, Starting from the Arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors in North America through the Texas Revolution to the Present The Texas Rangers: A Captivating Guide to the History of a Law Enforcement Agency That Has Helped Stop Some of America's Most Infamous Criminals and Their Role in the Mexican-American War Here are just some of the topics covered in part one of this audiobook: Before Columbus Early Colonizers - Spain and France Spanish Settlers Claim the Region Americans Settle Rising Tensions Between Mexico and the Settlements The Fight for Texas Independence Begins “Remember the Alamo” and Other Major Battles Annexation to the US and the Mexican-American War Role in the Civil War Reconstruction Texas Today And much, much more! Here are just some of the topics covered in part two of this audiobook: Stephen Austin and the Founding of the Texas Rangers Growing Discontentment in Texas and the War for Texas Independence Protecting New Settlers after the Revolution Driving the Natives from Their Homes The Annexation of Texas The Mexican-American War Corruption, Loss of Popularity, Rebuilding and Restoring an Earlier Image Taking Down Bonnie and Clyde The Murder of Irene Garza Their Role Today And much, much more! So if you want to learn about the history of Texas, buy this audiobook now!

©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Americas
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
Available on Audible
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Letters of a Woman Homesteader

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Elinore Pruitt Stewart (1876-1933) was a homesteader in Wyoming and a memoirist who, between 1909 and 1914, wrote a series of engaging letters describing her life. The letters, which are short stories, reveal an adventurous and resourceful personality. They were first published in the Atlantic Monthly.

Public Domain (P)2019 Museum Audiobooks

Category: History, Americas
Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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Empire of the Summer Moon

333 ratings

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Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son, Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches.  Although listeners may be more familiar with the names Apache and Sioux, it was in fact the legendary fighting ability of the Comanches that determined just how and when the American West opened up. They were so masterful at war and so skillful with their arrows and lances that they stopped the northern drive of colonial Spain from Mexico and halted the French expansion westward from Louisiana. White settlers arriving in Texas from the Eastern United States were surprised to find the frontier being rolled backward by Comanches incensed by the invasion of their tribal lands. So effective were the Comanches that they forced the creation of the Texas Rangers and account for the advent of the new weapon specifically designed to fight them: the six-gun.  The war with the Comanches lasted four decades, in effect holding up the development of the new American nation. Gwynne's exhilarating account delivers a sweeping narrative that encompasses Spanish colonialism, the Civil War, the destruction of the buffalo herds, and the arrival of the railroads - a historical feast for anyone interested in how the United States came into being.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2016 S. C. Gwynne (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: David Drummond
Author: S. C. Gwynne
Category: History, Americas
Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (AmazonClassics Edition)

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Despite being born into slavery, Linda Brent enjoys a happy childhood - until the deaths of her parents and kind mistress leave her an orphan and the property of the lascivious Dr. Flint. Linda becomes the target of his unwanted advances, which she temporarily evades by bearing the children of another man. But when Dr. Flint threatens to sell her children unless she submits, Linda hatches a desperate plan to escape, working to secure her children's freedom as well as her own. Using the character Linda Brent to narrate her own life story, Harriet Ann Jacobs reveals the unparalleled struggles of an enslaved woman. Her harrowing account of perseverance and unimaginable bravery continues to enlighten and inspire to this day. AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from iconic authors. Ideal for anyone who wants to hear a great work for the first time or revisit an old favorite, these new editions open the door to the stories and ideas that have shaped our world. Revised edition: Previously published as Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, this edition of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: Adenrele Ojo
Category: History, Americas
Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
Available on Audible
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Empire of the Summer Moon

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In the tradition of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, a stunningly vivid historical account of the 40-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West, centering on Quanah, the greatest Comanche chief of them all.  Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second is the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches. Although listeners may be more familiar with the tribal names Apache and Sioux, it was in fact the legendary fighting ability of the Comanches that determined just how and when the American West opened up.  Comanche boys became adept bareback riders by age six; full Comanche braves were considered the best horsemen who ever rode. They were so masterful at war and so skillful with their arrows and lances that they stopped the northern drive of colonial Spain from Mexico and halted the French expansion westward from Louisiana.  White settlers arriving in Texas from the eastern United States were surprised to find the frontier being rolled backward by Comanches incensed by the invasion of their tribal lands. Against this backdrop Gwynne presents the compelling drama of Cynthia Ann Parker, a nine-year-old girl who was kidnapped by Comanches in 1836. She grew to love her captors and became infamous as the "White Squaw" who refused to return until her tragic capture by Texas Rangers in 1860.  More famous still was her son Quanah, a warrior who was never defeated and whose guerrilla wars in the Texas Panhandle made him a legend. S. C. Gwynne's account of these events is meticulously researched, intellectually provocative and, above all, thrillingly told.

©2010 S.C. Gwynne (P)2020 W F Howes

Narrator: David Drummond
Author: S.C. Gwynne
Category: History, Americas
Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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The Complete History of South America

1 rating

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Experience the unique and extraordinary history of the South American continent! Are you searching for a detailed exploration of South America? Do you want to learn about its incredible countries, the ancient Inca empire, and how Simon Bolivar shaped the course of history? Then keep reading. Delving into the vibrant history and beautiful culture of the South American continent, inside this guide you’ll be taken on a journey into the past, uncovering a richly woven story that has played out through the ages. From the time of the great Inca Empire to the foundation of the modern-day countries we know so well, this book unveils the secrets of South America like never before. Told with gripping detail and full of lesser-known and interesting facts, The Complete History of South America makes the perfect book for anybody who wants to learn more about this fascinating land. Shedding light on countries across the continent, from Colombia to Chile, you’ll get a glimpse of the South America that history class never taught you. Here’s what you’ll discover inside: The amazing history of every country on the South American continent An exploration of the mighty Inca empire and the legacy it left behind The wonders of Machu Picchu, the famed Inca city that has stood the test of time Simon Bolivar’s struggle for independence and how he led South Americans to victory over the Spanish And much more So, if you’re searching for a unique insight into South American history and culture or if you want to learn about these stunning countries in the present day, The Complete History of South America is for you. Buy now to begin unravelling the story of South America today!

©2020 David Robbins (P)2020 David Robbins

Category: History, Americas
Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
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Anarchism and Other Essays

4 ratings

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Among the men and women prominent in the public life of early 20th-century America there are but few whose names are mentioned as often as that of Emma Goldman. Yet the real Emma Goldman is almost quite unknown. The sensational press has surrounded her name with so much misrepresentation and slander, it would seem almost a miracle that, in spite of this web of calumny, the truth breaks through and a better appreciation of this much maligned idealist begins to manifest itself. Here are powerful, penetrating, prophetic essays on direct action, the role of minorities, prison reform, puritan hypocrisy, and violence.

Public Domain (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Suzanne Toren
Author: Emma Goldman
Category: History, Americas
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
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Boardwalk Empire Free Bonus Material

28 ratings

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After a long night in Atlantic City performing “research” for Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City, a group of Audible staffers slunk out of a casino thinking they were completely busted. That’s when they hit the jackpot – behind a dusty, old, cobweb-covered moonshine barrel, they discovered a few pages of genuine Prohibition-Era slang, a true relic of one of history’s most storied periods. They turned to Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, President of the Dorothy Parker Society, to authenticate and restore the find. Now, we present to you a treasure trove of flapper secrets, including the origins of words and phrases still used today, if not fondly remembered, like cat’s pajamas, lollygagger, blind date, home wrecker, gadget, and behind the eight ball.Oliver Wyman reads The Speakeasy Guide and captures the rich atmosphere and enduring cultural influence of the roaring ‘20s. While the anecdote about Audible staffers stumbling out of an anonymous casino might be in doubt, one thing’s for sure – this fun listen is the bee’s knees.If you watched the video version of this guide on our homepage, note that this is the extended version, with approximately 10 additional minutes of words and phrases to enjoy.

©2010 Kevin C. Fitzpatrick (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Oliver Wyman
Category: History, Americas
Length: 14 mins
Available on Audible
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Traitor to His Class

4 ratings

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A sweeping, magisterial biography of the man generally considered the greatest president of the 20th century, admired by Democrats and Republicans alike. Traitor to His Class sheds new light on FDR's formative years; his remarkable willingness to champion the concerns of the poor and disenfranchised; and his combination of political genius, firm leadership, and matchless diplomacy in saving democracy in America during the Great Depression and the American cause of freedom in World War II. Drawing on archival materials, public speeches, personal correspondence, and accounts by family and close associates, acclaimed best-selling historian and biographer H. W. Brands offers a compelling and intimate portrait of Roosevelt's life and career. Brands explores the powerful influence of FDR's dominating mother and the often tense and always unusual partnership between FDR and his wife, Eleanor, and her indispensable contributions to his presidency. Most of all, the book traces in breathtaking detail FDR's revolutionary efforts with his New Deal legislation to transform the American political economy in order to save it, his forceful and cagey leadership before and during World War II, and his lasting legacy in creating the foundations of the postwar international order. Traitor to His Class brilliantly captures the qualities that have made FDR a beloved figure to millions of Americans.

©2008 H. W. Brands (P)2008 Books on Tape

Narrator: Mark Deakins
Author: H. W. Brands
Category: History, Americas
Length: 37 hrs and 9 mins
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Becoming (Polish Edition)

Summary

The first lady of the United States of America and the first African-American in that position. A huge advocate of women. One of the most iconic and fascinating people of our times. Michelle Obama talks about her life with honesty and humor, in the same way she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revealing, Becoming is an intimate account by a sensitive and strong woman who consistently rose above the expectations of others. Her story inspires to do the same. Please note: This audiobook is in Polish.

©2019 Michelle Obama (P)2019 Agora S.A.

Narrator: Agata Kulesza
Category: History, Americas
Length: 18 hrs and 25 mins
Available on Audible
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Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution

18 ratings

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Steven Levy's classic book traces the exploits of the computer revolution's original hackers - those brilliant and eccentric nerds from the late 1950s through the early '80s who took risks, bent the rules, and pushed the world in a radical new direction. With updated material from noteworthy hackers such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Stallman, and Steve Wozniak, Hackers is a fascinating story that begins in early computer research labs and leads to the first home computers. Levy profiles the imaginative brainiacs who found clever and unorthodox solutions to computer engineering problems. They had a shared sense of values, known as "the hacker ethic" that still thrives today. Hackers captures a seminal period in recent history when underground activities blazed a trail for today's digital world, from MIT students finagling access to clunky computer-card machines to the DIY culture that spawned the Altair and the Apple II.

©2010 O'Reilly Media (P)2015 Audiobooks.com Publishing

Author: Steven Levy
Category: History, Americas
Length: 20 hrs and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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Richard Nixon

8 ratings

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Brilliantly researched, authoritatively crafted by a prize-winning biographer, this is the Nixon we've been waiting for. Richard Nixon opens with young navy lieutenant "Nick" Nixon returning from the Pacific and setting his cap at Congress, an idealistic dreamer seeking to build a better world. Yet amid the turns of that now legendary 1946 campaign, Nixon's finer attributes quickly gave way to unapologetic ruthlessness. It is a stunning overture to John A. Farrell's magisterial portrait of a man who embodied postwar American cynicism. Within four years of that first win, Nixon would be a US senator, in six the vice president of the United States of America. "Few came so far, so fast, and so alone," Farrell writes. Finally president, Nixon's staff was full of bright young men who devised forward-thinking reforms addressing health care, poverty, civil rights, and protection of the environment. It was a fine legacy, but Nixon cared little for it. He aspired to make his mark on the world stage instead, and his 1972 opening to China was the first great crack in the Cold War. Nixon had another legacy, too: an America divided and polarized. It was Nixon who launched the McCarthy era, who set South against North, and who spurred the silent majority to despise and distrust the country's elites. He persuaded Americans to gnaw, as he did, on grievances - and to look at one another as enemies. Finally, in August 1974, after two years of the mesmerizing intrigue and scandal known as Watergate, Nixon became the only president to resign in disgrace. Richard Nixon is an enthralling tour de force biography of our darkest president, one that reviewers will hail as a defining portrait, and the full life of Nixon listeners have awaited.

©2017 John A. Farrell (P)2017 Random House Audio

Narrator: Dan Woren
Category: History, Americas
Length: 28 hrs and 54 mins
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Isaac's Storm

4 ratings

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At the dawn of the 20th century, a great confidence suffused America. Isaac Cline was one of the era's new men, a scientist who believed he knew all there was to know about the motion of clouds and the behavior of storms. The idea that a hurricane could damage the city of Galveston, Texas, where he was based, was to him preposterous, "an absurd delusion." It was 1900, a year when America felt bigger and stronger than ever before. Nothing in nature could hobble the gleaming city of Galveston, then a magical place that seemed destined to become the New York of the Gulf.  That August, a strange, prolonged heat wave gripped the nation and killed scores of people in New York and Chicago. Odd things seemed to happen everywhere: A plague of crickets engulfed Waco. The Bering Glacier began to shrink. Rain fell on Galveston with greater intensity than anyone could remember. Far away, in Africa, immense thunderstorms blossomed over the city of Dakar, and great currents of wind converged. A wave of atmospheric turbulence slipped from the coast of western Africa. Most such waves faded quickly. This one did not.  In Cuba, America's overconfidence was made all too obvious by the Weather Bureau's obsession with controlling hurricane forecasts, even though Cuba's indigenous weathermen had pioneered hurricane science. As the bureau's forecasters assured the nation that all was calm in the Caribbean, Cuba's own weathermen fretted about ominous signs in the sky. A curious stillness gripped Antigua. Only a few unlucky sea captains discovered that the storm had achieved an intensity no man alive had ever experienced.  In Galveston, reassured by Cline's belief that no hurricane could seriously damage the city, there was celebration. Children played in the rising water. Hundreds of people gathered at the beach to marvel at the fantastically tall waves and gorgeous pink sky, until the surf began ripping the city's beloved beachfront apart. Within the next few hours Galveston would endure a hurricane that to this day remains the nation's deadliest natural disaster. In Galveston alone at least 6,000 people, possibly as many as 10,000, would lose their lives, a number far greater than the combined death toll of the Johnstown Flood and 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.  And Isaac Cline would experience his own unbearable loss.  Meticulously researched and vividly written, Isaac's Storm is based on Cline's own letters, telegrams, and reports, the testimony of scores of survivors, and our latest understanding of the hows and whys of great storms. Ultimately, however, it is the story of what can happen when human arrogance meets nature's last great uncontrollable force. As such, Isaac's Storm carries a warning for our time.

©2011 Erik Larson (P)2020 Random House Audio

Author: Erik Larson
Category: History, Americas
Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
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Nouvelle-France

13 ratings

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Ce n'est pas d'hier que Gilles Proulx sonne l'alarme : les Québécois sont de plus en plus ignorants de leur histoire, oublieux de leurs ancêtres et inconscients du travail colossal que ceux-ci ont accompli pour poser les fondations du Québec d'aujourd'hui. C'est pour corriger ces tristes lacunes qu'au-delà des faits de guerre et autres dates marquantes, l'auteur de Nouvelle-France raconte avec verve les actes de bravoure de Madeleine de Verchères, qui sauva les habitants de son fort d'une attaque iroquoise, les découvertes de Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, explorateur de la Louisiane et fondateur de La Nouvelle-Orléans, ou la ténacité extraordinaire dont ont fait preuve Louis Hébert et sa famille, premiers colons de Nouvelle-France. Avec l'irrévérence et la passion qu'on lui connaît, Proulx se fait fort de redonner à ses lecteurs, jeunes et moins jeunes, la soif d'apprendre leur histoire.

©2016 Éditions du Journal (P)2020 Vues et Voix

Narrator: Gilles Proulx
Category: History, Americas
Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
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The First Frontier

1 rating

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Frontier: the word carries the inevitable scent of the West. But before Custer or Lewis and Clark, before the first Conestoga wagons rumbled across the Plains, it was the East that marked the frontier - the boundary between complex Native cultures and the first colonizing Europeans.Here is the older, wilder, darker history of a time when the land between the Atlantic and the Appalachians was contested ground - when radically different societies adopted and adapted the ways of the other, while struggling for control of what all considered to be their land. The First Frontier traces two and a half centuries of history through poignant, mostly unheralded personal stories - like that of a Harvard-educated Indian caught up in seventeenth-century civil warfare, a mixed-blood interpreter trying to straddle his white and Native heritage, and a Puritan woman wielding a scalping knife whose bloody deeds still resonate uneasily today. It is the first book in years to paint a sweeping picture of the Eastern frontier, combining vivid storytelling with the latest research to bring to life modern America’s tumultuous, uncertain beginnings.

©2012 Scott Weidensaul (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Paul Boehmer
Category: History, Americas
Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
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Wisconsin

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If you want to discover the captivating history of Wisconsin and the Peshtigo Fire of 1871, then pay attention.... Two captivating manuscripts in one audiobook: History of Wisconsin: A Captivating Guide to the History of the Badger State, Starting from the Arrival of Jean Nicolet Through the Fox Wars, War of 1812, and Gilded Age to the Present The Peshtigo Fire of 1871: A Captivating Guide to the Deadliest Wildfire in the History of the United States of America That Occurred in Northeastern Wisconsin Some of the topics covered in part one of this audiobook include: Wild Wisconsin French colonization British colonization Wisconsin as a United States territory Wisconsin as a state Wisconsin burns And much, much more! Some of the topics covered in part two of this audiobook include: Before the blaze Life in Peshtigo Ash like snow Nature lifted up its voice A Holocaust of Fire Among the ashes Flickers of hope Composed of wind and fire Wildfires through American history And much, much more! So, if you want to learn more about the history of Wisconsin, get this audiobook now!

©2021 Captivating History (P)2021 Captivating History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Americas
Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
Available on Audible
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Four Hundred Souls

11 ratings

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A chorus of extraordinary voices comes together to tell one of history’s great epics: the 400-year journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present - edited by Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist, and Keisha N. Blain, author of Set the World on Fire. The story begins in 1619 - a year before the Mayflower - when the White Lion disgorges “some 20-and-odd Negroes” onto the shores of Virginia, inaugurating the African presence in what would become the United States. It takes us to the present, when African Americans, descendants of those on the White Lion and a thousand other routes to this country, continue a journey defined by inhuman oppression, visionary struggles, stunning achievements, and millions of ordinary lives passing through extraordinary history.  Four Hundred Souls is a unique one-volume “community” history of African Americans. The editors, Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, have assembled 90 brilliant writers, each of whom takes on a five-year period of that 400-year span. The writers explore their periods through a variety of techniques: historical essays, short stories, personal vignettes, and fiery polemics. They approach history from various perspectives: through the eyes of towering historical icons or the untold stories of ordinary people; through places, laws, and objects. While themes of resistance and struggle, of hope and reinvention, course through the book, this collection of diverse pieces from 90 different minds, reflecting 90 different perspectives, fundamentally deconstructs the idea that Africans in America are a monolith - instead it unlocks the startling range of experiences and ideas that have always existed within the community of Blackness.  This is a history that illuminates our past and gives us new ways of thinking about our future, written by the most vital and essential voices of our present.  Read by a full cast, including: Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Amir Abdullah, Ryan Vincent Anderson, Kristen Ariza, Dashawn Barnes, Joshua Bennett, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Andre Blake, Torian Brackett, Donte Bonner, Mahogany L. Browne, Ron Butler, Kellie Carter-Jackson, Brianna Collette, Karen Chilton, Sean Crisden, Keith David, Angela Y. Davis, William DeMerrit, Leonard Dozier, Robin Eller, Kevin R. Free, James Fouhey, Alicia Garza, Dion Graham, Danai Gurira, Jerome Harmann-Hardeman, Jamal Henderson, Ethan Herisse, Susan Heyward, Cary Hite, Dominic Hoffman, Sherrilyn Ifill, James Monroe Iglehart, JD Jackson, Zainab Jah, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Sullivan Jones, Peter Francis James, Terrence Kidd, January LaVoy, Adam Lazarre-White, Keylor Leigh, Nicole Lewis, Dennis Logan, Chante McCormick, Desmond Manny, Jesus Martinez, Heather McGhee, Sheryl Mebane, Robin Miles, Karen Murray, Soneela Nankani, Leon Nixon, Soledad O’Brien, Leslie Odom, Jr., Adenrele Ojo, Genesis Oliver, Prentice Onayemi, Tovah Ott, Morgan Parker, Imani Parks, Lisa Renee Pitts, Imani Jade Powers, Rhett Samuel Price, Bill Quinn, Phylicia Rashad, David Sadzin, Joshua David Scarlett, Heather Alicia Simms, Shayna Small, Patricia Smith, Marisha Tapera, Tashi Thomas, Damian Thompson, TL Thompson, Ella Turenne, Bahni Turpin, Anita Welch, Jade Wheeler, Samira Wiley, Zenzi Williams, Mirron Willis, Andia Winslow, Kai Wright, and with co-editors Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain 

©2021 Respective authors of all material within (P)2021 Random House Audio

Narrator: full cast
Category: History, Americas
Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

25 ratings

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Dee Brown's eloquent, meticulously documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the 19th century uses council records, autobiographies, and firsthand descriptions. Brown allows great chiefs and warriors of the Dakota, Ute, Sioux, Cheyenne, and other tribes to tell us in their own words of the battles, massacres, and broken treaties that finally left them demoralized and defeated. A unique and disturbing narrative told with force and clarity, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee changed forever our vision of how the West was really won - and lost.

©1970 Dee Brown; Preface 2000 by Dee Brown (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Grover Gardner
Author: Dee Brown
Category: History, Americas
Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
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Cattle Kingdom

1 rating

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A revolutionary new appraisal of the Old West and the America it made The Open Range cattle era lasted barely a quarter-century, but it left America irrevocably changed. These few decades following the Civil War brought America its greatest boom-and-bust cycle until the Depression, the invention of the assembly line, and the dawn of the conservation movement. It inspired legends, such as that icon of rugged individualism, the cowboy. Yet this extraordinary time and its import have remained unexamined for decades. Cattle Kingdom reveals the truth of how the West rose and fell, and how its legacy defines us today. The tale takes us from dust-choked cattle drives to the unlikely splendors of boomtowns like Abilene, Kansas, and Cheyenne, Wyoming. We venture from the Texas Panhandle, to the Dakota Badlands, to the Chicago stockyards. We meet a diverse array of players - from the expert cowboy Teddy Blue to the failed rancher and future president Teddy Roosevelt. Knowlton tells us how they and others like them could achieve so many outsized feats: killing millions of bison in a decade, building the first opera house on the open range, driving cattle by the thousand, and much more. Cattle Kingdom is a revelatory new view of the Old West.

©2017 Christopher Knowlton (P)2021 Tantor

Narrator: John McLain
Category: History, Americas
Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
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A Young People's History of the United States

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A Young People's History of the United States brings to US history the viewpoints of workers, slaves, immigrants, women, Native Americans, and others whose stories, and their impact, are rarely included in stories for young people. A Young People's History of the United States is also a companion volume to The People Speak, the film adapted from A People's History of the United States and Voices of a People's History of the United States. Beginning with a look at Christopher Columbus’s arrival through the eyes of the Arawak Indians, then leading the reader through the struggles for workers’ rights, women’s rights, and civil rights during the 19th and 20th centuries, and ending with the current protests against continued American imperialism, Zinn in the volumes of A Young People's History of the United States presents a radical new way of understanding America’s history. In so doing, he reminds listeners that America's true greatness is shaped by our dissident voices, not our military generals.

©2007 Howard Zinn. Previously published as a two volume set. (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Jeff Zinn
Category: History, Americas
Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
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The Peshtigo Fire of 1871

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If you want to discover the history of the Peshtigo Fire of 1871, then pay attention... It’s likely true that most people picking up this book have never even heard of a place called Peshtigo. This is hardly surprising. This little town on the shores of Lake Michigan is hardly a remarkable place in the modern day. Its residents number less than 4,000, and there’s nothing particularly special about it at first glance. But one does have to look twice at its motto. “A city rebuilt from the ashes.” Peshtigo may be just another small Wisconsin town today, but 150 years ago, it really was nothing but ashes. This town was one of the hardest hit in the deadliest wildfire event in American history - and no, I’m not talking about the Great Chicago Fire, even though it also occurred on the very same night. The Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871 claimed four times as many lives as the fire in Chicago, yet this cruel twist of fate has left it almost unheard of, while the (untrue) tale of Catherine O’Leary’s cow continues to echo through the centuries with unabated vigor.  The story of the Great Peshtigo Fire has not been told nearly often enough, yet it is a story that will captivate every listener. Parts of it seem to border on science fiction: trees exploding in the heat of the fire, a tornado made of flames sweeping through an entire town in a single hour, birds caught up and burned in mid-air. Yet, all of it is true, and so are the stories of the people who witnessed the fire first-hand and survived it.  So if you want to learn more about the Peshtigo Fire of 1871, scroll up and click the "add to cart" button!

©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Americas
Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
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I Have Lived a Thousand Years

3 ratings

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Imagine being a 13-year-old girl in love with boys, school, family - life itself. Then suddenly, in a matter of hours, your life is shattered by the arrival of a foreign army. You can no longer attend school, have possessions, talk to your neighbors. One day your family has to leave your house behind and move into a crowded ghetto, where you lose all privacy and there isn’t enough food to eat. Still you manage, somehow, to adjust. But there is much, much worse to come... This is the memoir of Elli Friedmann, who was 13 years old in March 1944, when the Nazis invaded Hungary. It describes her descent into the hell of Auschwitz, a concentration camp where, because of her golden braids, she was selected for work instead of extermination. In intimate, excruciating details she recounts what it was like to be one of the few teenage camp inmates, and the tiny but miraculous twists of fate that helped her survive against all odds. I Have Lived a Thousand Years is a searing story of cruelty and suffering, but at the same time it is a story of hope, faith, perseverance, and love. It will make you see the world in a new way - and it will make you want to change what you see.

©1997 Livia Jackson (P)2013 AudioGO

Category: History, Americas
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
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American Serengeti

61 ratings

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America's Great Plains once possessed one of the grandest wildlife spectacles of the world, equaled only by such places as the Serengeti, the Masai Mara, or the veld of South Africa. Pronghorn antelope, gray wolves, bison, coyotes, wild horses, and grizzly bears: less than 200 years ago these creatures existed in such abundance that John James Audubon was moved to write "it is impossible to describe or even conceive the vast multitudes of these animals". In a work that is at once a lyrical evocation of that lost splendor and a detailed natural history of these charismatic species of the historic Great Plains, veteran naturalist and outdoorsman Dan Flores draws a vivid portrait of each of these animals in their glory - and tells the harrowing story of what happened to them at the hands of market hunters and ranchers and, ultimately, a federal killing program in the 19th and 20th centuries.

©2016 The University Press of Kansas (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Michael Kramer
Author: Dan Flores
Category: History, Americas
Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
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The Plot to Seize the Whitehouse

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Most people will be shocked to learn that in 1933 a cabal of wealthy industrialists - in league with groups like the K.K.K. and the American Liberty League - planned to overthrow the U.S. government in a fascist coup. Their plan was to turn discontented veterans into American "brown shirts," depose F.D.R., and stop the New Deal. They clandestinely asked Medal of Honor recipient and Marine Major General Smedley Darlington Butler to become the first American Caesar. He, though, was a true patriot and revealed the plot to journalists and to Congress. In a time when a sitting President has invoked national security to circumvent constitutional checks and balances, this episode puts the spotlight on attacks upon our democracy and the individual courage needed to repel them.

©2007 Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. Originally published by Hawthorne Books, Inc., New York in 1973. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Ken Maxon
Author: Jules Archer
Category: History, Americas
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
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Soldiers of Science

24 ratings

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It’s the height of the Vietnam war when a new generation of doctors, including a young Dr. Anthony Fauci, arrive at the National Institutes of Health as part of the doctor’s draft.  What happens next is a hidden history of American medicine that could not be more revelatory or prescient. Alan Alda reveals how one of the darkest and divisive moments in the nation’s history also paved the way the for some of the greatest medical breakthroughs our country has ever seen. This one public health program would not only launch the careers of our top physician scientists, but build the country’s medical research system and also lead to nine Nobel-prize winning discoveries. So far.  This is a story of faith in government and a belief in science. We meet patients who sacrifice everything, and doctors who still can’t believe their luck at being allowed to serve the country in this unique way. It reminds us of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s mission for the NIH in 1940 when he declared “to be a strong nation we must be a healthy nation.” As well as President John F. Kennedy’s hope-filled call to service. One can’t help but wonder how the story of the Soldiers of Science might help us shape a better and healthier future.

©2020 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC

Narrator: Alan Alda
Category: History, Americas
Length: Not yet known
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His Truth Is Marching On

5 ratings

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An intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime US congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the painful quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present - from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Soul of America John Lewis, who at age 25 marched in Selma, Alabama, and was beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, was a visionary and a man of faith. Drawing on decades of wide-ranging interviews with Lewis, Jon Meacham writes of how this great-grandson of a slave and son of an Alabama tenant farmer was inspired by the Bible and his teachers in nonviolence, Reverend James Lawson and Martin Luther King, Jr., to put his life on the line in the service of what Abraham Lincoln called "the better angels of our nature." From an early age, Lewis learned that nonviolence was not only a tactic but a philosophy, a biblical imperative, and a transforming reality. At the age of four, Lewis, ambitious to become a minister, practiced by preaching to his family’s chickens. When his mother cooked one of the chickens, the boy refused to eat it - his first act, he wryly recalled, of nonviolent protest. Integral to Lewis' commitment to bettering the nation was his faith in humanity and in God - and an unshakable belief in the power of hope. Meacham calls Lewis "as important to the founding of a modern and multiethnic twentieth- and twenty-first-century America as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and Samuel Adams were to the initial creation of the Republic itself in the eighteenth century." A believer in the injunction that one should love one's neighbor as oneself, Lewis was arguably a saint in our time, risking limb and life to bear witness for the powerless in the face of the powerful. In many ways he brought a still-evolving nation closer to realizing its ideals, and his story offers inspiration and illumination for Americans today who are working for social and political change. This audiobook includes a PDF of the book’s Appendix. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Jon Meacham (P)2020 Random House Audio

Category: History, Americas
Length: 10 hrs
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Native Peoples of North America

13 ratings

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History, for all its facts and figures, names and dates, is ultimately subjective. You learn the points of view your teachers provide, the perspectives that books offer, and the conclusions you draw yourself based on the facts you were given. Hearing different angles on historical events gives you a more insightful, accurate, and rewarding understanding of events - especially when a new viewpoint challenges the story you thought you knew. Now the Great Courses has partnered with Smithsonian to bring you a course that will greatly expand your understanding of American history. This course, Native Peoples of North America, pairs the unmatched resources and expertise of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian with the unparalleled knowledge of Professor Daniel M. Cobb of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to provide a multidisciplinary view of American history, revealing new perspectives on the historical and contemporary experiences of indigenous peoples and their impact on the history of our country. This insightful and unique 24-lecture course helps disprove myths and stereotypes that many people take as fact. Professor Cobb presents a different account of the Seven Years' War, the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Gold Rush, the Transcontinental Railroad, and beyond, providing the stories of the American Indian people who fought and negotiated to preserve their ancestral lands. Native Peoples of North America recounts an epic story of resistance and accommodation, persistence and adaption, extraordinary hardship and survival across more than 500 years of colonial encounter. As the Smithsonian curators stated, "The past never changes. But the way we understand it, learn about it, and know about it changes all the time." Be prepared - this course is going to change how you understand American history. And no matter how much you know about this subject, you will be surprised. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 The Great Courses (P)2016 The Teaching Company, LLC

Narrator: Daniel M. Cobb
Category: History, Americas
Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
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The Entire Life Story of Ernesto Guevara: A Guerrilla Leader

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There are many tales of his military might and strong character, there are those who see Ernesto “Che” Guevara as a hero and the greatest socialist mind of his time, but there are those who see him as a ruthless military leader who executed people without trials and who violated several human rights. You’ll listen about The makings of a revolutionary icon The Argentinian who liberated Cuba Exporting the revolution to the rest of the world Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s praxis philosophy And much more! Very few men have been subject to as much mysticism and admiration as Ernesto Guevara. His image has been used as the symbol for revolution, freedom, and rebellion in every corner of the world. His legend, inspired by a picture of his face taken in 1960 that made him a symbol, has been written thousands of times by people who paint it as a hero or a villain.

©2018 The History Hour (P)2020 The History Hour

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
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Franklin D. Roosevelt

10 ratings

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"Le premier des droits de l'homme est celui de pouvoir manger à sa faim." Franklin D. Roosevelt Qui fut cet homme, hors du commun, élu quatre fois à la tête des États-Unis ? D'où venait-il et quel a été son parcours ? Comment a-t-il fait, malgré son hémiplégie, pour galvaniser une nation ayant sombré dans l'abîme économique de la crise de 1929 ? Qu'est-ce que le New-Deal ? Comment a-t-il pu transformer un pays à la dérive pour en faire la première puissance économique mondiale ? Franklin Delano Roosevelt était un visionnaire. Proche de ses concitoyens il promulgua la majorité des lois sociales américaines pour aider les plus démunis. Il sut aussi brider la puissance de grands groupes industriels et financiers. Quand démarra la seconde guerre mondiale, stupéfait par la défaite française et devant l'avancée des troupes japonaises en Asie, il en anticipa les conséquences. En quelques mois, il fit de l'Amérique l'arsenal du monde libre. Il mourut sans voir sa victoire, quelques jours avant la capitulation allemande et quelques mois avant l'effondrement nippon. Jamais le monde libre ne devra autant qu'à cet homme.

©2015 Editions Tallandier (P)2019 Sixtrid SAS

Category: History, Americas
Length: 20 hrs and 8 mins
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Colossus

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As breathtaking today as when it was completed, Hoover Dam ranks among America's greatest achievements. The story of its conception, design, and construction is the story of the United States at a unique moment in history: when facing both a global economic crisis and the implacable elements of nature, we prevailed. The United States after Hoover Dam was a different country from the one that began to build it, going from the glorification of individual effort to the value of shared enterprise and communal support. The dam became the physical embodiment of this change. A remote regional construction project was transformed from a Republican afterthought into a New Deal symbol of national pride. Hoover Dam went on to shape not only the American West but the American century. Michael Hiltzik populates the epic tale of the dam's construction with larger-than-life characters, such as Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, William Mulholland, and the dam's egomaniacal architect, Frank Crowe. Shedding real light on a one-of-a-kind moment in 20th-century American history, Hiltzik combines exhaustive research, trenchant observation, and a gift for unforgettable storytelling in a book that is bound to become a classic in its genre.

©2010 Michael Hiltzik (P)2010 Tantor

Narrator: Norman Dietz
Category: History, Americas
Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
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A Queer History of the United States

7 ratings

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Winner of a 2012 Stonewall Book Award in nonfiction The first book to cover the entirety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, from pre-1492 to the present.   In the 1620s, Thomas Morton broke from Plymouth Colony and founded Merrymount, which celebrated same-sex desire, atheism, and interracial marriage. Transgender evangelist Jemima Wilkinson, in the early 1800s, changed her name to “Publick Universal Friend”, refused to use pronouns, fought for gender equality, and led her own congregation in upstate New York. In the mid-19th century, internationally famous Shakespearean actor Charlotte Cushman led an openly lesbian life, including a well-publicized “female marriage.” And in the late 1920s, Augustus Granville Dill was fired by W. E. B. Du Bois from the NAACP’s magazine the Crisis after being arrested for a homosexual encounter. These are just a few moments of queer history that Michael Bronski highlights in this groundbreaking book.   Intellectually dynamic and endlessly provocative, A Queer History of the United States is more than a “who’s who” of queer history: it is a book that radically challenges how we understand American history. Drawing upon primary documents, literature, and cultural histories, noted scholar and activist Michael Bronski charts the breadth of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, from 1492 to the 1990s, and has written a testament to how the LGBT experience has profoundly shaped our country, culture, and history.   A Queer History of the United States abounds with startling examples of unknown or often ignored aspects of American history - the ineffectiveness of sodomy laws in the colonies, the prevalence of cross-dressing women soldiers in the Civil War, the impact of new technologies on LGBT life in the 19th century, and how rock music and popular culture were, in large part, responsible for the devastating backlash against gay rights in the late 1970s. Most striking, Bronski documents how, over centuries, various incarnations of social purity movements have consistently attempted to regulate all sexuality, including fantasies, masturbation, and queer sex. Resisting these efforts, same-sex desire flourished and helped make America what it is today.   At heart, A Queer History of the United States is simply about American history. It is a book that will matter both to LGBT people and heterosexuals. This engrossing and revelatory history will make listeners appreciate just how queer America really is.

©2011 Michael Bronski (P)2018 Random House Audio

Narrator: Vikas Adam
Category: History, Americas
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
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A History of the Cuban Revolution

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A History of the Cuban Revolution presents a concise socio-historical account of the Cuban Revolution of 1959, an event that continues to spark debate 50 years later.Balances a comprehensive overview of the political and economic events of the revolution with a look at the revolution’s social impactProvides a lively, on-the-ground look at the lives of ordinary peopleFeatures both U.S. and Cuban perspectives to provide a complete and well-rounded look at the revolution and its repercussionsEncourages students to understand history through the viewpoint of individuals living itSelected as a 2011 Outstanding Academic Title by Choice

©2011 Aviva Chomsky (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Chris Snelgrove
Category: History, Americas
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
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Conceived in Liberty

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The new single-volume edition of Conceived in Liberty is here! After so many years of having to juggle four volumes, the Mises Institute has finally put it all together in a single book. This makes it easier to listen to and makes clearer just what a contribution this book is to the history of libertarian literature. There's never been a better time to remember the revolutionary and even libertarian roots of the American founding, and there's no better guide to what this means in the narrative of the colonial period than Murray Rothbard. For anyone who thinks of Murray Rothbard as only an economic theorist or political thinker, this giant book is something of a surprise. It is probably his least known treatise. It offers a complete history of the colonial period of American history, a period lost to students today, who are led to believe American history begins with the US Constitution. Rothbard's ambition was to shed new light on colonial history and show that the struggle for human liberty was the heart and soul of this land from its discovery through the culminating event of the American Revolution. These volumes are a tour de force, enough to establish Rothbard as one of the great American historians. This book is a detailed narrative history of the struggle between liberty and power, as we might expect, but it is more. Rothbard offers a third alternative to the conventional interpretive devices. Against those on the right who see the American Revolution as a "conservative" event and those on the left who want to invoke it as some sort of protosocialist uprising, Rothbard views this period as a time of accelerating libertarian radicalism. Through this prism, Rothbard illuminates events as never before. The volumes were brought out in the 1970s, but the odd timing and uneven distribution prevented any kind of large audience. They were beloved only by a few specialists, and sought after by many....

©2011 Ludwig von Mises Institute (P)2008 Ludwig von Mises Institute

Narrator: Floy Lilley
Category: History, Americas
Length: 80 hrs and 21 mins
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A New Textbook of Americanism

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Most people have no idea what the United States represents. Ayn Rand did grasp America's political essence down to its roots. Seventy-two years in the making, this book illuminates why the United States is "the only moral country in the history of the world." Featuring never-before-published discussions with Ayn Rand, plus work from Leonard Peikoff and the New Intellectuals.

©2018 Jonathan Hoenig (P)2018 Jonathan Hoenig

Narrator: Jonathan Hoenig
Category: History, Americas
Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
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President Carter

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This program includes a foreword written and read by Madeleine Albright, with a preface and introduction read by Stuart Eizenstat. The definitive history of the Carter administration from the man who participated in its surprising number of accomplishments - drawing on his extensive and never-before-seen notes. Stuart Eizenstat was at Jimmy Carter’s side from his political rise in Georgia through four years in the White House, where he served as chief domestic policy adviser. He was directly involved in all domestic and economic decisions as well as in many foreign policy ones. Famous for the legal pads he took to every meeting, he draws on more than 7,500 pages of notes and 350 interviews of all the major figures of the time to write the comprehensive history of an underappreciated president - and to give an intimate view on how the presidency works.  Eizenstat reveals the grueling negotiations behind Carter’s peace between Israel and Egypt, what led to the return of the Panama Canal, and how Carter made human rights a presidential imperative. He follows Carter’s passing of America’s first comprehensive energy policy and his deregulation of the oil, gas, transportation, and communications industries. And he details the creation of the modern vice presidency.  Eizenstat also details Carter’s many missteps, including the Iranian Hostage Crisis, because Carter’s desire to do the right thing, not the political thing, often hurt him and alienated Congress. His willingness to tackle intractable problems, however, led to major, long-lasting accomplishments.  This major work of history shows firsthand where Carter succeeded, where he failed, and how he set up many successes of later presidents.

©2018 Stuart E. Eizenstat (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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A Furious Sky

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With A Furious Sky, Eric Jay Dolin has created a vivid, sprawling account of our encounters with hurricanes, from the nameless storms that threatened Columbus' New World voyages to the destruction wrought in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. Weaving a story of shipwrecks and devastated cities, of heroism and folly, Dolin introduces a rich cast of unlikely heroes and puts us in the middle of the most devastating storms of the past, none worse than the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, which killed at least 6,000 people, the highest toll of any natural disaster in American history. Dolin draws on a vast array of sources as he melds American history, as it is usually told, with the history of hurricanes, showing how these tempests frequently helped determine the nation's course. Hurricanes, it turns out, prevented Spain from expanding its holdings in North America beyond Florida in the late 1500s, and they also played a key role in shifting the tide of the American Revolution against the British in the final stages of the conflict. As he moves through the centuries, following the rise of the United States despite the chaos caused by hurricanes, Dolin traces the corresponding development of hurricane science, from important discoveries made by Benjamin Franklin to the breakthroughs spurred by the necessities of World War II and the Cold War.

©2020 Eric Jay Dolin (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Bob Souer
Category: History, Americas
Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
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The Virginia Dynasty

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A vivid account of leadership focusing on the first four Virginia presidents - George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe - from the best-selling historian and author of James Madison. From a small expanse of land on the North American continent came four of the nation's first five presidents - a geographic dynasty whose members led a revolution, created a nation, and ultimately changed the world. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe were born, grew to manhood, and made their homes within a 60-mile circle east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Friends and rivals, they led in securing independence, hammering out the United States Constitution, and building a working republic. Acting together, they doubled the territory of the United States. From their disputes came American political parties and the weaponizing of newspapers, the media of the day. In this elegantly conceived and insightful new audiobook from best-selling author Lynne Cheney, the four Virginians are not marble icons, but vital figures deeply intent on building a nation where citizens could be free.  Focusing on the intersecting roles these men played as warriors, intellectuals, and statesmen, Cheney takes us back to an exhilarating time when the Enlightenment opened new vistas for humankind. But even as the Virginians advanced liberty, equality, and human possibility, they held people in slavery and were slaveholders when they died. Lives built on slavery were incompatible with a free and just society; their actions contradicted the very ideals they espoused. They managed nonetheless to pass down those ideals, and they became powerful weapons for ending slavery. They inspired Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass and today undergird the freest nation on earth.  Taking full measure of strengths and failures in the personal as well as the political lives of the men at the center of this audiobook, Cheney offers a concise and original exploration of how the United States came to be.

©2020 Lynne Cheney (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Nan McNamara
Author: Lynne Cheney
Category: History, Americas
Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
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The Salem Witch Hunt

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Salem Witch Hunt, then pay attention.... Decades after witch-hunting had begun to die down in Europe, North America was about to witness its bloodiest witch hunt in history. The Massachusetts of 1692 was a very different one to the state we know today. Populated by colonists, many of them a generation or less from life in an England bathed in religious turmoil, Massachusetts was not the safe haven that the fleeing Puritans had hoped it would be. Persecuted for their faith in Europe, the Puritans had pictured a kind of utopia founded on biblical principles. They saw the New World as a new beginning, a kind of second chance for humanity. It would be only 72 years after the arrival of the Mayflower that the events in Salem would make it blatantly obvious that humanity had already blown it again. This is not the story of the trials. This is the story of its people. This is not an attempt to explain the events of 1692. It is an attempt to bring to life the victims who died so unjustly. In this audiobook, we will walk side by side with the destitute Sarah Good as she realizes that after having lost all she owns, her reputation, her baby, and even her life will still be taken from her. We stand at the bar with Rebecca Nurse, a sweet, little old lady who is sentenced to hang for what she must have perceived to be the most heinous of crimes. We witness George Burroughs at the gallows, a former minister now condemned to die for his supposed alliance with Satan, as he delivers a speech so stirring that it takes quick thinking from his enemies to prevent the crowd from rushing forth to cut him down. We feel our own breaths catching as we watch the cruel and greedy Sheriff George Corwin piling rocks onto the fragile 80-year-old body of Giles Corey, who is determined to die without entering a plea so that his sons will still get the inheritance he promised them. Listen to this audiobook now!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2019 Captivating History

Narrator: Edwin Andrews
Category: History, Americas
Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
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The Trail of Tears

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A forced march into a strange land marks a monumental and tragic moment in our nation’s history. The year is 1830. Native Americans of the American South and the Old Northwest live on the land they cultivated. Despite struggles and hardships, they’ve held on to what rightfully belongs to them. The land is a part of them. It is their lifeblood and their salvation. It is theirs’ until broken treaties and broken promises rip it from their clutches. What happens next happens at the hands of the American government forever changed the landscape. Cruelty, degradation, sickness, and death followed. Pushed out of their homes, they are forced to start over in an unfamiliar territory with no resources. Follow the heartbreaking story. Discover the truth about how and why this atrocity happened. Listen to the story of the aftermath of their expulsion from their land. Find out what happened on the impossible journey that cost them everything.  Listen to the true story of the Trail of Tears.

©2020 Sea Vision Publishing, LLC (P)2020 Sea Vision Publishing, LLC

Narrator: John Mo
Category: History, Americas
Length: 2 hrs
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This Land

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A hard-hitting look at the battle now raging over the fate of the public lands in the American West - and a plea for the protection of these last wild places The public lands of the western United States comprise some 450 million acres of grassland, steppe land, canyons, forests, and mountains. It's an American commons, and it is under assault as never before. Journalist Christopher Ketcham has been documenting the confluence of commercial exploitation and governmental misconduct in this region for over a decade. His revelatory book takes the listener on a journey across these last wild places, to see how capitalism is killing our great commons. Ketcham begins in Utah, revealing the environmental destruction caused by unregulated public lands livestock grazing, and exposing rampant malfeasance in the federal land management agencies, who have been compromised by the profit-driven livestock and energy interests they are supposed to regulate. He then turns to the broad effects of those corrupt politics on wildlife. He tracks the Department of Interior's failure to implement and enforce the Endangered Species Act - including its stark betrayal of protections for the grizzly bear and the sage grouse - and investigates the destructive behavior of US Wildlife Services in their shocking mass slaughter of animals that threaten the livestock industry. Along the way, Ketcham talks with ecologists, biologists, botanists, former government employees, whistleblowers, grassroots environmentalists, and other citizens who are fighting to protect the public domain for future generations.  This Land is a colorful muckraking journey - part Edward Abbey, part Upton Sinclair - exposing the rot in American politics that is rapidly leading to the sell-out of our national heritage. The book ends with Ketcham's vision of ecological restoration for the American West: freeing the trampled, denuded ecosystems from the effects of grazing, enforcing the laws already in place to defend biodiversity, allowing the native species of the West to recover under a fully implemented Endangered Species Act, and establishing vast stretches of public land where there will be no development at all, not even for recreation. Cover Photo courtesy of TWIG Media/Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

©2019 Christopher Ketcham (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Category: History, Americas
Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
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Black Tuesday: The History and Legacy of the Wall Street Stock Market Crash of 1929

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The Roaring Twenties were an age of optimism. New technology was being invented, and novel products were making their way to the store shelves. Americans believed that a new era, driven by technology, was upon them, and this optimism extended to financial markets. During the 1920s, financiers believed that the economy would continue to boom, as it had been since the end of World War I. As a result, investors and financiers increasingly accepted lower and lower returns on money they lent. However, during the fall of 1929, the stock market was becoming increasingly unstable. Prices would rise and fall rapidly, and some investors were becoming more cautious. Then, on October 24, 1929, the stock market lost 11% of its value right at the opening of the stock market. Panic ensued, but several prominent investment bankers were able to restore confidence by buying stocks well above the market rate. Black Tuesday was a catastrophe the country wasn't ready for, and in fact, the market would not return to its 1929 peak until the 1950s. Black Tuesday is best remembered for investors and consumers making a run on banks that could not service everyone, and banks failed often during the Great Depression, due to bad loans and a lack of public confidence. The Federal Reserve was reluctant to backstop banks and protect them against bank runs, so banks were unable to borrow enough money to cover depositors' demands. When banks failed, depositors who couldn't get their money out of the bank were wiped out.

©2012 Charles River Editors (P)2015 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Doron Alon
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
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Charismatic Leaders Who Remade America

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What is that mysterious thing we call charisma? Where does this magnetic quality come from? Why are we so drawn to it? Are people born charismatic - or do they become that way over time? Can charisma be just as much a force for evil as it is for good? Answers to questions like these are just as important now, in the 21st century, as they were during the earliest years of the American republic. Much of the nation’s history is inextricably linked with charismatic leaders who’ve inspired mass movements, led democratic progress, fanned the flames of violence, and even taken advantage of the human desire for divine inspiration. Think of Puritan heretic Anne Hutchinson or celebrity statesman, founding father Benjamin Franklin. Think of leadership guru Dale Carnegie or daytime television queen Oprah Winfrey. Think of presidents from Abraham Lincoln to Donald Trump. Each of them, in their own way, remade America through their gripping charisma - an allure that gave them the ability to move crowds and societies. Delivered by Professor Molly Worthen of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, this Audible Original offers 10 captivating lessons on how these leaders inspired the public as they remade America. You’ll meet a wide range of characters, from politicians and philosophers to billionaires and cult leaders as you get at the heart of how they used their charisma to shape American history. You’ll also trace the evolution of the idea of charisma, from the ancient notion of God’s anointing power to the insights of both modern psychology and leadership studies. Crack the code for charisma, and you’ve cracked the code for the American spirit. 

©2020 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

Category: History, Americas
Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
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The Worst Hard Time

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National Book Award, Nonfiction, 2006 The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, going from sod huts to new framed houses to huddling in basements with the windows sealed by damp sheets in a futile effort to keep the dust out. He follows their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black blizzards, crop failure, and the death of loved ones. Drawing on the voices of those who stayed and survived, those who, now in their eighties and nineties, will soon carry their memories to the grave, Egan tells a story of endurance and heroism against the backdrop of the Great Depression. Egan captures the very voice of the time, its grit, pathos, and abiding heroism, as only great history can. Combining the human drama of Isaac's Storm with the sweep of The American People in the Great Depression, The Worst Hard Time is a lasting and important work of American history.

©2005 Timothy Egan (P)2006 Tantor Media

Author: Timothy Egan
Category: History, Americas
Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
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We Were There

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A true collective account of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. There are few days in American history so immortalized in public memory as November 22, 1963, the date of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Adding to the wealth of information about this tragic day is We Were There, a truly unique collection of firsthand accounts from the doctors and staff on scene at the hospital where JFK was immediately taken after he was shot. With the help of his former fellow staff members at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dr. Allen Childs recreates the horrific day, from the president's arrival in Dallas to the public announcement of his death. Childs presents a multifaceted and sentimental reflection on the day and its aftermath. In addition to detailing the sequence of events that transpired around JFK's death, We Were There offers memories of the First Lady, insights on conspiracy theories revolving around the president's assassination, and recollections of the death of Lee Harvey Oswald, who succumbed two days later in the same hospital where his own victim was pronounced dead. A compelling, emotional read, We Were There pays tribute to a critical event in American modern history - and to a man whose death was mourned like no other.

©2013 Allen Childs (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Category: History, Americas
Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
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The Darkest Jungle

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The Darkest Jungle tells the harrowing story of America's first ship canal exploration across a narrow piece of land in Central America called the Darien, a place that loomed large in the minds of the world's most courageous adventurers in the nineteenth century. With rival warships and explorers from England and France days behind, the 27-member U.S. Darien Exploring Expedition landed on the Atlantic shore at Caledonia Bay in eastern Panama to begin their mad dash up the coast-hugging mountains of the Darien wilderness. The whole world watched as this party attempted to be the first to traverse the 40-mile isthmus, the narrowest spot between the Atlantic and Pacific in all the Americas. Leading them was the charismatic commander Isaac Strain, an adventuring 33-year-old U.S. Navy lieutenant. The party could have turned back except, said Strain, they were to a man "revolted at the idea" of failing at a task they seemed destined to accomplish. Yet Strain's party would wander lost in the jungle for another sixty nightmarish days, following a tortuously contorted and uncharted tropical river. Their guns rusted in the damp heat, expected settlements never materialized, and the lush terrain provided little to no sustenance. As the unending march dragged on, the party was beset by flesh-embedding parasites and a range of infectious tropical diseases they had no antidote for (or understanding of). In the desperate final days, in the throes of starvation, the survivors flirted with cannibalism and the sickest men had to be left behind so, as the journal keeper painfully recorded, the rest might have a chance to live. Based on the vividly detailed log entries of Strain and his officers, other period sources, and Balf's own treks in the Darien Gap, this is a rich and utterly compelling historical narrative that will thrill readers who enjoyed In the Heart of the Sea, Isaac's Storm, and other sagas of adventure at the limits of human endurance.

©2003 Todd Balf (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Narrator: Ray Childs
Author: Todd Balf
Category: History, Americas
Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
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One Giant Leap

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The New York Times best-selling, "meticulously researched and absorbingly written" (The Washington Post) story of the trailblazers and the ordinary Americans on the front lines of the epic Apollo 11 moon mission. President John F. Kennedy astonished the world on May 25, 1961, when he announced to Congress that the United States should land a man on the Moon by 1970. No group was more surprised than the scientists and engineers at NASA, who suddenly had less than a decade to invent space travel. When Kennedy announced that goal, no one knew how to navigate to the Moon. No one knew how to build a rocket big enough to reach the Moon, or how to build a computer small enough (and powerful enough) to fly a spaceship there. No one knew what the surface of the Moon was like, or what astronauts could eat as they flew there. On the day of Kennedy’s historic speech, America had a total of 15 minutes of spaceflight experience - with just five of those minutes outside the atmosphere. Russian dogs had more time in space than US astronauts. Over the next decade, more than 400,000 scientists, engineers, and factory workers would send 24 astronauts to the Moon. Each hour of space flight would require one million hours of work back on Earth to get America to the Moon on July 20, 1969. "A veteran space reporter with a vibrant touch - nearly every sentence has a fact, an insight, a colorful quote or part of a piquant anecdote" (The Wall Street Journal), and in One Giant Leap, Fishman has written the sweeping, definitive behind-the-scenes account of the furious race to complete one of mankind’s greatest achievements. It’s a story filled with surprises - from the item the astronauts almost forgot to take with them (the American flag), to the extraordinary impact Apollo would have back on Earth, and on the way we live today. From the research labs of MIT, where the eccentric and legendary pioneer Charles Draper created the tools to fly the Apollo spaceships, to the factories where dozens of women sewed spacesuits, parachutes, and even computer hardware by hand, Fishman captures the exceptional feats of these ordinary Americans. "It’s been 50 years since Neil Armstrong took that one small step. Fishman explains in dazzling form just how unbelievable it actually was" (Newsweek).

©2019 Charles Fishman (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Fred Sanders
Category: History, Americas
Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
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Killing Crazy Horse

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This program includes a prologue read by Bill O'Reilly. The latest installment of the multimillion-selling Killing series is a gripping journey through the American West and the historic clashes between Native Americans and settlers. The bloody Battle of Tippecanoe was only the beginning. It’s 1811 and President James Madison has ordered the destruction of Shawnee warrior Chief Tecumseh’s alliance of tribes in the Great Lakes region. But while General William Henry Harrison would win this fight, the armed conflict between Native Americans and the newly formed United States would rage on for decades.  In Killing Crazy Horse, best-selling authors Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard venture through the fraught history of our country’s founding on already occupied lands, from General Andrew Jackson’s brutal battles with the Creek Nation to President James Monroe’s epic “sea to shining sea” policy, to President Martin Van Buren’s cruel enforcement of a “treaty” that forced the Cherokee Nation out of their homelands along what would be called the Trail of Tears.  O’Reilly and Dugard take listeners behind the legends to reveal never-before-told historical moments in the fascinating creation story of America. This fast-paced, wild ride through the American frontier will shock listeners and impart unexpected lessons that reverberate to this day.  A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company 

©2020 Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Category: History, Americas
Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
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James Madison

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A major new biography of the fourth president of the United States by New York Times best-selling author Lynne Cheney. This majestic new biography of James Madison explores the astonishing story of a man of vaunted modesty who audaciously changed the world. Among the Founding Fathers, Madison was a true genius of the early republic. Outwardly reserved, Madison was the intellectual driving force behind the Constitution and crucial to its ratification. His visionary political philosophy and rationale for the union of states - so eloquently presented in The Federalist papers - helped shape the country Americans live in today. Along with Thomas Jefferson, Madison would found the first political party in the country’s history - the Democratic Republicans. As Jefferson’s secretary of state, he managed the Louisiana Purchase, doubling the size of the United States. As president, Madison led the country in its first war under the Constitution, the War of 1812. Without precedent to guide him, he would demonstrate that a republic could defend its honor and independence - and remain a republic still.

©2014 Lynne Cheney (P)2014 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Eliza Foss
Author: Lynne Cheney
Category: History, Americas
Length: 18 hrs and 37 mins
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A Little History of the United States

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How did a land and people of such immense diversity come together under a banner of freedom and equality to form one of the most remarkable nations in the world? Everyone from young adults to grandparents will be fascinated by the answers uncovered in James West Davidson's vividly told A Little History of the United States. Davidson guides listeners through 500 years, from the first contact between the two halves of the world to the rise of America as a superpower in an era of atomic perils and diminishing resources. In short, vivid chapters the audiobook brings to life hundreds of individuals whose tales are part of the larger American story. Pilgrim William Bradford stumbles into an Indian deer trap on his first day in America; Harriet Tubman lets loose a pair of chickens to divert attention from her escaping slaves; the toddler Andrew Carnegie, later an ambitious industrial magnate, gobbles his oatmeal with a spoon in each hand. Such stories are riveting in themselves, but they also spark larger questions to ponder about freedom, equality, and unity in the context of a nation that is and always has been remarkably divided and diverse.

©2015 James West Davidson (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Arthur Morey
Category: History, Americas
Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
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George Washington

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Who was George Washington? You probably know him as the first president of the United States, the commander of the Continental army who led American farmers and innkeepers in a victorious eight-year war against the British. But where did he get his military experience? Why was picked to take command of the army? Why was he the only American president ever to be elected unanimously (twice!), and did he really chop down that cherry tree as a kid? In this book entitled George Washington: First Guardian of American Liberty by author Michael Crawley, you'll follow the course of George Washington's life, from his birth at Ferry Farm in Virginia in 1732, to his death at his Mount Vernon estate in 1799. You'll learn how his early fame as a hero of the French and Indian War, and his illustrious marriage to a wealthy widow, led to this farm boy becoming one of the most important men in Virginia, a delegate at the Continental Congress where the Founders of America gathered to decide the nation's fate. The first guardian of American liberty looks serene in his portraits, but he didn't always rise above the fray. Washington fought for what he believed in, and his political convictions shocked contemporaries like Thomas Jefferson. Do you know what kind of country George Washington wanted America to be?

©2016 Michael Crawley (P)2016 Michael Crawley

Narrator: Jodi Stapler
Category: History, Americas
Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
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Voices of a People's History of the United States, 10th Anniversary Edition

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Selected testimonies to living history-speeches, letters, poems, songs-offered by the people who make history happen, but are often left out of history books: women, workers, nonwhites. Featuring introductions to the original texts by Howard Zinn. New voices featured in this 10th Anniversary Edition include Chelsea Manning, speaking after her 35-year prison sentence; Naomi Klein, speaking from the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Liberty Square; a member of Dream Defenders, a youth organization that confronts systemic racial inequality; members of the Undocumented Youth movement, who occupied, marched, and demonstrated in support of the DREAM Act; a member of the Day Laborers movement; Chicago Teachers Union strikers; and several critics of the Obama administration, including Glenn Greenwald, on governmental secrecy.

©2004, 2009; 2014 Howard Zinn, Anthony Arnove; Howard Zinn Revocable Trust, Anthony Arnove (P)2018 Blackstone Publishing

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Hidden History

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Learn about all the secrets our government has kept for the past fifty years. The US government has spent half the time covering up conspiracies as it has spent helping the American people. In Hidden History, you will see the amount of effort over the past fifty years that our government has dedicated to lying and covering up the truth to the world. Starting with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Don Jeffries chronicles a wide variety of issues that have plagued our country's history. Whether it's the assassinations of MLK and RFK, Iran-Contra, the Oklahoma City bombing, TWA Flight 800, voting fraud, or 9/11, every major disaster or war that we've witnessed has somehow been distorted by those who are supposed to be protecting us. Jeffries also delves into extensive research on the death of John F. Kennedy Jr., and you'll be shocked by what he finds out. So whether you've only heard bits and pieces of these stories or have read several books on the topics, Hidden History is the book that belongs in every conspiracy theorist's library, as the information included in this encyclopedia has never been collected together in any other published work available. So sit down, strap in, and get ready to be shocked and awed by how much has been hidden from you by our government over the past fifty years. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history - books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

©2014 Donald Jeffries (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: Lars Mikaelson
Category: History, Americas
Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
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The History of the United States, 2nd Edition

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This comprehensive series of 84 lectures features three award-winning historians sharing their insights into this nation's past - from the European settlement and the Revolutionary War through the Civil War, 19th-century industrialization, two world wars, and the present day. While American history spans not much more than two centuries, it is filled with a wealth of leaders, wars, movements, inventions, and ideas - each of which contributed in its own unique way to America's transformation from 13 disparate colonies on the east coast of North America into a global superpower. These lectures give you the opportunity to grasp the different aspects of our past that combine to make us distinctly American, and to gain the knowledge so essential to recognizing not only what makes this country such a noteworthy part of world history, but the varying degrees to which it has lived up to its ideals. The lectures chart the five predominant themes that run throughout the chronicle of U.S. history: The American passion for freedom-including religious, political, and economic freedom. The pursuit of education, which has been the quintessential way for Americans to invent (and reinvent) themselves. The unquestioned faith in the value of popular government. The willingness of Americans to experiment with and adapt to new environments and situations. The belief that the United States is a "city on the hill," a country the likes of which the world has never seen before. Placing familiar historical events in the context of these overarching themes will help you see American history less as a series of separate events and more as a mosaic in which everything is interconnected. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2003 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2003 The Great Courses

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Chicago's Great Fire

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From an acclaimed historian, the full and authoritative story of one of the most iconic disasters in American history, told through the vivid memories of those who experienced it.? Between October 8-10, 1871, much of the city of Chicago was destroyed by one of the most legendary urban fires in history. Incorporated as a city in 1837, Chicago had grown at a breathtaking pace in barely three decades, from just over 4,000 in 1840 to greater than 330,000 at the time of the fire. Built hastily, the city was largely made of wood. Once it began in the barn of Catherine and Patrick O’Leary, the fire quickly grew out of control, twice jumping branches of the Chicago River on its relentless northeastward path through the city’s three divisions. Close to one of every three Chicago residents was left homeless and more were instantly unemployed, though the death toll was miraculously low.  Remarkably, no carefully researched popular history of the Great Chicago Fire has been written until now, despite it being one of the most cataclysmic disasters in US history. Building the story around memorable characters, both known to history and unknown, including the likes of General Philip Sheridan and Robert Todd Lincoln, eminent Chicago historian Carl Smith chronicles the city’s rapid growth and place in America’s post-Civil War expansion.  The dramatic story of the fire - revealing human nature in all its guises - became one of equally remarkable renewal, as Chicago quickly rose back up from the ashes thanks to local determination and the world’s generosity and faith in Chicago’s future. As we approach the fire’s 150th anniversary, Carl Smith’s compelling narrative at last gives this epic event its full and proper place in our national chronicle.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Carl Smith (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: David de Vries
Author: Carl Smith
Category: History, Americas
Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
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Wilson

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In the tradition of Truman, John Adams, and Team of Rivals, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning biographer of Charles Lindbergh, Maxwell Perkins, and Samuel Goldwyn sheds new light on a president and his presidency in a way that redefines our understanding of a tide-turning historical moment. A hundred years after his inauguration, Woodrow Wilson still stands as one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, and one of the most enigmatic. And now, after more than a decade of research and writing, Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg has completed Wilson - the most personal and penetrating biography ever written about the 28th President. In addition to the hundreds of thousands of documents in the Wilson Archives, Berg was the first biographer to gain access to two recently discovered caches of papers belonging to those close to Wilson. From this material, Berg was able to add countless details - even several unknown events - that fill in missing pieces of Wilson's character and cast new light on his entire life. From the scholar-President who ushered the country through its first great world war to the man of intense passion and turbulence, from the idealist determined to make the world "safe for democracy" to the stroke-crippled leader whose incapacity and the subterfuges around it were among the century's greatest secrets, the result is an intimate portrait written with a particularly contemporary point of view - a book at once magisterial and deeply emotional about the whole of Wilson's life, accomplishments, and failings. This is not just Wilson the icon - but Wilson the man.

©2013 A. Scott Berg (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Jeremy Bobb
Category: History, Americas
Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
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U.S. History For Dummies, 4th Edition

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The United States is undergoing a period of intense political and social change. From the rise of the Tea Party to social media's effect on American life and politics, this new edition fills in the gaps of this Nation's story. Award-winning political journalist and history writer Steve Wiegand guides you through the events that shaped our nation, from pre-Columbian civilizations to the 21st century. The explorers, the wars, the leaders, and the eras are all fully explored and explained, demonstrating how the past influences the future.  Explore the deepening divide between the very wealthy and the poor and middle class. Get to know the deep and bitter divisions between political parties and even geographic regions of the country, including the 2016 election results. Understand the country's delicate - and precarious - position as the world's preeminent economic, military, and political power. U.S. History For Dummies, 4th Edition makes US history accessible for students and lifelong learners alike.

©2019 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (P)2019 Gildan Media

Narrator: Al Kessel
Category: History, Americas
Length: 19 hrs and 18 mins
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The Edge of Innocence: The Trial of Casper Bennett

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Named 2018 Book of the Year by International Rubery Book Award The Edge of Innocence is a work of narrative nonfiction based on the 1964 murder trial of Casper Bennett, a man accused of drowning his wife in a bathtub of scalding water in Lorain, Ohio. Bennett's sensational trial pitted an aggressive, mercurial county prosecutor against the author's father, a civil trial attorney who had never before defended anyone for murder.  The book not only recreates the tension and excitement of this courtroom battle, but also highlights the uncertain edge that often divides guilt from innocence. The author was 10 years old when he answered the phone late at night when Bennett called his father from jail, seeking his legal representation.  Forty years later and long after his father's death, the author found the Bennett file in the bottom of his mother's closet. From the moment he began reading the papers, the long-forgotten drama cast a spell on him. As he uncovered more and more of the facts, the story he had known as a child disappeared, replaced by one far different.  The Edge of Innocence takes the listener through the criminal justice system and ultimately to the trial where the listener, like a juror, must sift through competing claims and conflicting evidence. Full of twists and turns and colorful characters, The Edge of Innocence is all the more entertaining because it tells a true story.

©2016 David P. Miraldi (P)2018 David P. Miraldi

Narrator: Steve Wannall
Category: History, Americas
Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
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Destiny and Power

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Number One New York Times Best Seller In this brilliant biography, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham chronicles the life of George Herbert Walker Bush. Named One of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post and One of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review • Time • NPR • St. Louis Post-Dispatch Drawing on President Bush’s personal diaries, on the diaries of his wife, Barbara, and on extraordinary access to the 41st president and his family, Meacham paints an intimate and surprising portrait of an intensely private man who led the nation through tumultuous times.  From the Oval Office to Camp David, from his study in the private quarters of the White House to Air Force One, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the first Gulf War to the end of Communism, Destiny and Power charts the thoughts, decisions, and emotions of a modern president who may have been the last of his kind. This is the human story of a man who was, like the nation he led, at once noble and flawed. His was one of the great American lives.  Born into a loving, privileged, and competitive family, Bush joined the navy on his 18th birthday and at age 20 was shot down on a combat mission over the Pacific. He married young, started a family, and resisted pressure to go to Wall Street, striking out for the adventurous world of Texas oil. Over the course of three decades, Bush would rise from the chairmanship of his county Republican Party to serve as congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, head of the Republican National Committee, envoy to China, director of Central Intelligence, vice president under Ronald Reagan, and, finally, president of the United States. In retirement he became the first president since John Adams to see his son win the ultimate prize in American politics. With access not only to the Bush diaries but through extensive interviews to the former president himself, Meacham presents Bush’s candid assessments of many of the critical figures of the age, ranging from Richard Nixon to Nancy Reagan; Mao to Mikhail Gorbachev; Dick Cheney to Donald Rumsfeld; Henry Kissinger to Bill Clinton. Here is high politics as it really is but as we rarely see it. From the Pacific to the presidency, Destiny and Power charts the vicissitudes of the life of this quietly compelling American original. Meacham sheds new light on the rise of the right wing in the Republican Party, a shift that signaled the beginning of the end of the center in American politics. Destiny and Power is an affecting portrait of a man who, driven by destiny and by duty, forever sought, ultimately, to put the country first. 

©2015 Jon Meacham (P)2015 Random House Audio

Narrator: Paul Michael
Author: Jon Meacham
Category: History, Americas
Length: 25 hrs and 10 mins
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Away Off Shore

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A book about a tiny island with a huge history, from New York Times best-selling author of the book Valiant Ambition (May 2016) "For everyone who loves Nantucket Island this is the indispensable book." (Russell Baker) In his first book of history, Away Off Shore, New York Times best-selling author Nathaniel Philbrick reveals the people and the stories behind what was once the whaling capital of the world. Beyond its charm, quaint local traditions, and whaling yarns, Philbrick explores the origins of Nantucket in this comprehensive history. From the English settlers who thought they were purchasing a "Native American ghost town" but actually found a fully realized society, through the rise and fall of the then thriving whaling industry, the story of Nantucket is a truly unique chapter of American history. With a preface read by the author

©2011 Nathaniel Philbrick (P)2017 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Scott Brick
Category: History, Americas
Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
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The Canal Builders

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The Panama Canal has long been celebrated as a triumph of American engineering and technology. In The Canal Builders, Julie Greene reveals that this emphasis obscures a far more remarkable element of the canal's construction - the tens of thousands of workingmen and - women who traveled from around the world to build it. Drawing on research from around the globe, Greene explores the human dimensions of the Panama Canal story, revealing how it transformed perceptions of American empire at the dawn of the 20th century. For a project that would secure America's position as a leading player on the world stage, the Panama Canal had controversial beginnings. When President Theodore Roosevelt seized rights to a stretch of Panama soon after the country gained its independence, many Americans saw it as an act of scandalous land-grabbing. Yet Roosevelt believed the canal could profoundly strengthen American military and commercial power while appearing to be a benevolent project for the benefit of the world. But first it had to be built. From 1904 to 1914, in one of the greatest labor mobilizations ever, working people traveled to Panama from all over the globe - from farms and industrial towns in the United States, sugarcane plantations in the West Indies, and rocky fields in Spain and Italy. When they arrived, they faced harsh and inequitable conditions: labor unions were forbidden, workers were paid differently based on their race and nationality (with the most dangerous jobs falling to West Indians), and anyone not contributing to the project could be deported. Yet Greene reveals how canal workers and their families managed to resist government demands for efficiency at all costs, forcing many officials to revise their policies.

©2008 Julie Greene (P)2009 Tantor

Narrator: Karen White
Author: Julie Greene
Category: History, Americas
Length: 17 hrs and 2 mins
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The Pioneers

11 ratings

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The number one New York Times best seller by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough rediscovers an important chapter in the American story that's "as resonant today as ever" (The Wall Street Journal) - the settling of the Northwest Territory by courageous pioneers who overcame incredible hardships to build a community based on ideals that would define our country. As part of the Treaty of Paris, in which Great Britain recognized the new United States of America, Britain ceded the land that comprised the immense Northwest Territory, a wilderness empire northwest of the Ohio River containing the future states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. A Massachusetts minister named Manasseh Cutler was instrumental in opening this vast territory to veterans of the Revolutionary War and their families for settlement. Included in the Northwest Ordinance were three remarkable conditions: freedom of religion, free universal education, and most importantly, the prohibition of slavery.  In 1788 the first band of pioneers set out from New England for the Northwest Territory under the leadership of Revolutionary War veteran General Rufus Putnam. They settled in what is now Marietta on the banks of the Ohio River. McCullough tells the story through five major characters: Cutler and Putnam; Cutler's son Ephraim; and two other men, one a carpenter turned architect, and the other a physician who became a prominent pioneer in American science.  "With clarity and incisiveness, [McCullough] details the experience of a brave and broad-minded band of people who crossed raging rivers, chopped down forests, plowed miles of land, suffered incalculable hardships, and braved a lonely frontier to forge a new American ideal" (The Providence Journal).  Drawn in great part from a rare and all-but-unknown collection of diaries and letters by the key figures, The Pioneers is a uniquely American story of people whose ambition and courage led them to remarkable accomplishments. "A tale of uplift" (The New York Times Book Review), this is a quintessentially American story, written with David McCullough's signature narrative energy.

©2019 David McCullough (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

Category: History, Americas
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
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American Legends: The Life of Geronimo

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A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history's most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors' American Legends series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the lives of America's most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. The name "Geronimo" evokes a number of different emotions. Those who believed in 19th century America's "Manifest Destiny" viewed Geronimo and all Native Americans as impediments to God's will for the nation. Descendants of people killed by "hostile" Natives certainly considered warriors like Geronimo to be murderers and thieves whose cultures and societies held no redeeming values. Even today, many Americans associate the name Geronimo with a war cry, and the name Geronimo itself only came about because of a battle he fought against the Mexicans. Over time, however, the historical perception of the relationship between America and Native tribes changed drastically. With that, Geronimo, or Goyahkla, was viewed in a far different light. Those who empathized with the fate of the Native Americans saw Geronimo as one of a number of Native American

©2013 Charles River Editors (P)2017 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Mark Norman
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
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Inside the White House

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"If the general public knew what was going on inside the White House, they would scream." So states one Secret Service agent, just a small link in the chain of security that has guarded the public image of the presidency and the men who define it - until now. With unprecedented access to Secret Service agents, domestic servants, Air Force One stewards, and military aides, journalist Ronald Kessler has gone behind the scenes to uncover the inside story of the White House. From the hidden lives of the last seven presidents and first families to the intricate inner workings of this all-powerful institution, Kessler peels away the White House facade to reveal the fascinating and often scandalous reality behind the stately illusion. Exposing presidential misconduct, blunders, and cover-ups, this fascinating examination ensures that Americans will never view their chief executives the same way again.

©1995 Ronald Kessler (P)1995 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach
Category: History, Americas
Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
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Dodge City

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Dodge City, Kansas, is a place of legend. The town that started as a small military site exploded with the coming of the railroad, cattle drives, eager miners, settlers, and various entrepreneurs passing through to populate the expanding West. Before long Dodge City's streets were lined with saloons and brothels, and its populace was thick with gunmen, horse thieves, and desperadoes of every sort. By the 1870s Dodge City was known as the most violent and turbulent town in the West. Enter Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson. Young and largely self-trained men, the lawmen led the effort that established frontier justice and the rule of law in the American West and did it in the wickedest place in the United States. When they moved on, Wyatt to Tombstone and Bat to Colorado, a tamed Dodge was left in the hands of Jim Masterson. But before long Wyatt and Bat, each having had a lawman brother killed, returned to that threatened Western Kansas town to team up to restore order again in what became known as the Dodge City War before riding off into the sunset. Number-one New York Times best-selling author Tom Clavin's Dodge City tells the true story of their friendship, romances, gunfights, and adventures along with the remarkable cast of characters they encountered along the way (including Wild Bill Hickock, Jesse James, Doc Holliday, Buffalo Bill Cody, John Wesley Hardin, Billy the Kid, and Theodore Roosevelt) that has gone largely untold, lost in the haze of Hollywood films and Western fiction, until now.

©2017 Tom Clavin (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

Author: Tom Clavin
Category: History, Americas
Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
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Franklin and Lucy

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt was arguably the greatest figure of the 20th century. While FDR's official circle was predominantly male, it was his relationships with women - particularly with Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd - that most vividly bring to light the human being beneath this towering statesman. It is no coincidence that Rutherfurd was with Roosevelt the day he died in Warm Springs, Georgia, along with two other close women companions.  In Franklin and Lucy, acclaimed author and historian Joseph E. Persico explores FDR's romance with Lucy Rutherfurd, which was far deeper and lasted much longer than was previously acknowledged. Persico's provocative conclusions about their relationship are informed by a revealing range of sources, including never-before-published letters and documents from Lucy Rutherfurd's estate that attest to the intensity and scope of the affair. FDR's connection with Lucy also creates an opportunity for Persico to take a more penetrating look at the other women in FDR's life. We come to see more clearly how FDR's infidelity as a husband contributed to Eleanor's eventual transformation from a repressed Victorian to perhaps the greatest American woman of her century; how the shaping hand of FDR's strong-willed mother helped to imbue him with the resolve to overcome personal and public adversity throughout his life; and how other women around FDR, including his "surrogate spouse" Missy LeHand, and his close confidante, the obscure Margaret "Daisy" Suckley, completed the world that he inhabited. Franklin and Lucy is an extraordinary look at the private life of a leader who continues to fascinate scholars and the general public alike. In focusing on Lucy Rutherfurd and the myriad women who mattered to Roosevelt, Persico paints a more intimate portrait than we have heretofore had of this enigmatic giant of American history.

©2008 Joseph E. Persico (P)2008 Books on Tape

Narrator: Ted Barker
Category: History, Americas
Length: 17 hrs and 11 mins
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Surrounded by Enemies

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If President John Kennedy had survived the ambush at Dealey Plaza in Dallas a half-century ago, what other twists might history have taken? In his meticulously researched novel, Surrounded by Enemies: What If Kennedy Survived Dallas, author Bryce Zabel delivers a supercharged but plausible alternative narrative of the turbulent 1960s after our charismatic president escapes unscathed on November 22, 1963. Since the assassination, other writers have speculated about the important work for peace and equality that President Kennedy could have done had his life been spared. Instead, Zabel - a Writers Guild award-winning Hollywood writer/producer - boldly re-imagines a shocking post-1963 political scenario that is painfully disruptive to the nation, culminating in a Constitutional crisis and even calls for the president's impeachment. Without resorting to sci-fi gimmicks, Zabel instead investigates and explores what we now know about the underbelly of JFK's presidency to portray him returning to a very different Washington, D.C. where the stakes are high on so many fronts. After all, someone had just tried to execute him in broad daylight on a public street in front of a national television audience. The President and his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, essentially become the first conspiracy theorists, determined to strike back at their formidable and determined enemies. This is not a time-travel story with a protagonist sent back to save JFK. It is not a rose-colored glasses look at an idealized "what if," Instead we get a hard look at the dark secrets of the Kennedy administration - and of those who have the motive and means to brutally remove him from office, including government insiders at the CIA, FBI, Secret Service and even suspects such as Vice President Lyndon Johnson. The provocative and compelling narrative covers the period from Kennedy's near-miss in Dallas through the subsequent political earthquake of 1964-1966. Zabel's novel is cleverly presented as a commemorative retrospective assembled by contemporaneous journalists on the staff of a fictitious newsmagazine, Top Story -- and incorporates into the narrative realistically designed faux-magazine covers depicting JFK with those luminaries he gets to meet only in Zabel's parallel universe.

©2013 Bryce Zabel (P)2013 Bryce Zabel1

Narrator: Edd Hall
Author: Bryce Zabel
Category: History, Americas
Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
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The Island at the Center of the World

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In a landmark work of history, Russell Shorto presents astonishing information on the founding of our nation and reveals in riveting detail the crucial role of the Dutch in making America what it is today. In the late 1960s, an archivist in the New York State Library made an astounding discovery: 12,000 pages of centuries-old correspondence, court cases, legal contracts, and reports from a forgotten society - the Dutch colony centered on Manhattan, which predated the 13 "original" American colonies. For the past 30 years, scholar Charles Gehring has been translating this trove, which was recently declared a national treasure. Now Russell Shorto has made use of this vital material to construct a sweeping narrative of Manhattan's founding that gives a startling, fresh perspective on how America began. In an account that blends a novelist's grasp of storytelling with cutting-edge scholarship, The Island at the Center of the World strips Manhattan of its asphalt, bringing us back to a wilderness island - a hunting ground for Indians, populated by wolves and bears - that became a prize in the global power struggle between the English and the Dutch. Indeed, Russell Shorto shows that America's founding was not the work of English settlers alone but a result of the clashing of these two 17th-century powers. In fact it was Amsterdam - Europe's most liberal city, with an unusual policy of tolerance and a polyglot society dedicated to free trade - that became the model for the city of New Amsterdam on Manhattan. While the Puritans of New England were founding a society based on intolerance, on Manhattan the Dutch created a free-trade, upwardly mobile melting pot that would help shape not only New York but America. The story moves from the halls of power in London and The Hague to bloody naval encounters on the high seas. The characters in the saga - the men and women who played a part in Manhattan's founding - range from the philosopher Rene Descartes to James, the Duke of York, to prostitutes and smugglers. At the heart of the story is a bitter power struggle between two men: Peter Stuyvesant, the autocratic director of the Dutch colony; and a forgotten American hero named Adriaen van der Donck, a maverick, liberal-minded lawyer whose brilliant political gamesmanship, commitment to individual freedom, and exuberant love of his new country would have a lasting impact on the history of this nation.

©2005 Russell Shorto (P)2016 Random House Audio

Narrator: Russell Shorto
Category: History, Americas
Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
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Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem

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New York Times best seller “Dapper Dan is a legend, an icon, a beacon of inspiration to many in the Black community. His story isn’t just about fashion. It’s about tenacity, curiosity, artistry, hustle, love, and a singular determination to live our dreams out loud.” (Ava DuVernay, director of Selma, 13th, and A Wrinkle in Time) Named one of the best books of the year by Vanity Fair  Dapper Dan named one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world With his now-legendary store on 125th Street in Harlem, Dapper Dan pioneered high-end streetwear in the 1980s, remixing classic luxury-brand logos into his own innovative, glamorous designs. But before he reinvented haute couture, he was a hungry boy with holes in his shoes, a teen who daringly gambled drug dealers out of their money, and a young man in a prison cell who found nourishment in books. In this remarkable memoir, he tells his full story for the first time.  Decade after decade, Dapper Dan discovered creative ways to flourish in a country designed to privilege certain Americans over others. He witnessed, profited from, and despised the rise of two drug epidemics. He invented stunningly bold credit card frauds that took him around the world. He paid neighborhood kids to jog with him in an effort to keep them out of the drug game. And when he turned his attention to fashion, he did so with the energy and curiosity with which he approaches all things: learning how to treat fur himself when no one would sell finished fur coats to a Black man; finding the best-dressed hustler in the neighborhood and converting him into  a customer; staying open 24 hours a day for nine years straight to meet demand; and, finally, emerging as a world-famous designer whose looks went on to define an era, dressing cultural icons including Eric B. and Rakim, Salt-N-Pepa, Big Daddy Kane, Mike Tyson, Alpo Martinez, LL Cool J, Jam Master Jay, Diddy, Naomi Campbell, and Jay-Z.  By turns playful, poignant, thrilling, and inspiring, Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem is a high-stakes coming-of-age story spanning more than 70 years and set against the backdrop of an America where, as in the life of its narrator, the only constant is change.  Praise for Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: “Dapper Dan is a true one of a kind, self-made, self-liberated, and the sharpest man you will ever see. He is couture himself.” (Marcus Samuelsson, New York Times best-selling author of Yes, Chef) “What James Baldwin is to American literature, Dapper Dan is to American fashion. He is the ultimate success saga, an iconic fashion hero to multiple generations, fusing street with high sartorial elegance. He is pure American style.” (André Leon Talley, Vogue contributing editor and author)

©2019 Daniel R. Day (P)2019 Random House Audio

Category: History, Americas
Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
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What the Declaration of Independence Really Means

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Earl Nightingale presents this re-enactment of what the Declaration of Independence really means and the price men were willing to pay to establish freedom for us all. Informative, inspirational, and especially appropriate for the Fourth of July!  About Earl Nightingale: As a Depression-era child, Earl Nightingale was hungry for knowledge. From the time he was a young boy, he would frequent the Long Beach Public Library in California, searching for the answer to the question, "How can a person, starting from scratch, who has no particular advantage in the world, reach the goals that he feels are important to him, and by so doing, make a major contribution to others?" His desire to find an answer, coupled with his natural curiosity about the world and its workings spurred him to become one of the world's foremost experts on success and what makes people successful.  Earl Nightingale's early career began when, as a member of the Marine Corps, he volunteered to work at a local radio station as an announcer. The Marines also gave him a chance to travel, although he only got as far as Hawaii when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. Earl managed to be one of the few survivors aboard the battleship Arizona. After five more years in the service, Earl and his wife moved first to Phoenix then Chicago to build what was to be a very fruitful career in network radio. As the host of his own daily commentary program on WGN, Earl Nightingale arranged a deal that also gave him a commission on his own advertising sales. By 1957, he was so successful, he decided to retire at the age of 35.  In the meantime, Earl had bought his own insurance company and had spent many hours motivating its sales force to greater accomplishments. When he decided to go on vacation for an extended period of time, his sales manager begged him to put his inspirational words on record. The result later became the recording entitled The Strangest Secret, the first spoken word message to win a Gold Record by selling over a million copies. In The Strangest Secret, Earl had found an answer to the question that had inspired him as a youth and, in turn, found a way to leave a lasting legacy for others   About this time, Earl met a successful businessman by the name of Lloyd Conant and together they began an "electronic publishing" company which eventually grew to become a multi-million-dollar giant in the self-improvement field. They also developed a syndicated, five-minute daily radio program, Our Changing World, which became the longest-running, most widely syndicated show in radio.

©1970 Nightingale-Conant (P)1970 Nightingale_Conant

Category: History, Americas
Length: 53 mins
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American Heritage History of the Presidents

2 ratings

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From George Washington's reluctant oath taking through George W. Bush's leadership challenges after September 11, 2001, we view ambitious and fallible men through the new lens of the 21st century. Where did they succeed? Where did they fail? And what do we know now that we could not have known at the time?

©2015 American Heritage (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Category: History, Americas
Length: 25 hrs and 56 mins
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The Roaring Twenties

1 rating

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Explore the Captivating History of the Roaring Twenties  Few decades capture the imagination like the 1920s. Like so many good stories, it got its start from a time of great turmoil and ended in a dramatic fashion. What happened between 1920 and 1929 has passed beyond history and has become legend.  The lessons of the 1920s are still relevant today. Many of the debates and issues of the era are still part of the national conversation. Economic policies, consumer behaviors and mass culture of the 1920s are reflected in our culture almost 100 years later.  By understanding the past, we can better prepare for the future, and this new Captivating History audiobook is all about giving you that knowledge.  This audiobook includes topics such as:  World War One and the 1920s Fear of the Other Old Causes Finishing Business The Cost of Prohibition A New World African Americans Politics and Policies How Did It All End? And much, much more!

©2018 Captivating History (P)2018 Captivating History

Narrator: Duke Holm
Category: History, Americas
Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

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SAVE TIME & UNDERSTAND MORE! This is not the actual audiobook, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, written by Doris Kearns Goodwin. If you are in search of the full and complete copy of Goodwin's highly informative and enlightening book, it can be located on the Amazon search page. Instead, we have already read Team of Rivals and have pulled out some of the best insights and key events of the book to give you a comprehensive, chapter-by-chapter analysis and summary. Our limited amount of space prevents us from providing you with all of the important events and interesting information packed into Doris Kearns Goodwin's incredible book. To receive the full scope of this fascinating historical story, you should order the complete book. Packaged together in an engaging format, this concise summary best serves as an unofficial study guide and companion to listen to alongside Team of Rivals. Renowned presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin travels back in time and reaches into the mind of one who many historians rate as America's greatest president. Follow the thoughts and ideas of this great man from the Republican nomination contest in 1860 all the way to his devastating assassination just five years later. You might be surprised to find out that Abraham Lincoln was actually considered the underdog in the presidential election right from the start. Few even expected him to win the Republican nomination. In this summary and analysis, you will also learn how Abraham Lincoln faced a variety of obstacles in his rise to the presidency. His upbringing and background drastically differed from those of his opponents in the presidential race. Discover how he overcame numerous obstacles to rise to the esteemed title of President of the United States. Lincoln served only one term in Congress more than ten years before receiving the Republican Party's nomination. Follow his political career and learn about the personal struggles he faced during this time. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, Lincoln devoted himself to the anti-slavery movement as the Republican Party was formed. Travel back in time and delve into the thoughts and ideas that formed one of the most recognized movements in Lincoln's Presidency.

©2013 Save Time Summaries (P)2013 Save Time Summaries

Narrator: Michael Sears
Category: History, Americas
Length: 53 mins
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The Last Negroes at Harvard

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The untold story of the Harvard class of '63, whose Black students fought to create their own identities on the cusp between integration and affirmative action. In the fall of 1959, Harvard recruited 18 "Negro" boys as an early form of affirmative action. Four years later they would graduate as African Americans. Some 50 years later, one of these trailblazing Harvard grads, Kent Garrett, began to reconnect with his classmates and explore their vastly different backgrounds, lives, and what their time at Harvard meant.  Garrett and his partner Jeanne Ellsworth recount how these young men broke new ground. By the time they were seniors, they would have demonstrated against injustice, had lunch with Malcolm X, experienced heartbreak and the racism of academia, and joined with their African national classmates to fight for the right to form an exclusive Black students' group.  Part journey into personal history, part group portrait, and part narrative history of the civil rights movement, this is the remarkable story of brilliant, singular boys whose identities were changed at and by Harvard, and who, in turn, changed Harvard.

©2020 Kent Garrett and Jeanne Ellsworth (P)2020 Recorded Books

Category: History, Americas
Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
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Andrew Jackson

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The extraordinary story of Andrew Jackson - the colorful, dynamic, and forceful president who ushered in the Age of Democracy and set a still young America on its path to greatness - told by the best-selling author of The First American. The most famous American of his time, Andrew Jackson is a seminal figure in American history. The first “common man” to rise to the presidency, Jackson embodied the spirit and the vision of the emerging American nation; the term “Jacksonian democracy” is embedded in our national lexicon. With the sweep, passion, and attention to detail that made The First American a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a national best seller, historian H.W. Brands shapes a historical narrative that’s as fast-paced and compelling as the best fiction.  He follows Andrew Jackson from his days as rebellious youth, risking execution to free the Carolinas of the British during the Revolutionary War, to his years as a young lawyer and congressman from the newly settled frontier state of Tennessee. As general of the Tennessee militia, he put down a massive Indian uprising in the South, securing the safety of American settlers, and his famous rout of the British at the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812 made him a national hero. But it is Jackson’s contributions as president, however, that won him a place in the pantheon of America’s greatest leaders.  A man of the people, without formal education or the family lineage of the Founding Fathers, he sought as president to make the country a genuine democracy, governed by and for the people. Jackson, although respectful of states’ rights, devoted himself to the preservation of the Union, whose future in that age was still very much in question. When South Carolina, his home state, threatened to secede over the issue of slavery, Jackson promised to march down with 100,000 federal soldiers should it dare.  In the best-selling tradition of Founding Brothers and His Excellency by Joseph Ellis and of John Adams by David McCullough, Andrew Jackson is the first single-volume, full-length biography of Jackson in decades. This magisterial portrait of one of our greatest leaders promises to reshape our understanding of both the man and his era and is sure to be greeted with enthusiasm and acclaim. 

©2005 H.W. Brands (P)2005 Books on Tape

Narrator: John H. Mayer
Author: H.W. Brands
Category: History, Americas
Length: 25 hrs and 57 mins
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The Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution

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Recent years have seen an explosion of interest in and interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. Its authority and stature are routinely invoked by voices from every point on the political spectrum, with frequent references to the Founding Fathers and their true "intent." What really was their true intent? As these 12 surprising lectures show, many of those Founding Fathers - including Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry - were highly critical of the new Constitution and staunchly opposed it when it was first put forth for ratification by the states as a replacement for the Articles of Confederation. The debate over the Constitution raged for the better part of two years, and beneath its rhetorical flourishes lay not only the longest and most profound civic argument in our nation's history, but also a civics lesson that deserves to endure for all time. It was an argument that would result not only in the ratification of the Constitution, but also in what that Constitution would become. Professor Pangle takes you into this debate. You'll see which Founders opposed the new Constitution, which Founders led the battle for it, and how both sides helped define the result. In an era when contemporary arguments on the national stage so often mirror the same conflicts debated by the Founders, our own reenactment of that original debate can enrich our ability to be active and participating citizens. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2007 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2007 The Great Courses

Category: History, Americas
Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
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The Souls of Black Folk

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The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois is a landmark in sociology and a cornerstone of African American literature. The book comprises various essays on race, some of which had previously appeared in The Atlantic Monthly. As an uncompromising advocate of civil rights, Du Bois stated that through work, culture, and liberty, the dual heritage of African Americans could be melded into a force for positive social and cultural change. Du Bois promoted the idea of a synthesis of racial and national consciousness dedicated to “the ideal of human brotherhood” as set out in The Souls of Black Folk, which makes it one of the most influential works of African American literature in the 20th century.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Category: History, Americas
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
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The History of the Supreme Court

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For more than two centuries, the Supreme Court has exerted extraordinary influence over the way we live our daily lives. The Court has defined the boundaries of our speech and actions since its first meeting in 1790, adding to our history books names such as John Marshall, Louis Brandeis, Hugo Black, Earl Warren, Thurgood Marshall, Warren Burger, William Rehnquist, and many others. Have you ever wondered what goes into shaping the Court's decisions - or the beliefs of its justices? Or how the nine justices blend divergent and often strongly conflicting philosophies to reach decisions that reflect consensus - or sometimes fail to? How even a single change in the Court's personnel can dramatically alter not only the Court's ideological balance but its cooperative chemistry, as well? Or what it actually sounded like in the Court as some of the most important cases in our history were argued? This series of 36 clear and insightful lectures - delivered by an award-winning teacher and widely respected authority on the Supreme Court - answers these questions and many more as it traces the development of the Court from a body having little power or prestige to its current status as, "the most powerful and prestigious judicial institution in the world." The lectures are rich in biographical snapshots of not only the justices but also the advocates who have stood before them and the dozens of ordinary men and women whose cases have reached the Court. Several historical recordings are also highlighted, giving you a front-row seat as you hear lawyers actually arguing before the Court, as well as the justices' replies. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2003 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2003 The Great Courses

Narrator: Peter Irons
Category: History, Americas
Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
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Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Abraham Lincoln

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The New World. Popular conceptions of colonists in a reduced role spread. Heated debates and pamphleteers ignited the spirits of the underrepresented as various European powers involved the colonies in attempts to dominate North America. A brand of civilized order was brought to the chaos found in the colonial wilderness. Without the trouble that 18th-century Europe faced, a new ordered world along European lines could glorify its past in bringing its best self back to life. The revolutionary generation would come to question this early colonial order. As Franklin, Washington, and Hamilton would learn, attempts to forge a unique identity would become inevitable. With it came high risks that they were reluctant to take. They would eventually help carry the New World from colonial status to confederation and ultimately a nation. Not without a fight in shedding their colonial responsibilities in favor of self-determination. Join us as we investigate what influenced these three trailblazers and what framed many debates, including the wars, the Great Awakening, the Enlightenment, and rebellions. Abe's America fit a different era. How did it resemble and differ from its revolutionary birth? Did it evolve in concert with the intentions of these three founding fathers? How did he build on their enduring literature?

©2017 Mark Steinberg (P)2017 Mark Steinberg

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Category: History, Americas
Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
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Sommer 1927

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1927 - Ein Sommer, der ein ganzes Jahrhundert prägte. Es ist die Geschichte eines Sommers, und doch ist es so viel mehr. Das Jahr 1927 ist für Amerika entscheidend auf dem Weg zur Weltmacht. Es sind die goldenen Zwanziger: Der Aktienmarkt boomt, das Fernsehen wird erfunden, die Filme sind nicht mehr stumm, und verrückte Pläne entstehen, wie der, vier Köpfe in den völlig unzugänglichen Mount Rushmore zu meißeln. Es ist die Zeit, in der ein junger Flieger namens Charles Lindbergh Ruhm und Ehre erlangt, aber auch die des Al Capone und des größten Schulmassakers aller Zeiten. Und in diesen Monaten werden durch fatale Entscheidungen die Weichen für die bevorstehende Weltwirtschaftskrise gestellt. Bill Bryson erzählt von diesem Sommer und seinen Auswirkungen auf die gesamte Weltgeschichte so spannend als sei es eine unglaubliche Abenteuergeschichte, voller erstaunlicher geschichtlicher Momente aus der Zeit, als Amerika erwachsen wurde.

©2013 / 2014 Bill Bryson / Goldmann Verlag. Übersetzung von Thomas Bauer (P)2014 Der Hörverlag

Author: Bill Bryson
Category: History, Americas
Length: 20 hrs and 55 mins
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Mayflower

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From the perilous ocean crossing to the shared bounty of the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrim settlement of New England has become enshrined as our most sacred national myth. Yet, as best-selling author Nathaniel Philbrick reveals in his spellbinding new book, the true story of the Pilgrims is much more than the well-known tale of piety and sacrifice; it is a 55-year epic that is at once tragic, heroic, exhilarating, and profound. The Mayflower's religious refugees arrived in Plymouth Harbor during a period of crisis for Native Americans as disease spread by European fishermen devastated their populations. Initially the two groups, the Wampanoags, under the charismatic and calculating chief Massasoit, and the Pilgrims, whose pugnacious military officer Miles Standish was barely five feet tall, maintained a fragile working relationship. But within decades, New England would erupt into King Philip's War, a savagely bloody conflict that nearly wiped out English colonists and natives alike and forever altered the face of the fledgling colonies and the country that would grow from them. With towering figures like William Bradford and the distinctly American hero Benjamin Church at the center of his narrative, Philbrick has fashioned a fresh and compelling portrait of the dawn of American history, a history dominated right from the start by issues of race, violence, and religion.

©2006 Nathaniel Philbrick (P)2006 Penguin Audio, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., and Recorded Books, LLC. All rights reserved.

Narrator: George Guidall
Category: History, Americas
Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
Available on Audible
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Murdered Midas

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A gold mine. A millionaire. An island paradise. An unsolved murder. A missing fortune. The story of the infamous Sir Harry Oakes as only Charlotte Gray can tell it. On an island paradise in 1943, Sir Harry Oakes, gold-mining tycoon, philanthropist, and "richest man in the Empire", was murdered. The news of his death surged across the English-speaking world, from London, the Imperial center, to the remote Canadian mining town of Kirkland Lake, in the Northern Ontario bush. The murder became celebrated as "the crime of the century". The layers of mystery deepened as the involvement of Oakes' son-in-law, Count Alfred de Marigny, came quickly to be questioned, as did the odd machinations of the governor of the Bahamas, the former King Edward VIII. Despite a sensational trial, no murderer was ever convicted. Rumors were unrelenting about Oakes' missing fortune, and fascination with the Oakes story has persisted for decades. Award-winning biographer and popular historian Charlotte Gray explores, for the first time, the life of the man behind the scandal, a man who was both reviled and admired - from his early, hardscrabble days of mining exploration, to his explosion of wealth, to his grandiose gestures of philanthropy. And Gray brings fresh eyes to the bungled investigation and shocking trial in the remote colonial island streets, proposing an overlooked suspect in this long-cold case. Murdered Midas is the story of the man behind the newspaper headlines, who despite his wealth and position was never able to have justice. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Charlotte Gray (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Category: History, Americas
Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
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The Home Front: Life in America During World War II

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Narrated by award-winning actor Martin Sheen, The Home Front: Life in America During World War II takes listeners into the lives of Americans at home who supported the war effort and sustained the country during wartime. The war brought immediate, life-changing shifts; from the rationing of butter, to an explosion of war-related jobs, to mixed-signals about the role of women in society. Feel what living in the United States was like for everyday people during this disruptive and uncertain period of American history in this Audible Original series. Executive producer was Martha Little. Series producer was Dan Gediman. When you add The Home Front: Life in America During World War II to your library you will receive all 16 episodes, each with a runtime of approximately 30 minutes. To hear more great podcasts and short listens, visit Audible.ca/AudioShows.

©2016 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2016 Audible Originals, LLC

Narrator: Martin Sheen
Category: History, Americas
Length: 8 hrs
Available on Audible
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The Great Depression

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This title offers a first-person diary account of living through the Great Depression, with haunting parallels to our own time. Benjamin Roth was born in New York City in 1894. When the stock market crashed in 1929, he had been practicing law for approximately 10 years, largely representing local businesses. After nearly two years, he began to grasp the magnitude of what had happened to American economic life, and he began writing down his impressions in a diary that he maintained intermittently until he died in 1978. Roth's words from that unique time seem to speak directly to readers today. His perceptions and experiences have a chilling similarity to our own era. Like many of us, Roth struggles both to understand and to educate himself about what was going on around him. He is sceptical of big government, yet ultimately won over by FDR's New Deal. This collection of his diary entries, edited by James Ledbetter, editor of Slate's "The Big Money," reveals another side of the Great Depression - one lived through by ordinary, middle-class folks, who on a daily basis grappled with a swiftly changing economy coupled with anxiety about the unknown future. It is highly topical - and timely. The greatest financial disaster since the Great Depression has many Americans wondering what things were like as the Great Depression unfolded and people did not yet know how or when it would end. It is clear-eyed, readable - and eerily familiar. In short, concise, and thoughtful entries, Roth chronicles the most telling moments of the Great Depression, from the drop in the price of movie tickets to Hoover's failed free-market solutions, to the rise in foreclosures in his hometown and how to benefit from 'bargains' at the much-diminished stock exchange. It is published one-year after the bankruptcy of Lehman Bros sent the world markets on a deep downward slide, and around the 80th anniversary of "Black Tuesday".

©2009 PublicAffairs (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Category: History, Americas
Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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Science in the Twentieth Century: A Social-Intellectual Survey

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As the 19th century drew to a close, the age-old quest to understand the physical world appeared to be complete, except for a few minor details. In fact, Albert Michelson, the first American to win a Nobel Prize in the sciences, noted that, "It seems probable that most of the grand underlying principles have been firmly established." And he was far from alone among his peers. Scientists in 1900 had no inkling of the other mind-boggling developments that lay in wait: plate tectonics, genetic engineering, space probes, nanotechnology, big bang theory, electronic computers, nuclear weapons, artificial intelligence, and many other astounding products of the human mind. Indeed, by the end of the 20th century, nearly every 19th-century theory of natural and social phenomena would be overthrown or superseded. This dynamic transformation has not been a matter of revolution, but of evolution, as you'll learn in this fascinating 36-lecture exploration of scientific growth filled with ideas, anecdotes, and insights. You'll see how 20th-century scientists have built on crucial 19th-century concepts such as energy, natural selection, atoms, fields, and waves to assemble a body of knowledge to stun even the most farsighted scientific thinkers of that not-too-distant past. You'll come away with a new appreciation of how scientific knowledge expands, as Professor Goldman addresses a tremendous range of scientific and technological topics, including science and society, physics, mathematics, psychology, cosmology, telecommunications, meteorology, and archaeology.

©2004 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2004 The Great Courses

Category: History, Americas
Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
Available on Audible
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Canada: Canadian History: From Aboriginals to Modern Society

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Canada is known all over the world due to its undying commitment to multiculturalism and its social and ethnic diversity. In a time when these values were unspoken of, Canada was the first country to embrace an official multiculturalism policy. Nevertheless, the path that Canada followed to become the powerful nation it is today was like a labyrinth, filled with challenges and obstacles. Starting from Canada's first inhabitants and explorers, this brief book will offer you a comprehensive overview of Canada's history, as it presents the key events that altered the course of this nation irrevocably. The following aspects are included in the book: The coming of the Aboriginal peoples to Canada The first Viking expedition to Canada led by Leif Eriksson The initial European explorations that took place during the 15th-16th centuries and how these laid the grounds for the colonization movement that followed afterward Canada's role and place in the world today The primary elements that shape the Canadian culture and what makes it so distinctive Main places to visit in Canada: some sights and attractions that you shouldn't miss from your itinerary if you want to understand Canada's culture and uniqueness Only when you aim at learning about a country's history could you fully grasp its culture and evolution. That's what makes this book the perfect resource for those who want to enlarge their knowledge of Canada. Canada is a country that seems to relish unlimited space. It is dynamic, unique, and complex, being much more than a multicultural society; it is also a multinational one. The details pointed to in this book link Canada's past and present to its potential future. I challenge you to broaden your comprehension of Canada and get this book today! This beautiful country is unexpectedly intriguing once you get to learn more about it.

©2017 Lean Stone Publishing (P)2017 Lean Stone Publishing

Narrator: Chuck Shelby
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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A Thread Across the Ocean

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In a world in which news and information flashes around the globe in an instant, time lags are inconceivable. But they were a fact of life in the 19th century. One of those adept, impressively learned, sometimes impractical 19-century woodshed thinkers and tinkers, Cyrus Field, knew only a little of the hard science behind stringing a submarine telegraph cable that would link the financial markets of London and New York.Field was not the first to conceive such a venture, but he was the first to act on the idea, writing to Samuel Morse and finding another ally in the naval surveyor and architect Matthew Fontaine Maury. With the limited sum of $1.5 million, Field and company eventually managed to make the transatlantic cable a reality, and even if its early iterations turned out to be duds, their work did in fact revolutionize communications and "laid down the foundations of what would become...a global village."A Thread Across the Ocean is a satisfying book for the budding entrepreneur and general readers as well.

©2002 John Steele Gordon (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.

Narrator: Scott Brick
Category: History, Americas
Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
Available on Audible
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You Learn by Living

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From Eleanor Roosevelt, one of the world’s most celebrated and public figures, comes this wise and intimate book on how to get the most out of life - now available on audio. One of the most beloved figures of the 20th century, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt remains a role model for a life well lived. At the age of 76, Roosevelt penned this simple guide to living a fuller life. You Learn by Living is a powerful volume of enduring common sense ideas and heartfelt values. Offering her own philosophy on living, Eleanor takes listeners on a path to compassion, confidence, maturity, civic stewardship, and more. Her keys to a fulfilling life? Learning to learn Fear - the great enemy The uses of time The difficult art of maturity Readjustment is endless Learning to be useful The right to be an individual How to get the best out of people Facing responsibility How everyone can take part in politics Learning to be a public servant Informed by her personal experiences as a daughter, wife, parent, and diplomat, this audiobook is a window into Eleanor Roosevelt herself and a trove of timeless wisdom that resonates in any era.

©1960 Eleanor Roosevelt (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Vivienne Leheny
Category: History, Americas
Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
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Rangers, Trappers, and Trailblazers

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The North, Middle, and South Forks of the Flathead River drain some of the wildest country in Montana, including Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. In Rangers, Trappers, and Trailblazers, John Fraley recounts the true adventures of people who earned their living among the mountains and along the cold, clear rivers in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Here are the stories of the intrepid Glacier Park Ranger Clyde Fauley and his young family using a cable bucket to reach their isolated cabin across the Middle Fork, trapper Slim Link's fateful meeting with a grizzly bear in the deep woods of the North Fork, and the life and times of Henry Thol, "the ranger's ranger," who happily snowshoed hundreds of miles through deep snows and minus-40 cold to patrol the South Fork wilderness.  Tragedies and near-misses abound: a fatal shootout, tangles with bears and packrats, a devastating train wreck, and a missing airplane. But these are balanced with tales of courage, endurance, and remarkable personal achievement. Fraley tells all in intriguing detail wrested from primary sources.

©2018 John Fraley (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Danny Campbell
Author: John Fraley
Category: History, Americas
Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
Available on Audible
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36 Books That Changed the World

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Certain works of literature, history, science, philosophy, political theory and religion offer powerful examples of how books can spark revolutions, birth great religions, spur scientific advancements, shape world economies, teach us new ways of thinking, and much more. And with this fascinating collection crafted from our extensive library of courses, you can now get a single course that represents 36 of our best lectures on literary works that changed the world. In the company of an unparalleled roster of award-winning professors from a range of disciplines, you'll get fresh perspectives on books you only thought you knew - and intriguing introductions to some works you may not have known played key roles in getting us to where we are today. These include The Analects, the Liber Abaci, A Dictionary of the English Language, The Jungle, The Feminine Mystique, and more. If you've taken another course with these professors before, get a reminder of just why you enjoyed them. And if you've never heard some of them before, who knows? You may just discover your next favorite Great Courses professor. More than that, you'll rediscover just how powerful the printed word can be. You'll also learn how the mark of a truly great book isn't that it just changes the lives of individual readers-but the lives of entire civilizations.

©2014 The Great Courses (P)2014 The Teaching Company, LLC

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Nine Years Among the Indians (Expanded, Annotated)

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In a real-life version of Little Big Man comes Indian captive narrative of Herman Lehmann. He was captured as a boy in 1870 and lived for nine years among the Apaches and Comanches. Long considered one of the best captivity stories from the period, Lehmann came to love the people and the life. Only through the gentle persuasion of famed Comanche chief, Quanah Parker, was Lehmann convinced to remain with his white family once he was returned to them. Lehmann saw some of the most dramatic changes in the western United States from a perspective few whites had. He didn't just play the part...he was living as an Indian. His struggle to readjust to white culture is detailed here as well. At the time of this writing, he was married with five children, although he maintained the ties to his Indian friends and family for the rest of his life. Every memoir of the American West provides us with another view of the movement that changed the country forever.

©2015 Big Byte Books (P)2017 Big Byte Books

Category: History, Americas
Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
Available on Audible
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Havana

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Award-winning author Mark Kurlansky presents an insider's view of Havana: the elegant, tattered city he has come to know over more than 30 years. Part cultural history, part travelogue, with recipes throughout, Havana celebrates the city's singular music, literature, baseball and food; its five centuries of outstanding neglected architecture; and its extraordinary blend of cultures. Like all great cities, Havana has a rich history that informs the vibrant place it is today - from the native Taino to Columbus' landing, from Cuba's status as a US protectorate to Batista's dictatorship and Castro's revolution, from Soviet presence to the welcoming of capitalist tourism. Havana is a place of extremes: a beautifully restored colonial city whose cobblestone streets pass through areas that have not been painted or repaired since long before the revolution. Kurlansky shows Havana through the eyes of Cuban writers, such as Alejo Carpentier and José Martí, and foreigners, including Graham Greene and Hemingway. He introduces us to Cuban baseball and its highly opinionated fans; the city's music scene, alive with the rhythm of Son; its culinary legacy. Through Mark Kurlansky's multilayered and electrifying portrait, the long-elusive city of Havana comes stirringly to life.

©2017 Bloomsbury US (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Fleet Cooper
Category: History, Americas
Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
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The United States and the Middle East: 1914 to 9/11

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At the dawn of World War I, the United States was only a rising power. Our reputation was relatively benign among Middle Easterners, who saw no imperial ambitions in our presence and were grateful for the educational and philanthropic services Americans provided. Yet by September 11, 2001, everything had changed. The United States had now become the unquestioned target of those bent on attacking the West for its perceived offenses against Islam. How and why did this transformation come about? And how did each of the factors that make the Middle East so complex contribute to this transformation? This series of 24 lectures by an award-winning scholar is a narrative history of U.S. political involvement in the Middle East from World War I to the present day. Presented from a historian's balanced perspective, it will strengthen your ability to place today's headlines into historical context, evaluate what is most likely to happen next, and understand those oncoming events when they occur. Step by step, with attention to the viewpoints and motivations of each nation and leader involved, the lectures explore growing American involvement in the Middle East; the ongoing quest for political independence and self-mastery by Middle Easterners; the difficulty the United States has experienced in weighing diverse and conflicting objectives in the region, especially as the cold war against the Soviet Union intensified; and the increasing antagonism between Americans and Middle Easterners that came to such a shocking culmination on September 11, 2001. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2003 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2003 The Great Courses

Narrator: Salim Yaqub
Category: History, Americas
Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
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The Great Book of Florida: The Crazy History of Florida with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia

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Want to learn more about the state of Florida? Sure, you know it’s home to Disney World, but what else do you really know about the Sunshine State? From the strange to the scary, there’s so much to learn about Florida that even natives of the state don’t know. In this trivia audiobook, you’ll learn more about Florida’s history, pop culture, folklore, sports, and so much more!   In The Great Book of Florida, you’ll discover the answers to the following questions:   How did Florida get its name?  Which former US president helped the country gain control of Florida?  Which city in Florida was the only city in America to be founded by a woman?  How did spring break get started?  What famous pirates buried treasure on and off the coast of Florida? How did Walt Disney keep his plans to build Disney World a secret?  Which of the Disney World attractions is said to be haunted?  What lighthouse is thought to be one of America’s most haunted?  And so much more!  This book is packed with trivia facts about Florida. Some of the facts are entertaining, some of them will be tragic, and some of them may even scare you a little, but all of them will be interesting! This book is full of everything you’ve ever wondered about Florida and then some.  Whether you’re just learning about Florida or you already think you know everything there is to know about the state, you’re bound to learn something new in each chapter. Your friends will be amazed at your knowledge during your next trivia night. You’ll even impress your history teacher!  So, what are you waiting for? Get started to learn all there is to know about Florida!   

©2018 LAK Publishing (P)2018 LAK Publishing

Narrator: Derek Newman
Author: Bill O'Neill
Category: History, Americas
Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
Available on Audible
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The American Revolution

7 ratings

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Why did 13 colonies believe they could defeat the most powerful nation on the planet? And how did they eventually manage such an impressive feat? Get the real story on the battle for American independence with Professor Guelzo's 24 gripping lectures. With a focus on the war's strategy, military tactics, logistics, and most fascinating people, these lectures are a must own for anyone curious about the origins of the greatest nation in modern history. Told from the perspective of both sides in an intense, almost novelistic style that recreates the experience of the war's key battles and decisions, the lectures introduce you to an array of vivid personalities, including George Washington, Lord George Sackville-Germaine, Henry Knox, Sir William Howe, and Thomas Paine. Professor Guelzo's approach gives the forces at work in the palace and in Parliament equal weight with those in play at the Continental Congress and among George Washington's inner circle. It's a perspective that reveals the very different ways in which the two nations saw both their economic relationship and the philosophical underpinnings of a government's relationship to its citizens. You'll learn what it was like to serve on either side of the conflict, how those sides were trained, and about the terrors of the battlefield.Rich in dramatic moments like this, these lectures offer a fresh appraisal of this seminal event in American history, offering the diverging views of two sides whose common heritage had yielded two very different outlooks. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2008 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2008 The Great Courses

Narrator: Allen C. Guelzo
Category: History, Americas
Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
Available on Audible
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The 18th Century US Presidents: America's 18th Century Presidents - George Washington and John Adams

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In this one-hour history book, discover the US Presidents from the 18th century. It all started with Georges Washington, the first American President and John Adams, the second US President. Discover how these Founding Fathers of the U.S.A. became presidents, the main events of their presidency, and their impact on America and World’s history!  George Washington. He was a general, a revolutionary, a president and a freethinker. Americans learn many stories about him when they are young — but the funny thing is, much of what has been passed down isn’t actually true! Take, for example, the longstanding myth that Washington had wooden teeth. Nope, because while good old George did have dental problems, his dentures were made of bone, not wood. Another oft-told myth is the story of a young Washington chopping down a cherry tree and when confronted by his father, stating, “I cannot tell a lie!” But this never really occurred. So, just what do we know about George Washington for sure?  John Adams had begun his career as a lawyer and part-time social activist who championed causes such as the right to counsel and the presumption of innocence, both of which would become hallmarks of the U.S. legal system. How did this founding father sneak in to become the US second president?  Find out in this short book. After listening to it, you will know everything you need to know about the 18th century American Presidents.  Scroll back up and click the "Buy Now" button located on the right side of this page. 

©2019 History by the Hour (P)2020 History by the Hour

Narrator: Rory Young
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
Available on Audible
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California

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Acclaimed author, historian, and Guggenheim Fellow Kevin Starr is a professor at the University of Southern California. His extensive knowledge shines through this concise, yet comprehensive, depiction of the most fascinating aspects in California's history. From its colonial beginnings through Governor Schwarzenegger's administration, the Golden State has become a uniquely American phenomenon that has enchanted people with the possibility of a better life. In so doing, it has become a uniquely American phenomenon.

©2005 Kevin Starr (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: Jonathan Davis
Author: Kevin Starr
Category: History, Americas
Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
Available on Audible
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Historia de los Estados Unidos [History of The United States]

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Si desea descubrir la fascinante historia de los Estados Unidos, entonces siga leyendo…. Cuando los primeros colonos llegaron a los Estados Unidos de América y comenzaron a buscarse la vida en aquel entorno natural, tan duro y poco familiar para gentes procedentes de Europa, jamás habrían podido soñar que, algún día, esa tierra que pisaban se convertiría en uno de los países más poderosos del mundo.  Cuando los nativos americanos contemplaron por primera vez aquellas velas blancas, que arrastraban embarcaciones llenas de marineros de tez pálida, y que por primera vez se adentraban en su mundo, jamás habrían podido soñar que, pasados unos pocos siglos, prácticamente todo su pueblo habría desaparecido, que iban a sufrir una masacre tras otra, que serían privados de su libertad y confinados en reservas muy pequeñas en comparación con la amplitud de sus territorios, y que transitarían el Sendero de Lágrimas durante los siguientes cientos de años.  En Historia de los Estados Unidos: Una Guía Fascinante De La Historia De América, Que Incluye Eventos Como La Revolución Americana, La Guerra Franco-India, … De Boston Y Pearl Harbor descubrirá temas como.  El pueblo que vivía allí antes Época de exploraciones La colonización de América La Guerra franco-india El Motín del té en Boston La Revolución americana El primer presidente Tiempos de inquietud El horror para los nativos El Despertar La Guerra Civil Buscando la paz Un poder emergente El progreso El desastre golpea La bomba más potente del mundo Tensión glacial La libertad en el frente interior El terror y su guerra ¡Y mucho, mucho más! ¡Obtenga este libro y aprenda más acerca de la historia de los Estados Unidos! Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Narrator: Gustavo Gomez
Category: History, Americas
Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
Available on Audible
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Witchcraft in the United States: The History of Witches, Practices, and Persecution in America

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“Since man cannot live without miracles, he will provide himself with miracles of his own making. He will believe in witchcraft and sorcery, even though he may otherwise be a heretic, an atheist, and a rebel.” (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov) When people hear the word “witchcraft”, certain images come to mind. American history buffs will immediately think of Salem, where hysteria in the 17th century led to notorious trials that continue to be the source of several historical studies, with scholars analyzing things from every direction. Was it a religious fervor? Was it a land grab? Was there fungus in the grain? Over 400 years later, there are still fundamental questions regarding the complete breakdown of moral order that pinned friend against friend and neighbor against neighbor. As Salem proved, there has long been a natural curiosity about witchcraft. Some of the best-selling children’s books and adult novels have been about witchcraft, such as The Witch of Blackbird Pond. One of Roald Dahl’s most famous works was The Witches, and Harry Potter became a global phenomenon. As adults, fans of Anne Rice, Neil Gaiman, and Alice Hoffman will find books about witches among their reading list, and there are countless movies and television shows devoted to the topic. All cultures and belief systems have ideas and definitions of what makes a witch, and this ultimately comes down to the human mind’s natural need to break things into opposites. For all good, there must be evil, and for those who started to settle North America in the 17th century and beyond, witchcraft became the perfect explanation for what they couldn’t understand or control. Settling a new land - whether by choice or not - came with its own set of complications and ills. Life was hard in an unsettled area, especially when Europeans and Native Americans clashed in the New World, and when the European settlers started importing African slaves, that introduced new ideas about what constituted good and evil. As a result, while most studies of witchcraft in the United States tend to focus on Salem, that hardly does the subject matter justice, because understanding Native American and African concepts about witchcraft are just as important to American history as European ideas. Witchcraft in the United States: The History of Witches, Practices, and Persecution in America examines how various cultures perceived witchcraft, and the impact it had in the United States and the colonial period. You will learn about the history of witchcraft in America like never before.

©2019 Charles River Editors (P)2019 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Scott Clem
Category: History, Americas
Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
Available on Audible
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A Night to Remember

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One hundred years ago, the mightiest "unsinkable" ship began her maiden voyage to cross the Atlantic. An engineering feat 11 stories high, the Titanic contained a list of passengers collectively worth $250 million when she left port on April 10, 1912, but she would never reach her destination. The Titanic collided with an iceberg on the night of April 14, and 1,500 people died in the freezing waters as the ship met her watery grave. Spectacular in many ways, it's a story that has spurred legends and still sends shivers down the spine a century later. This minute-by-minute account of the sinking is based on over 20 years of research and offers amazing detail of that fateful night. Read by Martin Jarvis, it's a riveting account of one of the world's biggest maritime disasters and the behavior of the passengers and crew. Some sacrificed their lives, while others fought like animals for their own survival. Wives beseeched husbands to join them in lifeboats; gentlemen went taut-lipped to their deaths in full evening dress; and hundreds of steerage passengers, trapped below decks, sought help in vain. From the initial distress flares to the struggles of those left adrift for hours in freezing waters, this audiobook brings that moonlit night in 1912 to life for a new generation of listeners.

©1955 Walter Lord. All rights reserved. (P)2015 AudioGO

Narrator: Martin Jarvis
Author: Walter Lord
Category: History, Americas
Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Life and Death in the Andes

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The Andes Mountains are the world's longest mountain chain, linking most of the countries in South America. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and author Kim MacQuarrie takes us on a historical journey through this unique region, bringing fresh insight and contemporary connections to such fabled characters as Charles Darwin, Pablo Escobar, Che Guevara, and many others. He introduces us to a Patagonian woman who is the last living speaker of her language as he explores the disappearance and sometimes surprising resiliency of indigenous cultures throughout the Andes. He meets a man whose grandfather witnessed Butch Cassidy's last days in Bolivia and tracks down the ballet dancer who once hid the leader of the brutal Shining Path in her home. Through the stories he shares, MacQuarrie raises such questions as: Where did the people of South America come from? Did they create or import their cultures? What makes South America different from other continents - and what makes the cultures of the Andes different from other cultures in South America? Deeply observed and beautifully written, Life and Death in the Andes shows us this land as no one has before.

©2015 Kim MacQuarrie (P)2015 Tantor

Narrator: Jonathan Yen
Category: History, Americas
Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
Available on Audible
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Founding Fathers

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Explore the captivating lives of the Founding Fathers. Eight captivating manuscripts in one audiobook: Benjamin Franklin: A Captivating Guide to an American Polymath and a Founding Father of the United States of America George Washington: A Captivating Guide to an American Founding Father Who Served as the First President of the United States of America John Adams: A Captivating Guide to an American Founding Father Who Served as the Second President of the United States of America Thomas Jefferson: A Captivating Guide to an American Founding Father Who Was the Principal Author of the Declaration of Independence and the Third President of the United States John Jay: A Captivating Guide to an American Statesman, Patriot, Diplomat, Governor of New York, the First Chief Justice, and One of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America James Madison: A Captivating Guide to an American Founding Father Who Served as the Fourth President of the United States of America Alexander Hamilton: A Captivating Guide to an American Founding Father Who Wrote the Majority of The Federalist Papers James Monroe: A Captivating Guide to the Founding Father Who Served as the Fifth President of the United States So if you want to learn more about the life of Founding Fathers, get this audiobook now!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Category: History, Americas
Length: 26 hrs and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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The Year of Dangerous Days

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In the tradition of The Wire, the harrowing story of the cinematic transformation of Miami, one of America’s most bustling cities - rife with a drug epidemic, a burgeoning refugee crisis, and police brutality - from journalist and award-winning author Nicholas Griffin Miami, Florida, famed for its blue skies and sandy beaches, is one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations, with nearly 23 million tourists visiting annually. But few people have any idea how this unofficial capital of Latin America came to be. The Year of Dangerous Days is a fascinating chronicle of a pivotal but forgotten year in American history. With a cast that includes iconic characters such as Jimmy Carter, Fidel Castro, and Janet Reno, this slice of history is brought to life through intertwining personal stories. At the core, there’s Edna Buchanan, a reporter for the Miami Herald who breaks the story on the wrongful murder of a black man and the shocking police cover-up; Captain Marshall Frank, the hardboiled homicide detective tasked with investigating the murder; and Mayor Maurice Ferré, the charismatic politician who watches the case, and the city, fall apart. On a roller coaster of national politics and international diplomacy, these three figures cross paths as their city explodes in one of the worst race riots in American history as more than 120,000 Cuban refugees land south of Miami, and as drug cartels flood the city with cocaine and infiltrate all levels of law enforcement. In a battle of wills, Buchanan has to keep up with the 150 percent murder rate increase; Captain Frank has to scrub and rebuild his homicide bureau; and Mayor Ferré must find a way to reconstruct his smoldering city. Against all odds, they persevere, and a stronger, more vibrant Miami begins to emerge. But the foundation of this new Miami - partially built on corruption and drug money - will have severe ramifications for the rest of the country. Deeply researched and covering many timely issues including police brutality, immigration, and the drug crisis, The Year of Dangerous Days is both a clarion call and a re-creation story of one of America’s most iconic cities.

©2020 Nicholas Griffin. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Narrator: Pete Simonelli
Category: History, Americas
Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
Available on Audible
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Harriet Tubman

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Harriet Tubman  Inspiration lies within. Discover the conductor of the Underground Railroad today. Born into sickness and slavery, Harriet Tubman scarcely survived her childhood. Brutally beaten while laboring in the swamp lands of Maryland, she was left with hellish memories and permanent neural damage. Despite it all, she did live on...to claim a place in history’s annals, for Tubman wasn’t content to be free while others remained in shackles. Guided by compassion and unwavering faith, she emancipated herself and led hundreds of others to refuge. Along the way, Ms. Tubman experienced heartbreak and poverty at every turn. Mortal danger was ceaseless. In wartime, she rallied for women’s rights; in times of peace, for brothers and sisters still deprived of their liberty. Yet, Tubman’s true contribution to mankind was — and is — her legacy. Having entered the immortal pantheon of American heroes, she’s inspired generations to stand up in the face of prejudice and tyranny. She came from nothing but managed to give us the very greatest gift of all: conviction in ourselves. What listeners are saying: “Well written and immensely important to read, this excellent examination of the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman is a book that should be read by everyone – a source of learning and inspiration for all.” “How I would have loved to have sat with [Harriet Tubman] and felt her kindness.” “This is a very readable, introductory overview particularly well-suited for students; those older adults who may have never formally learned about Harriet Tubman during their public school years will also find it informative.” “By writing about Tubman’s character and fiery power, Ramos inspires us to reach higher in our own American and human dreams.” The trauma and triumph of Harriet Tubman is history that can’t be missed. Listen on. You may just find the strength to build a brighter future.

©2020 Sea Vision Publishing, LLC (P)2020 Sea Vision Publishing, LLC

Narrator: Al M. Rocca
Category: History, Americas
Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
Available on Audible
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Native American History: A Captivating Guide to the Long History of Native Americans Including Stories of the Wounded Knee Massacre, Native American Tribes, Hiawatha and More

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If you want to explore the shocking history of the Native Americans then keep reading... In this captivating history audiobook, you will discover the shocking and controversial history of the Native Americans. Native American History: A Captivating Guide to the Long History of Native Americans Including Stories of the Wounded Knee Massacre, Native American Tribes, Hiawatha and More includes topics such as:   Startlin theories of the arrival of the first Native Americans The current understanding of similar and rival tribes based on region Arctic and Subarctic tribes and nations Northeastern and Southeastern peoples Plains and Plateau Peoples California and Northwest coast Hiawatha, Deganawida, and the foundation for democracies today Roanoke - The Lost Settlement The truth about Pocahontas The real first Thanksgiving The myth versus reality The Native American role in the War for Independence Sacagawea - The woman behind the legend The Seminole Wars Sitting Bull - Fighting despite all odds Wounded Knee The unbreakable code of the code talkers And a great deal more you don't want to miss out on! Listen to this audiobook now to learn more about Native American history!

©2018 Captivating History (P)2018 Captivating History

Narrator: Andrew Buzzeo
Category: History, Americas
Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
Available on Audible
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Triangle

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On March 25, 1911, as workers were getting ready to leave for the day, a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York's Greenwich Village. Within minutes it spread to consume the building's upper three stories. Firemen who arrived at the scene were unable to rescue those trapped inside: their ladders simply weren't tall enough. People on the street watched in horror as desperate workers jumped to their deaths. The final toll was 146 people - 123 of them women. It was the worst disaster in New York City history.

This harrowing yet compulsively readable book is both a chronicle of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire and a vibrant portrait of an entire age. It follows the waves of Jewish and Italian immigration that inundated New York in the early years of the century, filling its slums and supplying its garment factories with cheap, mostly female labor. It portrays the Dickensian work conditions that led to a massive waist-workers strike in which an unlikely coalition of socialists, socialites, and suffragettes took on bosses, police, and magistrates. Von Drehle shows how popular revulsion at the Triangle catastrophe led to an unprecedented alliance between idealistic labor reformers and the supremely pragmatic politicians of the Tammany machine.

David Von Drehle orchestrates these events into a drama rich in suspense and filled with memorable characters: the tight-fisted Shirtwaist kings Max Blanck and Isaac Harris; Charles F. Murphy, the shrewd kingmaker of Tammany Hall; blue-blooded activists like Anne Morgan, daughter of J.P. Morgan; reformers Frances W. Perkins and Al Smith. Most powerfully, he puts a human face on the men and women who died on March 25th. Triangle is a vibrant and immensely moving account of the hardships of New York City life in the early part of the 20th century, and how this event transformed politics and gave rise to urban liberalism.

©2004 David von Drehle (P)2011 Random House

Category: History, Americas
Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
Available on Audible
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1620

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Peter Wood argues against the flawed interpretation of history found in the New York Times’ 1619 Project and asserts that the true origins of American self-government were enshrined in the Mayflower compact in 1620. Was America founded on the auction block in Jamestown in 1619 or aboard the Mayflower in 1620? The controversy erupted in August 2019 when the New York Times announced its 1619 Project. The Times set to transform history by asserting that all the laws, material gains, and cultural achievements of Americans are rooted in the exploitation of African Americans. Historians have pushed back, saying that the 1619 Project conjures a false narrative out of racial grievance. This book sums up what the critics have said and argues that the traditional starting point for the American story - the signing of the Mayflower Compact aboard ship before the Pilgrims set foot in the Massachusetts wilderness - is right. A nation as complex as ours, of course, has many starting points, including the Declaration of Independence in 1776. But if we want to understand where the quintessential ideas of self-government and ordered liberty came from, the deliberate actions of the Mayflower immigrants in 1620 count much more than the near accidental arrival in Virginia 15 months earlier of a Portuguese slave ship commandeered by English pirates. Schools across the country have already adopted the Times’ radical revision of history as part of their curricula. The stakes are high. Should children be taught that our nation is, to its bone, a 400-year-old system of racist oppression? Or should we teach children that what has always made America exceptional is its pursuit of liberty and justice for all? 

©2020 Peter W. Wood (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Stephen Bowlby
Category: History, Americas
Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
Available on Audible
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The American Indian Wars

Summary

Explore the tragic history of the American Indian wars. Our American history is oft-touted as commendable, groundbreaking, something to be celebrated, but behind the proud patriotic façade lies dark moments, riddled with unspeakable atrocities and secrecy. The American Indian Wars details the true plight of Native Americans during the American Indian Wars. It is a no-holds barred account of the tragedies that forever altered the lives of Native Americans. Go inside the brutal battles, see what happened, and discover the moment when humanity gave way to pure, unadulterated greed, savagery, and genocide. This easy-to-listen book fully explains the complexity of these battles and exposes the stories most Americans and the government still refuse to acknowledge. The information in this book will open your eyes to how America became the country it is and how and why history continues to repeat itself today. Buy the audiobook and discover the true accounts of the American Indian Wars today!

©2019 Sea Vision Publishing, LLC (P)2019 Sea Vision Publishing, LLC

Category: History, Americas
Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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The Apollo Program

Summary

In a race against time, the Apollo program challenged our scientific capabilities and redefined the boundaries of humanity.  To celebrate NASA’s 60 years of exploration, Seeker went back in time to relive each Apollo mission. Listen along as Seeker dives into the whole story from its WWII origins to its present day possibilities available for the first time in audio.

©2021 Seeker (P)2021 Audiogems by Findaway

Author: Seeker
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
Available on Audible
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Hasta Siempre Comandante Che Guevara Speaks [Until Always Commander Che Guevara Speaks]

Summary

In his speeches, Guevara dissects the workings of the imperialist system with scientific clarity, unflinching truthfulness, and biting humor. Cuba has shown by its example, he says, that “a people can liberate themselves and keep themselves free.” Throughout the speeches and essays the warmness of the man comes through....Nor has his death dimmed confidence in his ideas.… Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2019 Ernesto "Che" Guevara (P)2019 HN Publishing

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Category: History, Americas
Length: 55 mins
Available on Audible
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Panama Fever

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The building of the Panama Canal was one of the greatest engineering feats in human history. A tale of exploration, conquest, money, politics, and medicine, Panama Fever charts the challenges that marked the long, labyrinthine road to the building of the canal. Drawing on a wealth of new materials and sources, Matthew Parker brings to life the men who recognized the impact a canal would have on global politics and economics, and adds new depth to the familiar story of Teddy Roosevelt's remarkable triumph in making the waterway a reality. As thousands of workers succumbed to dysentery, yellow fever, and malaria, scientists raced to stop the deadly epidemics so that work could continue. The treatments they developed changed the course of medical history. The opening of the Panama Canal in 1914 spelled the end of the Victorian Age and the beginning of the "American Century". Panama Fever brilliantly captures the innovative thinking and backbreaking labor, as well as the commercial and political interests, that helped make America a global power.

©2008 Matthew Parker (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America

Category: History, Americas
Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
Available on Audible
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First and Always

Summary

George Washington may be the most famous American who ever lived and certainly is one of the most admired. But although he has been heavily mythologized, it is no myth that the man who led America's fight for independence and whose two terms in office largely defined the presidency was the most highly respected individual among a generation of formidable personalities. In First and Always, celebrated historian Peter Henriques illuminates Washington's life, more fully explicating his character and his achievements.   Arranged thematically, the book's chapters focus on important and controversial issues, achieving a depth not possible in a traditional biography. First and Always examines factors that coalesced to make Washington such a remarkable and admirable leader, while also chronicling how Washington mistreated enslaved workers, engaged in extreme partisanship, and responded with excessive sensitivity to criticism. Henriques portrays a Washington deeply ambitious and always hungry for public adoration, even as he disclaimed such desires. In its account of an amazing life, First and Always shows how, despite profound flaws, George Washington nevertheless deserves to rank as the nation's most consequential leader, without whom the American experiment in republican government would have died in infancy.

©2020 Peter Henriques (P)2020 Recorded Books

Narrator: Henry Strozier
Category: History, Americas
Length: 8 hrs
Available on Audible
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New York, New York, New York

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A lively, immersive history by an award-winning urbanist of New York City’s transformation and the lessons it offers for the city’s future. Dangerous, filthy, and falling apart, garbage piled on its streets and entire neighborhoods reduced to rubble; New York’s terrifying, if liberating, state of nature in 1978 also made it the capital of American culture. Over the next 30-plus years, though, it became a different place - kinder and meaner, richer and poorer, more like America and less like what it had always been. New York, New York, New York, Thomas Dyja’s sweeping account of this metamorphosis, shows it wasn’t the work of a single policy, mastermind, or economic theory, nor was it a morality tale of gentrification or crime. Instead, three New Yorks evolved in turn. After brutal retrenchment came the dazzling Koch Renaissance and the Dinkins years that left the city’s liberal traditions battered but laid the foundation for the safe streets and dotcom excess of Giuliani’s Reformation in the ‘90s. Then the planes hit on 9/11. The shaky city handed itself over to Bloomberg, who merged City Hall into his personal empire, launching its Reimagination. From Hip Hop crews to Wall Street bankers, D.V. to Jay-Z, Dyja weaves New Yorkers famous, infamous, and unknown - Yuppies, hipsters, tech nerds, and artists; community organizers and the immigrants who made this a truly global place - into a narrative of a city creating ways of life that would ultimately change cities everywhere. With great success, though, came grave mistakes. The urbanism that reclaimed public space became a means of control, the police who made streets safe became an occupying army, technology went from a means to the end. Now, as anxiety fills New Yorker’s hearts and empties its public spaces, it’s clear that what brought the city back - proximity, density, and human exchange - are what sent COVID-19 burning through its streets, and the price of order has come due. A fourth evolution is happening, and we must understand that the greatest challenge ahead is the one New York failed in the first three: The cures must not be worse than the disease. Exhaustively researched, passionately told, New York, New York, New York is a colorful, inspiring guide to not just rebuilding but reimagining a great city.

©2021 Kelmscott Ink, Inc. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Narrator: Jacques Roy
Author: Thomas Dyja
Category: History, Americas
Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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The Blind Mechanic

Summary

Eric Davidson was a beautiful, fair-haired toddler when the Halifax Explosion struck, killing almost 2,000 people and seriously injuring thousands of others. Eric lost both eyes - a tragedy that his mother never fully recovered from.  Eric, however, was positive and energetic. He also developed a fascination with cars and how they worked, and he later decided, against all likelihood, to become a mechanic. Assisted by his brothers, who read to him from manuals, he worked hard, passed examinations, and carved out a decades-long career. Once the subject of a National Film Board documentary, Eric Davidson was, until his death, a much-admired figure in Halifax.   Written by his daughter Marilyn, this inspiring book gives new insights into the 1917 Halifax Explosion and contains never-before-seen documents and photographs. While Eric Davidson has been mentioned in previous Explosion accounts, his story has never been told in such fascinating detail. Davidson overcame such odds that his life story might not seem believable if it had not happened.

©2018 Marilyn Davidson Elliott (P)2019 Marilyn Davidson Elliott

Narrator: Jan Crowley
Category: History, Americas
Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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Moonshiners and Prohibitionists

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Homemade liquor has played a prominent role in the Appalachian economy for nearly two centuries. The region endured profound transformations during the extreme prohibition movements of the nineteenth century, when the manufacturing and sale of alcohol - an integral part of daily life for many Appalachians - was banned. In Moonshiners and Prohibitionists: The Battle over Alcohol in Southern Appalachia, Bruce E. Stewart chronicles the social tensions that accompanied the region's early transition from a rural to an urban-industrial economy. Stewart analyzes the dynamic relationship of the bootleggers and opponents of liquor sales in western North Carolina, as well as conflict driven by social and economic development that manifested in political discord. Stewart also explores the life of the moonshiner and the many myths that developed around hillbilly stereotypes. A welcome addition to the New Directions in Southern History series, Moonshiners and Prohibitionists addresses major economic, social, and cultural questions that are essential to the understanding of Appalachian history.

©2011 The University Press of Kentucky (P)2013 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: Jim Tedder
Category: History, Americas
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
Available on Audible
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America's Founding Fathers

5 ratings

Summary

Today, the US Constitution is the oldest, continually-operating instrument of government in the world. But to think of the Constitution as a fully-formed, canonical document is to miss out on an honest, well-rounded grasp of American history. Now, more than ever, any well-informed citizen should understand how the Constitution lives, breathes, and endures. In collaboration with Smithsonian, these 36 lectures are a deep dive into the creation of the US Constitution as it actually happened - and the remarkable men who played their own unique role in the creation (and survival) of American democracy. Designed to be enjoyed in chronological order, they take you from the closing days of the American Revolution to the opening decades of the United States under the newly created US Constitution. Told like a dramatic story, each lecture uses a Founder as a doorway through which to examine the process involved in crafting the Constitution. You'll encounter fresh perspectives on familiar Founders including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton, as well as people not necessarily considered Founders, including James McHenry, Secretary of War under John Adams; and Alexis de Tocqueville, author of the insightful Democracy in America. While detailed, the lectures are highly accessible for all learners, high school students and history buffs alike. Less a biography of individuals, Professor Guelzo's lectures are instead a composite biography of one of the greatest political documents in history. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2017 The Great Courses

Narrator: Allen C. Guelzo
Category: History, Americas
Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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Nature's Metropolis

2 ratings

Summary

Awarded the 1992 Bancroft Prize and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award for Best Nonfiction Book of 1991. In this groundbreaking work, William Cronon gives us an environmental perspective on the history of nineteenth-century America. By exploring the ecological and economic changes that made Chicago America's most dynamic city and the Great West its hinterland, Mr. Cronon opens a new window onto our national past. This is the story of city and country becoming ever more tightly bound in a system so powerful that it reshaped the American landscape and transformed American culture. The world that emerged is our own.

©1992 William Cronon (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Jonah Cummings
Category: History, Americas
Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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African American History

Summary

Discover the real truth behind African American history. You will be amazed to learn about some of the great African Americans and their legacies. Here is a sneak peek of what you will learn: Slavery of African Americans Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman Frederick Douglass Malcolm X Rosa Parks And much, much, more Subjects include: History of the Railroad, Civil War, March on Washington, Nation of Islam, Montgomery Bus Boycott, biographies of famous people, and much more!

©2017 Adam Brown (P)2020 Pluto King Publishing

Narrator: Jim D. Johnston
Author: Adam Brown
Category: History, Americas
Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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How Apollo Flew to the Moon

Summary

Stung by the pioneering space successes of the Soviet Union - in particular, Gagarin being the first man in space - the United States gathered the best of its engineers and set itself the goal of reaching the moon within a decade. In an expanded second edition of How Apollo Flew to the Moon, David Woods tells the exciting story of how the resulting Apollo flights were conducted by following a virtual flight to the moon and its exploration of the surface. From launch to splashdown, he hitches a ride in the incredible spaceships that took men to another world, exploring each step of the journey and detailing the enormous range of disciplines, techniques, and procedures the Apollo crews had to master. While describing the tremendous technological accomplishment involved, he adds the human dimension by calling on the testimony of the people who were there at the time. He provides a wealth of fascinating and accessible material: the role of the powerful Saturn V, the reasoning behind trajectories, the day-to-day concerns of human and spacecraft health between two worlds, the exploration of the lunar surface, and the sheer daring involved in traveling to the moon during the mid-20th century.  Given the tremendous success of the original edition of How Apollo Flew to the Moon, the second edition will have a new chapter on surface activities, inspired by user comments on Amazon. There will also be additional detail in the existing chapters to incorporate all the feedback from the original edition.

©2011 Springer Praxis Books (P)2020 Cacophony Innovation

Narrator: Todd Belcher
Category: History, Americas
Length: 21 hrs and 28 mins
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The Wilmington Insurrection of 1898

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You are about to learn the ins and outs of the only coup d ’état to ever been attempted on American soil, the Wilmington insurrection of 1898, and the rise of white supremacy! In the morning of November 10, 1898, in Wilmington, North Carolina, a fire broke out, and it was the beginning of an assault that took place about 10 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean, east of Cape Fear River. In all the gruesome moments in United States history, none was like this gruesome attack. It was the only coup d'état ever to happen on American soil. By dawn, Manly's newspaper had been torched, and as many as 60 were murdered. The local government that was elected two days prior had been overthrown, and white supremacists had taken over. It seemed like a scene straight out of Hollywood. For decades, what happened that day was nearly lost. The Black victims were wrongly described as instigators, and it took nearly a century for the truth to come out. Up to date, conservatives of North Carolina don't talk about the Wilmington massacre, also known as the Wilmington Insurrection or the Wilmington Coup of 1898. But this audiobook is about to uncover that! Today, this audiobook is giving you the chance to learn and have a first-hand account of what really happened during that period. If you have questions like: What really caused the Wilmington Insurrection of 1898? What happened during that period? Who was involved? Why did they do it? How did it come to an end? ...And many others, this audiobook seeks to answer them all using simple straightforward language.

©2020 Aspen Creek Publishing (P)2020 Aspen Creek Publishing

Narrator: Deborah Bernard
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
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Supreme City

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While F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, Manhattan was transformed by jazz, night clubs, radio, skyscrapers, movies, and the ferocious energy of the 1920s, as this illuminating cultural history brilliantly demonstrates. In four words - "the capital of everything" - Duke Ellington captured Manhattan during one of the most exciting and celebrated eras in our history: The Jazz Age. Radio, tabloid newspapers, and movies with sound appeared. The silver screen took over Times Square as Broadway became America's movie mecca. Tremendous new skyscrapers were built in Midtown in one of the greatest building booms in history. Supreme City is the story of Manhattan's growth and transformation in the 1920s and the brilliant people behind it. Nearly all of the makers of modern Manhattan came from elsewhere: Walter Chrysler from the Kansas prairie; entertainment entrepreneur Florenz Ziegfeld from Chicago. William Paley, founder of the CBS radio network, was from Philadelphia, while his rival David Sarnoff, founder of NBC, was a Russian immigrant. Cosmetics queen Elizabeth Arden was Canadian and her rival, Helena Rubenstein, Polish. All of them had in common vaulting ambition and a desire to fulfill their dreams in New York. As mass communication emerged, the city moved from downtown to midtown through a series of engineering triumphs - Grand Central Terminal and the new and newly chic Park Avenue it created, the Holland Tunnel, and the modern skyscraper. In less than ten years Manhattan became the social, cultural, and commercial hub of the country. The 1920s was the Age of Jazz and the Age of Ambition. Original in concept, deeply researched, and utterly fascinating, Supreme City transports listeners to that time and to the city which outsiders embraced, in E.B. White' s words, "with the intense excitement of first love."

©2014 Donald L. Miller (P)2014 Recorded Books

Narrator: Frangione Jim
Category: History, Americas
Length: 29 hrs and 39 mins
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My Life as an Indian

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Beautiful, tender, haunting, and full of excitement, this is the memoir of famed author, explorer, Glacier Park guide, trader, and historian of the Blackfoot Indians, James Willard Schultz. With the Blackfoot woman, whom he deeply loved, from 1880 to 1903, Schultz lived the life of a Blackfoot Indian with Nat-ah-ki and her people. During this time, he began writing for magazines, at times running a trading post, and working as a guide in the West. He met historian, writer, and naturalist George Bird Grinnell, who encouraged him to write this heartfelt and important memoir. As an ethnography of a people and a time it is invaluable. Though he would marry again, Schultz eventually went back to live near the Native peoples he'd come to love and is buried in the traditional ground of Nat-ah-ki's people. You won't read another memoir like it. Every memoir of the American West provides us with another view of the migration that changed the country forever.

Public Domain (P)2017 Big Byte Books

Narrator: Brian V. Hunt
Category: History, Americas
Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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Operation Condor: The History of the Notorious Intelligence Operations Supported by the United States to Combat Communists Across South America

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“Let's say there were 7,000 or 8,000 people who had to die to win the war against subversion... We couldn't execute them by firing squad. Neither could we take them to court... For that reason, so as not to provoke protests inside and outside the country, the decision was reached that these people should be disappeared.” (General Jorge Rafael Videla) For much of the 20th century, South American governments in large part lived under a system of military junta governments. The mixture of indigenous peoples, foreign settlers and European colonial superpowers produced cultural and social imbalances into which military forces intervened as a stabilizing influence. The proactive personalities of military heads and the rigid structures of such a hierarchy guaranteed the “strong man” commanding officer an abiding presence in the form of executive dictator. Such leaders often bore the more collaborative title of “president,” but the reality was, in most cases, identical. Likewise, the gap between rich and poor was often vast, and a disappearance of the middle class fed a frequent urge for revolution, reenergizing the military’s intent to stop it. With no stabilizing center, the ideologies most prevalent in such conflicts alternated between a federal model of industrial and social nationalization and an equally conservative structure under privatized ownership and autocratic rule drawn from the head of a junta government. The reign of Juan Peron in Argentina became the most iconic such arrangement to the Western observer, but General Augusto Pinochet’s 17-year rule over Chile after an American-supported coup in the 1970s proved the most enduring and the most resistant to eradication by subsequent leaders of an opposite bent. Pinochet himself openly bragged, “My library is filled with UN condemnations.” By combating Marxists and Communists during the Cold War, Pinochet ensured he would at the very least remain undisturbed by America, even as he carried out policies that would be labeled tyrannical by any objective measurement. As writer Jacob C. Hornberger put it while analyzing appraisals of Pinochet based on political background, “[T]error in the name of fighting terror is a grave criminal offense against humanity no matter what economic philosophy the state terrorist happens to hold.” Operation Condor: The History of the Notorious Intelligence Operations Supported by the United States to Combat Communists Across South America looks at the various intelligence operations and the winding chain of events that brought about conflicts in the region. You will learn about Operation Condor like never before.

©2019 Charles River Editors (P)2019 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Dan Gallagher
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
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Cuba Open from the Inside

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Cuba occupies a place of undisputed fascination in the American psyche. Despite its proximity to America, this island nation remains a mystery to most Americans. Few Americans have traveled to Havana, and still fewer have traveled deeper into this isolated country. Chris Messner, a photographer, is one of the few Americans who have been able to travel extensively throughout this island. In his book, Cuba Open from the Inside, Messner documents the character of Cuba's people, its rich history, and the vast culture of the country. As Cuba's leaders age and the possibility of travel to Cuba increases, this book acts as an exceptional resource for would be travelers. Through multiple journeys, Messner has covered more than 4,000 miles on the back roads of Cuba. Through his words, he provides a snapshot of this island nation and documents the Cuba of today - the 1950s time-capsule country 90 miles from the US coast.

©2011 Chris Messner (P)2015 Chris Messner

Narrator: Kevin Haberer
Category: History, Americas
Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
Available on Audible
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Fordlandia

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In 1927, Henry Ford, the richest man in the world, bought a tract of land twice the size of Delaware in the Brazilian Amazon. His intention was to grow rubber, but the project rapidly evolved into a more ambitious bid to export America itself. Fordlandia, as the settlement was called, soon became the site of an epic clash. On one side was the lean, austere car magnate; on the other, the Amazon, the most complex ecological system on the planet. Indigenous workers rejected Ford's midwestern Puritanism, turning the place into a ribald tropical boomtown. And his efforts to apply a system of regimented mass production to the Amazon's diversity resulted in a rash environmental assault that foreshadowed many of the threats laying waste to the rain forest today. More than a parable of one man’s arrogant attempt to force his will on the natural world, Greg Grandin's Fordlandia is "a quintessentially American fable". (Time).

©2009 Greg Grandin (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: Jonathan Davis
Author: Greg Grandin
Category: History, Americas
Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
Available on Audible
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Great Presidents

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The creation of the executive branch of government was one of the most audacious decisions in American history. The story of our greatest presidents create a narrative as compelling as an historical novel, and these 48 compelling lectures look at the lives, the achievements, and the legacies of those generally considered our 12 greatest presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Ronald Reagan. Drawing on a wealth of revealing anecdotes and inside stories, Professor Lichtman sheds new light on how the individual characters and historic decisions of each president made a major contribution to shaping our developing nation. You'll study the critical role these men played in America's founding years, Westward expansion, the struggle over slavery and the Civil War, the Great Depression, World War II, the perils of the atomic age, and more. These 12 leaders can be seen as giants of the most powerful elective office in the world. But through Professor Lichtman's eyes we see them as they really were, contradictions and paradoxes included. These lectures give the "inside stories" from our highest office, and they reveal 12 leaders with varying styles, personalities, and beliefs, but they all had in common an unsinkable ambition, a deep affinity with the American people, and a strong inner core of guiding values and principles. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2000 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2000 The Great Courses

Category: History, Americas
Length: 24 hrs and 42 mins
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Don't Know Much About History, 30th Anniversary Edition

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A New York Times best seller “Reading Davis is like returning to the classroom of the best teacher you ever had!” (People magazine) From the arrival of Columbus through the historic election of Barack Obama and beyond, Kenneth C. Davis carries listeners on a rollicking ride through more than 500 years of American history. In this revised, expanded, and updated edition of the classic anti-textbook, he debunks, recounts, and serves up the real story behind the myths and fallacies of American history. 

©2011 Kenneth C. Davis (P)2011 Random House

Category: History, Americas
Length: 29 hrs and 26 mins
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The Right Stuff

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From "America's nerviest journalist" (Newsweek) - a breathtaking epic, a magnificent adventure story, and an investigation into the true heroism and courage of the first Americans to conquer space. "Tom Wolfe at his very best" (The New York Times Book Review) Millions of words have poured forth about man's trip to the moon, but until now few people have had a sense of the most engrossing side of the adventure: namely, what went on in the minds of the astronauts themselves - in space, on the moon, and even during certain odysseys on earth. It is this, the inner life of the astronauts, that Tom Wolfe describes with his almost uncanny empathetic powers that made The Right Stuff a classic.

©1979 Tom Wolfe (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Dennis Quaid
Author: Tom Wolfe
Category: History, Americas
Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
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The Great Book of American Trivia: Fun Random Facts & American History

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Slept through high school history? Need a more entertaining refresher than a dusty textbook? Want to learn more about America and its interesting history? Pick up The Great Book of American Trivia, the ultimate compendium of American trivia and little-known facts. A quick audiobook packed with information. Here you will find out: Which US president survived an assassination attempt - and didn’t even pause his speech? What holiday’s origin story was actually just a tall tale to unite a country at war? Where in the world can you find an American mountain range - that isn’t in America? How did an earthquake lead to the Trail of Tears? What first lady gossip shook up an entire presidential cabinet? Overstuffed like the Thanksgiving turkey with answers to these questions and more facts - sometimes fun, sometimes serious, but always as true as we can confirm among America’s fables - The Great Book of American Trivia takes on the real drama behind the quaint stories we found as students in US history books. A novelty among trivia books, here you’ll learn the real stories, the mysteries, and the fascinating tidbits about American history from its first inhabitants to present day. Whether you know nothing about America’s past or you consider yourself an expert, you’ll learn something new and find yourself entertained as you discover or relive the nation’s troubles, mistakes, triumphs, and challenges. Dig in now and start learning the interesting stories that shaped America into what it is today.

©2017 Bill O'Neill (P)2018 Bill O'Neill

Narrator: Derek Newman
Author: Bill O'Neill
Category: History, Americas
Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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In Darkest Alaska

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Before Alaska became a mining bonanza, it was a scenic bonanza, a place larger in the American imagination than in its actual borders. Prior to the great Klondike Gold Rush of 1897, thousands of scenic adventurers journeyed along the Inside Passage, the nearly 1,000-mile sea lane that snakes up the Pacific Coast from Puget Sound to Icy Strait. Both the famous - including wilderness advocate John Muir, landscape painter Albert Bierstadt, and photographers Eadweard Muybridge and Edward Curtis - and the long forgotten - a gay ex-sailor, a former society reporter, an African explorer, and a neurasthenic Methodist minister - returned with fascinating accounts of their Alaskan journeys, becoming advance men and women for an expanding US. In Darkest Alaska explores the popular images conjured by these travelers' tales, as well as their influence on the broader society. Drawing on lively firsthand accounts, archival photographs, maps, and other ephemera of the day, historian Robert Campbell chronicles how Gilded Age sightseers were inspired by Alaska's bounty of evolutionary treasures, tribal artifacts, geological riches, and novel thrills to produce a wealth of highly imaginative reportage about the territory. By portraying the territory as a "Last West" ripe for American conquest, tourists helped pave the way for settlement and exploitation.

©2007 University of Pennsylvania Press (P)2018 Redwood Audiobooks

Category: History, Americas
Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
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Gateway to Freedom

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The dramatic story of fugitive slaves and the antislavery activists who defied the law to help them reach freedom. They are little known to history: Sydney Howard Gay, an abolitionist newspaper editor; Louis Napoleon, a furniture polisher; Charles B. Ray, a black minister. At great risk they operated the Underground Railroad in New York, a city whose businesses, banks, and politics were deeply enmeshed in the slave economy. In secret coordination with black dockworkers who alerted them to the arrival of fugitives and with counterparts in Norfolk, Wilmington, Philadelphia, Albany, and Syracuse, underground-railroad operatives in New York helped more than 3,000 fugitive slaves reach freedom between 1830 and 1860. Their defiance of the notorious Fugitive Slave Law inflamed the South. White and black, educated and illiterate, they were heroic figures in the ongoing struggle between slavery and freedom. Making brilliant use of fresh evidence - including the meticulous record of slave rescues secretly kept by Gay - Eric Foner elevates the underground railroad from folklore to sweeping history.

©2015 Original material published by arrangement with W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. (P)2015 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: J. D. Jackson
Author: Eric Foner
Category: History, Americas
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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The Cowboy Detective

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Charles Siringo's riveting narrative tells of the people and events that shaped the legend of America's Wild West. Siringo spent more than 22 years riding with the cattle country's most lawless men. He relied more on instincts and experience than deductive reasoning to survive Idaho labor riots, hunt Appalachian moonshiners, and chase Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch across the Southwest. After years of cowboying, a blind phrenologist convinced him to join the fabled Pinkerton National Detective Agency as an undercover operative in the wilder parts of the West. This program is part of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame Classic Western series.

Recording (P)1996 by Audio Literature

Category: History, Americas
Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
Available on Audible
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The Soiling of Old Glory

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Sometimes a moment can change history. This one took 1/250th of a second. The photograph strikes us with visceral force, even years after the instant it captured. A white man, rage written on his face, lunges to spear a black man who is being held by another white. The assailant’s weapon is the American flag. Boston, April 5, 1976: As the city simmered with racial tension over forced school busing, newsman Stanley Forman hurried to City Hall to photograph that day’s protest, arriving just in time to snap the image that his editor would title "The Soiling of Old Glory". The photo made headlines across the U.S. and won Forman his second Pulitzer Prize. It shocked Boston, and America: Racial strife had not only not ended with the 1960s, it was alive and well in the cradle of liberty. Louis P. Masur’s evocative "biography of a photograph" unpacks this arresting image in a tour de force of historical writing. He examines the power of photography and the meaning of the flag, asking why this one picture had so much impact. Most poignantly, Masur recreates the moment and its aftermath, drawing on extensive interviews with Forman and the figures in the photo to reveal not just how the incident happened, but how it changed the lives of the men in it. The Soiling of Old Glory, like the photograph it is named for, offers a dramatic window onto the turbulence of the 1970s and race relations in America.

©2008 Louis P. Masur (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Kevin Young
Category: History, Americas
Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
Available on Audible
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The National Parks

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Audie Award, Nonfiction, 2010 The companion volume to the 12-hour PBS series from the acclaimed filmmaker behind The Civil War, Baseball, and The War. America’s national parks spring from an idea as radical as the Declaration of Independence: that the nation’s most magnificent and sacred places should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. In this evocative and lavishly illustrated narrative, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan delve into the history of the park idea, from the first sighting by white men in 1851 of the valley that would become Yosemite and the creation of the world’s first national park at Yellowstone in 1872, through the most recent additions to a system that now encompasses nearly 400 sites and 84 million acres. The authors recount the adventures, mythmaking, and intense political battles behind the evolution of the park system, and the enduring ideals that fostered its growth. They capture the importance and splendors of the individual parks: from Haleakala in Hawaii to Acadia in Maine, from Denali in Alaska to the Everglades in Florida, from Glacier in Montana to Big Bend in Texas. And they introduce us to a diverse cast of compelling characters - both unsung heroes and famous figures such as John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, and Ansel Adams - who have been transformed by these special places and committed themselves to saving them from destruction so that the rest of us could be transformed as well. The National Parks is a glorious celebration of an essential expression of American democracy.

©2009 Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns (P)2009 Random House

Narrator: Ken Burns
Category: History, Americas
Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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The Willie Lynch Letter and the Making of a Slave

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The Willie Lynch Letter and the Making of a Slave is a study of slave-making. It describes the rationale and the results of Anglo Saxons' ideas and methods of insuring the master-slave relationship. The infamous Willie Lynch letter gives both African and Caucasian students and teachers some insight, concerning the brutal and inhumane psychology behind the African slave trade. The materialistic viewpoint of Southern plantation owners was that slavery was a business and the victims of chattel slavery were merely pawns in an economic game of debauchery, crossbreeding, interracial rape, and mental conditioning of a negroid race, they considered subhuman.     Equally important is the international nature of the European economic, political, and cultural climate that influenced the slave trade. Within the time scale of African History, it was a relatively short period, a mere one and a half centuries from the most intensive phase of the Atlantic slave trade to the advent of European administration and dominance. Long before that, the Slave Coast had been chartered by the Portuguese and the people off the area west of Benin, between the Volta River and Lagos, European traders traced a cultural history which linked them with the earliest Yoruba settlements to the north and eastern borders of Africa.

©2018 BN Publishing (P)2018 BN Publishing

Narrator: Ronald Eastwood
Author: Willie Lynch
Category: History, Americas
Length: 23 mins
Available on Audible
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Trail of Tears

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Explore the cruel history of the Trail of Tears. One of the darkest and cruelest chapters in the history of the United States occurred when the nation’s young government decided to remove the native peoples from their lands in the name of profit. Having helped settlers for hundreds of years, five Native American tribes found it increasingly more difficult to relate to, and trust, the country that had once acted as their allies. The native peoples had fought alongside the Americans to gain freedom from England, the nation that the colonists deemed oppressive and unfair. The native peoples acted as benefactors and teachers to help the colonists gain an advantage against an army that was far superior to the small forces that the colonists could muster. The new country owed a lot of its existence to the native peoples, yet the settlers, who were of European descent, did not see it that way. The following topics will be covered in this audiobook:    The early relationship The growth of Manifest Destiny The discovery of gold and the Indian Removal Act Peaceful protests and a push for recognition The people versus the president The militia force removal The trail of tears Stories of pain, loss, and love Making a new home And a great deal more you don't want to miss out on! Get the audiobook now to learn more about the Trail of Tears!

©2018 Captivating History (P)2018 Captivating History

Narrator: Duke Holm
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
Available on Audible
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The Great Bridge

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This monumental book tells the enthralling story of one of the greatest accomplishments in our nation's history, the building of what was then the longest suspension bridge in the world. The Brooklyn Bridge rose out of the expansive era following the Civil War, when Americans believed all things were possible. So daring a concept as spanning the East River to join two great cities required vision and dedication of the kind that went into building Europe's great cathedrals. During 14 years of construction, the odds against success seemed overwhelming. Thousands of people were put to work. Bodies were crushed and broken, lives lost, notorious political empires fell, and surges of public doubt constantly threatened the project. But the story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge is not just the saga of an engineering miracle; it is a sweeping narrative of the social climate of the time, replete with heroes and rascals who helped either to construct or to exploit the great enterprise. The Great Bridge is also the story of a remarkable family, the Roeblings, who conceived and executed the audacious engineering plan at great personal cost. Without John Roebling's vision, his son Washington's skill and courage, and Washington's wife Emily's dedication, the bridge we know and cherish would never have been built. Like the engineering marvel it describes, The Great Bridge, republished on the 40th anniversary of its initial publication, has stood the test of time. Please note: The Great Bridge (Unabridged) is available for just one credit until June 20, 2012, after which point it will be priced at two credits.

©2007 David McCullough (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Nelson Runger
Category: History, Americas
Length: 27 hrs and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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The 19th Century US Presidents: America's 19th Century Presidents from Thomas Jefferson to William McKinley

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In this history book, discover the US Presidents from the 19th century, the main events of their presidency, their legacy, and impact on America’s history!  In this book, we present a full century of American presidents — from Thomas Jefferson to William McKinley — in chronological order. Free from any political affiliation or ideological bias, these biographies allow you to experience in full all of their triumphs and tragedies, agendas, and accomplishments.  The 19th-century White House was home to many interesting characters with many conflicting objectives. Each chapter showcases one president, giving a brief summary of his personal life before tearing right into his time in office. If you would like to know a little more about the presidents and presidency of the 19th century, then this book is for you!  In this short book, you will know everything you need to know about the 19th century American Presidents.  Scroll back up and click the Buy Now button located on the right side of this page. 

©2019 History by the Hour (P)2020 History by the Hour

Narrator: Rory Young
Category: History, Americas
Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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Jacksonland

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Jacksonland is the thrilling narrative history of two men - President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee chief John Ross - who led their respective nations at a crossroads of American history. Five decades after the Revolutionary War, the United States approached a constitutional crisis. At its center stood two former military comrades locked in a struggle that tested the boundaries of our fledgling democracy. Jacksonland is their story. One man we recognize: Andrew Jackson - war hero, populist, and exemplar of the expanding South - whose first major initiative as president instigated the massive expulsion of Native Americans known as the Trail of Tears. The other is a half-forgotten figure: John Ross - a mixed-race Cherokee politician and diplomat - who used the United States' own legal system and democratic ideals to oppose Jackson. Representing one of the Five Civilized Tribes who had adopted the ways of white settlers - cultivating farms, publishing a newspaper in their own language, and sending children to school - Ross championed the tribes' cause all the way to the Supreme Court. He gained allies like Senator Henry Clay, Chief Justice John Marshall, and even Davy Crockett. In a fight that seems at once distant and familiar, Ross and his allies made their case in the media, committed civil disobedience, and benefited from the first mass political action by American women. Their struggle contained ominous overtures of later events like the Civil War and set the pattern for modern-day politics. At stake in this struggle was the land of the Five Civilized Tribes. In shocking detail Jacksonland reveals how Jackson, as a general, extracted immense wealth from his own armies' conquest of native lands. Later, as president, Jackson set in motion the seizure of tens of millions of acres - "Jacksonland" - in today's Deep South.

©2015 Steve Inskeep (P)2015 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Steve Inskeep
Category: History, Americas
Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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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
Available on Audible
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The Other America - A Speech from The Radical King (Free)

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In a rousing speech on race, poverty, and economic justice - given less than a year before his assassination - Martin Luther King Jr. drives home the mission behind his Poor People's Campaign. It is a clear-eyed look at the disparity of wealth in America, what it means for people of all colors - and a message of inspiration dedicated to the power of the people. "And I say, if we will stand and work together, we will bring into being that day when justice will roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. We will bring into being that day when America will no longer be two nations but when it will be one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Wanda Sykes' powerful performance delivers King's compassion, outrage, insight, and vulnerability like few others could - and reminds us all of the relevance his words still have today. "The Other America" is one of 23 speeches and essays from The Radical King, curated by Dr. Cornel West, including words never recorded in public - a revelation for his legacy. The Martin Luther King Estate has allowed, for the first time, a dramatic interpretation of King's words, by some of the most charismatic and activist actors working today: LeVar Burton, Mike Colter, Colman Domingo, Danny Glover, Gabourey Sidibe, Wanda Sykes, and Michael Kenneth Williams. "The Other America" excerpt from The Radical King is free of charge to all listeners until Monday, April 2, 2018. To preorder the full, revealing collection, visit www.audible.com/TheRadicalKing.

©2018 All material copyright Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr; all material copyright renewed Coretta Scott King and the Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr. Introductions 2015 Cornel West (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Wanda Sykes
Category: History, Americas
Length: 25 mins
Available on Audible
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Cult of Glory

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“Swanson has done a crucial public service by exposing the barbarous side of the Rangers.” (The New York Times Book Review)  A 21st-century reckoning with the legendary Texas Rangers that does justice to their heroic moments while also documenting atrocities, brutality, oppression, and corruption. The Texas Rangers came to life in 1823, when Texas was still part of Mexico. Nearly 200 years later, the Rangers are still going - one of the most famous of all law-enforcement agencies. In Cult of Glory, Doug J. Swanson has written a sweeping account of the Rangers that chronicles their epic, daring escapades while showing how the white and propertied power structures of Texas used them as enforcers, protectors, and officially sanctioned killers.  Cult of Glory begins with the Rangers' emergence as conquerors of the wild and violent Texas frontier. They fought the fierce Comanches, chased outlaws, and served in the US Army during the Mexican War. As Texas developed, the Rangers were called upon to catch rustlers, tame oil boomtowns, and patrol the perilous Texas-Mexico border. In the 1930s they began their transformation into a professionally trained police force.  Countless movies, television shows, and pulp novels have celebrated the Rangers as Wild West supermen. In many cases, they deserve their plaudits. But often the truth has been obliterated. Swanson demonstrates how the Rangers and their supporters have operated a propaganda machine that turned agency disasters and misdeeds into fables of triumph, transformed murderous rampages - including the killing of scores of Mexican civilians - into valorous feats, and elevated scoundrels to sainthood. Cult of Glory sets the record straight.  Beginning with the Texas Indian wars, Cult of Glory embraces the great, majestic arc of Lone Star history. It tells of border battles, range disputes, gunslingers, massacres, slavery, political intrigue, race riots, labor strife, and the dangerous lure of celebrity. And it reveals how legends of the American West - the real and the false - are truly made. 

©2020 Doug J. Swanson (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Kaleo Griffith
Category: History, Americas
Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
Available on Audible
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Big Wonderful Thing

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The story of Texas is the story of struggle and triumph in a land of extremes. It is a story of drought and flood, invasion and war, boom and bust, and of the myriad peoples who, over centuries of conflict, gave rise to a place that has helped shape the identity of the United States and the destiny of the world.  "I couldn't believe Texas was real", the painter Georgia O'Keeffe remembered of her first encounter with the Lone Star State. It was, for her, "the same big wonderful thing that oceans and the highest mountains are."  Big Wonderful Thing invites us to walk in the footsteps of ancient as well as modern people along the path of Texas's evolution. Blending action and atmosphere with impeccable research, New York Times best-selling author Stephen Harrigan brings to life with novelistic immediacy the generations of driven men and women who shaped Texas, including Spanish explorers, American filibusters, Comanche warriors, wildcatters, Tejano activists, and spellbinding artists - all of them taking their part in the creation of a place that became not just a nation, not just a state, but an indelible idea.  Written in fast-paced prose, rich with personal observation and a passionate sense of place, Big Wonderful Thing calls to mind the literary spirit of Robert Hughes writing about Australia or Shelby Foote about the Civil War. Like those volumes it is a big book about a big subject, a book that dares to tell the whole glorious, gruesome, epically sprawling story of Texas.

©2019 Stephen Harrigan (P)2019 Recorded Books

Narrator: George Guidall
Category: History, Americas
Length: 28 hrs and 54 mins
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Tecumseh and the Prophet

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The first biography of the great Shawnee leader in more than 20 years, and the first to make clear that his misunderstood younger brother, Tenskwatawa, was an equal partner in the last great pan-Indian alliance against the United States. Until the Americans killed Tecumseh in 1813, he and his brother Tenskwatawa were the co-architects of the broadest pan-Indian confederation in United States history. In previous accounts of Tecumseh's life, Tenskwatawa has been dismissed as a talentless charlatan and a drunk. But award-winning historian Peter Cozzens now shows us that while Tecumseh was a brilliant diplomat and war leader - admired by the same white Americans he opposed - it was Tenskwatawa, called the "Shawnee Prophet", who created a vital doctrine of religious and cultural revitalization that unified the disparate tribes of the Old Northwest. Detailed research of Native American society and customs provides a window into a world often erased from history books and reveals how both men came to power in different but no less important ways. Cozzens brings us to the forefront of the chaos and violence that characterized the young American Republic, when settlers spilled across the Appalachians to bloody effect in their haste to exploit lands won from the British in the War of Independence, disregarding their rightful Indian owners. Tecumseh and the Prophet presents the untold story of the Shawnee brothers who retaliated against this threat - the two most significant siblings in Native American history, who, Cozzens helps us understand, should be writ large in the annals of America.

©2020 Peter Cozzens (P)2020 Random House Audio

Narrator: Mark Bramhall
Category: History, Americas
Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
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American Heritage History of the United States

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Douglas Brinkley takes us on the incredible journey of the United States - a nation formed from a vast countryside on whose fringes 13 small British colonies fought for their freedom, then established a democratic nation that spanned the continent and went on to become a world power. This book will be treasured by anyone interested in the story of America.

©2015 American Heritage (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Eric Martin
Category: History, Americas
Length: 23 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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The Mapmaker's Eye

3 ratings

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Complex, headstrong, curious, and resourceful, David Thompson is a hero in Canada, yet has remained largely unknown in the United States. Between 1801 and 1812, this fur trader, explorer, and cartographer established two viable trade routes across the Rocky Mountains in Canada and systematically surveyed the entire 1250-mile course of the Columbian River. In succeeding years he distilled his mathematical notations from dozens of journal notebooks into the first maps of the northwest quadrant of North America. Information from some of his earlier mapwork was even used by the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Author Jack Nisbet utilizes fresh research to convey how Thompson experienced the full sweep of the human and natural history etched across the Columbian drainage. He places Thompson's movements within the larger contexts of the European Enlightenment, the British fur trade economy, and American expansion as represented by Lewis and Clark. The Mapmaker's Eye is a fascinating chronicle of Thompson's life and adventures. The book is published by University of Washington Press.

©2008 Board of Regents of Washington State University (P)2015 Redwood Audiobooks

Author: Jack Nisbet
Category: History, Americas
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
Available on Audible
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Where Wizards Stay Up Late

9 ratings

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Twenty-five years ago, it didn't exist. Today, 20 million people worldwide are surfing the Net. Where Wizards Stay Up Late is the exciting story of the pioneers responsible for creating the most talked about, most influential, and most far-reaching communications breakthrough since the invention of the telephone. In the 1960s, when computers where regarded as mere giant calculators, J.C.R. Licklider at MIT saw them as the ultimate communications devices. With Defense Department funds, he and a band of visionary computer whizzes began work on a nationwide, interlocking network of computers. Taking listeners behind the scenes, Where Wizards Stay Up Late captures the hard work, genius, and happy accidents of their daring, stunningly successful venture.

©1996 Katie Hafner (P)2012 Katie Hafner

Category: History, Americas
Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
Available on Audible
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Best. State. Ever.

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A brilliantly funny exploration of the Sunshine State from the man who knows it best: Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times best-selling author Dave Barry. We never know what will happen next in Florida. We know only that, any minute now, something will. Every few months, Dave Barry gets a call from some media person wanting to know, "What the hell is wrong with Florida?" Somehow, the state's acquired an image as a subtropical festival of stupid, and as a loyal Floridian, Dave begs to differ. Sure, there was the 2000 election. And people seem to take their pants off for no good reason. And it has flying insects the size of LeBron James. But it is a great state, and Dave is going to tell you why. Join him as he celebrates Florida from Key West at the bottom to whatever it is that's at the top, from the Sunshine State's earliest history to the fun-fair of weirdness and gunfire ("Our motto: 'Come back! We weren't firing at you!'") that it is today. It's the most hilarious book yet from "the funniest damn writer in the whole country" (Carl Hiaasen, and he should know). By the end, you'll have to admit that whatever else you might think about Florida - you can never say it's boring.

©2016 Dave Barry (P)2016 Recorded Books

Narrator: Dick Hill
Author: Dave Barry
Category: History, Americas
Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
Available on Audible
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Terrible Swift Sword

1 rating

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Terrible Swift Sword (Vol. 2): The dismissal of George McClellan and the rise of Ulysses S. Grant.

©1963 Bruce Catton (P)1989 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: Nelson Runger
Author: Bruce Catton
Category: History, Americas
Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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The Trail of Tears

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"I fought through the War Between the States and have seen many men shot, but the Cherokee Removal was the cruelest work I ever knew." - Georgia soldier on the Trail of Tears The "Five Civilized Tribes" are among the best known Native American groups in American history, and they were even celebrated by contemporary Americans for their abilities to adapt to white culture. But tragically, they are also well known tribes due to the trials and tribulations they suffered by being forcibly moved west along the "Trail of Tears". Though the Trail of Tears applied to several different tribes, it is most commonly associated today with the Cherokee. The Cherokee began the process of assimilation into European America very early, even before the establishment of the Unites States, but it is unclear what benefits that brought the tribe. Throughout the colonial period and after the American Revolution, the Cherokee struggled to satisfy the whims and desires of American government officials and settlers, often suffering injustices after complying with their desires. Nevertheless, the Cherokee continued to endure, and after being pushed west, they rose from humble origins as refugees new to the southeastern United States to build themselves back up into a powerhouse both economically and militarily. The Cherokee ultimately became the first people of non-European descent to become U.S. citizens en masse, and today the Cherokee Nation is the largest federally recognized tribe in the United States, boasting over 300,000 members.

©2013 Charles River Editors (P)2015 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Dave Wright
Category: History, Americas
Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
Available on Audible
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American History

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the United States of America, then pay attention.... Eight captivating manuscripts in one audiobook:  The History of the United States: A Captivating Guide to American History, Including Events Such as the American Revolution, French and Indian War, Boston Tea Party, Pearl Harbor, and the Gulf War The American Revolution: A Captivating Guide to the American Revolutionary War and the United States of America's Struggle for Independence from Great Britain The Civil War: A Captivating Guide to the American Civil War and Its Impact on the History of the United States History of Chicago: A Captivating Guide to the People and Events that Shaped the Windy City’s History The Roaring Twenties: A Captivating Guide to a Period of Dramatic Social and Political Change, a False Sense of Prosperity, and Its Impact on the Great Depression The Great Depression: A Captivating Guide to the Worldwide Economic Depression that Began in the United States, Including the Wall Street Crash, FDR's New deal, Hitler’s Rise and More Pearl Harbor: A Captivating Guide to the Surprise Military Strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service that Caused the United States of America's Formal Entry into World War II The Gulf War: A Captivating Guide to the United States-Led Persian Gulf War Against Iraq for Their Invasion and Annexation of Kuwait So if you want to learn more about the captivating history of the United States of America, scroll up and click the "Add to Cart" button!

©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Category: History, Americas
Length: 22 hrs and 33 mins
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The Compleat Victory

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In the late summer and fall of 1777, after two years of indecisive fighting on both sides, the outcome of the American War of Independence hung in the balance. Having successfully expelled the Americans from Canada in 1776, the British were determined to end the rebellion the following year and devised what they believed a war-winning strategy, sending General John Burgoyne south to rout the Americans and take Albany. When British forces captured Fort Ticonderoga with unexpected ease in July of 1777, it looked as if it was a matter of time before they would break the rebellion in the North. Less than three and a half months later, however, a combination of the Continental Army and Militia forces forced Burgoyne to surrender his entire army. The American victory stunned the world and changed the course of the war.  In the end, British plans were undone by a combination of distance, geography, logistics, and an underestimation of American leadership and fighting ability. The outcome forced the British to rethink their strategy, inflamed public opinion in England against the war, boosted Patriot morale, and led directly to the Franco-American alliance. Weddle unravels the web of contingencies and the play of personalities that ultimately led to what one American general called "the Compleat Victory".

©2021 Oxford University Press (P)2021 Tantor

Narrator: Paul Heitsch
Author: Kevin Weddle
Category: History, Americas
Length: Not yet known
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Fire and Brimstone

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The author of the number-one New York Times best seller The Revenant - the basis for the award-winning motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio - tells the remarkable story of the worst hard-rock mining disaster in American history. The worst hard-rock mining disaster in American history began a half hour before midnight on June 8, 1917, when fire broke out in the North Butte Mining Company's Granite Mountain shaft. Sparked more than 2,000 feet below ground, the fire spewed flames, smoke, and poisonous gas through a labyrinth of underground tunnels. Within an hour more than 400 men would be locked in a battle to survive. Within three days 164 of them would be dead. Fire and Brimstone recounts the remarkable stories of both the men below ground and their families above, focusing on two groups of miners who made the incredible decision to entomb themselves to escape the gas. While the disaster is compelling in its own right, Fire and Brimstone also tells a far broader story striking in its contemporary relevance. Butte, Montana, on the eve of the North Butte disaster, was a volatile jumble of antiwar protest, an abusive corporate master, seething labor unrest, divisive ethnic tension, and radicalism both left and right. It was a powder keg lacking only a spark, and the mine fire would ignite strikes, murder, ethnic and political witch hunts, occupation by federal troops, and ultimately a battle over presidential power.

©2013 Michael Punke (P)2016 Random House Audio

Category: History, Americas
Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
Available on Audible
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Restless Giant

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Following up Grand Expectations in the Oxford History of the United States, Restless Giant provides a crisp, concise assessment of the 27 years between the resignation of Richard Nixon and the election of George W. Bush, in a sweeping narrative that seamlessly weaves together social, cultural, political, economic, and international developments. In exploring a wide range of cultural, social, and economic concerns, Patterson and engrossing narrator Robert Fass show how the persistence of racial tensions, high divorce rates, alarm over crime, and urban decay all led many writers to portray this era as one of decline. Restless Giant is the 11th volume of the Oxford History of the United States, which includes three Pulitzer Prize winners, a New York Times best seller, and winners of the Bancroft and Parkman Prizes. The Atlantic Monthly has praised it as “state of the art” and “the most distinguished series in American historical scholarship.”

©2005 James T. Patterson (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Robert Fass
Category: History, Americas
Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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Oh What a Slaughter

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In Oh What a Slaughter, Larry McMurtry has written a unique, brilliant, and searing history of the bloody massacres that marked, and marred, the settling of the American West in the 19th century, and which still provoke immense controversy today. Here are the true stories of the West's most terrible massacres: Sacramento River, Mountain Meadows, Sand Creek, Marias River, Camp Grant, and Wounded Knee, among others. These massacres involved Americans killing Indians, but also Indians killing Americans, and, in the case of the hugely controversial Mountain Meadows Massacre in 1857, Mormons slaughtering a party of American settlers, including women and children. McMurtry's evocative descriptions of these events recall their full horror, and the deep, constant apprehension and dread endured by both pioneers and Indians. By modern standards the death tolls were often small, Custer's famous defeat at Little Big Horn in 1876 was the only encounter to involve more than 200 dead, yet in the thinly populated West of that time, the violent extinction of a hundred people had a colossal impact on all sides. Though the perpetrators often went unpunished, many guilty and traumatized men felt compelled to tell and retell the horrors they had committed. From letters and diaries, McMurtry has created a moving and swiftly paced narrative, as memorable in its way as such classics as Evan S. Connell's Son of the Morning Star and Dee Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.

©2005 Larry McMurtry (P)2005 Tantor Media, Inc.

Category: History, Americas
Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
Available on Audible
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Miracles and Massacres

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Thomas Edison was a bad guy and bad guys usually lose in the end. World War II radio host Tokyo Rose was branded as a traitor by the U.S. government and served time in prison. In reality, she was a hero to many. Twenty U.S. soldiers received medals of honor at the Battle of Wounded Knee - yet it wasn't a battle at all; it was a massacre. Paul Revere's midnight ride was nothing compared to the ride made by a guy named Jack whom you've probably never heard of. History is about so much more than memorizing facts. It is, as more than half of the word suggests, about the story. And, told in the right way, it is the greatest one ever written: Good and evil, triumph and tragedy, despicable acts of barbarism and courageous acts of heroism. The things you've never learned about our past will shock you. The reason why gun control is so important to government elites can be found in a story about Athens that no one dares teach. Not the city in ancient Greece, but the one in 1946 Tennessee. The power of an individual who trusts his gut can be found in the story of the man who stopped the twentieth hijacker from being part of 9/11. And a lesson on what happens when an all-powerful president is in need of positive headlines is revealed in a story about eight saboteurs who invaded America during World War II. Miracles and Massacres is history as you've never heard it told. It's incredible events that you never knew existed. And it's stories are so important and relevant to today that you won't have to ask, Why didn't they teach me this? You will instantly know. If the truth shall set you free, then your freedom begins on at the start of this audiobook. By the end, your understanding of the lies and half-truths you've been taught may change, but your perception of who we are as Americans and where our country is headed definitely will.

©2013 Mercury Radio Arts, Inc. All rights reserved. (P)2013 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Author: Glenn Beck
Category: History, Americas
Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
Available on Audible
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Native Americans: A Captivating Guide to Native American History and the Trail of Tears, Including Tribes Such as the Cherokee, Muscogee Creek, Seminole, Chickasaw, and Choctaw Nations

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If you want to discover Native American history, then keep reading.... Two captivating manuscripts in one audiobook: Native American History: A Captivating Guide to the Long History of Native Americans Including Stories of the Wounded Knee Massacre, Native American Tribes, Hiawatha and More Trail of Tears: A Captivating Guide to the Forced Removals of Cherokee, Muscogee Creek, Seminole, Chickasaw, and Choctaw Nations “History is written by the victors,” said the victor Winston Churchill. But does that compromise the truth of what really happened? In this new bundle audiobook from Captivating History, you will discover the shocking and controversial history of the Native Americans.  Part one of this audiobook include topics such as: Startling theories of the arrival of the first Native Americans The current understanding of similar and rival tribes based on region Arctic and Subarctic tribes and nations Northeastern and Southeastern peoples The Seminole Wars Sitting Bull - Fighting despite all odds Wounded Knee The unbreakable code of the Code Talkers And a great deal more you don't want to miss out on! The following topics will be covered in part two of this audiobook:  The early relationship The growth of Manifest Destiny The discovery of gold and the Indian Removal Act Peaceful protests and a push for recognition The people versus the president The militia force removal The Trail of Tears Stories of pain, loss, and love Making a new home And a great deal more you don't want to miss out n! Listen to this audiobook now to learn more about Native American history!

©2018 Captivating History (P)2018 Captivating History

Category: History, Americas
Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
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Native American Tribes: The History and Culture of the Inuit (Eskimos)

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"We are told today that Inuit never had laws or 'maligait'. Why? They say because they are not written on paper. When I think of paper, I think you can tear it up, and the laws are gone. The laws of the Inuit are not on paper." - Mariano Aupilaarjuk From the "Trail of Tears" to Wounded Knee and Little Bighorn, the narrative of American history is incomplete without the inclusion of the Native Americans that lived on the continent before European settlers arrived in the 16th and 17th centuries. Since the first contact between natives and settlers, tribes like the Sioux, Cherokee, and Navajo have both fascinated and perplexed outsiders with their history, language, and culture. In Charles River Editors' Native American Tribes series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the history and culture of North America's most famous native tribes in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. North Americans have long been fascinated by the Inuit, but this level of interest has been matched by a general lack of knowledge about the group itself. For centuries, they have been called Eskimos, despite the fact there are distinct differences within the group and many of them find the use of the word Eskimo offensive. With that said, the group's lifestyle has long been of interest to outsiders simply based on the fact that it's so different. The Inuit live in harsh Arctic climates in Canada, America, Russia, and even Greenland, and they are descendants of the very people who historians believe crossed the landbridge that once connected Russia to Alaska thousands of years ago.

©2012 Charles River Editors (P)2015 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Bob Barton
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
Available on Audible
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Bound Away

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Bound Away offers a new understanding of the westward movement. After the Turner thesis, which celebrated the frontier as the source of American freedom and democracy, and the iconoclasm of the new western historians who dismissed the idea of the frontier as merely a mask for conquest and exploitation, David Hackett Fischer and James C. Kelly take a third approach to the subject. They share with Turner the idea of the westward movement as a creative process of high importance in American history, but they understand it in a different way. Where Turner studied the westward movement in terms of its destination, Fischer and Kelly approach it in terms of its origins. Virginia's long history enables them to provide a rich portrait of migration and expansion as a dynamic process that preserved strong cultural continuities. They suggest that the oxymoron "bound away" - from the folk song "Shenandoah" - captures a vital truth about American history. As people moved west, they built new societies from old materials, in a double-acting process that made America what it is today. Fischer and Kelly believe that the westward movement was a broad cultural process, which is best understood not only through the writings of intellectual elites, but also through the physical artifacts and folkways of ordinary people. The wealth of anecdotes in this volume offer a new way of looking at John Smith and William Byrd, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, Daniel Boone, Dred Scott, and scores of lesser known gentry, yeomen, servants, and slaves who were all "bound away" to an old new world.

©2000 Virginia Historical Society and David Hackett Fischer (P)2010 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: Bruce Miles
Category: History, Americas
Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
Available on Audible
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Under a Flaming Sky

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On September 1, 1894, two forest fires converged on the town of Hinckley, Minnesota, trapping over 2,000 people. Daniel J. Brown recounts the events surrounding the fire in the first and only book to chronicle the dramatic story that unfolded. On September 1, 1894, two forest fires converged on the town of Hinckley, Minnesota, trapping over 2,000 people. Daniel J. Brown recounts the events surrounding the fire in the first and only book to chronicle the dramatic story that unfolded. Whereas Oregon's famous "Biscuit" fire in 2002 burned 350,000 acres in one week, the Hinckley fire did the same damage in five hours. The fire created its own weather, including hurricane-strength winds, bubbles of plasmalike glowing gas, and 200-foot-tall flames. In some instances "fire whirls", or tornadoes of fire, danced out from the main body of the fire to knock down buildings and carry flaming debris into the sky. Temperatures reached 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit - the melting point of steel. As the fire surrounded the town, two railroads became the only means of escape. Two trains ran the gauntlet of fire. One train caught on fire from one end to the other. The heroic young African American porter ran up and down the length of the train, reassuring the passengers even as the flames tore at their clothes. On the other train, the engineer refused to back his locomotive out of town until the last possible minute of escape. In all, more than 400 people died, leading to a revolution in forestry management practices and federal agencies that monitor and fight wildfires today. Author Daniel Brown has woven together numerous survivors' stories, historical sources, and interviews with forest fire experts in a gripping narrative that tells the fascinating story of one of North America's most devastating fires and how it changed the nation.

©2016 Daniel Brown (P)2016 Penguin Audio

Category: History, Americas
Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
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The Soul of America

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If you have found U.S. history boring in the past, this program is a must! Jacob Needleman, internationally acclaimed author and philosopher, takes us on a journey back to the beginning of America, re-telling the story of the country in a way that inspires and invites us to explore the lives of our forefathers and the sacred dimension of their founding principles. His portraits of Washington, Jefferson and other famous historical figures ignites our imagination, and instills in us a deep reverence and appreciation for the unwavering vision that was necessary to establish our government. In his re-telling of the American story, Needleman brings to light the nation's deep hunger for meaning. "The human psyche needs the nourishment of great philosophical ideas. These ideas have been part of great cultures, and were once a part of America. America needs to bring these ideas back to the culture." Jacob Needleman is a professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University and the author of many books including The American Soul (Tarcher 2003), The Wisdom of Love (Morning Light Press 2005), Time and the Soul (Berrett-Koehler 2003), The Heart of Philosophy (Tarcher 2003), Lost Christianity (Tarcher 2003), Money and the Meaning of Life (Currency 1994), A Little Book on Love (Doubleday 1996), A Sense of the Cosmos: Scientific Knowledge and Spiritual Truth (Monkfish Book Publishing 2003), and Why We Can't Be Good (Tarcher 2007). In addition to his teaching and writing, he serves as a consultant in the fields of psychology, education, medical ethics, philanthropy, and business, and has been featured on Bill Moyers's acclaimed PBS series A World of Ideas.

©2001 New Dimensions Foundation (P)2008 New Dimensions Foundation

Narrator: Michael Toms
Category: History, Americas
Length: 56 mins
Available on Audible
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The Living Great Lakes

1 rating

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If fresh water is to be treasured, the Great Lakes are the mother lode. No bodies of water can compare to them. One of them, Superior, is the largest lake on earth, and the five lakes together contain a fifth of the world's supply of standing fresh water. Their surface area of 95,000 square miles is greater than New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island combined. They are so vast that they dominate much of the geography, climate, and history of North America. In one way or another, they affect the lives of tens of millions of people. The Living Great Lakes is the most complete book ever written about the history, nature, and science of these remarkable lakes at the heart of North America. From the geological forces that formed them to the industrial atrocities that nearly destroyed them, to the greatest environmental success stories of our time, the lakes are portrayed in all their complexity. The book, however, is much more than just history. It is also the story of the lakes as told by biologists, fishermen, sailors, and others whom Jerry Dennis grew to know while traveling with them on boats and hiking with them on beaches and islands.

©2003 Jerry Dennis (P)2016 Tantor

Narrator: Barry Press
Author: Jerry Dennis
Category: History, Americas
Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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So You Think You Know Canada, Eh?

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How well do you really know Canada? Did you know:   Santa Claus is a Canadian citizen? That hockey is not the official national sport of Canada? The Canadian passport contains hidden images? Canada could have been named Britannia or Borealia? Parts of Canada are as cold as Mars? A Canadian pharmacist invented peanut butter? If you're Canadian, know any Canadians, or have ever wanted to know more about Canada, this fun little fact book will help. Inside this short and easy fun-fact book, you'll discover interesting and fascinating nuggets of knowledge and trivia about:   The kind people who live there All things maple syrup A list of cool Canadian inventions Famous and amazing Canadians Unique history The breathtaking nature A few words to help you speak Canadian This is a great gift for family, friends, coworkers, and anyone you think would enjoy learning more about Canada. 

©2019 Knowledge Nugget Books (P)2020 Knowledge Nugget Books

Narrator: Melinda Wade
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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The History of the United States

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the United States, then pay attention.... When the first settlers reached the United States of America and started to chip out a living in the wilderness that seemed so fierce and unfamiliar to their European eyes, they could never have dreamed that someday the land upon which they stood would become one of the most powerful countries in the entire world.  When the preachers of the Great Awakening stood on the backs of wagons or bits of old tree stumps and told the American people a new story of individual freedom and the power of ordinary people, they could never have dreamed that their preaching would trigger a landslide of abolitionism that would end in a civil war that almost tore the entire country apart.  As for Martin Luther King, Jr., he did dream. He had a dream of equality and brotherhood, and his dream at least partially came true in 2008 when America saw the inauguration of its first black president. Never could the slaves of the great plantations of the South have dreamed that day would ever come, but it did. Nobody could have dreamed it, but it all came to pass, and it became the history of the United States of America. And this is how it all happened.... In The History of the United States: A Captivating Guide to American History, Including Events Such as the American Revolution, French and Indian War, Boston Tea Party, Pearl Harbor, and the Gulf War, you will discover topics such as:   The People Who Were There First A Time of Exploration Colonizing America The French and Indian War The Boston Tea Party The American Revolution The First President Restless Times Horrors for the Natives Civil War And Much, Much More! So if you want to learn more about the history of the United States, then scroll up and click the "Buy" button!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2019 Captivating History

Narrator: Jamie Peters
Category: History, Americas
Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
Available on Audible
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John Quincy Adams

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Fred Kaplan, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Lincoln, returns with John Quincy Adams, an illuminating biography of one of the most overlooked presidents in American history - a leader of sweeping perspective whose progressive values helped shape the course of the nation. In this fresh and lively biography rich in literary analysis and new historical detail, Fred Kaplan brings into focus the dramatic life of John Quincy Adams - the little known and much misunderstood sixth president of the United States and the first son of John and Abigail Adams - and persuasively demonstrates how Adams's inspiring, progressive vision guided his life and helped shape the course of America. Kaplan draws on a trove of unpublished archival material to trace Adams's evolution from his childhood during the Revolutionary War to his brilliant years as Secretary of State to his time in the White House and beyond. He examines Adams's myriad sides: the public and private man, the statesman and writer, the wise thinker and passionate advocate, the leading abolitionist and fervent federalist who believed strongly in both individual liberty and the government's role as an engine of progress and prosperity. In these ways - and in his energy, empathy, sharp intellect, and powerful gift with words both spoken and written - he was a predecessor of Lincoln and, later, FDR and Obama. Indeed, this sweeping biography makes clear how Adams's forward-thinking values, his definition of leadership, and his vision for the nation's future is as much about 21st-century America as it is about Adams's own time. Meticulously researched and masterfully written, John Quincy Adams paints a rich portrait of this brilliant leader and his significance to the nation and our own lives.

©2014 Fred Kaplan (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Author: Fred Kaplan
Category: History, Americas
Length: 27 hrs and 39 mins
Available on Audible
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We've Got People

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may seem like she came from nowhere, but the movement that propelled her to office - and to global political stardom - has been building for 30 years. We’ve Got People is the story of that movement, which first exploded into public view with the largely forgotten presidential run of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, a campaign that came dangerously close to winning. With the party and the nation at a crossroads, this timely and original audiobook offers new insight into how we’ve gotten where we are - and where we're headed.

©2019 Ryan Grim (P)2019 Ryan Grim

Narrator: Sean W. Stewart
Author: Ryan Grim
Category: History, Americas
Length: 16 hrs and 57 mins
Available on Audible
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Tecumseh of the Shawnee People Speaks

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Chief Tecumseh of the Shawnee people addresses other Native American chiefs, to rally them into resistance against encroachment by the US government. He calls for unity against an enemy that is too strong for any individual tribe to resist.  The speech ends with an emotional call for the Native Americans to form one body, one heart, and to defend to the last warrior their country, their homes, their liberty, and the graves of their fathers.

Public Domain (P)2018 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Zachary Cowan
Author: Tecumseh
Category: History, Americas
Length: 6 mins
Available on Audible
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Speech on Conciliation with America

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This speech by Edmund Burke was delivered 22 March 1775. He submitted a set of resolutions affirming the principle of autonomy for the American colonies with the view of preventing their defection. Burke concludes the speech by exalting the ties of common descent, common institutions, and common sentiment as the strongest links of empire. The cogency of Burke’s arguments and the depth of his political wisdom were ignored by the House of Commons and his resolutions were defeated.

Public Domain (P)2019 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Iain Cartomb
Author: Edmund Burke
Category: History, Americas
Length: 7 mins
Available on Audible
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Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies

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The must-have companion to Bill O'Reilly's historic series Legends and Lies: The Real West, a fascinating, eye-opening look at the truth behind the western legends we all think we know. How did Davy Crockett save President Jackson's life only to end up dying at the Alamo? Was the Lone Ranger based on a real lawman-and was he an African American? What amazing detective work led to the capture of Black Bart, the "gentleman bandit" and one of the west's most famous stagecoach robbers? Did Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid really die in a hail of bullets in South America? Generations of Americans have grown up on TV shows, movies and books about these western icons. But what really happened in the Wild West? All the stories you think you know, and others that will astonish you, are here--some heroic, some brutal and bloody, all riveting. Included are the ten legends featured in Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies docuseries -from Kit Carson to Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok to Doc Holliday-- accompanied by two bonus chapters on Daniel Boone and Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley. Frontier America was a place where instinct mattered more than education, and courage was necessary for survival. It was a place where luck made a difference and legends were made. Heavily illustrated with spectacular artwork that further brings this history to life, and told in fast-paced, immersive narrative, Legends and Lies is an irresistible, adventure-packed ride back into one of the most storied era of our nation's rich history.

©2015 Warm Springs Productions, LLC and Life of O'Reilly Productions (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Tom Wopat
Category: History, Americas
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
Available on Audible
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Love and Hate in Jamestown

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A gripping narrative of one of the great survival stories of American history: the opening of the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Drawing on period letters and chronicles, and on the papers of the Virginia Company - which financed the settlement of Jamestown - David Price tells a tale of cowardice and courage, stupidity and brilliance, tragedy and costly triumph. He takes us into the day-to-day existence of the English men and women whose charge was to find gold and a route to the Orient, and who found, instead, hardship and wretched misery. Death, in fact, became the settlers' most faithful companion, and their infighting was ceaseless. Price offers a rare balanced view of the relationship between the settlers and the natives. He unravels the crucial role of Pocahontas, a young woman whose reality has been obscured by centuries of legend and misinformation (and, more recently, animation). He paints indelible portraits of Chief Powhatan, the aged monarch who came close to ending the colony's existence, and Captain John Smith, the former mercenary and slave, whose disdain for class distinctions infuriated many around him - even as his resourcefulness made him essential to the colony's success. Love and Hate in Jamestown is a superb work of popular history, reminding us of the horrors and heroism that marked the dawning of our nation.

©2007 David A. Price (P)2020 Random House Audio

Narrator: Josh Innerst
Category: History, Americas
Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
Available on Audible
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American History by the State: Interesting Stories and Random Facts About Texas, California, and New York

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Rich history, important figures, and massive events that rocked the entire continent; each of the 50 states comprising the United States has been the scene of enormous moments in history that are the subject of study all over the world. Knowing such facts and being able to recognize the details of culture, folklore, and sports (among many other pieces of trivia) are gifts that very few have, even those that can boast living in certain states all of their lives. In this American History by the State box set, we provide you with the trivia and facts surrounding three of the most emblematic states in the US: Texas, New York, and California: Learn how Texas earned its name, “The Lone Star State”, as well as discovering more about its mysteries in The Great Book of Texas. Discover just how the beloved Statue of Liberty found its way into history and became quite possibly the most recognized city emblem in the world in our Great Book of New York. Open the floodgates of knowledge surrounding the powerful media industry in the Golden State, and find out more about how it came to reach its peak in the Great Book of California! Every state has its history and every history has its facts - our goal is to provide you with everything you will need to know, and which not even your professors or parents taught you. Get it today and start learning just what makes each state across the United States unlike any other!

©2019 LAK Publishing (P)2019 LAK Publishing

Narrator: Derek Newman
Author: Bill O'Neill
Category: History, Americas
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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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
Available on Audible
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The Feud

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For more than a century, the enduring feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys has been American shorthand for passionate, unyielding, and even violent confrontation. Yet despite numerous articles, books, television shows, and feature films, nobody has ever told the in-depth true story of this legendarily fierce-and far-reaching-clash in the heart of Appalachia. Drawing upon years of original research, including the discovery of previously lost and ignored documents and interviews with relatives of both families, best-selling author Dean King finally gives us the full, unvarnished tale, one vastly more enthralling than the myth. Unlike previous accounts, King's begins in the mid-19th century, when the Hatfields and McCoys lived side-by-side in relative harmony. Theirs was a hardscrabble life of farming and hunting, timbering and moonshining - and raising large and boisterous families - in the rugged hollows and hills of Virginia and Kentucky. Cut off from much of the outside world, these descendants of Scots-Irish and English pioneers spoke a language many Americans would find hard to understand. Yet contrary to popular belief, the Hatfields and McCoys were established and influential landowners who had intermarried and worked together for decades. When the Civil War came, and the outside world crashed into their lives, family members were forced to choose sides. After the war, the lines that had been drawn remained - and the violence not only lived on but became personal. By the time the fury finally subsided, a dozen family members would be in the grave. The hostilities grew to be a national spectacle, and the cycle of killing, kidnapping, stalking by bounty hunters, and skirmishing between governors spawned a legal battle that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court and still influences us today. Filled with bitter quarrels, reckless affairs, treacherous betrayals, relentless mercenaries, and courageous detectives, The Feud is the riveting story of two frontier families struggling for survival within the narrow confines of an unforgiving land. It is a formative American tale, and in it, we see the reflection of our own family bonds and the lengths to which we might go in order to defend our honor, our loyalties, and our livelihood.

©2013 Dean King (P)2013 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Dan Woren
Author: Dean King
Category: History, Americas
Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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The Great Book of California

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Are you interested in learning more about California? Sure, you’ve heard of Hollywood, but how much do you really know about the Golden State? Do you know how it got its nickname or what it was nicknamed first?  There’s so much to know about California that even people born in the state don’t know it all. In this trivia guide, you’ll learn more about California’s history, pop culture, folklore, sports, and so much more!   In The Great Book of California, you’ll discover the answers to the following questions Why is California called the Golden State?   What music genres started out in California?  Which celebrity sex icon’s death remains a mystery?  Which serial killer once murdered in the state? Which childhood toy started out in California? Which famous fast-food chain opened its first location in the Golden State? Which famous athletes are from California?  These are just a few of the many facts you’ll find in this audiobook. Some of them will be entertaining, some of them will be tragic, and some of them may haunt you, but all of them will be interesting! This audiobook is full of everything you’ve ever wondered about California and then some!  Whether you consider yourself a California-state expert or you know nothing about the Golden State, you’re bound to learn something new in each chapter. You’ll be able to impress your college history professor or your friends during your next trivia night! What are you waiting for? Get started to learn all there is to know about California!  

©2018 LAK Publishing (P)2018 LAK Publishing

Narrator: Derek Newman
Author: Bill O'Neill
Category: History, Americas
Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
Available on Audible
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This Is Cuba

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Fidel Castro is dead. Donald Trump was elected president. And to most outsiders, the fate of Cuba has never seemed more uncertain. Yet those who look close enough may recognize that signs of the next revolution are etched in plain view. This is Cuba is a true story that begins in the summer of 2009 when a young American photo-journalist is offered the chance of a lifetime - a two-year assignment in Havana. For David Ariosto, the island is an intriguing new world, unmoored from the one he left behind. From neighboring military coups, suspected honey traps, salty spooks, and desperate migrants to dissidents, doctors, and Havana’s empty shelves, Ariosto uncovers the island’s subtle absurdities, its Cold War mystique, and the hopes of a people in the throes of transition. Beyond the classic cars, salsa, and cigars lies a country in which black markets are ubiquitous, free speech is restricted, privacy is curtailed, sanctions wreak havoc, and an almost Kafka-esque goo of Soviet-style bureaucracy still slows the gears of an economy desperate to move forward. But life in Cuba is indeed changing, as satellite dishes and internet hotspots dot the landscape and more Americans want in. Still, it’s not so simple. The old sentries on both sides of the Florida Straits remain at their posts, fists clenched and guarding against the specter of a Cold War that never quite ended, despite the death of Fidel and the hand-over of the presidency to a man whose last name isn’t Castro. And now, a crisis is brewing. In This Is Cuba, Ariosto looks at Cuba from the inside-out over the course of nine years, endeavoring to expose clues for what’s in store for the island as it undergoes its biggest change in more than half a century.

©2018 David Ariosto (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Published by arrangement with St. Martin's Press.

Narrator: David Ariosto
Category: History, Americas
Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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Deadly Voyage

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This is the harrowing story of one of the worst shipwrecks in Great Lakes history. In the early morning hours of November 29, 1966, the SS Daniel J. Morrell was caught in a deadly storm on Lake Huron. Waves higher than the ship crested over it, and winds exceeding 60 miles per hour whipped at its hull, splitting the 603-foot freighter into two giant pieces. Amazingly, after the bow went down, the stern blindly powered itself through the stormy seas for another five miles! Twenty-eight men drowned in the icy waters of Lake Huron, but one sailor - 26-year-old Dennis Hale - miraculously survived the treacherous storm. Wearing only boxer shorts, a lifejacket, and a pea coat, Hale clung to a life raft in near-freezing temperatures for 38 hours until he was rescued late in the afternoon of the following day. Three of his fellow crewmates died in his raft. In Deadly Voyage, Andrew Kantar recounts this tale of tragedy and triumph on Lake Huron. Informed by meticulous research and the eyewitness details provided by Hale, Kantar depicts one of the most tragic shipwrecks in Great Lakes history. The book is published by Michigan State University Press.

©2009 Andrew Kantar (P)2015 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: Todd Curless
Category: History, Americas
Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
Available on Audible
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Andrew Jackson

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The most famous American of his time, Andrew Jackson is a seminal figure in American history. The first "common man" to rise to the presidency, Jackson embodied the spirit and the vision of the emerging American nation; the term "Jacksonian democracy" is embedded in our national lexicon. With the sweep, passion, and attention to detail that made The First American a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a national best seller, historian H.W. Brands shapes a historical narrative that's as fast-paced and compelling as the best fiction. He follows Andrew Jackson from his days as rebellious youth, risking execution to free the Carolinas of the British during the Revolutionary War, to his years as a young lawyer and congressman from the newly settled frontier state of Tennessee. As general of the Tennessee militia, he put down a massive Indian uprising in the South, securing the safety of American settlers, and his famous rout of the British at the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812 made him a national hero. But it is Jackson's contributions as president, however, that won him a place in the pantheon of America's greatest leaders. A man of the people, without formal education or the family lineage of the Founding Fathers, he sought as president to make the country a genuine democracy, governed by and for the people. Jackson, although respectful of states' rights, devoted himself to the preservation of the Union, whose future in that age was still very much in question. When South Carolina, his home state, threatened to secede over the issue of slavery, Jackson promised to march down with 100,000 federal soldiers should it dare.

©2005 H.W. Brands (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Author: H.W. Brands
Category: History, Americas
Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
Available on Audible
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Thomas Jefferson's Education

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From a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian comes a brilliant, absorbing study of Thomas Jefferson’s campaign to save Virginia through education.  By turns entertaining and tragic, this beautifully written history reveals the origins of a great university in the dilemmas of Virginia slavery. It offers an incisive portrait of Thomas Jefferson set against a social fabric of planters in decline, enslaved black families torn apart by sales, and a hair-trigger code of male honor. A man of “deft evasions” who was both courtly and withdrawn, Jefferson sought control of his family and state from his lofty perch at Monticello. Never quite the egalitarian we wish him to be, he advocated emancipation but shrank from implementing it, entrusting that reform to the next generation. Devoted to the education of his granddaughters, he nevertheless accepted their subordination in a masculine culture. During the revolution, he proposed to educate all white children in Virginia, but later in life he narrowed his goal to building an elite university.  In 1819 Jefferson’s intensive drive for state support of a new university succeeded. His intention was a university to educate the sons of Virginia’s wealthy planters, lawyers, and merchants, who might then democratize the state and in time rid it of slavery. But the university’s students, having absorbed the traditional vices of the Virginia gentry, preferred to practice and defend them. Opening in 1825, the university nearly collapsed as unruly students abused one another, the enslaved servants, and the faculty. Jefferson’s hopes of developing an enlightened leadership for the state were disappointed, and Virginia hardened its commitment to slavery in the coming years. The university was born with the flaws of a slave society. Instead, it was Jefferson’s beloved granddaughters who carried forward his faith in education by becoming dedicated teachers of a new generation of women.

©2019 Alan Taylor (P)2019 Recorded Books

Narrator: Jason Culp
Author: Alan Taylor
Category: History, Americas
Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
Available on Audible
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The Culper Ring

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After the siege of Boston forced the British to evacuate that city in March 1776, Continental Army commander George Washington suspected that the British would move by sea to New York City, the next logical target in an attempt to end a colonial insurrection. He thus rushed his army south to defend the city. Washington guessed correctly, but it would be to no avail. Unlike Boston, New York City's terrain featured few defensible positions. The city lacked a high point from which to launch a siege, as the peninsula of Boston was fortunate to have. Moreover, Washington wasn't sure defending the city was necessary, hoping that an expedition launched toward Quebec like the one Benedict Arnold had led in late 1775 would keep the British away from New York anyway. However, Congress thought otherwise, and demanded that Washington defend New York. Washington thus did what he was told, and it nearly resulted in the army's demise.

©2016 Charles River Editors (P)2016 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Colin Fluxman
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
Available on Audible
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History of Cuba: Cuba Libre! (Cuba Best Seller, Volume 1)

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Learn everything you need to know about the history of Cuba!  Have you always been interested in Cuba, its people, and its history and fascinated with Cuban beliefs? Then this audiobook is essential!   Cuba has a certain charm that may not be experienced anywhere else in the world. The culture of Cuba is vibrant and varied, and its music - rumba, timba, and salsa, among other music styles - has become globally renowned. As a former Spanish colony, it shares numerous cultural traits with neighboring Caribbean, South American, and Central American countries.   History of Cuba: Cuba Libre! - Cuban History from Christopher Columbus to Fidel Castro by Carlos Fernando Alvarez offers a multifaceted, true story of history, politics, crime, freedom, revolution, and international conflict.   As Cuba is a homeland with a long and rich history, the study of Cuban history is also the study of the development of the New World by Europe. Cuba played a significant role in the growth of the New World, and through its history, it has been a part of most important world events that have taken place around it. History of Cuba: Cuba Libre! is intended to acquaint listeners with a general overview of Cuban history, its freedom, and the situation that made that development possible.   You will learn about the following:  The culture, history and politics of the people of Cuba Pre-Spanish and Spanish occupation The wars for independence US occupation and the Platt Amendment Cuba’s reform movements The Cuban Republic and revolution The Castro era Cuba in the Cold War era Cuba-US relations and the trade embargo The history of Havana and lots more Order this audiobook now!

©2017 Carlos Fernando Alvarez (P)2018 Carlos Fernando Alvarez

Narrator: Burke Mason
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr
Available on Audible
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Spanish Flu of 1918 and the Pandemics History

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The Spanish Flu was one of the deadliest viral outbreaks in history. It erupted just as World War I was coming to an end in 1918. The virus wreaked havoc across the entire world and ravaged as many 50 million lives by conservative estimates. While we do not know about the true epicenter of the fatal disease, it spread globally with soldiers as carriers. While the sad event is etched on the hearts of those who suffered from it, those who lived to tell about it also shared the lessons learned. Many of the lessons that had been learned in the wake of the devastation were applied in the current pandemic spread. We need to also be prepared should a similar situation arise, again, in the future. Here’s a preview of this special book, and what else you’ll discover: Rise of the Spanish Flu as the silent killer and how it was detected The trail of how it spread country by country to decimate hoards of people How utter confusion and affliction became commonplace The courageous stance of front-line workers in the fight How the best minds proposed solutions to curtail further spread What actions were taken globally in search for a cure

©2020 Barry Larson (P)2020 Barry Larson

Author: Barry Larson
Category: History, Americas
Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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The Underground Railroad

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Underground Railroad, then pay attention... The Underground Railroad wasn’t underground. Nor was it a railroad. It was, however, an awe-inspiring piece of history, and one that speaks of hope even today. Two hundred years ago, slavery had the Southern United States firmly in its evil grip. Around four million African Americans languished in the most appalling of living conditions, their lives controlled by people who saw them as objects. They were starved, whipped, and put to work despite being pregnant, sick, or so young that they could barely walk. They were despised, downtrodden, and degraded in every way. They longed for freedom, yet to reach the free land of Canada, they would have to cross thousands of miles filled with the threat of slave catchers, men who had made it their business to snatch desperate people who were on the very brink of liberty. It was a hopeless time, but it was also a time of heroes. The only hope that these enslaved people had of escaping their brutal fates was the Underground Railroad. This fabled network of people and places delivered tens of thousands of escaped slaves all the way across the northern United States and into Canada. And while many of the people who made these escapes possible have melted away into history as faceless heroes, we know the names and stories of many. Their stories are some of the most inspiring that we will ever hear. In this audiobook, you will discover topics such as: Slavery through the ages Abolition around the World Abolition in the United States Heroes of the Underground Railroad And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about the history of the Underground Railroad, buy this audiobook now!

©2020 Captivating History (P)2021 Captivating History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Americas
Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
Available on Audible
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Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains

1 rating

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From the pen of Santee Sioux, Charles Eastman, come these biographical portraits of Red Cloud, Spotted Tail, Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and Chief Joseph. Eastman's writings are truly invaluable and unique, as he is known to have been acquainted with the American Indian leaders about whom he wrote. A Santee Sioux, born in Red Falls, Minnesota, he was raised by his grandmother and uncle in Manitoba, Canada, where he learned Native American traditions and lore. As a teenager he returned to his father's family and attended mission schools and Beloit College. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1887 and from Boston University School of Medicine in 1890. Although his background made him unwelcome in some parts of white society and his education made him uneasy in Native American cultures, he worked for his people throughout his life as a doctor, as a representative in Washington, DC, and as a founder of the Society of American Indians. Performed with musical accompaniment by Lorenzo Baca, a Native American artist of Mescalero Apache and Isleta Pueblo descent.

©1994 Audio Literature (P)1994 , 2019 Audio Literature , Phoenix Books

Narrator: Lorenzo Baca
Category: History, Americas
Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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The Klondike Stampede

4 ratings

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Gold was discovered in the Klondike in August 16, 1896.   When news of the discovery arrived in Seattle and San Francisco the following year it triggered one of the largest gold rushes in the history of North America.   Tappan Adney, a young writer and photographer who worked for Harper's Weekly, set out on a journey to uncover and record what it was like in the Klondike stampede.   This audiobook is a fascinating portrayal of adventurers and prospectors who descended on the Yukon during this extraordinary event in the late 19th century.   Adney explains in vivid detail the treacherous route that these gold-hunters were forced to make in order to make it to the Yukon. The White and Chilkoot Passes were fatal for many who attempted to get through them with poor equipment. He stayed in Dawson, where the gold rush was centered, from October 2nd through to September 16th the following year. While there he interviewed men and women who hoped to make their fortune, observed the community that had seemingly sprung up overnight, and recorded in detail how the prospectors searched for gold.

Public Domain (P)2018 Tantor

Narrator: Eric Martin
Author: Tappan Adney
Category: History, Americas
Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
Available on Audible
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History of Mexico

1 rating

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If you want to discover the captivating history of Mexico, then pay attention.... Before the modern country was born in 1821, the territory that today comprises 32 states and few small islands was inhabited by ancient dynasties and kingdoms of warriors, astronomers, priests, temples for human sacrifice, and, surprisingly, some of the largest cities in the world. It is estimated that the sacred city of Chichen Itza, in the Yucatan Peninsula, was larger than Paris at its height of splendor. This fascinating journey through Mexico’s history, from its amazing pre-Hispanic past to the end of the 20th century, will reveal more surprises than the listener can imagine. In the words of the self-proclaimed Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, “Mexico has magic. I looked for that magic, and I found it there.” In History of Mexico: A Captivating Guide to Mexican History, Starting from the Rise of Tenochtitlan through Maximilian's Empire to the Mexican Revolution and the Zapatista Indigenous Uprising, you will discover topics such as: The era of empires The Spanish-Aztec war and new Spain The birth of a nation “From the Halls of Montezuma....” The big division “The most beautiful empire in the world” In the times of Don Porfirio The Mexican Revolution The Cristeros The Second World War and the Mexican miracle End of century pangs And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about the history of Mexico, scroll up and click the "add to cart" button!

©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Americas
Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
Available on Audible
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The Tulsa Massacre of 1921

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It all began on Memorial Day, May 31, 1921. Around or after 4:00 p.m. that day, a clerk at Renberg’s clothing store on the first floor of the Drexel Building in Tulsa heard a woman scream. Turning in the direction of the scream, he saw a young black man running from the building. Going to the elevator, the clerk found the white elevator operator, 17-year-old Sarah Page, crying and distraught. The clerk concluded that she had been assaulted by the black man he saw running a few moments earlier and called the police. Those facts are just about the only things people agree on when it comes to the riot in Tulsa in 1921. By the time the unrest ended, an unknown number of Tulsa’s black citizens were dead, over 800 people were injured, and what had been the wealthiest black community in the United States had been laid to waste. In the days after the riot, a group formed to work on rebuilding the Greenwood neighborhood, which had been all but destroyed. The former mayor of Tulsa, Judge J. Martin, declared, “Tulsa can only redeem herself from the country-wide shame and humiliation into which she is today plunged by complete restitution and rehabilitation of the destroyed black belt. The rest of the United States must know that the real citizenship of Tulsa weeps at this unspeakable crime and will make good the damage, so far as it can be done, to the last penny.” However, financial assistance would be slow in coming, a jury would find that black mobs were responsible for the damage, and not a single person was ever convicted as a result of the riot. Indeed, given that racist violence directed at blacks was the norm in the Jim Crow South, and accusations of black teens or adults violating young white girls were often accepted without evidence, people barely batted an eye at the damage wrought by the riot, which would remain largely overlooked for almost 70 years. Only in the last two decades have Oklahomans reckoned with this shameful episode in their history.

©2020 Charles River Editors (P)2020 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Stephen Platt
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
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Rival Rails

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The driving of the golden spike at Promontory Summit, which marked the completion of the country's first transcontinental railroad, was only the beginning of the race for railroad dominance. In the aftermath of this building feat, dozens of railroads, each with aggressive empire builders at their helms, raced one another for the ultimate prize of a southern transcontinental route that was generally free of snow, shorter in distance, and gentler in gradients. More than just a means of transportation, the railroads were a powerful mold, and the presence of a rail line had the power to make - or break - the fledgling towns and cities across the newborn American West. While much has been written about the building of the first transcontinental railroad, the bulk of the history of the railroads in the United States has been largely ignored. With a meticulous, loving eye, Walter Borneman picks up where most other histories leave off.

©2010 Walter R. Borneman (P)2010 Tantor

Narrator: Norman Dietz
Category: History, Americas
Length: 15 hrs
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My Life on the Plains

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My Life on the Plains by General George Armstrong Custer (1839-1876) is a historical document chronicling the Indian Wars of 1867-1869. It provides an account of army life during the expeditions and includes a detailed account of the winter campaign of 1868 against the Cheyenne.

Public Domain (P)2018 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Troy Davis
Category: History, Americas
Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
Available on Audible
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The History of Ecuador

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Discover the Country You Have Always Dreamed About.... The History of Ecuador- the name of our most recent book. A complete Ecuador discovery guide every person must listen. From about 3000 BCE up until today Ecuador has been the country with one of the most interesting histories out of any South American country. If you have ever heard about or met people who visited Ecuador then they would recommend you go there as well. Our main focus while creating this book was to go deep in the history of this country to reveal all of the interesting facts about this fascinating country. Now let’s take a look at only a few things you will learn out of this book: The colonization of Ecuador What Ecuador mostly known for Top 10 facts you didn’t know about Ecuador The main reason why people travel to Ecuador Entire Ecuador history after its independence All of this and so much more.... Now it is your turn to take this opportunity to discover this amazing country, so don’t wait.   Take action now, buy now, and start learning!

©2019 David Robbins (P)2020 David Robbins

Narrator: Bill Ayers
Category: History, Americas
Length: 42 mins
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American Ideals: Founding a 'Republic of Virtue'

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What is the significance of the phrase "the pursuit of happiness" in the Declaration of Independence? Why does it read "We the people" in the preamble to the Constitution? What were the philosophies and social forces that made this country unique - that enabled it to become the first successfully self-governing republic? Answer these questions and more with this insightful 12-lecture course, which explores the principles that guided the founding of the United States, the conditions that led to the break with Great Britain, and the creation of such founding documents as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. You'll deepen your understanding of fundamental ideas that inspired American independence and that continue to have a profound influence on American thought. You'll also receive insight into what historians call "the long conversation" in American society - questions that have been the focus of debate and controversy since the nation was born. As the world's oldest democracy, the United States stands as the "test case" for those who regard self-government as inherently unstable, inherently self-destructive. Examining the founding documents, such as the Articles of Confederation, the Declaration of Independence, and the U.S. Constitution, Professor Robinson considers the principles under which the United States evolved.

©2004 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2004 The Great Courses

Category: History, Americas
Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
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Slave in the White House

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Paul Jennings was born into slavery on the plantation of James and Dolley Madison in Virginia, later becoming part of the Madison household staff at the White House. Once finally emancipated by Senator Daniel Webster later in life, he would give an aged and impoverished Dolley Madison, his former owner, money from his own pocket, write the first White House memoir, and see his sons fight with the Union Army in the Civil War. Based on correspondence, legal documents, and journal entries rarely seen before, this amazing portrait reveals the mores and attitudes toward slavery in the 19th century, and sheds new light on famous characters such as James Madison, French General Lafayette, Dolley Madison, and many other long-forgotten slaves, abolitionists, and civil rights activists.

©2012 Elizabeth Dowling Taylor. Recorded by arrangement with Palgrave Macmillan, a division of St. Martin’s Press, LLC. (P)2012 HighBridge Company.

Category: History, Americas
Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
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Death in Glacier National Park

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Adventures in the wilderness can be dramatic and deadly. Glacier National Park's death records date back to January 1913, when a man froze to death while snowshoeing between Cut Bank and St. Mary.  All told, 260 people have died or are presumed to have died in the park during the first hundred years of its existence. One man fell into a crevasse on East Gunsight Peak while skiing its steep north face, and another died while moonlight biking on the Sun Road. A man left his wife and five children at the Apgar picnic area and disappeared on Lake McDonald. His boat was found halfway up the west shore wedged between rocks with the propeller stuck in gravel.  Collected here are some of the most gripping accounts in park history of these unfortunate events caused by natural forces or human folly.

©2016 Rowman & Littlefield (P)2020 Tantor

Category: History, Americas
Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
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Death in Yellowstone

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Summary

The chilling tome that launched an entire genre of books about the often gruesome, but always tragic ways people have died in our national parks, this updated edition of the classic includes calamities in Yellowstone from the past 16 years, including the infamous grizzly bear attacks in the summer of 2011, as well as a fatal hot springs accident in 2000. In these accounts, written with sensitivity as cautionary tales about what to do and what not to do in one of our wildest national parks, Lee H. Whittlesey recounts deaths ranging from tragedy to folly - from being caught in a freak avalanche to the goring of a photographer who just got a little too close to a bison. Armchair travelers and park visitors alike will be fascinated by this important book detailing the dangers awaiting in our first national park.

©2014 Roberts Rinehart Publishers (P)2016 Tantor

Category: History, Americas
Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
Available on Audible
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Investigating American Presidents

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The office of the president of the United States of America is one that can shape not just a nation but the entire world. But what limits are there if any on presidential power? How do we keep such awesome responsibility in check?   These 12 eyeopening, timely lectures examine the ins and outs of presidential investigations using past events as a lens through which to make sense of current (and future) ones. With his political and legal insights, Professor Rosenzweig walks you through the entire path of investigating potential misuse of presidential power, from the establishment of legislative committees to the impeachment process.   You’ll witness the construction of the legal framework that informs how Congress and the courts handle charges of abuse of power. You’ll also dive into the investigations of presidents such as Richard Nixon, Ulysses S. Grant, and Bill Clinton as a way to lean what powers exist to ensure presidents adhere to the rule of law, and whether or not they can help us wrestle with current events coming out of the White House. These nonpartisan, unbiased lectures aren’t concerned with right and left but rather with the overarching progress and themes of American political and legal history. They’re detailed enough for legal experts and accessible enough to learners with only a basic understanding of how the US government and the justice system work. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 The Great Courses (P)2018 The Teaching Company, LLC

Category: History, Americas
Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
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The Burden of Southern History

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C. Vann Woodward's The Burden of Southern History remains one of the essential history texts of our time. In it Woodward brilliantly addresses the interrelated themes of southern identity, southern distinctiveness, and the strains of irony that characterize much of the South's historical experience. First published in 1960, the audiobook quickly became a touchstone for generations of students. This updated third edition contains a chapter, "Look Away, Look Away", in which Woodward finds a plethora of additional ironies in the South's experience. It also includes previously uncollected appreciations of Robert Penn Warren, to whom the book was originally dedicated, and William Faulkner. This edition also features a new foreword by historian William E. Leuchtenburg in which he recounts the events that led up to Woodward's writing The Burden of Southern History, and reflects on the book's - and Woodward's - place in the study of southern history. The Burden of Southern History is quintessential Woodward - wise, witty, ruminative, daring, and as alive in the twenty-first century as when it was written.

©1960,1968, 1991, 1993 C. Vann Woodward (P)2013 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: Bobby Dobbs
Category: History, Americas
Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
Available on Audible
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Portrait of a President

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An up-close look at John F. Kennedy by one of his closest confidants, a New York Times best-selling biographer Written by a prize-winning historian and biographer of such giants as Winston S. Churchill and Douglas MacArthur, this intimately detailed account provides a rare personal glimpse into the emotions behind the Kennedy administration - from the elation of victory to the frustrating challenges facing a young president at a pivotal turning point in US history. Originally published in 1962 - before the assassination of JFK - Portrait of a President is William Manchester’s first biography of the 35th president of the United States. In addition to firsthand encounters with JFK, the biography draws from over 40 interviews conducted in the first year of his presidency. In speaking with those closest to the commander-in-chief, both in his administration and his family, Manchester captures a complete portrait of one of the most highly regarded figures of the 20th century. This edition includes a new introduction and epilogue written by Manchester in the aftermath of November 1963, adding to the mythos by documenting not just how President Kennedy lived but also the legacy he left behind.

©1962, 1967 by William Manchester; © renewed 1990 by William Manchester (P)2020 by Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Joe Barrett
Category: History, Americas
Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
Available on Audible
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I Have A Dream Speech

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If you wish to hear Martin Luther King Jr. himself deliver his immortalized "I Have a Dream" speech in it's entirety then please go ahead and download this audiobook to listen to anytime you feel the need to be inspired.  Perhaps you were there during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963? Or maybe you want to educate someone else about what happened that day and what the speech meant to black people at that time in history? Whatever your reason is, this skill is something you will want to hear again and again.

©2019 Martin Luther King Jr. (P)2019 HN Publishing

Category: History, Americas
Length: 16 mins
Available on Audible
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Inuit Mythology

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This audiobook is dedicated to exploring the gods and goddesses the Inuit people and Eskimos worshiped, and within the program, you will find more information about: Inuit myths about the creation of the world.  The intriguing stories and legends of Nanuk and Sedna.  The Inuit religion and how it relates the natural environment in which they lived.  Inuit mythological names and their meanings.  Inuit mythology is intricate and complex, and the ideals behind some of their mythological beliefs were often intertwined with real-life events. This audiobook will examine how both myth and fact contributed to the culture and traditions of the Inuit people and how these influences and some stories continue to live on throughout the centuries.  Add this audiobook to your cart now.

©2018 Bernard Hayes (P)2018 Bernard Hayes

Narrator: Gareth Johnson
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
Available on Audible
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The Big Rich

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Best-selling author Bryan Burrough reveals how four Texas oil tycoons transformed America. Rising from humble beginnings through hard work and shrewd dealings, they shifted the balance of power in American politics. While hobnobbing with movie stars and presidents, the Big Rich also created the legend of the swaggering Texas oilman with island hideaways and sprawling ranches.

©2009 Bryan Burrough (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: James Jenner
Category: History, Americas
Length: 22 hrs and 11 mins
Available on Audible
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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
Available on Audible
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Books That Matter: The Federalist Papers

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It would be difficult to overstate the influence of The Federalist Papers. Despite their lack of official or legal status, these 85 brilliant essays have served as the single most important guide to the interpretation and application of the US Constitution for more than 230 years. Authored by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, The Federalist Papers offer a detailed blueprint for building a successful democratic republic.   Books That Matter: The Federalist Papers gives you the chance to delve into this magisterial blueprint for yourself. Taught by acclaimed professor and legal scholar Joseph L. Hoffmann of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, these 12 thought-provoking lectures take you back to the hot summer weather of Philadelphia in 1787, when the delegates from the several states gathered to revise the Articles of Confederation.   As you will learn, the Framers were rightly concerned about whether the 13 largely autonomous states would accept a strong centralized federal government and whether such a system could include safeguards to protect against the tyranny they’d just fought a war to overcome. To answer these concerns, the authors laid out a bold vision for the new nation, drafting what became essentially the Bible of American government - perhaps America’s most significant contribution to the way that human beings choose to organize their lives, and their societies, in order to fulfill their hopes and pursue their dreams together. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 The Great Courses (P)2020 The Teaching Company, LLC

Category: History, Americas
Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
Available on Audible
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Strangers from a Different Shore

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In an extraordinary blend of narrative history, personal recollection, and oral testimony, the author presents a sweeping history of Asian Americans.  He writes of the Chinese who laid tracks for the transcontinental railroad, of plantation laborers in the cane fields of Hawaii, and of "picture brides" marrying strangers in the hope of becoming part of the American dream. He tells stories of Japanese Americans behind the barbed wire of US internment camps during World War II, Hmong refugees tragically unable to adjust to Wisconsin's alien climate and culture, and Asian American students stigmatized by the stereotype of the "model minority".  This is a powerful and moving work that will resonate for all Americans, who together make up a nation of immigrants from other shores.

©1998 Ronald Takaki (P)2018 Tantor

Narrator: David Shih
Category: History, Americas
Length: 24 hrs and 41 mins
Available on Audible
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Six Years with the Texas Rangers

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From 1875 to 1881, James B. Gillett served as one of the Texas Rangers, the lawmen of the Old West. Looking back 40 years later, he tells of his numerous clashes with Native American warriors in the West Texas borderlands, of the Mason County War and the Horrell-Higgins feud, and of dangerous missions into Mexico. Originally published by Von Boeckmann-Jones Co. in Austin, Texas in 1921.

Public Domain (P)2017 Jack Chekijian

Narrator: Jack Chekijian
Category: History, Americas
Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
Available on Audible
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The History of Venezuela

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Discover the fascinating story of Venezuela. Venezuela is a vibrant and incredible country with rich natural resources and an environment backing the Amazon rainforest. This audiobook takes a look at the country’s history, from the Carib and the arrival of the Spanish to their Cold War and political struggles. Inside, you’ll find an insight into the regimes of both democracy and dictatorship, including the rule of José Antonio Páez, Hugo Chavez, and Nicolás Maduro. You’ll also learn about the current issues the country faces, with skyrocketing inflation, economic crisis, and little end in sight. Buy now to uncover the events which shaped Venezuela’s history today!

©2019 David Robbins (P)2019 David Robbins

Narrator: Steven Barnett
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
Available on Audible
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The X-15 Rocket Plane

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With the Soviet Union's launch of the first Sputnik satellite in 1957, the Cold War soared to new heights as Americans feared losing the race into space. The X-15 Rocket Plane tells the enthralling yet little-known story of the hypersonic X-15, the winged rocket ship that met this challenge and opened the way into human-controlled spaceflight. Drawing on interviews with those who were there, Michelle Evans captures the drama and excitement of, yes, rocket science: how to handle the heat generated at speeds up to Mach 7, how to make a rocket propulsion system that could throttle, and how to safely reenter the atmosphere from space and make a precision landing. This book puts a human face on the feats of science and engineering that went into the X-15 program, many of them critical to the development of the Space Shuttle. And, finally, it introduces us to the largely unsung pilots of the X-15. By the time of the Apollo 11 moon landing, 31 American astronauts had flown into space - eight of them astronaut-pilots of the X-15. The X-15 Rocket Plane restores these pioneers, and the others who made it happen, to their rightful place in the history of spaceflight.

©2013 Michelle Evans (P)2014 Redwood Audiobooks

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Category: History, Americas
Length: 20 hrs and 43 mins
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1774

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From one of our most acclaimed and original colonial historians, a groundbreaking book - the first to look at the critical "long year" of 1774 and the revolutionary change that took place from December 1773 to mid-April 1775, from the Boston Tea Party and the First Continental Congress to the Battles of Lexington and Concord. A Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2020 Mary Beth Norton keenly focuses on the 16 months during which the traditional loyalists to King George III began their discordant "discussions" that led to their acceptance of the inevitability of war against the British Empire and to the clashes at Lexington and Concord in mid-April 1775. Drawing extensively on pamphlets, newspapers, and personal correspondence, Norton reconstructs colonial political discourse as it happened, showing the vigorous campaign mounted by conservatives criticizing congressional actions. But by then it was too late. In early 1775, governors throughout the colonies informed colonial officials in London that they were unable to thwart the increasing power of the committees and their allied provincial congresses. Although the Declaration of Independence would not be formally adopted until July 1776, Americans, even before the outbreak of war in April 1775, had in effect "declared independence" by obeying the decrees of their new provincial governments rather than colonial officials.

©2020 Mary Beth Norton (P)2020 Random House Audio

Narrator: Kimberly Farr
Category: History, Americas
Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
Available on Audible
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Washington

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Washington, D.C., is home to the most influential power brokers in the world. But how did we come to call D.C. - a place one contemporary observer called a mere swamp "producing nothing except myriads of toads and frogs (of enormous size)", a district that was strategically indefensible, captive to the politics of slavery, and a target of unbridled land speculation - our nation's capital? In Washington, award-winning author Fergus M. Bordewich turns his eye to the backroom deal making and shifting alliances among our Founding Fathers and in so doing pulls back the curtain on the lives of the slaves who actually built the city. The answers revealed in this eye-opening and well-researched book are not only surprising and exciting but also illuminate a story of unexpected triumph over a multitude of political and financial obstacles, including fraudulent real-estate speculation, overextended financiers, and management more apt for a "banana republic" than an emerging world power. In an engrossing work that reveals the hidden and unsavery side of the nation's beginnings, Bordewich once again brings his novelist's sensibility to a little-known chapter in American history.

©2008 Fergus M. Bordewich. (P)2008 Tantor

Narrator: Richard Allen
Category: History, Americas
Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
Available on Audible
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The Lone Star Speaks

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They might be the type of people who conduct interviews in the shadows of a hotel somewhere. Voices electronically altered. What they know could have changed the course of American history. Though their lives were touched by the tragedy of November 22, 1963, a great many factors, fear among them, kept them silent. Until now. Unlike any other book on the subject, 200 people, from insiders to witnesses to players, have finally stepped out of the shadows to testify freely in The Lone Star Speaks: Untold Texas Stories About the JFK Assassination. This comprehensive, heavily illustrated volume by Sara Peterson and K.W. Zachry takes us deeper into the mystery and down new investigative roads to offer raw and original data that our misled public has never seen. Or heard. Until now. Sweeping in scope down to the last detail, the book follows Peterson and Zachry into those hotel rooms, into the homes, and into the lives of intimate friends of both Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, friends of Kennedy’s many mistresses, Mafia associates, a Warren Commission member, CIA staff, a Bay of Pigs lieutenant, both Presidents’ “invisible” staffers, doctors, hospital employees, Texas’ assistant Attorney General, and campaign attorneys.  And a parade of police officers, military intelligence, friends of Oswald and Jack Ruby, investigators, journalists, and other people from various places who somehow predicted Kennedy’s assassination or were witnesses to the circus atmosphere before and after. And the dark, silent chorus of secrets. Revelations populate every chapter of The Lone Star Speaks. The voices included feel they still have something to hide but say the truth is more important.

©2020 K.W. Zachry and Sara Peterson (P)2020 Bancroft Press

Narrator: Brenda G. Brown
Category: History, Americas
Length: 20 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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The Minutemen and Their World

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Winner of the Bancroft Prize   On April 19, 1775, the American Revolution began at the Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts. The "shot heard round the world" catapulted this sleepy New England town into the midst of revolutionary fervor, and Concord went on to become the intellectual capital of the new republic. The town - future home to Emerson, Thoreau, and Hawthorne - soon came to symbolize devotion to liberty, intellectual freedom, and the stubborn integrity of rural life. In The Minutemen and Their World, Robert Gross has written a remarkably subtle and detailed reconstruction of the lives and community of this special place, and a compelling interpretation of the American Revolution as a social movement.

©1976 Robert A. Gross; Foreword Copyright 2001 by Alan Taylor; Afterword Copyright 2001 by Robert A. Gross. (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Tom Perkins
Category: History, Americas
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
Available on Audible
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The Soul of the Indian

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Charles Alexander Eastman (1858-1939) was raised among the Sioux and decided to become a doctor in order to be of the greatest service to his people. He also became a distinguished writer and an interpreter of Native American life and customs. The Soul of the Indian is a rare eye-witness account of native religion with its ceremonial and symbolic worship, oral scriptures and view of the spirit world.

Public Domain (P)2018 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Faith Wilson
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
Available on Audible
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The Spirit Lake Massacre and the Captivity of Abbie Gardner

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Long considered one of the best of the captive narratives from the 19th century, Abbie Gardner's thrilling and graphic tale of her abduction by a band of Santee Sioux in 1857 will captivate you from beginning to end. Barely 14 years old, her family was butchered before her eyes and she witnessed the deaths of two other women captives before her release by Chief Inkpaduta. Gardner suffered years of illness after her return to white culture but eventually made a successful and prosperous life with a family. This book went through seven editions in her lifetime and she eventually purchased the cabin and property from which she was abducted and turned them into a tourist attraction. The cabin still stands today near Spirit Lake, Iowa. Told from the view of a woman looking back three decades to her traumatic experience, Gardner used notes she had written down in the intervening years as well as public documents to produce a compelling narrative.

Public Domain (P)2017 Big Byte Books

Category: History, Americas
Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
Available on Audible
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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
Available on Audible
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Go, Flight!

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At first glance, it looks like just another auditorium in just another government building. But among the talented men (and later women) who worked in mission control, the room located on the third floor of Building 30—at what is now Johnson Space Center—would become known by many as "the Cathedral." These members of the space program were the brightest of their generations, making split-second decisions that determined the success or failure of a mission. The flight controllers, each supported by a staff of specialists, were the most visible part of the operation, running the missions, talking to the heavens, troubleshooting issues on board, and, ultimately, attempting to bring everyone safely back home. None of NASA's storied accomplishments would have been possible without these people. Interviews with dozens of individuals who worked in the historic third-floor mission control room bring the compelling stories to life. Go, Flight! is a real-world reminder of where we have been and where we could go again given the right political and social climate. The audiobook is published by University of Nebraska Press. "A great read both for fans for spaceflight and for scholars interested in a social history of Mission Control." (Quest) "Heflin's insight and experience shine in his and coauthor Rick Houston's Go, Flight!, a firsthand glimpse into the fascinating world of mission control." (William Harwood, CBS News space reporter) "I experienced almost every emotion possible while working in mission control. Authors Rick Houston and Milt Heflin have taken me right back into the heat of battle with their outstanding book." (Steve Bales, guidance officer during the Apollo 11 lunar descent)

©2015 Rick Houston and Milt Heflin (P)2017 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: John Gagnepain
Category: History, Americas
Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Temporada de Zopilotes

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La tensión estaba en el aire. La ciudad de México era un hervidero reaccionario y porfirista donde los generales que juraban fidelidad al presidente Madero conspiraban por las noches para dar un golpe de Estado. ¿Pero qué ocurrió exactamente durante aquellos días de febrero de 1913? Paco Ignacio Taibo II hace una reconstrucción minuciosa de la confabulación: su gestación en octubre de 1912 en La Habana, un corrupto embajador norteamericano presionando para que el levantamiento se lleve a cabo, las calles del centro tomadas por el ejército la traición se respiraba por toda la ciudad. Pero el presidente no quería verlo. Gustavo, su hermano, se lo decía: "Nos van a matar a todos". Y así sería. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish

©2014 Paco Ignacio Taibo II (P)2020 Editorial Planeta México

Narrator: Sergio Bustos
Category: History, Americas
Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
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Dangerous Economies

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Before the American Revolution, the people who lived in British North America were not just colonists; they were also imperial subjects. To think of 18th-century New Yorkers as Britons rather than incipient Americans allows us fresh investigations into their world. How was the British Empire experienced by those who lived at its margins? How did the mundane affairs of ordinary New Yorkers affect the culture at the center of an enormous commercial empire? Dangerous Economies is a history of New York culture and commerce in the first two thirds of the 18th century, when Britain was just beginning to catch up with its imperial rivals, France and Spain. In that sparsely populated city on the fringe of an empire, enslaved Africans rubbed elbows with white indentured servants while the elite strove to maintain ties with European genteel culture. The transience of the city's people, goods, and fortunes created a notably fluid society in which establishing one's own status or verifying another's was a challenge. New York's shifting imperial identity created new avenues for success but also made success harder to define and demonstrate socially. Such a mobile urban milieu was the ideal breeding ground for crime and conspiracy, which became all too evident in 1741, when 30 slaves were executed and more than 70 other people were deported after being found guilty - on dubious evidence - of plotting a revolt. This sort of violent outburst was the unforseen but unsurprising result of the seething culture that existed at the margins of the British Empire. The book is published by University of Pennsylvania Press.

©2009 University of Pennsylvania Press (P)2010 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: Naomi Jacobson
Category: History, Americas
Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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Charles A. Eastman Box Set: Indian Boyhood & Old Indian Days

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Charles Alexander Eastman (1858 -1939), also known as “Ohiyesa”, was an author, physician, and lecturer of Santee Sioux and Anglo-American heritage. As a passionate advocate for the rights of American Indians, he took an active role in national politics. Indian Boyhood is a memoir that chronicles the first 15 years of his life with fascinating portrayals of Sioux culture, including training as a hunter and warrior, religious beliefs and practices, and the role of the medicine man. The stories in Old Indian Days focus mainly on the life of the Sioux bands of the Upper Midwest before exposure to the White man's world. The narratives allude to historical figures like Little Crow and Tamahay and to the 1862 Sioux Uprising in Minnesota, an event that Eastman experienced as a small boy.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Category: History, Americas
Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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Three Roads to the Alamo

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Three Roads to the Alamo is the definitive work about the lives of David Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travis - the legendary frontiersmen and fighters who met their destiny at the Alamo in one of the most famous and tragic battles in American history - and about what really happened in that battle.

©1998 William C. Davis (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: David Colacci
Category: History, Americas
Length: 27 hrs and 34 mins
Available on Audible
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Olmecs

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Did you know the Olmecs might have been the first people to introduce writing?  The first people who managed to elevate themselves to civilized life were the Olmecs. But why do they remain relatively unknown, hidden in the long and dark corridors of forgotten history?  The truth is that few historians are ready to tackle the task of uncovering the true story of the Olmecs. Thus, it can be hard for people to find an easy-to-listen-to and cohesive resource on this fascinating civilization.  But that is about to change. In this new captivating history audiobook, you will discover the truth about the earliest known civilization in America.  Olmecs: A Captivating Guide to the Earliest Known Major Ancient Civilization in Mexico includes:  Revolutionary findings provided by modern archaeological detective techniques A simple explanation of who the Olmecs were and from where they came Fascinating discoveries of Olmec art Startling theories about the structure of Olmec society and how they interacted with their neighbors The truth of why the Olmecs were so rich and the powerful components to their success What there is to know about the Olmec military Amazing insights into everyday life of the Olmecs Religion and beliefs and how they played an essential role in Olmec society Remarkable innovations of the Olmecs And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about the Olmecs, click "Buy Now"!

©2018 Captivating History (P)2018 Captivating History

Narrator: Duke Holm
Category: History, Americas
Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Smallwood

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The extraordinary life of Joey Smallwood is the stuff of fiction literally: Wayne Johnston's acclaimed novel, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, draws heavily on this definitive biography. And no wonder! Set against a colorful background in stirring times, it has as its hero a character whose career defied both convention and the odds. A one-time pig farmer and ardent socialist turned union buster, Smallwood is best remembered as the man responsible for bringing Newfoundland into confederation with Canada. A full 10 years before Alaska and Hawaii became the forty-ninth and fiftieth states of the union, a massive British Dominion on the Eastern Seaboard was at a crossroads. Should they join the US as its forty-ninth state? Maintain ties with the British via a British-led commission of government? Should they join Canada? Joey Smallwood, a well-known radio personality, writer, and organizer at the time, led a spirited campaign in favor of joining Canada. With 52.3 percent of a controversial vote marred by sectarian tensions, Newfoundlanders voted with Smallwood, and the boundaries of Canada as we know them today were established. The first premier of Newfoundland, Smallwood ran Newfoundland virtually unchallenged for 23 years. Smallwood's work experience was checkered at best but included stints as a contributor to socialist newspapers in New York and London. He was self-taught and possessed the enthusiasm and wrongheadedness of the autodidact. As Gwyn shows, however, Smallwood possessed ambition of a rare order and utterly unconquerable self-confidence. These qualities, combined with unerring political instinct, enabled Smallwood to drag a reluctant Newfoundland into union with Canada and subsequently to impose his will over compliant colleagues and a vestigial opposition until he governed his island province with the near-absolute power of a despot. Like a despot, too, he countenanced corruption on a scale rarely equaled in Canada.

©1968, 1972, 2015 Richard Gwyn (P)2015 Audible Inc.

Author: Richard Gwyn
Category: History, Americas
Length: 19 hrs and 2 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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The Great Book of Hawaii: The Crazy History of Hawaii with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia

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How much do you know about the Aloha State? There’s so much to learn about Hawaii that even residents of the state don’t know! In this trivia audiobook, you’ll learn more about Hawaii’s history, pop culture, folklore, sports, and so much more! In The Great Book of Hawaii, you’ll find the answers to the following questions:   How did Hawaii get its name?  Why is it called the Aloha State? Why was it once called “The Kingdom of Hawaii”?  Which sport was invented in Hawaii?  Which movies have been filmed in the state?  What legends from the Hawaiian culture haunt the state?  What’s Hawaii’s most famous unsolved mystery? And so much more! As an added bonus, you’ll learn words from the Hawaiian language throughout the audiobook. This audiobook is packed with trivia facts about Hawaii. Some of the facts in this audiobook are surprising, while others are sad or creepy. The one thing they have in common is that all of them are interesting! Whether you’re just learning about Hawaii or you already think you’re an expert on the state, you’ll learn something you didn’t know in every section. Your history teacher will be interesting at all of your newfound knowledge. So, what are you waiting for? Get started to learn more about Hawaii!

©2019 LAK Publishing (P)2019 LAK Publishing

Narrator: Scott Miller
Author: Bill O'Neill
Category: History, Americas
Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
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The Problem of Democracy

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"Told with authority and style.... Crisply summarizing the Adamses' legacy, the authors stress principle over partisanship." (The Wall Street Journal) How the father and son presidents foresaw the rise of the cult of personality and fought those who sought to abuse the weaknesses inherent in our democracy, from the New York Times best-selling author of White Trash. John and John Quincy Adams: rogue intellectuals, unsparing truth-tellers, too uncensored for their own political good. They held that political participation demanded moral courage. They did not seek popularity (it showed). They lamented the fact that hero worship in America substituted idolatry for results; and they made it clear that they were talking about Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson. When John Adams succeeded George Washington as President, his son had already followed him into public service and was stationed in Europe as a diplomat. Though they spent many years apart - and as their careers spanned Europe, Washington DC, and their family home south of Boston - they maintained a close bond through extensive letter writing, debating history, political philosophy, and partisan maneuvering. The problem of democracy is an urgent problem; the father-and-son presidents grasped the perilous psychology of politics and forecast what future generations would have to contend with: citizens wanting heroes to worship and covetous elites more than willing to mislead. Rejection at the polls, each after one term, does not prove that the presidents Adams had erroneous ideas. Intellectually, they were what we today call "independents", reluctant to commit blindly to an organized political party. No historian has attempted to dissect their intertwined lives as Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein do in this audio, and there is no better time than the present to learn from the American nation's most insightful malcontents. 

©2019 Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Robert Petkoff
Category: History, Americas
Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
Available on Audible
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Death in a Promised Land

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Widely believed to be the most extreme incidence of white racial violence against African Americans in modern United States history, the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre resulted in the destruction of more than 1,000 Black-owned businesses and homes as well as the murder of between 50 and 300 Black residents. Exhaustively researched and critically acclaimed, Death in a Promised Land is the definitive account of the Tulsa race riot and its aftermath, in which much of the history of the destruction and violence was covered up. It is the compelling story of racial ideologies, Southwestern politics, incendiary journalism, and an embattled Black community’s struggle to hold onto its land and freedom. More than just the chronicle of one of the nation’s most devastating racial pogroms, this critically acclaimed study of American race relations is, above all, a gripping story of terror and lawlessness and of courage, heroism, and human perseverance.

©1982 Louisiana State University Press (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Pat Grimes
Category: History, Americas
Length: Less than 1 minute
Available on Audible
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Fault Lines

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Two award-winning historians explore the origins of a divided America.    If you were asked when America became polarized, your answer would likely depend on your age: You might say during Barack Obama’s presidency, or with the post-9/11 war on terror, or the culture wars of the 1980s and 1990s, or the “Reagan Revolution” and the the rise of the New Right.    For leading historians Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer, it all starts in 1974. In that one year, the nation was rocked by one major event after another: The Watergate crisis and the departure of President Richard Nixon, the first and only US president to resign; the winding down of the Vietnam War and rising doubts about America’s military might; the fallout from the OPEC oil embargo that paralyzed America with the greatest energy crisis in its history; and the desegregation busing riots in South Boston that showed a horrified nation that our efforts to end institutional racism were failing.    In the years that followed, the story of our own lifetimes would be written. Longstanding historical fault lines over income inequality, racial division, and a revolution in gender roles and sexual norms would deepen and fuel a polarized political landscape. In Fault Lines, Kruse and Zelizer reveal how the divisions of the present day began almost five decades ago and how they were widened thanks to profound changes in our political system as well as a fracturing media landscape that was repeatedly transformed with the rise of cable TV, the internet, and social media.    How did the US become so divided? Fault Lines offers a richly told, wide-angle history view toward an answer.

©2019 Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Fajer Al-Kaisi
Category: History, Americas
Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
Available on Audible
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The Harvest Gypsies

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A collection of newspaper articles about Dust Bowl migrants in California’s Central Valley by the author of The Grapes of Wrath. Three years before his triumphant novel The Grapes of Wrath - a fictional portrayal of a Depression-era family fleeing Oklahoma during a disastrous period of drought and dust storms - John Steinbeck wrote seven articles for the San Francisco News about these history-making events and the hundreds of thousands who made their way west to work as farm laborers. With the inquisitiveness of an investigative reporter and the emotional power of a novelist in his prime, Steinbeck toured the squatters’ camps and Hoovervilles of rural California. The Harvest Gypsies gives us an eyewitness account of the horrendous Dust Bowl migration, and provides the factual foundation for Steinbeck’s masterpiece.  '”Steinbeck’s potent blend of empathy and moral outrage was perfectly matched by the photographs of Dorothea Lange, who had caught the whole saga with her camera - the tents, the jalopies, the bindlestiffs, the pathos and courage of uprooted mothers and children.” (San Francisco Review of Books) “Steinbeck’s journalism shares the enduring quality of his famous novel.... Certain to engage students of both American literature and labor history.” (Publishers Weekly)

©1936 The San Francisco News (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Richard Poe
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
Available on Audible
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Kennedy and King

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Kennedy and King traces the emergence of two of the 20th century's greatest leaders and their powerful impact on each other as well as and on the shape of the civil rights battle between 1960 and 1963. These two men from starkly different worlds profoundly influenced each other's personal development. Kennedy's hesitation on civil rights spurred King to greater acts of courage, and King inspired Kennedy to finally make a moral commitment to equality. As America still grapples with the legacy of slavery and the persistence of discrimination, Kennedy and King is a vital, vivid contribution to the literature of the civil rights movement.

©2017 Steven Levingston (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Dan Woren
Category: History, Americas
Length: 19 hrs and 54 mins
Available on Audible
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Inca Mythology

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If you're looking for a captivating collection of Inca myths, then pay attention.... The myths of the Inca gods in the first section of the audiobook explain how the world was created and also detail the adventures of various deities as they vie for supremacy or act as tricksters in the worlds of mortals and huacas alike. The second section contains the origin myth of the Inca Empire, which was used to justify Inca political legitimacy. This section also presents other tales involving the mythologized deeds of Inca emperors and their interactions with divine beings. The final section contains a collection of Andean folktales and a prose narrative version of the 18th-century drama Apu Ollantay, which may have been based on an ancient Inca tale and which tells the story of the forbidden love between Cosi-Collyur, daughter of the Inca Pachacuti, and the brave warrior Ollantay, whose name also graces the Inca fortress of Ollantay-tambo just north of Cuzco. Inca Mythology: Captivating Inca Myths of Gods, Goddesses, and Legendary Creatures invites you to go on a startling journey and discover: Stories of the Gods Inca political myths Five Andean folktales and an Inca play And much, much more! So, if you want a captivating collection of Inca myths, click the “Buy Now” button!

©2019 Matt Clayton (P)2019 Matt Clayton

Narrator: Randy Whitlow
Author: Matt Clayton
Category: History, Americas
Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
Available on Audible
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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
Available on Audible
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21 Months a Captive

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On May 19, 1836, Fort Parker in Texas was overwhelmed by a band of Comanche Indians. Some residents were brutally murdered, others taken prisoner. Among those captured was 11-year-old Cynthia Parker, who would remain with the Comanche for 24 years and give birth to famed Chief Quanah. Another captive was 17-year-old Rachel Plummer, mother of one, pregnant with her second child. She would soon have her first-born ripped from her arms, never to be seen again, and later watched as her second-born was killed before her eyes. After 21 months of captivity that destroyed her health, she was purchased and returned to her family. In this extraordinary account, her father tells of that horrible day when the fort was attacked, and his desperate efforts to find and retrieve the captives. Rachel details her terrible enslavement and how she eventually fought back.

Public Domain (P)2017 Big Byte Books

Category: History, Americas
Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
Available on Audible
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The Big Roads

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From author Earl Swift comes the surprising history of the U.S. interstate system, a fascinating route through the dreams, discoveries, and protests that shaped these mighty roads.

©2011 Earl Swift (P)2011 Tantor

Narrator: Rob Shapiro
Author: Earl Swift
Category: History, Americas
Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
Available on Audible
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Northland

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America's northern border is the world's longest international boundary, yet it remains obscure even to Americans. Travel writer Porter Fox spent two years exploring its length by canoe, freighter, and car - and in Northland, he delivers the little-known history of the region and a riveting account of his travels. Fox follows explorer Samuel de Champlain's adventures; recounts the rise and fall of the iron, wheat, and timber industries; crosses the Great Lakes on a freighter; and tracks America's fur traders through the Boundary Waters. Northland is full of colorful characters (railroad tycoon James J. Hill, Chief Red Cloud of the Lakota Sioux, Captain Meriwether Lewis) and extraordinary landscapes (Glacier National Park, the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, Montana's Medicine Line country). Throughout, Fox weaves in his encounters with residents, border guards, Indian activists, and militia leaders to give a dynamic portrait of the northland wracked by climate change, water wars, and heightened border security.

©2018 Porter Fox (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Jonathan Yen
Author: Porter Fox
Category: History, Americas
Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
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The 1759 Battle of Quebec: The History and Legacy of Britain's Most Important Victory of the French & Indian War

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"[W]e observed the enemy marching down towards us in three columns, at 10 they formed their line of battle, which was at least six deep, having their flanks covered by a thick wood on each side, into which they threw above 3,000 Canadians and Indians, who gauled us much; the regulars then marched briskly up to us, and gave us their first fire, at about 50 yards distance, which we did not return, as it was General Wolfe's express Orders not to fire till they came within 20 yards of us...." (The British sergeant-major of Gen. Hopson's Grenadiers) On September 13, 1759, a battle was fought on the Plains of Abraham outside the old city of Québec. It was one of the turning-point battles in world history. Thanks to the British victory and the events that followed, Canada went from being a colony of France (New France) to being a colony of Great Britain. This permanently changed Canadian history. In many ways the outcome of the battle brought about several American attempts to seize Canada during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Ultimately it ensured that when Canada became an independent country it was part of the British Commonwealth with an Anglophone majority and a Francophone minority. Frictions over cultural and political issues between the English Canadians and the Québécois, dating back to the battle, continue to impact the state of affairs in Canada today. While the battle had a profound impact, it has also been romanticized and mythologized beyond even epic proportions. Though often forgotten today, more than 250 years after the battle, the Battle of the Plains of Abraham was the culmination of a long siege.

©2012 Charles River Editors (P)2015 Charles River Editors

Narrator: William Turbett
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
Available on Audible
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Great Speeches by the First Ladies of the United States

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Great Speeches by the First Ladies of the United States highlights 25 of the most important and well-known speeches by our nation's first ladies. This collection includes speeches by Eleanor Roosevelt, Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, and Melania Trump.

©2017 SpeechWorks, a division of SoundWorks, Inc. (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Waiting for Snow in Havana

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National Book Award, Nonfiction, 2003 A childhood in a privileged household in 1950s Havana was joyous and cruel, like any other - but with certain differences. The neighbor's monkey was liable to escape and run across your roof. Surfing was conducted by driving cars across the breakwater. Lizards and firecrackers made frequent contact. Carlos Eire's childhood was a little different from most. His father was convinced he had been Louis XVI in a past life. At school, classmates with fathers in the Batista government were attended by chauffeurs and bodyguards. At a home crammed with artifacts and paintings, portraits of Jesus spoke to him in dreams and nightmares. Then, in January 1959, the world changed: Batista was suddenly gone, a cigar-smoking guerrilla took his place, and Christmas was cancelled. The echo of firing squads was everywhere. And, one by one, the author's schoolmates begin to disappear - spirited away to the United States. Carlos would end up there himself, without his parents, never to see his father again. Narrated with the urgency of a confession, Waiting for Snow in Havana is both an ode to a paradise lost and an exorcism. More than that, it captures the terrible beauty of those times when we are certain we have died - and then are somehow, miraculously, reborn.

©2003 Carlos Eire (P)2011 Tantor

Narrator: David Drummond
Author: Carlos Eire
Category: History, Americas
Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
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Deep Descent

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On a foggy July evening in 1956, the Italian cruise liner Andrea Doria, bound for New York, was struck broadside by another vessel. In eleven hours, she would sink nearly 250 feet to the murky Atlantic Ocean floor. Thanks to a daring rescue operation, only 51 of more than 1,700 people died in the tragedy. But the Andrea Doria is still taking lives. Considered the Mt. Everest of diving, the Andrea Doria is the ultimate deepwater wreck challenge. Over the years, a small but fanatical group of extreme scuba divers have investigated the Andrea Doria, pushing themselves to the very limits of human endurance to explore her - and not all have returned. Diver Kevin McMurray takes you inside this elite club with a hard, honest look at those who go deeper, farther, and closer to the edge than others would ever dream. Deep Descent is the riveting true story of the human spirit overcoming human frailty and of fearsome, mortal risks traded for a hard-core adrenaline rush. Chronicling these adventures in his dramatic narrative, McMurray draws us deeper into the cold heart of the unforgiving sea, giving us a powerful vision of a place to which few will ever have the skills - or the courage - to go.

©2002 Kevin F. McMurray (P)2018 Brilliance Audio Inc., all rights reserved

Narrator: P. J. Ochlan
Category: History, Americas
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
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The Boys of Summer

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The classic narrative of growing up within shouting distance of Ebbets Field, covering the Jackie Robinson Dodgers, and what's happened to everybody since. This is a story about young men who learned to play baseball during the 1930s and 1940s, and then went on to play for one of the most exciting major-league ball clubs ever fielded, the team that broke the color barrier with Jackie Robinson. It is a story by and about a sportswriter who grew up near Ebbets Field, and who had the good fortune in the 1950s to cover the Dodgers for the Herald Tribune. This is the story about what happened to Jackie, Carl Erskine, Pee Wee Reese, and the others when their glory days were behind them. In short, it is a story about America, about fathers and sons, prejudice and courage, triumph and disaster, and told with warmth, humor, wit, candor and love.

©2009 Roger Kahn (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Phil Gigante
Author: Roger Kahn
Category: History, Americas
Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
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The Ultimate W.E.B. Du Bois Collection

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William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963), was an author, scholar, sociologist, historian, Pan-Africanist, and civil rights activist. After completing graduate work at the University of Berlin and Harvard, he became a professor of history, sociology, and economics at Atlanta University.  The Souls of Black Folk (1903) is a pioneering work of sociology and a landmark of African American literature, comprising various essays on race, some of which had previously appeared in The Atlantic Monthly. As an uncompromising advocate of civil rights, Du Bois stated that through work, culture, and liberty the dual heritage of African Americans could be melded into a force for positive social and cultural change.  The Gift of Black Folk (1924) is an analysis of the role of African Americans in the development of American culture. The author provides examples of the ways in which the culture was shaped and enriched by Blacks on many levels, including their economic, religious, and cultural contributions. Also in his speeches and letters, Du Bois promoted the idea of a synthesis of racial and national consciousness dedicated to “the ideal of human brotherhood”.  Some of the frequent subjects include African history and culture, Black history in the United States and the world, the need for Black higher education to remain culturally relevant and scientifically sound, and the opportunities associated with Black economic cooperation.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Category: History, Americas
Length: 27 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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The Great Book of North Carolina: The Crazy History of North Carolina with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia

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How much do you know about the Tar Heel State? There’s so much to learn about North Carolina that even natives of the state don’t know. In this trivia book, you’ll learn more about North Carolina’s history, pop culture, sports, unsolved mysteries, and so much more.    In The Great Book of North Carolina, you’ll find the answers to the following questions: How did North Carolina get its name?   Why is it known as the “Tar Heel State”? What happened to the “Lost Colony”? Which famous pirate was killed in the Outer Banks? What popular recreational activity was invented in the state? What soda company got its start in North Carolina? Which sport originated from the Tar Heel State? Which NBA legend was raised in North Carolina?  What urban legends haunt the state? What’s the most haunted spot in North Carolina? And so much more! This book is packed with facts about North Carolina. Some of the facts in this book may shock you. Others may give you chills. But the one thing they all have in common is that they’re all interesting! Whether you feel like an amateur or a pro on North Carolina trivia, you’re bound to walk away with plenty of new knowledge about the state once you finish this book. Your friends won’t stand a chance at your next trivia night!   So, what are you waiting for? Get started now to learn more about North Carolina!  

©2019 LAK Publishing (P)2020 LAK Publishing

Narrator: Isaac Mantelli
Author: Bill O'Neill
Category: History, Americas
Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
Available on Audible
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Brazil: A Biography

4 ratings

Summary

For many Americans, Brazil is a land of contradictions: vast natural resources and entrenched corruption; extraordinary wealth and grinding poverty; beautiful beaches and violence-torn favelas. Brazil occupies a vivid place in the American imagination, and yet it remains largely unknown.   In an extraordinary journey that spans 500 years, from European colonization to the 2016 Summer Olympics, Lilia M. Schwarcz and Heloisa M. Starling's Brazil offers a rich, dramatic history of this complex country. The authors not only reconstruct the epic story of the nation, but follow the shifting byways of food, art, and popular culture; the plights of minorities; and the ups and downs of economic cycles.  Drawing on a range of original scholarship in history, anthropology, political science, and economics, Schwarcz and Starling reveal a long process of unfinished social, political, and economic progress and struggle, a story in which the troubled legacy of the mixing of races and postcolonial political dysfunction persists to this day.

©2018 Lilia M. Schwarcz and Heloisa M. Starling (P)2019 Tantor

Category: History, Americas
Length: 28 hrs and 27 mins
Available on Audible
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Mornings on Horseback

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From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of John Adams Winner of the 1982 National Book Award for Biography, Mornings on Horseback is the brilliant biography of the young Theodore Roosevelt. Hailed as a masterpiece by Newsday, it is the story of a remarkable little boy - seriously handicapped by recurrent and nearly fatal attacks of asthma - and his struggle to manhood. His father - the first Theodore Roosevelt, "Greatheart" - is a figure of unbounded energy, enormously attractive and selfless, a god in the eyes of his small, frail namesake. His mother - Mittie Bulloch Roosevelt - is a Southerner and celebrated beauty. Mornings on Horseback spans 17 years, from 1869, when little "Teedie" is 10, to 1886, when he returns from the West a "real life cowboy" to pick up the pieces of a shattered life and begin anew, a grown man, whole in body and spirit. This is a tale about family love and family loyalty... about courtship, childbirth and death, fathers and sons... about gutter politics and the tumultuous Republican Convention of 1884... about grizzly bears, grief and courage, and "blessed" mornings on horseback at Oyster Bay or beneath the limitless skies of the Badlands.

©2007 David McCullough (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Nelson Runger
Category: History, Americas
Length: 19 hrs and 22 mins
Available on Audible
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John Tyler, the Accidental President

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The first vice president to become president on the death of the incumbent, John Tyler (1790-1862) was derided by critics as "His Accidency." In this biography of the 10th president, Edward P. Crapol challenges depictions of Tyler as a die-hard advocate of states' rights, limited government, and a strict interpretation of the Constitution. Instead, he argues, Tyler manipulated the Constitution to increase the executive power of the presidency. Crapol also highlights Tyler's faith in America's national destiny and his belief that boundless territorial expansion would preserve the Union as a slaveholding republic. When Tyler sided with the Confederacy in 1861, he was branded as America's "traitor" president for having betrayed the republic he once led.

©2006 The University of North Carolina Press (P)2019 Tantor

Category: History, Americas
Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
Available on Audible
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Greater Gotham

Summary

In this utterly immersive volume, Mike Wallace captures the swings of prosperity and downturn, from the 1898 skyscraper-driven boom to the Bankers' Panic of 1907, the labor upheaval, and violent repression during and after the First World War. Here is New York on a whole new scale, moving from national to global prominence - an urban dynamo driven by restless ambition, boundless energy, immigrant dreams, and Wall Street greed. Within the first two decades of the 20th century, a newly consolidated New York grew exponentially. The city exploded into the air, with skyscrapers jostling for prominence, and dove deep into the bedrock where massive underground networks of subways, water pipes, and electrical conduits sprawled beneath the city to serve a surging population of New Yorkers from all walks of life. New York was transformed in these two decades as the world's second-largest city and now its financial capital, thriving and sustained by the city's seemingly unlimited potential. Wallace's new book matches its predecessor in pure pause-resisting appeal and takes America's greatest city to new heights. 

©2017 Mike Wallace (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Victor Bevine
Author: Mike Wallace
Category: History, Americas
Length: 53 hrs and 33 mins
Available on Audible
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Horizontal Vertigo

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At once intimate and wide-ranging, and as enthralling, surprising, and vivid as the place itself, this is a uniquely eye-opening tour of one of the great metropolises of the world, and its largest Spanish-speaking city. Horizontal Vertigo: The title refers to the fear of ever-impending earthquakes that led Mexicans to build their capital city outward rather than upward. With the perspicacity of a keenly observant flaneur, Juan Villoro wanders through Mexico City seemingly without a plan, describing people, places, and things while brilliantly drawing connections among them. In so doing he reveals, in all its multitudinous glory, the vicissitudes and triumphs of the city ’s cultural, political, and social history: from indigenous antiquity to the Aztec period, from the Spanish conquest to Mexico City today - one of the world’s leading cultural and financial centers. In this deeply iconoclastic book, Villoro organizes his text around a recurring series of topics: “Living in the City”, “City Characters”, “Shocks”, “Crossings”, and “Ceremonies”. What he achieves, miraculously, is a stunning, intriguingly coherent meditation on Mexico City’s genius loci, its spirit of place.

©2021 Juan Villoro (P)2021 Random House Audio

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Category: History, Americas
Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
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Young Washington

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A vivid and groundbreaking portrait of a young, struggling George Washington that casts a new light on his character and the history of American independence, from the best-selling author of Astoria Two decades before he led America to independence, George Washington was a flailing young soldier serving the British Empire in the vast wilderness of the Ohio Valley. Naive and self-absorbed, the 22-year-old officer accidentally ignited the French and Indian War - a conflict that opened colonists to the possibility of an American Revolution. With powerful narrative drive and vivid writing, Young Washington recounts the wilderness trials, controversial battles, and emotional entanglements that transformed Washington from a temperamental striver into a mature leader. Enduring terrifying summer storms and subzero winters imparted resilience and self-reliance, helping prepare him for what he would one day face at Valley Forge. Leading the Virginia troops into battle taught him to set aside his own relentless ambitions and stand in solidarity with those who looked to him for leadership. Negotiating military strategy with British and colonial allies honed his diplomatic skills. And thwarted in his obsessive, youthful love for one woman, he grew to cultivate deeper, enduring relationships.    By weaving together Washington’s harrowing wilderness adventures and a broader historical context, Young Washington offers new insights into the dramatic years that shaped the man who shaped a nation.

©2018 Peter Stark (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Author: Peter Stark
Category: History, Americas
Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
Available on Audible
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The American Revolution

Summary

Explore the captivating history of the American Revolution! In an era where political discourse is becoming increasingly polarized, it is worth reflecting on the circumstances of America’s foundation.  This captivating history audiobook presents a general outline of the American Revolution, focusing largely on the period between the outbreak of rebellion in 1765 until the ratification of the US Constitution in 1789. In homage to the original 13 colonies, the audiobook is divided into 13 chapters.   In The American Revolution: A Captivating Guide to the American Revolutionary War and the United States of America's Struggle for Independence from Great Britain, you will discover topics such as: Colonial America The Seven Years’ War and its consequences Taxation without representation The road to war David versus Goliath Independence Washington on the ropes The international dimension War in the South Surrender at Yorktown An imperfect union A more perfect union Manifest Destiny And much, much more! So, if you want to learn more about the American Revolution, scroll up and click the "Buy Now" button!

©2018 Captivating History (P)2019 Captivating History

Narrator: Randy Whitlow
Category: History, Americas
Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
Available on Audible
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American Heritage History of the American Revolution

Summary

Bruce Lancaster starts his story with an examination of colonial society and the origins of the quarrel with England. He details the ensuing battles and military campaigns from Lexington and Concord to the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, as well as the tense political and social situation of the new nation. The American Heritage History of the American Revolution details the birth of America with insight and depth.

©2014 American Heritage (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Paul Boehmer
Category: History, Americas
Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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A Stranger Among Saints

Summary

Sometime between 1610 and 1611, William Shakespeare wrote The Tempest. The idea for the play came from the real-life shipwreck in 1609 of the Sea Venture, which was caught in a hurricane and grounded on the coast of Bermuda during a voyage to resupply England's troubled colony at Jamestown, in present-day Virginia. A lesser known passenger was Stephen Hopkins. During the 10 months the Sea Venture passengers were marooned on Bermuda, Hopkins was charged with trying to incite a mutiny and condemned to die, only to have his sentence commuted moments before it was to be carried out. In 1620, Hopkins signed on to another colonial venture, joining a group of religious radicals on the Mayflower. The Pilgrims encountered their own tempest, a furor that started when they anchored off Cape Cod and lasted for their first 12 months in the New World. Disease and sickness stole nearly half their number, and their first contacts with the indigenous Americans were contentious. The entire enterprise hung in the balance, and it was during these trials that Hopkins became one of the expedition's leaders, playing a vital role in bridging the divide of suspicion between the English immigrants and their native neighbors.

©2020 Jonathan Mack (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Walter Dixon
Category: History, Americas
Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
Available on Audible
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Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution

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The years between 1760 and 1800 rocked the Western world. These were the years when colonists on the eastern fringes of a continent converted the ideals of Enlightenment thought first into action, then into an actual form of government. Now you can learn why this happened and how the colonists did it - in a series of 48 insightful lectures from an award-winning teacher and author. Professor Mancall brings to life not only the famous but also the little-remembered colonists who were caught up in the debates over rights and power, liberties and empire. It is a story of immense importance and rich discoveries. And because he presents original source materials, including examples of how events were reported and interpreted, you'll more readily grasp the evolution of ideas, the competing pressures, and the misunderstandings - not only in the time leading up to the Revolution, and during the years it was being fought, but afterwards, as well. That's when the victorious colonists came to learn that in achieving freedom from Great Britain, they had simply traded one set of problems for another. They still had to cope with the extraordinarily difficult task of crafting a workable government - one that could support their ideals of how citizens and government should relate to each other - and achieving respect and success among other nations. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2006 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2006 The Great Courses

Category: History, Americas
Length: 24 hrs and 35 mins
Available on Audible
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Ordeal by Hunger

Summary

The tragedy of the Donner party constitutes one of the most amazing stories of the American West. In 1846, 87 people, men, women, and children, set out for California, persuaded to attempt a new overland route. After struggling across the desert, losing many oxen, and nearly dying of thirst, they reached the very summit of the Sierras, only to be trapped by blinding snow and bitter storms. Many perished; some survived by resorting to cannibalism; all were subjected to unbearable suffering. Incorporating the diaries of the survivors and other contemporary documents, George Stewart wrote the definitive history of that ill-fated band of pioneers, an astonishing account of what human beings may endure and achieve in the final press of circumstance.

©1936 George R. Stewart (P)1996 Blackstone Audiobooks

Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach
Category: History, Americas
Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Black Masters: A Side-Light on Slavery

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The Rev. Calvin Dill Wilson (1857-1946) was an author and Presbyterian minister. In Black Masters of 1904, he discusses the little-known history of the free African-Americans that bought and sold slaves just like Southern white planters. Free colored men and women could own their families and in this way protect them against oppressive local laws. There was also the desire to attain a position of superiority over other blacks, an ambition to rise to the class of the masters and to be on the same level as white men. The earliest documentary evidence of such a transaction dates from 1724, in Boston, Massachusetts while most of the cases discussed here concern the states of Louisiana, Maryland and South Carolina.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Category: History, Americas
Length: 49 mins
Available on Audible
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American Legends: The Life of Franklin D. Roosevelt

Summary

A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history's most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors' American Legends series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the lives of America's most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. Franklin Delano Roosevelt might be America's greatest 20th century president, but there's no question that he was the most unique. A well-connected relative of Theodore Roosevelt, FDR was groomed for greatness until he was struck down by polio. Nevertheless, he persevered, rising through New York politics to reach the White House just as the country faced its greatest challenge since the Civil War, beginning his presidency with one of the most iconic lines ever spoken during an inaugural address. For over a decade, President Roosevelt threw everything he had at the Great Depression, and then threw everything the country had at the Axis powers during World War II. Ultimately, he succumbed to illness in the middle of his fourth term, just before the Allies won the war. American Legends: The Life of Franklin D. Roosevelt covers all the well-known highlights of Roosevelt's life and presidency, but it also humanizes the nation's longest serving president, covering Roosevelt's family and famous wife, the philosophical shift Roosevelt led the country through with the New Deal, and the tenacious fighter who battled polio and Adolf Hitler. Along the way, you will learn interesting facts about FDR you never knew, including his distant familial relationship with wife Eleanor.

©2012 Charles River Editors (P)2015 Charles River Editors

Narrator: David Otey
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
Available on Audible
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How the States Got Their Shapes

Summary

Why does Oklahoma have that panhandle? Did someone make a mistake? We are so familiar with the map of the United States that our state borders seem as much a part of nature as mountains and rivers. Even the oddities—the entire state of Maryland(!)—have become so engrained that our map might as well be a giant jigsaw puzzle designed by Divine Providence. But that's where the real mystery begins. Every edge of the familiar wooden jigsaw pieces of our childhood represents a revealing moment of history and of, well, humans drawing lines in the sand. How the States Got Their Shapes is the first book to tackle why our state lines are where they are. Here are the stories behind the stories, right down to the tiny northward jog at the eastern end of Tennessee and the teeny-tiny (and little known) parts of Delaware that are not attached to Delaware but to New Jersey. How the States Got Their Shapes examines: Why West Virginia has a finger creeping up the side of Pennsylvania Why Michigan has an upper peninsula that isn't attached to Michigan Why some Hawaiian islands are not Hawaii Why Texas and California are so outsized, especially when so many Midwestern states are nearly identical in size Packed with fun oddities and trivia, this entertaining guide also reveals the major fault lines of American history, from ideological intrigues and religious intolerance to major territorial acquisitions. Adding the fresh lens of local geographic disputes, military skirmishes, and land grabs, Mark Stein shows how the seemingly haphazard puzzle pieces of our nation fit together perfectly.

©2008 Mark Stein (P)2011 Christy Mirabal

Narrator: Brian Holsopple
Author: Mark Stein
Category: History, Americas
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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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
Available on Audible
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Nine Lives

Summary

Nines Lives is a multivoiced biography of a dazzling, surreal, and imperiled city, told through the lives of nine unforgettable characters and bracketed by two epic storms: Hurricane Betsy, which transformed New Orleans in the 1960s, and Hurricane Katrina, which nearly destroyed it. Dan Baum brings this kaleidoscopic portrait to life, showing us what was lost in the storm and what remains to be saved.

©2009 Dan Baum (P)2016 Tantor

Narrator: Jonathan Yen
Author: Dan Baum
Category: History, Americas
Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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The White Cascade

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From renowned writer and travel journalist Gary Krist comes the never-before-told story of one of the worst rail disasters in US history in which two trains full of people, trapped high in the Cascade Mountains, are hit by a devastating avalanche. In February 1910, a monstrous blizzard centered on Washington State hit the Northwest, breaking records. The world stopped - but nowhere was the danger more terrifying than near a tiny town called Wellington, perched high in the Cascade Mountains, where a desperate situation evolved minute by minute: two trainloads of cold, hungry passengers and their crews found themselves marooned without escape, their railcars gradually being buried in the rising drifts. For days, an army of the Great Northern Railroad's most dedicated men - led by the line's legendarily courageous superintendent, James O'Neill - worked round-the-clock to rescue the trains. But the storm was unrelenting, and to the passenger's great anxiety, the railcars - their only shelter - were parked precariously on the edge of a steep ravine. As the days passed, food and coal supplies dwindled. Panic and rage set in as snow accumulated deeper and deeper on the cliffs overhanging the trains. Finally, just when escape seemed possible, the unthinkable occurred: the earth shifted and a colossal avalanche tumbled from the high pinnacles, sweeping the trains and their sleeping passengers over the steep slope and down the mountainside. Centered on the astonishing spectacle of our nation's deadliest avalanche, The White Cascade is the masterfully told story of a supremely dramatic and never-before-documented American tragedy. An adventure saga filled with colorful and engaging history, this is epic narrative storytelling at its finest.

©2007 Gary Krist (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Robert Fass
Author: Gary Krist
Category: History, Americas
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
Available on Audible
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A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

42 ratings

Summary

Audie Award, History/Biography, 2016 This acclaimed portrait of heroism and ingenuity captures a watershed moment in human history. The astronauts themselves have called it the definitive account of their missions. On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Based on in-depth interviews with 23 of the 24 moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get the program moving, A Man on the Moon conveys every aspect of the Apollo missions with breathtaking immediacy and stunning detail.

©2007 Andrew Chaikin (P)2015 Audiobooks.com

Narrator: Bronson Pinchot
Category: History, Americas
Length: 23 hrs
Available on Audible
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Ida M. Tarbell

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Born in 1857 and raised in oil country, Ida M. Tarbell was one of the first investigative journalists and probably the most influential in her time. Her series of articles on the Standard Oil Trust, a complicated business empire run by John D. Rockefeller, revealed to readers the underhanded, even illegal practices that had led to Rockefeller's success. Rejecting the term "muckraker" to describe her profession, she went on to achieve remarkable prominence for a woman of her generation as a writer and shaper of public opinion. This biography offers an engrossing portrait of a trailblazer in a man's world who left her mark on the American consciousness.

©2014 Emily Arnold McCully (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Category: History, Americas
Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
Available on Audible
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Captured by the Apaches, Forty Years with this Savage Band of Indians

Summary

On Sept. 28, 1870, the 4-year-old Thomas Stringfield was captured by a band of Comanches when they attacked the Stringfield family on their wagon in McMullen County. Thomas was given the name "Two Braids" and assimilated into the tribe of Comanches with whom he lived for 40 years. In 1911, he published Captured By the Apaches which covers his life as an Apache and his rediscovery of the white man’s world after four decades. Stringfield knew the famous Chiefs Geronimio and Quanah Parker, and wrote about religion, marriage, and other topics on Indian life.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Adriel Brandt
Category: History, Americas
Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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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!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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When Computing Got Personal

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Summary

This is the story of how a handful of geeks and mavericks dragged the computer out of corporate back rooms and laboratories and into our living rooms and offices. It is a tale not only of extraordinary innovation and vision but also of cunning business deals, boardroom tantrums and acrimonious lawsuits. Here you will find some of the most intelligent and eccentric people you could hope to meet, including wide-eyed hippies, subversive students, computer nerds, entrepreneurs, hackers, crackers and financial backers. Some lost out and some became millionaires, but all played a part in transforming our world.

©2014 Matt Nicholson (P)2015 Matt Nicholson

Narrator: Norman Gilligan
Category: History, Americas
Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
Available on Audible
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AC/DC

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Summary

Long before there was VHS versus Betamax, Windows versus Macintosh, or Blu-Ray versus HD-DVD, the first and nastiest standards war was fought over how electricity would be transmitted around the world: alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC). The savage showdown between AC and DC changed the lives of billions of people, shaped the modern technological age, and set the stage for all standards wars to follow. AC/DC tells the little-known story of how Thomas Edison bet wrong in that war, eventually losing control over the "operating system" for his future inventions - not to mention the company he founded, which would later become General Electric. Today's Digital Age wizards can take lessons from Edison's fierce battle: control an invention's technical standard and you control the market

©2008 Tom McNichol (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Author: Tom McNichol
Category: History, Americas
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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Aztec: A Captivating Guide to Aztec History and the Triple Alliance of Tenochtitlan, Tetzcoco, and Tlacopan

2 ratings

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Explore the Captivating History and Mythology of the Aztec!  Nothing remains of the ancient Mesoamerican civilization who called themselves the Mexica, better known to us as the Aztecs. Nothing except for their remarkable story. In this audiobook, we discuss their enigmatic origins and how the Aztecs rose from nomadic tribes to the dominant power in Mesoamerica at an astounding speed. You’ll wander the streets of their great capital city of Tenochtitlán, known as “the Venice of the New World” among the Spanish Conquistadors, who spread the term all over Europe. You’ll discover the full extent of the city’s splendour, visiting its many market stalls, smelling fresh chocolate and vanilla pods. You’ll indulge in a taste of ripe, hand-picked avocados and freshly baked corn tortillas, as you decipher Náhuatl, the language spoken by the 50,000 merchants who visited Tenochtitlán every day. You’ll probably wonder how this great city, built in the middle of a lake and isolated by two of Mexico’s highest mountains, Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl, could ever be defeated. From the arrival of the first Spaniards in 1519 to the eventual fall of the Aztec empire, we’ll talk you through the major battles that eventually led to its fall. We’ll uncover lies and deceptions in the alliance with their neighbouring cities of Tetzcoco and Tlacopan. We’ll also look at Aztec legacy on the world today: how Tenochtitlán became the basis for the capital of the New World and evolved into today’s Mexico City. Listen to this audiobook now to learn more about Aztec!

©2017 Captivating History (P)2017 Captivating History

Narrator: Duke Holm
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
Available on Audible
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A Rare Recording of Marcus Garvey

1 rating

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Marcus Garvey (August 17, 1887-June 10, 1940) was a charismatic Jamaican-born political leader, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator. He organized the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL) and acted as its president-general. In 1916, he moved to New York City where his prominence grew. By 1919, he was considered to be the "Black Moses", and he claimed a following of over 2 million people. This recording is from a speech he gave in the 1920s.

©2019 Listen & Live Audio (P)2019 Listen & Live Audio

Narrator: Marcus Garvey
Category: History, Americas
Length: 10 mins
Available on Audible
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Cowboys, Mountain Men, and Grizzly Bears

Summary

The romance of the West is built on an endless armature of shootouts and train robberies, cowboys versus Indians, white hat versus black, and everybody versus the wilderness. From John Colter's harrowing escape from the Blackfeet to Hugh Glass' six-week crawl to civilization after a grizzly attack, from Custer's final moments to John Wesley Powell's treacherous run through the rapids of the Grand Canyon, Cowboys, Mountain Men, and Grizzly Bears takes the top 50 wildest episodes in the region's history and presents them to the listener in one convenient, narrative-driven package.

©2009 Matthew P. Mayo (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: James Romick
Category: History, Americas
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
Available on Audible
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Graveyard of the Lakes

Summary

For the first time, a historian and seasoned mariner looks beyond the specific circumstances of individual shipwrecks in an effort to reach a clearer understanding of the economic, political, and psychological factors that have influenced the 25,000 wrecks on the Great Lakes over the past 300 years. Looking at the entire tragic history of shipwrecks on North America's expansive inland seas, from the 1679 loss of the Griffon to the mysterious sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975, Mark L. Thompson concludes that a wreck is not an isolated event. In Graveyard of the Lakes, Thompson suggests that most of the accidents and deaths on the lakes have been the result of human error, ranging from simple mistakes to gross incompetence. In addition to his compelling analysis of the causes of shipwrecks, Thompson includes factual accounts of more than 100 wrecks. Graveyard of the Lakes will forever change the listener's perspective on shipwrecks. The book is published by Wayne State University Press.

©2000 Wayne State University Press (P)2017 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: Scott MacDonald
Category: History, Americas
Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
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Heirs of the Founders

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From New York Times best-selling historian H. W. Brands comes the riveting story of how, in 19th-century America, a new set of political giants battled to complete the unfinished work of the Founding Fathers and decide the future of our democracy In the early 1800s, three young men strode onto the national stage, elected to Congress at a moment when the Founding Fathers were beginning to retire to their farms. Daniel Webster of Massachusetts, a champion orator known for his eloquence, spoke for the North and its business class. Henry Clay of Kentucky, as dashing as he was ambitious, embodied the hopes of the rising West. South Carolina's John Calhoun, with piercing eyes and an even more piercing intellect, defended the South and slavery. Together these heirs of Washington, Jefferson, and Adams took the country to war, battled one another for the presidency, and set themselves the task of finishing the work the Founders had left undone. Their rise was marked by dramatic duels, fierce debates, scandal, and political betrayal. Yet each in his own way sought to remedy the two glaring flaws in the Constitution: its refusal to specify where authority ultimately rested, with the states or the nation, and its unwillingness to address the essential incompatibility of republicanism and slavery.   They wrestled with these issues for four decades, arguing bitterly and hammering out political compromises that held the Union together, but only just. Then, in 1850, when California moved to join the Union as a free state, "the immortal trio" had one last chance to save the country from the real risk of civil war. But by that point, they had never been further apart. Thrillingly and authoritatively, H. W. Brands narrates an epic American rivalry and the little-known drama of the dangerous early years of our democracy.

©2018 H. W. Brands (P)2018 Random House Audio

Author: H. W. Brands
Category: History, Americas
Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
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A Cowboy Detective

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Summary

Charles Siringo was an author, detective, and lawman who spent 22 years fighting crime across America. He faced some of the most dangerous criminals of the late 19th century, including Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch gang.  Museum Audiobooks strives to present audiobook versions of authentic, unabridged historical texts from prior eras which contain a variety of points of view. The texts do not represent the views or opinions of Museum Audiobooks, and in certain cases may contain perspectives or language that is objectionable to the modern listener.

Public Domain (P)2018 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Kevin Franzen
Category: History, Americas
Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
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The Impending Crisis

Summary

David M. Potter's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Impending Crisis is the definitive history of antebellum America. Potter's sweeping epic masterfully charts the chaotic forces that climaxed with the outbreak of the Civil War: westward expansion, the divisive issue of slavery, the Dred Scott decision, John Brown's uprising, the ascension of Abraham Lincoln, and the drama of Southern secession. The Impending Crisis remains one of the most celebrated works of American historical writing.

©1976 Estate of David M. Potter (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Eric Martin
Category: History, Americas
Length: 22 hrs and 41 mins
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The Day the Bubble Burst

Summary

The New York Times best seller that tells the story of an overheated stock market and the financial disaster that led to the Great Depression of the 1930s. A riveting living history about Black Tuesday, October 29, 1929. Captures the era, the intoxicating expectancy, the hope that ruled men's heart and minds before the bubble burst and the black despair of the decade that followed.

©1979 Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan-Witts (P)2021 Tantor

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Category: History, Americas
Length: 21 hrs and 34 mins
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Arrebatos carnales II [Carnal Outbursts II]

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Una vez más, el autor nos hace disfrutar de la historia de México conociendo sus entresijos carnales y sus pasiones.  «Una prueba para demostrar que no me dejé impresionar por los comentarios adversos ni me importó que me llamaran irreverente, entre otros calificativos, por haberme atrevido a bajar de sus respectivos pedestales a los grandes protagonistas de la historia de México y por exhibirlos como figuras de carne y hueso con sus fortalezas y debilidades [...] Aquí está Arrebatos carnales II.» Francisco Martín Moreno regresa con grandes hombres y mujeres de la historia y sus amores. Para abrir apetito comienza con la Güera Rodríguez, mujer hermosa y estratega audaz, en amoríos con Iturbide; también nos lleva de la mano por la alcoba de Diego Rivera y sus múltiples amantes, mientras vemos de perfil a una Frida Kahlo rompiendo moldes; otra mirada dura de las pasiones es la de Isabel Motecuhzoma, hija del gran Motecuhzoma Xocoyotzin, para seguir con la entereza de doña Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez y cerrar, como una gran cereza, con los arrebatos de don Lázaro Cárdenas.  Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish. 

©2010 Francisco Martín Moreno (P)2021 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial

Narrator: Rod González
Category: History, Americas
Length: 20 hrs and 9 mins
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Shadows at Dawn

Summary

A masterful reconstruction of one of the worst Indian massacres in American history. In April 1871, a group of Americans, Mexicans, and Tohono O'odham Indians surrounded an Apache village at dawn and murdered nearly 150 men, women, and children in their sleep.  In the past century, the attack, which came to be known as the Camp Grant Massacre, has largely faded from memory. Now, drawing on oral histories, contemporary newspaper reports, and the participants' own accounts, prizewinning author Karl Jacoby brings this perplexing incident and tumultuous era to life to paint a sweeping panorama of the American Southwest - a world far more complex, diverse, and morally ambiguous than the traditional portrayals of the Old West.

©2019 Karl Jacoby (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Author: Karl Jacoby
Category: History, Americas
Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
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John Adams: A Life from Beginning to End

Summary

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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Beautiful Swimmers

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Summary

William Warner exhibits his skill as a naturalist and as a writer in this Pulitzer Prize-winning study of the pugnacious Atlantic blue crab and of its Chesapeake Bay territory. Penguin Nature Library.

©1994 William W. Warner (P)2013 Recorded Books

Narrator: Henry Strozier
Category: History, Americas
Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
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In Nixon's Web

Summary

L. Patrick Gray III was the man caught in the middle of the Watergate scandal. He was a lifelong Republican, but Richard Nixon considered him a threat. Closing in on the conspiracy, Gray became the target of one of Watergate's most shocking acts - Nixon's "smoking gun" attempt to have the CIA stop the FBI investigation. And when the U.S. Senate focused its attention on Gray in April 1973, the White House threw him to the wolves; John Ehrlichman famously advised that he be left to "twist slowly, slowly in the wind". This book is Gray's firsthand account of what really happened during his crucial year as acting director of the FBI, based on a never-before-published, first-person account and previously secret documents. He reveals the witches' brew of intrigue and perfidy that permeated Washington, and he tells the unknown story of his complex relationship with his top deputy, Mark Felt, raising disturbing questions about the methods and motives of the man purported to be Deep Throat. Gray's book was completed and expanded by his son, journalist Ed Gray, who has supplemented the text with revelatory excerpts from documents, tape transcripts, and third-party accounts. Every other major figure has told his story, and now Patrick Gray's unique inside account will change the way we think about the crisis that destroyed the Nixon presidency. L. Patrick Gray III did not speak publicly about his role in Watergate for 32 years, breaking his silence only for one brief interview before his death in 2005. This book contains details and revelations about Watergate that have never been published before.

©2008 LPGIII Pages LLC (P)2008 Tantor

Category: History, Americas
Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
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Deep South

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Summary

One of the most acclaimed travel writers of our time turns his unflinching eye on an American South too often overlooked. Paul Theroux has spent 50 years crossing the globe, adventuring in the exotic, seeking the rich history and folklore of the far away. Now, for the first time, in his 10th travel book, Theroux explores a piece of America - the Deep South. He finds there a paradoxical place, full of incomparable music, unparalleled cuisine, and yet also some of the nation's worst schools, housing, and unemployment rates. It's these parts of the South, so often ignored, that have caught Theroux's keen traveler's eye. On road trips spanning four seasons, wending along rural highways, Theroux visits gun shows and small-town churches, laborers in Arkansas, and parts of Mississippi where they still call the farm up the road "the plantation". He talks to mayors and social workers, writers and reverends, the working poor and farming families - the unsung heroes of the South, the people who, despite it all, never left, and those who returned home to rebuild a place they could never live without. From the writer whose "great mission has always been to transport us beyond that reading chair, to challenge himself - and thus, to challenge us" (Boston Globe), Deep South is an ode to a region, vivid and haunting, full of life and loss alike.

©2015 Paul Theroux (P)2015 Recorded Books

Narrator: John McDonough
Author: Paul Theroux
Category: History, Americas
Length: 23 hrs and 54 mins
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These Truths

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Summary

In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation. The American experiment rests on three ideas - "these truths", Jefferson called them - political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. And it rests, too, "[O]n a dedication to inquiry, fearless and unflinching", writes Jill Lepore in a groundbreaking investigation into the American past that places truth itself at the center of the nation's history.   In riveting prose, These Truths tells the story of America, beginning in 1492, to ask whether the course of events has proven the nation's founding truths or belied them.   "A nation born in contradiction, liberty in a land of slavery, sovereignty in a land of conquest, will fight, forever, over the meaning of its history", Lepore writes, finding meaning in those very contradictions as she weaves American history into a majestic tapestry of faith and hope, of peril and prosperity, of technological progress and moral anguish.   A spellbinding chronicle filled with arresting sketches of Americans from John Winthrop and Frederick Douglass to Pauli Murray and Phyllis Schlafly, These Truths offers an authoritative new history of a great, and greatly troubled, nation.  

©2018 Jill Lepore (P)2018 Recorded Books

Narrator: Jill Lepore
Author: Jill Lepore
Category: History, Americas
Length: 29 hrs
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Truth, Lies, and O-Rings

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On a cold January morning in 1986, NASA launched the Space Shuttle Challenger, despite warnings against doing so by many individuals including Allan McDonald. The fiery destruction of Challenger on live television moments after launch remains an indelible image in the nation's collective memory. In Truth, Lies, and O-Rings, McDonald, a skilled engineer and executive, relives the tragedy from where he stood at Launch Control Center. As he fought to draw attention to the real reasons behind the disaster, he was the only one targeted for retribution by both NASA and his employer, Morton Thiokol, Inc., makers of the shuttle's solid rocket boosters. In this whistle-blowing yet rigorous and fair-minded book, McDonald, with the assistance of internationally distinguished aerospace historian James R. Hansen, addresses all of the factors that led to the accident, some of which were never included in NASA's Failure Team report submitted to the Presidential Commission. Truth, Lies, and O-Rings is the first look at the Challenger tragedy and its aftermath from someone who was on the inside, recognized the potential disaster, and tried to prevent it. It also addresses the early warnings of very severe debris issues from the first two post-Challenger flights, which ultimately resulted in the loss of Columbia some 15 years later.

©2009 Allan J. McDonald (P)2018 Tantor

Narrator: Jonathan Yen
Category: History, Americas
Length: 26 hrs and 32 mins
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Slave Narratives Mega Collection: 18 of the Most Moving & Telling Memoirs

Summary

This collection contains: Twelve Years a Slave, Up from Slavery, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave, The Life of an American Slave (Fifty Years in Chains), The Experience of Rev. Thomas H. Jones, Memoir and Poems of Phillis Wheatley, a Native African and a Slave, From Log Cabin to the Pulpit, or, Fifteen Years in Slavery, Thirty Years a Slave, Behind the Scenes: or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House, The Life of Josiah Henson, The Kidnapped and the Ransomed: Being the Personal Recollections of Peter Still and His Wife "Vina" After Forty Years of Slavery, Memoir of Pierre Toussaint, The Life, History, and Unparalleled Sufferings of John Jea, the African Preacher, Africa for Christ: Twenty-Eight Years a Slave, and The Narrative of Bethany Veney, a Slave Woman. The slave narrative is a literary genre involving the autobiographical accounts of enslaved Africans. A slave narrative gives an account of the life, or a portion of the life, of a fugitive or former slave. It could be written or orally related by the slave personally. More than 6,000 such narratives are estimated to exist; the overwhelming majority of American slave narratives were authored by African Americans. 

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

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Twelve Years a Slave

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Summary

Twelve Years a Slave is an account of actual events that took place in the life of Solomon Northup, during the pre-Civil War era of the 1840s. It follows the trials and tribulations of an educated African American man that was born into freedom and later kidnapped, taken away from his family, and forced into slavery. His story brings to life a shockingly common practice that took place during those times. In his journey, Northup, who is a native of Saratoga, New York, and has a wife with three kids, gets lured into leaving his home town by two circus promoters who ask him to accompany them to Washington, D.C., while getting paid to perform at a musical gig. This trip, which he thought would only take a few days turned in to an unimaginable voyage of deceit and great misfortune. Those few days turned into 12 long years, in which Northup was placed back into slavery in the isolated plantation country of Louisiana's Bayou Boeuf where he quickly learned that the mere mention of his past freedom would result in severe punishments or possibly his own death. His story takes a drastic turn when a heroic friend risks his own life to help deliver the news of Northup's whereabouts to his wife, in order to help him regain his freedom. This heroic act could ultimately get Northup killed or help return him back home, to his family and freedom.

©2014 A.R.N. Publications (P)2014 A.R.N. Publications

Category: History, Americas
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
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Bold They Rise

Summary

After the Apollo program put 12 men on the moon and safely brought them home, anything seemed possible. In this spirit, the team at NASA set about developing the space shuttle, arguably the most complex piece of machinery ever created. The world's first reusable spacecraft, it launched like a rocket, landed like a glider, and carried out complicated missions in between. Bold They Rise tells the story of the space shuttle through the personal experiences of the astronauts, engineers, and scientists who made it happen - in space and on the ground, from the days of research and design through the heroic accomplishments of the program to the tragic last minutes of the Challenger disaster. In the participants' own voices, we learn what so few are privy to: what it was like to create a new form of spacecraft, to risk one's life testing that craft, to float freely in the vacuum of space as a one-man satellite, to witness a friend's death. A "guided tour" of the shuttle - in historical, scientific, and personal terms - this book provides a fascinating, richly informed, and deeply personal view of a feat without parallel in the human story.

©2014 Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska (P)2017 Redwood Audiobooks

Category: History, Americas
Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
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La Independencia de Colombia: El primer grito de libertad [Independence of Colombia: The First Cry of Freedom]

Summary

La gesta emancipadora de Simón Bolívar en Venezuela motivó la inmediata reacción de sus vecinos colombianos quienes buscaban hace mucho la libertad. Sin embargo, la recuperación del trono español por parte de Fernando VII en el año 1806 pondría a prueba las aspiraciones independentistas. Sólo la fe inquebrantable de los patriotas lograría cambiar el destino de las cosas. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2015 Online Studio Productions (P)2015 Online Studio Productions

Narrator: uncredited
Category: History, Americas
Length: 31 mins
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Meet You in Hell

Summary

Two founding fathers of American industry. One desire to dominate business at any price. “Masterful...Standiford has a way of making the 1890s resonate with a 21st century audience.” (USA Today) “The narrative is as absorbing as that of any good novel - and as difficult to put down.” (Miami Herald) The author of Last Train to Paradise tells the riveting story of Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the bloody steelworkers’ strike that transformed their fabled partnership into a furious rivalry. Set against the backdrop of the Gilded Age, Meet You in Hell captures the majesty and danger of steel manufacturing, the rough-and-tumble of the business world, and the fraught relationship between “the world’s richest man” and the ruthless coke magnate to whom he entrusted his companies. The result is an extraordinary work of popular history.  Praise for Meet You in Hell “To the list of the signal relationships of American history...we can add one more: Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick...The tale is deftly set out by Les Standiford.” (Wall Street Journal)  “Standiford tells the story with the skills of a novelist...a colloquial style that is mindful of William Manchester’s great The Glory and the Dream.” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)  “A muscular, enthralling read that takes you back to a time when two titans of industry clashed in a battle of wills and egos that had seismic ramifications not only for themselves but for anyone living in the United States, then and now.” (Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River)  

©2005 Les Standiford (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.

Narrator: John H. Mayer
Category: History, Americas
Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
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History in Blue

Summary

In 1893, Chicago's mayor gave Marie Owens the title of "patrolman", even though she had no authority to walk a beat. She did "women's work" and was a patrolman in name only. Throughout her 30 years of service, she was never allowed to wear a uniform. It would take nearly a century for women to be able to join the police ranks as full-fledged officers. Even today, women comprise just 15 percent of the nation's nearly one million law enforcement officers. Spanning 160 years, History in Blue is the first book to tell the riveting story of the uphill struggle for respect and recognition sustained by women in the modern police force. Featuring rare photographs and original interviews with pioneering female officers, this fascinating book chronicles the ongoing fight for equality in the world of law enforcement. In this vivid and remarkable history, Allan T. Duffin tells of the extraordinary women who broke down the barriers of gender so that they - and many generations of successors - could do the work they loved most.

©2012 Duffin Creative (P)2014 Duffin Creative

Category: History, Americas
Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
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Dust Bowl

Summary

In the mid-1930s, North America's Great Plains faced one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in world history. Donald Worster's classic chronicle of the devastating years between 1929 and 1939 tells the story of the Dust Bowl in ecological as well as human terms. Twenty-five years after his book helped to define the new field of environmental history, Worster shares his more recent thoughts on the subject of the land and how humans interact with it. In a new afterword, he links the Dust Bowl to current political, economic, and ecological issues - including the American livestock industry's exploitation of the Great Plains and the ongoing problem of desertification, which has now become a global phenomenon. He reflects on the state of the plains today and the threat of a new dustbowl. He outlines some solutions that have been proposed, such as "the Buffalo Commons", where deer, antelope, bison, and elk would once more roam freely, and suggests that we may yet witness a Great Plains where native flora and fauna flourish while applied ecologists show farmers how to raise food on land modeled after the natural prairies that once existed.

©2004 Oxford University Press, Inc. (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Sean Runnette
Category: History, Americas
Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
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Computing: A Concise History

Summary

The history of computing could be told as the story of hardware and software or the story of the Internet or the story of "smart" handheld devices, with subplots involving IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, and Twitter. In this concise and accessible account of the invention and development of digital technology, computer historian Paul Ceruzzi offers a broader and more useful perspective. He identifies four major threads that run throughout all of computing's technological development: digitization - the coding of information, computation, and control in binary form, ones and zeros; the convergence of multiple streams of techniques, devices, and machines, yielding more than the sum of their parts; the steady advance of electronic technology, as characterized famously by "Moore's Law"; and the human-machine interface. Ceruzzi guides us through computing history, telling how a Bell Labs mathematician coined the word digital in 1942 (to describe a high-speed method of calculating used in antiaircraft devices) and recounting the development of the punch card (for use in the 1890 US Census). He describes the ENIAC, built for scientific and military applications; the UNIVAC, the first general purpose computer; and ARPANET, the Internet's precursor. Ceruzzi's account traces the world-changing evolution of the computer from a room-size ensemble of machinery to a "minicomputer" to a desktop computer to a pocket-sized smartphone. He describes the development of the silicon chip, which could store ever-increasing amounts of data and enabled ever-decreasing device size. He visits that hotbed of innovation, Silicon Valley, and brings the story up to the present with the Internet, the World Wide Web, and social networking.

©2012 Smithsonian Institution (P)2015 Gildan Media LLC

Category: History, Americas
Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
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Poor Richard's Almanack

Summary

Poor Richard's Almanack is an almanac published annually from 1732 to 1758 by Benjamin Franklin, under the pseudonym of "Poor Richard" or "Richard Saunders". Almanacks were very popular in colonial America, usually offering a mixture of weather forecasts, practical household hints, puzzles, and other amusements.  Poor Richard's Almanack contained the calendar, astronomical and astrological information, poems, and sayings. In the spaces that occurred between noted calendar days, Franklin included proverbial sentences about industry and frugality. Franklin also included the occasional mathematical exercise, and the 1750 Almanack features an early example of demographics. It is mainly remembered, however, for being a repository of Franklin's aphorisms and proverbs, many of which live on in American English.

Public Domain (P)2019 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Jacques Richey
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
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A Concise History of the Haitian Revolution

Summary

This book offers students a concise and clearly written overview of the events of the Haitian Revolution, from the slave uprising in the French colony of Saint-Domingue in 1791 to the declaration of Haiti’s independence in 1804. Draws on the latest scholarship in the field as well as the author’s original research Offers a valuable resource for those studying independence movements in Latin America, the history of the Atlantic World, the history of the African diaspora, and the age of the American and French revolutions Written by an expert on both the French and Haitian revolutions to offer a balanced view Presents a chronological, yet thematic, account of the complex historical contexts that produced and shaped the Haitian Revolution. Jeremy D. Popkin is T. Marshall Hahn Jr. Professor of History at the University of Kentucky, and is the author of You Are All Free: The Haitian Revolution and the Abolition of Slavery (2010) and Facing Racial Revolution: Eyewitness Accounts of the Haitian Uprising (2008).

©2011 Jeremy D. Popkin (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Matt Addis
Category: History, Americas
Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
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Days on the Road

Summary

Can you visualize today what it meant to cross America's Great Plains in the mid-19th century? It was a wondrous, perilous, often fatal journey without assurance of a successful life at the other end. Yet tens of thousands made the journey and lucky for us, many set aside modesty, often at the request of children or grandchildren, to put the account of their travels into words. Young Sarah Raymond Herndon was one of these pioneer women. Her classic story of days on the road are part of American history. She describes the beauty of the country and the wrenching heartbreak of losing loved ones. What she found along the way and at the end will thrill and inspire you. Every memoir of the American West provides us with another view of the movement that changed the country forever. Listen to a sample.

Public Domain (P)2017 Big Byte Books

Category: History, Americas
Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
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The Oilman's Daughter

Summary

What would you do if you were given the opportunity to become another person - one whose life promised to be more glamorous and prosperous than your own? That was the question posed to Judith Patterson when, at age 33, she met the birth mother who had given her up for adoption as a child and who now revealed to her an extraordinary secret. Patterson, her mother told her, was the illegitimate daughter of a Texas oil mogul, one of the most powerful businessmen in the country in his day. The news sent Patterson on a two-decade search for the truth about her identity - and part of the fortune she believed she was owed. The only problem was that someone else had gotten to it first. Patterson's pursuit of the truth would grow into an obsessive personal quest laced with love, deception, and danger. In The Oilman's Daughter, author Evan Ratliff sets out to untangle a family drama that raises questions about the durability of identity, the slipperiness of truth, and the ways that greed can turn even the closest relatives into strangers.

©2013 Evan Ratliff, The Atavist (P)2013 Evan Ratliff, The Atavist

Narrator: Evan Ratliff
Author: Evan Ratliff
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
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Patterns and Coincidences

Summary

This volume is a continuation of the autobiography of John G. Neihardt All Is But a Beginning, offering a final glimpse into his fascinating life. Covering the years 1901-1908, he weaves a mosaic of personal fulfillment, joy and sorrow, reflecting on the successes and failures he experienced during his "mature" years. As only he could, Neihardt shares a mingling of romantic anecdotes alive with names and faces he sought out or fought for along the way. Writing with warmth and sensitivity, the late Poet Laureate of Nebraska tells of his early newspaper days, his struggle to write poetry, his family, his encounters with nature, his relationships with Indians, and the various people who, whether met once or often, had a profound effect on his life. Using a conversational style, the author does not present episodes in chronological order. Rather he begins to elaborate on one memorable experience, then quickly draws out, without warning, another one that occurred years later, tying them into a pattern or coincidence. The audiobook's epilogue is written by Neihardt's daughter, Hilda Neihardt Petri. Summarizing her father's visions, daydreams, and philosophy, she movingly concludes that with his death on 3 November 1973 Neihardt's "great adventure had begun." The late John G. Neihardt is best remembered as an authority on the traditions and customs of the Sioux Indians. Neihardt, named Poet Laureate of Nebraska in 1921 and Prairie Poet Laureate of America in 1968, was literary editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from 1926 to 1938 and poet in residence and lecturer in English at the University of Missouri-Columbia from 1949 to 1965. The author of some 25 volumes of poetry, fiction, and philosophy, his works include Black Elk Speaks, Lyric and Dramatic Poems, and A Cycle of the West.

©1978 The John G. Neihardt Trust (P)2013 The John G. Neihardt Trust

Narrator: Robin Neihardt
Category: History, Americas
Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
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The Kennedy Autopsy

Summary

For half a century, people have debated the Kennedy assassination. Some claim that the Warren Commission got it right - that Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald, a lone-nut assassin. Others contend that Kennedy was killed as part of a conspiracy. It is not the purpose of this book to engage in that debate. The purpose of this book is simply to focus on what happened at Bethesda Naval Hospital on the evening of November 22, 1963. What happened that night is so unusual that it cries out for truthful explanation even after all these years. In this book you will learn that: 1. Kennedy's body was actually delivered to the Bethesda morgue twice, at separate times and in separate caskets. 2. Some photographs and X-rays from the autopsy went missing from the record, and other photographs in the record were forged or otherwise fraudulent. 3. The president's body was altered by tampering with the wounds before the autopsy took place. And much more.

©2014 The Future of Freedom Foundation (P)2015 The Future of Freedom Foundation

Narrator: Kevin Pierce
Category: History, Americas
Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
Available on Audible
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On the Trail of the Assassins

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Jim Garrison’s classic account of his investigation and prosecution of the murder of JFK. Almost 50 years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, his murder continues to haunt the American psyche and stands as a turning point in our nation’s history. The Warren Commission rushed out its report in 1964, but questions continue to linger: Was there a conspiracy? Was there a coup at the highest levels of government? On March 1, 1967, New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison shocked the world by arresting local businessman Clay Shaw for conspiracy to murder the president. His alleged co-conspirator, David Ferrie, had been found dead a few days before. Garrison charged that elements of the United States government, in particular the CIA, were behind the crime. From the beginning, his probe was virulently attacked in the media and violently denounced from Washington. His office was infiltrated and sabotaged, and witnesses disappeared and died strangely. Eventually, Shaw was acquitted after the briefest of jury deliberation and the only prosecution ever brought for the murder of President Kennedy was over. Returning to audiences for the first time in years, On the Trail of the Assassins - the primary source material for Oliver Stone’s hit film JFK - is Garrison’s own account of his investigations into the background of Lee Harvey Oswald and the assassination of President Kennedy, and his prosecution of Clay Shaw in the trial that followed.

©2012 The Estate of Jim Garrison (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Mark Kincaid
Author: Jim Garrison
Category: History, Americas
Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
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The Education of the Negro Prior to 1861

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Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) has been called the Father of African American Studies. In The Education of the Negro Prior to 1861 (1919), he documents the ways that education took place among African Americans from the beginning of slavery to the Civil War. There was fierce opposition to teaching slaves to read and write, while some slave owners thought it important for slaves to learn book- and record-keeping. Others wished for slaves to become educated enough to read the bible and become Christians; in this, Catholics and Quakers were at the forefront. At one stage, the South made draconian laws against educating slaves, specifically targeted to prevent Northerners from educational initiatives, which hampered the efforts of Abolitionists. As regards higher education, the debate about whether to teach a trade or a liberal education was ongoing, and White trade unions protested the potential competition. Woodson’s work is a thorough investigation of the history of education among Afro Americans.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Category: History, Americas
Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
Available on Audible
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New York: Guide to NYC: History of New York - Where the Most Important People, Places, and Events Shaped the History of New York City

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How can a city grow into a nation’s largest metropolis in less than 500 years?  This is the story of one of the greatest cities in the world. New York. A city that has grown economically and culturally beyond imagining into a prosperous metropolis with one of the most diverse populations in the nation. A city that fought for equality and civil rights and has been the epicenter of social progress and a source of inspiration throughout the world. With New York: Guide to NYC: History of New York - Where the Most Important People, Places, and Events Shaped the History of New York City, Raymond C. Nelson takes readers on a tour through time of the Big Apple. You’ll: Meet the culture that inhabited New York for thousands of years before European’s discovered a new continent Glimpse the city’s early colonial days as settlers traded and farmed on Manhattan and in Brooklyn Watch the city grow prosperous through trade and exploitation See New York gain independence from British rule Look at the population explode through the 19th century and witness the events that made it the financial center of the United States of America Learn about New York’s landmarks and essential places to see and visit Whether you live in New York City or are planning a visit, New York: Guide to NYC: History of New York - Where the Most Important People, Places, and Events Shaped the History of New York City is an excellent way to learn more about America’s largest city. Don’t miss anything that New York has to offer.

©2017 Lean Stone Publishing (P)2017 Lean Stone Publishing

Narrator: Eric Linden
Category: History, Americas
Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
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The Massey Murder

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Summary

In February 1915, a member of one of Canada’s wealthiest families was shot and killed on the front porch of his home in Toronto as he was returning from work. Carrie Davies, an 18-year-old domestic servant, quickly confessed. But who was the victim here? Charles "Bert" Massey, a scion of a famous family, or the frightened, perhaps mentally unstable Carrie, a penniless British immigrant? When the brilliant lawyer Hartley Dewart, QC, took on her case, his grudge against the powerful Masseys would fuel a dramatic trial that pitted the old order against the new, wealth and privilege against virtue and honest hard work. Set against a backdrop of the Great War in Europe and the changing face of a nation, this sensational crime is brought to vivid life for the first time. As in her previous best-selling book, Gold Diggers - now in production as a Discovery Television miniseries - multi-award-winning historian and biographer Charlotte Gray has created a captivating narrative rich in detail and brimming with larger-than-life personalities, as she shines a light on a central moment in our past.

©2013 Chralotte Gray (P)2013 HarperCollins Canada

Narrator: Susan Duerden
Category: History, Americas
Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey, Volume 2

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The Jamaican orator and entrepreneur Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr. (1887-1940) preached success to the African diaspora. He believed that attaining economic, cultural, and political success would free African Americans in this life. Identifying integrity of character as the first step toward achievement, Garvey promoted capitalism as the means to establish African Americans as an independent group. He believed that economic success was the quickest route to autonomy and self-reliance and slammed poverty for facilitating immorality and crime: “I would prefer to be honestly wealthy, than miserably poor.” In The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey, he formulated the "black is beautiful" ideal and championed the Back-to-Africa movement.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Category: History, Americas
Length: 2 hrs
Available on Audible
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The Age of Eisenhower

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An original and penetrating assessment of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, showing Ike's enormous influence on modern America, the Cold War, and on the presidency itself.  In a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents, behind the perennial top four: Lincoln, Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Teddy Roosevelt. Historian William Hitchcock shows that this high ranking is justified. Eisenhower's accomplishments were enormous and loom ever larger from the vantage point of our own tumultuous times. A former general, Ike kept the peace: He ended the Korean War, avoided a war in Vietnam, adroitly managed a potential confrontation with China, and soothed relations with the Soviet Union after Stalin's death. He guided the Republican Party to embrace central aspects of the New Deal like Social Security. He thwarted the demagoguery of McCarthy, and he advanced the agenda of civil rights for African Americans. As part of his strategy to wage and win the Cold War, Eisenhower expanded American military power, built a fearsome nuclear arsenal and launched the space race. In his famous Farewell Address, he acknowledged that Americans needed such weapons in order to keep global peace - but he also admonished his citizens to remain alert to the potentially harmful influence of the "military-industrial complex".  From 1953 to 1961, no one dominated the world stage as did President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Age of Eisenhower is the definitive account of this presidency, drawing extensively on declassified material from the Eisenhower Library, the CIA, and the Defense Department and troves of unpublished documents. In his masterful account, Hitchcock shows how Ike shaped modern America, and he astutely assesses Eisenhower's close confidants, from Attorney General Brownell to Secretary of State Dulles. The result is an eye-opening reevaluation that explains why this "do-nothing" president is rightly regarded as one of the best leaders our country has ever had. 

©2018 William I. Hitchcock (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

Narrator: Arthur Morey
Category: History, Americas
Length: 25 hrs and 38 mins
Available on Audible
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1969

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In 1969, man landed on the moon; the "Miracle Mets" captivated sports fans; students took over college campuses and demonstrators battled police; America witnessed the Woodstock music festival; Hollywood produced Easy Rider; Kurt Vonnegut published Slaughterhouse-Five; punk music was born; and there was murder at Altamont Speedway. Compelling, timely, and a blast to read, 1969 chronicles the year in culture and society, sports, music, film, politics, and technology. This rich, comprehensive history is perfect for those who survived 1969 or for those who simply want to feel as though they did.

©2011 Rob Kirkpatrick (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Jonah Cummings
Category: History, Americas
Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
Available on Audible
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The Salem Witch Trials

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Based on 27 years of original archival research, including the discovery of previously unknown documents, this day-by-day narrative of the hysteria that swept through Salem Village in 1692 and 1693 reveals new connections behind the events and shows how rapidly a community can descend into bloodthirsty madness. Roach opens her work with chapters on the history of the Puritan colonies of New England and explains how these people regarded the metaphysical and the supernatural. The account of the days from January 1692 to March 1693 keeps in order the large cast of characters, places events in their correct contexts, and occasionally contradicts earlier assumptions about the gruesome events. The last chapter discusses the remarkable impact of the events, pointing out how the 300th anniversary of the trials made headlines in Japan and Australia.

©2002 Marilynne K. Roach (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Elizabeth Wiley
Category: History, Americas
Length: 27 hrs and 56 mins
Available on Audible
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The Teacher Wars

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A brilliant young scholar's history of 175 years of teaching in America shows that teachers have always borne the brunt of shifting, often impossible expectations. In other nations, public schools are one thread in a quilt that includes free universal child care, health care, and job training. Here, schools are the whole cloth. Today we look around the world at countries like Finland and South Korea, whose students consistently outscore Americans on standardized tests, and wonder what we are doing wrong. Dana Goldstein first asks the often-forgotten question: "How did we get here?" She argues that we must take the historical perspective, understanding the political and cultural baggage that is tied to teaching, if we have any hope of positive change. In her lively, character-driven history of public teaching, Goldstein guides us through American education's many passages, including the feminization of teaching in the 1800s and the fateful growth of unions, and shows that the battles fought over nearly two centuries echo the very dilemmas we cope with today. Goldstein shows that recent innovations like Teach for America, merit pay, and teacher evaluation via student testing are actually as old as public schools themselves. Goldstein argues that long-festering ambivalence about teachers - are they civil servants or academic professionals? - and unrealistic expectations that the schools alone should compensate for poverty's ills have driven the most ambitious people from becoming teachers and sticking with it. In America's past, and in local innovations that promote the professionalization of the teaching corps, Goldstein finds answers to an age-old problem.

©2014 Dana Goldstein (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Narrator: Nan McNamara
Category: History, Americas
Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
Available on Audible
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The Empire of Necessity

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From the acclaimed author of Fordlandia, the story of a remarkable slave rebellion that illuminates America' s struggle with slavery and freedom during the Age of Revolution and beyond One morning in 1805, off a remote island in the South Pacific, Captain Amasa Delano, a New England seal hunter, climbed aboard a distressed Spanish ship carrying scores of West Africans he thought were slaves. They weren' t. Having earlier seized control of the vessel and slaughtered most of the crew, they were staging an elaborate ruse, acting as if they were humble servants. When Delano, an idealistic, anti-slavery republican, finally realized the deception, he responded with explosive violence. Drawing on research on four continents, The Empire of Necessity explores the multiple forces that culminated in this extraordinary event - an event that already inspired Herman Melville' s masterpiece Benito Cereno. Now historian Greg Grandin, with the gripping storytelling that was praised in Fordlandia, uses the dramatic happenings of that day to map a new transnational history of slavery in the Americas, capturing the clash of peoples, economies, and faiths that was the New World in the early 1800s.

©2014 Greg Grandin (P)2014 Recorded Books

Narrator: Luis Moreno
Author: Greg Grandin
Category: History, Americas
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
Available on Audible
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Regime Change: The JFK Assassination

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According to a 2013 Gallup poll, the vast majority of the American people don't believe the government's Warren Report about the assassination of president John F. Kennedy. But there are so many theories about the assassination that it's difficult to make sense of it all - or even know where to start. Who has the time to delve into the controversy and figure it out? And what difference does it make anyway? If that describes the way you feel about the Kennedy assassination, then this book is for you. It is a primer for understanding the assassination of John Kennedy, and it provides the only paradigm in which all the pieces of the puzzle of the Kennedy assassination fall into place and make sense. The thesis of this book is a simple one: On November 22, 1963, the U.S. national-security establishment violently removed John Kennedy from the presidency through assassination. This particular regime-change operation occurred within the context of other regime-change operations conducted by the U.S. national-security state during the Cold War, such as those in Iran in 1953, Guatemala in 1954, Cuba in the 1960s, and Chile in 1973. What was the reason for the Kennedy regime-change operation? The reason was the same as it was for all the other Cold War regime-change operations: "national security."

©2015 The Future of Freedom Foundation (P)2016 Listen and Think Audio

Narrator: Larry Wayne
Category: History, Americas
Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
Available on Audible
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Life and Adventures of Nat Love, Better Known in the Cattle Country as "Deadwood Dick," by Himself

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Nat Love, the son of enslaved parents, was born in 1854 on a plantation in Davidson County, Tennessee. In February 1869, Love left Tennessee and found work as a cowboy, first in the Texas panhandle, then in Arizona. Love's story, The Life and Adventures of Nat Love, was published in 1907, and it is considered the only full-length autobiography by an African-American cowhand.

Public Domain (P)2019 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Hal Saunders
Author: Nat Love
Category: History, Americas
Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
Available on Audible
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Interesting, Fun and Crazy Facts of America

Summary

Do you know what the seven rays on the Statue of Liberty stand for?  Do you know the happiest and saddest states in the country?  Did you know that there is no federal law that requires an expiration date on canned foods, and they're actually good to eat even years later? Welcome to the American edition of amazing facts! In this book, we're going to zoom into the weird, wacky, and fun facts of the United States. You're going to discover things you didn't even know existed that are going to blow your mind away! You'll never be lost for words and have the perfect icebreaker for any situation.  The topics covered in the audiobook include: Science Economics Human Anatomy Space Animal Species And many, many more... What’re you waiting for? Knowledge is power! Come on in, and we’ll delve into the interesting and fascinating facts about the US. Click on the "buy now" button!

©2019 Scott Matthews (P)2019 Scott Matthews

Narrator: Micah M. Howery
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
Available on Audible
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The Dead Are Arising

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Summary

An epic biography of Malcolm X finally emerges, drawing on hundreds of hours of the author's interviews, rewriting much of the known narrative.   Les Payne, the renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, embarked in 1990 on a nearly 30-year-long quest to interview anyone he could find who had actually known Malcolm X - all living siblings of the Malcolm Little family, classmates, street friends, cellmates, Nation of Islam figures, FBI moles and cops, and political leaders around the world. His goal was ambitious: to transform what would become more than a hundred hours of interviews into an unprecedented portrait of Malcolm X, one that would separate fact from fiction.   The result is this historic biography that conjures a never-before-seen world of its protagonist, a work whose title is inspired by a phrase Malcolm X used when he saw his Hartford followers stir with purpose, as if the dead were truly arising, to overcome the obstacles of racism. Setting Malcolm's life not only within the Nation of Islam but against the larger backdrop of American history, the book traces the life of one of the 20th century's most politically relevant figures from street criminal to devoted moralist and revolutionary.   In tracing Malcolm X's life from his Nebraska birth in 1925 to his Harlem assassination in 1965, Payne provides searing vignettes culled from Malcolm's Depression-era youth, describing the influence of his Garveyite parents: his father, Earl, a circuit-riding preacher who was run over by a street car in Lansing, Michigan, in 1929, and his mother, Louise, who continued to instill Black pride in her children after Earl's death. Filling each chapter with resonant drama, Payne follows Malcolm's exploits as a petty criminal in Boston and Harlem in the 1930s and early 1940s to his religious awakening and conversion to the Nation of Islam in a Massachusetts penitentiary.   With a biographer's unwavering determination, Payne corrects the historical record and delivers extraordinary revelations - from the unmasking of the mysterious NOI founder Fard Muhammad, who preceded Elijah Muhammad; to a hair-rising scene, conveyed in cinematic detail, of Malcolm and Minister Jeremiah X Shabazz's 1961 clandestine meeting with the KKK; to a minute-by-minute account of Malcolm X's murder at the Audubon Ballroom.   Introduced by Payne's daughter and primary researcher, Tamara Payne, who, following her father's death, heroically completed the biography, The Dead Are Arising is a penetrating and riveting work that affirms the centrality of Malcolm X to the African American freedom struggle.

©2020 Les Payne and Tamara Payne (P)2020 Recorded Books

Narrator: Dion Graham
Category: History, Americas
Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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Jackson

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Once in the White House, Andrew Jackson stood for the rights of common citizens, founded the Democratic Party, expanded the powers of the presidency, paid off the national debt, and postponed civil war by prevailing against the advocates of states' rights. By today's standards, however, Jackson was hardly politically correct: he also owned many slaves on his Tennessee plantation and sponsored the Indian Removal Act, which triggered the brutal forced march of tens of thousands of Native Americans to Oklahoma. Here is his story.

©2015 American Heritage (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Joe Barrett
Category: History, Americas
Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself (Annotated)

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This is a special bicentennial edition of Douglass' most famous book, which has been published by his direct descendants through Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI). It contains a never-before publicized pencil drawing of Douglass on the cover that was created by his grandson Joseph Douglass. Joseph is the grandfather of Nettie Washington Douglass, who serves as chairwoman for FDFI. She is Douglass' great-great-granddaughter and Washington's great-granddaughter.  The foreword of this edition is written by Kenneth B. Morris, Jr., Nettie's eldest son, who describes in more detail his historical kinship to the Douglass and Washington legacies. Bryan Stevenson, author of the New York Times best-seller Just Mercy, writes a brilliant introduction to this bicentennial edition. In his piece, Stevenson connects the challenges faced by Douglass with the most problematic social injustices of our time such as mass incarceration, racial inequality, and police violence.    The Library of Congress named Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass one of the 88 books that shaped America. Published in 1845, his first autobiography became an instant best-seller, putting his life in danger since he had escaped slavery just seven years earlier. Narrative helped change the course of the US abolitionist movement in the mid-19th century and has been changing the lives of readers ever since.

©2017 Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (P)2018 Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives

Narrator: Gordon Jackson
Category: History, Americas
Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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Colombia [Spanish Edition]

Summary

La historia, costumbres, economía, cultura, política y mucho más de este maravilloso país sudamericano, famoso por la calidez de sus hombres, la extraordinaria belleza de sus mujeres, y la lucha constante e indesmayable por vencer muchos de los flagelos sociales que hoy la azotan. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2015 Online Studio Productions (P)2015 Online Studio Productions

Narrator: uncredited
Category: History, Americas
Length: 33 mins
Available on Audible
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History of Havana: Cuba Libre!

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Get to know the ups and downs of Havana.  Are you planning to visit Havana for your next vacation or to cool off your brain as you learn about Havana’s culture and history? Have you heard many confusing stories about Havana, or worse still, learned for several weeks without getting the real picture of Havana in your previous learning escapades?   This audiobook, History of Havana: Cuba Libre! Havana’s History from Christopher Columbus to Fidel Castro, by Carlos Fernando Alvarez, is the right resource to quench your historical thirst on Havana.   This audiobook details the discovery and establishment of Havana and shows the people behind Havana’s establishment and the specific timelines. It also captures the location, the colonial masters, and the activities therein.   Havana was and still is one of the most strategic and adventurous city in the world. Havana has a lot of history to give to the world. Despite the difficulties, Havana was and still is able to compete with other major cities.   As I said in this audiobook, the economic experts estimate that tourism will be able to produce 12 percent of the country’s total GDP. This could be true, if a saying by the former president (Fidel Castro) is anything by which to go.  Fidel Castro said tourism could save Cuba as a country. In 2008, an all-time high tourism record tipped to nearly 2.7 billion. With the emergence of foreign investors, primarily investing in the hospitality industry, the tourism index is set to rise to new levels.  More income will be required though to take care of the city’s infrastructure. The city is having a face-lift to attain the status of a modern tourist destination hub, with around 10 percent under rehabilitation. There is still more work that needs attention in order to reap maximum benefits from tourism.

©2018 Carlos Fernando Alvarez (P)2018 Carlos Fernando Alvarez

Narrator: Burke Mason
Category: History, Americas
Length: 43 mins
Available on Audible
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Frontiers

Summary

Published in 2000 to critical acclaim, The American West: A New Interpretive History quickly became the standard in college history courses. Now Robert V. Hine and John Mack Faragher offer a concise edition of their classic, freshly updated. Lauded for their lively and elegant writing, the authors provide a grand survey of the colorful history of the American West, from the first contacts between Native Americans and Europeans to the beginning of the 21st century. Frontiers introduces the diverse peoples and cultures of the American West and explores how men and women of different ethnic groups were affected when they met, mingled, and often clashed. Hine and Faragher present the complexities of the American West - as frontier and region, real and imagined, old and new. Showcasing the distinctive voices and experiences of frontier characters, they explore topics ranging from early exploration to modern environmentalism, drawing expansively from a wide range of sources. This book will be treasured by every listener with an interest in the unique saga of the American West.

©2000 Yale University (P)2012 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach
Category: History, Americas
Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
Available on Audible
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American Legends: The Life of Aaron Burr

Summary

"The rule of my life is to make business a pleasure and pleasure my business." (Aaron Burr) A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history's most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors' American Legends series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the lives of America's most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. In all the annals of American history, it is hard if not impossible to find a figure with a more controversial legacy than Aaron Burr, one of the most reviled yet mysterious characters of the last 200 years. Today Burr is remembered almost solely for participating in the nation's most famous duel on July 11, 1804, which resulted in the death of instrumental Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, but it is often forgotten that Burr killed Hamilton while he was Thomas Jefferson's sitting vice president. As if that wasn't incredible enough, Burr's path to the vice presidency sparked a constitutional crisis after the Election of 1800, and in addition to leading to the establishment of the 12th Amendment, it was Hamilton's support of his principal political foe, Jefferson, over Burr that helped ignite the arguments that culminated with their duel. Burr was charged with murder for participating in the controversial and illegal duel, bringing his political career to an end, but he saved his most controversial act for last.

©2012 Charles River Editors (P)2015 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Mark Stahr
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
Available on Audible
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The Religious Instruction of the Negroes in the United States

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This work, from 1843, is an extended exhortation urging white ministers and slaveowners to attend to the spiritual needs of slaves and free blacks.   The book is broken into four parts. The first part is an historical sketch of slavery in the Colonies and the United States, with a focus on missionary and religious efforts directed towards the African slaves. This account goes from 1620 to 1842. Jones closes this first part with a summary of each denomination and each state.  The second part treats the "Moral and Religious Condition" of slaves and free blacks, blaming their circumstances for their lack of virtue. Jones especially calls attention to their poverty and lack of education. He describes their ignorance of Christianity, their general lack of character, and their prevailing vices, noting that in the end, they are totally dependent on white men for the ability to overcome these limitations.  In light of this description, Jones goes on in the third part to describe the obligations of the Christian church to rectify these problems. He asserts that the religious education of the African part of the population is a duty no Christian can ignore. In addition, he lists several benefits of religious instruction.   The final part of the book proposes some strategies for implementing programs of religious instruction for slaves, making recommendations for Sabbath services as well as weekday plantation meetings.  Jones says that the Christian gospel must be presented in a way that is intelligible to uneducated slaves, and must be inculcated early in childhood when possible. The guiding principle he describes for dealing with the condition of the slave is to be only concerned with the spiritual, not the secular, political, or civil. Jones concludes with pointed exhortations to masters, ministers, and the church at large, calling them all to devote more attention to the religious instruction of the African part of the American population.

Public Domain (P)2020 CCJ

Narrator: Yosef Kent
Category: History, Americas
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
Available on Audible
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Shrinking the Earth

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The discovery of the Americas around AD 1500 was an extraordinary watershed in human experience. It gave rise to the modern period of human ecology, a phenomenon global in scope that set in motion profound changes in almost every society on Earth. This new period, which saw the depletion of the lands of the New World, proved tragic for some, triumphant for others, and powerfully affecting for all. In this work, acclaimed environmental historian Donald Worster takes a global view in his examination of the ways in which complex issues of worldwide abundance and scarcity have shaped American society and behavior over three centuries. Looking at the limits nature imposes on human ambitions, he questions whether America today is in the midst of a shift from a culture of abundance to a culture of limits - and whether American consumption has become reliant on the Global South. Worster engages with key political, economic, and environmental thinkers while presenting his own interpretation of the roles of capitalism and government in issues of wealth, abundance, and scarcity. Acknowledging the Earth's agency throughout human history, Shrinking the Earth offers a compelling explanation of how we have arrived where we are and a hopeful way forward on a planet that is no longer as large as it once was.

©2016 Donald Worster (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Paul McClain
Category: History, Americas
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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Night of the Grizzlies

5 ratings

Summary

Jack Olsen's true account, traces the causes of the tragic night in August 1967 when two separate and unrelated campers, a distance apart, were savagely mangled and killed by enraged bears.

©2014 Jack Olsen (P)2014 Gregg Olsen

Narrator: Kevin Pierce
Author: Jack Olsen
Category: History, Americas
Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
Available on Audible
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Nixon

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Nixon - loathed or admired, the name recalls one of the most extraordinary political survivors in American history. Author Jonathan Aitken interviewed the legendary politician and was granted unprecedented access to his private documents to root out answers to many questions. Why didn't he burn the Watergate tapes? What were his relationships with John F. Kennedy, Dwight Eisenhower, and Henry Kissinger? How did he recover after resigning the presidency in 1974? A major work of political biography, Nixon: A Life chronicles the incredible journey of a man from failed candidate to holder of the most powerful office in the world to disgraced president to rehabilitated elder statesman - a life that was nothing short of remarkable.

©1993 by Jonathan Aitken (P)1994 by Dove Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Alan Rachins
Category: History, Americas
Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
Available on Audible
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The History of Bolivia

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Uncover the fascinating story behind Bolivia, one of South America’s few landlocked countries. From the precolonial empires of the Tiwanaku and Inca, to the arrival of the Europeans and Bolivia’s journey to its current place in the world, this book examines the rich history and culture of this vibrant country and how the past has shaped it. Covering their campaign for independence, the Chaco war, class struggles, and the abundant natural resources which let them form wealthy mining industries, this audiobook also takes a look at the current issues the country faces and the rampant cocaine industry which has plagued them. Nevertheless, Bolivia has an incredible story which is a must-listen for anyone interested in South America and world history. Buy the audiobook now to discover the story of Bolivia today!

©2020 David Robbins (P)2020 David Robbins

Narrator: Bill Ayers
Category: History, Americas
Length: 35 mins
Available on Audible
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Black History Collection

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This Black History Collection contains the brilliant works of Frederick Douglass (Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass), Booker T. Washington (Up from Slavery) and W. E. B. Du Bois (The Souls of Black Folk). Enjoy the works of these three influential men, whose vision and ideas helped to shape modern society.

Public Domain (P)2018 Combray Media

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Category: History, Americas
Length: 18 hrs and 29 mins
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Before the Mayflower

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The black experience in America - starting from its origins in western Africa up to 1961 - is examined in this seminal study from a prominent African American figure. The entire historical timeline of African Americans is addressed, from the Colonial period through the civil rights upheavals of the late 1950s to 1961, the time of publication. Before the Mayflower grew out of a series of articles Bennett published in Ebony magazine, regarding "the trials and triumphs of a group of Americans whose roots in the American soil are deeper than the roots of the Puritans who arrived on the celebrated Mayflower a year after a Dutch man of war deposited twenty Negroes at Jamestown." Bennett's history is infused with a desire to set the record straight about black contributions to the Americas and about the powerful Africans of antiquity. While not a fresh history, it provides a solid synthesis of current historical research and a lively writing style that makes it accessible and engaging listening. After discussing the contributions of Africans to the ancient world, Before the Mayflower tells the history of "the other Americans", how they came to America, and what happened to them when they got here. The book is comprehensive and detailed, providing little-known and often overlooked facts about the lives of black folks through slavery, Reconstruction, America's wars, the Great Depression, and the civil rights movement. The book includes a useful time line and some fascinating archival images.

©2020 African History (P)2020 African History

Narrator: John Ridle
Category: History, Americas
Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
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The Room Where It Happened

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John Bolton reads the epilogue! As President Trump’s national security advisor, John Bolton spent many of his 453 days in the room where it happened, and the facts speak for themselves. The result is a White House memoir that is the most comprehensive and substantial account of the Trump Administration and one of the few to date by a top-level official. With almost daily access to the president, John Bolton has produced a precise rendering of his days in and around the Oval Office. What Bolton saw astonished him: a president for whom getting reelected was the only thing that mattered, even if it meant endangering or weakening the nation.  “I am hard-pressed to identify any significant Trump decision during my tenure that wasn’t driven by reelection calculations,” he writes. In fact, he argues that the House committed impeachment malpractice by keeping their prosecution focused narrowly on Ukraine when Trump’s Ukraine-like transgressions existed across the full range of his foreign policy - and Bolton documents exactly what those were and the attempts by him and others in the administration to raise alarms about them. He shows a president addicted to chaos, who embraced our enemies and spurned our friends, and was deeply suspicious of his own government. In Bolton’s telling, all this helped put Trump on the bizarre road to impeachment.  “The differences between this presidency and previous ones I had served were stunning,” writes Bolton, who worked for Reagan, Bush 41, and Bush 43. He discovered a president who thought foreign policy is like closing a real estate deal - about personal relationships, made-for-TV showmanship, and advancing his own interests. As a result, the US lost an opportunity to confront its deepening threats, and in cases like China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea ended up in a more vulnerable place.  Bolton’s account starts with his long march to the West Wing as Trump and others woo him for the national security job. The minute he lands, he has to deal with Syria’s chemical attack on the city of Douma and the crises after that never stop. As he writes early on, “If you don’t like turmoil, uncertainty, and risk - all the while being constantly overwhelmed with information, decisions to be made, and sheer amount of work - and enlivened by international and domestic personality and ego conflicts beyond description, try something else.”  The turmoil, conflicts, and egos are all there - from the upheaval in Venezuela, to the erratic and manipulative moves of North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, to the showdowns at the G7 summits, the calculated warmongering by Iran, the crazy plan to bring the Taliban to Camp David, and the placating of an authoritarian China that ultimately exposed the world to its lethal lies. But this seasoned public servant also has a great eye for the Washington inside game, and his story is full of wit and wry humor about how he saw it played. 

©2020 John Bolton (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

Author: John Bolton
Category: History, Americas
Length: 20 hrs and 52 mins
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Lasso the Wind

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year Winner of the Mountains and Plains Book Seller's Association Award "They have tried to tame it, shave it, fence it, cut it, dam it, drain it, nuke it, poison it, pave it, and subdivide it," writes Timothy Egan of the West; still, "this region's hold on the American character has never seemed stronger." In this colorful and revealing journey through the eleven states west of the 100th meridian, Egan, a third-generation westerner, evokes a lovely and troubled country where land is religion and the holy war between preservers and possessors never ends. Egan leads us on an unconventional, freewheeling tour: from America's oldest continuously inhabited community, the Ancoma Pueblo in New Mexico, to the high kitsch of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where London Bridge has been painstakingly rebuilt stone by stone; from the fragile beauty of Idaho's Bitterroot Range to the gross excess of Las Vegas, a city built as though in defiance of its arid environment. In a unique blend of travel writing, historical reflection, and passionate polemic, Egan has produced a moving study of the West: how it became what it is, and where it is going.

©1998 Timothy P. Egan (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Narrator: John McLain
Author: Timothy Egan
Category: History, Americas
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
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Turning Points in American History

6 ratings

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These 48 lectures are your chance to relive the most groundbreaking moments in the fascinating story of the United States. They offer you a different perspective on the sweeping narrative of U.S. history. Spanning the arrival of the first English colonists to the chaos of the Civil War to the birth of the computer age and beyond, this lecture series is a captivating and comprehensive tour of those particular moments in the story of America, after which the nation would never be the same again. Taking a chronological approach, Professor O'Donnell gives you new ways to understand American history and to appreciate it as a grand narrative pinpointed with key moments that changed things forever. Each lecture focuses on a single turning point, explaining the conditions that led up to it, immersing you in the experience of the event itself, and exploring its immediate and long-term ramifications. Among the great turning points you'll investigate in depth are the trial of John Peter Zenger (1735), which popularized the ideas that freedom of the press is essential to liberty; the battle of Antietam (1862), which eliminated the possibility of England and France intervening on behalf of the Confederacy; and the Watergate scandal (1974), which signaled a heightened level of public distrust toward elected officials. Along the way, Professor O'Donnell often dispels some intriguing myths and half-truths about American history and provides an honest, unabashed look at the subject matter. These lectures are packed with unfamiliar anecdotes, stories, and side notes that just may change your views on the grand narrative of American history. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2011 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2011 The Great Courses

Category: History, Americas
Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
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Medicine Women

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After the Indian wars, many Americans still believed that the only good Indian was a dead Indian. But at Ganado Mission in the Navajo country of Northern Arizona, a group of missionaries and doctors - who cared less about saving souls and more about saving lives - chose a different way and persuaded the local parents and medicine men to allow them to educate their daughters as nurses. The young women struggled to step into the world of modern medicine, but they knew they might become nurses who could build a bridge between the old ways and the new. In this detailed history, Jim Kristofic traces the story of Ganado Mission on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Kristofic’s personal connection with the community creates a nuanced historical understanding that blends engaging narrative with careful scholarship to share the stories of the people and their commitment to this place. Acclaim "Jim Kristofic offers a veritable twentieth-century saga of the rise and eventual eclipse of the Presbyterian Mission school, hospital, and nursing program at Ganado against the background of Juan Lorenzo Hubbell’s success as an Indian trader in a unique part of the Native world. In telling of the triumphant confluence of missionary dedication and Navajo endurance against the unrelenting pressure of post-World War II change, he offers a moving story equal to the power of Thomas Gray’s unforgettable 'Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.'" (Paul G. Zolbrod, author of Diné Bahane’: The Navajo Creation Story) "The book is a history of the largest medical mission among the Diné (Navajo people), 1902-1969, and its crown jewel, the first Native American nursing school. You’ll find herein appealing portraits of mission staff and students, both Diné and non-, and feel the triumphs and failures of an oasis of learning." (Klara Bonsack Kelley, coauthor of Navajo Sacred Places) "In Medicine Women, Jim Kristofic adeptly combines archival research with good, old-fashioned storytelling. He draws readers into this world through Diné leader Ganado Mucho, trader Juan Lorenzo Hubbell, US government representatives in the territory, and the varied inhabitants of the land - native, Hispanic, and white." (Nancy J. Taylor, Director of Programs and Services, Presbyterian Historical Society) About the author Jim Kristofic grew up on the Navajo Reservation in Northeastern Arizona. His award-winning books, The Hero Twins: A Navajo-English Story of the Monster Slayers and Navajos Wear Nikes: A Reservation Life, are both published by UNM Press. He lives in Taos, New Mexico.

©2019 Jim Kristofic (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Jim Kristofic
Category: History, Americas
Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
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Nixon's White House Wars

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From Vietnam to the Southern Strategy, from the opening of China to the scandal of Watergate, Pat Buchanan - speechwriter and senior adviser to President Nixon - tells the untold story of Nixon's embattled White House, from its historic wins to it devastating defeats. In his inaugural address, Nixon held out a hand in friendship to Republicans and Democrats alike. But by the fall of 1969, massive demonstrations in Washington and around the country had been mounted to break his presidency. In a brilliant appeal to what he called the "Great Silent Majority", Nixon sent his enemies reeling. Vice President Agnew followed by attacking the blatant bias of the media in a fiery speech authored and advocated by Buchanan. And by 1970, Nixon's approval rating soared to 68 percent, and he was labeled "The Most Admired Man in America". Then one by one, the crises came, from the invasion of Cambodia, to the protests that killed four students at Kent State, to race riots and court ordered school busing. Buchanan chronicles Nixon's historic trip to China, and describes the White House strategy that brought about Nixon's 49-state landslide victory over George McGovern in 1972. When the Watergate scandal broke, Buchanan urged the president to destroy the Nixon tapes before they were subpoenaed, and fire Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, as Nixon ultimately did in the "Saturday Night Massacre". After testifying before the Watergate Committee himself, Buchanan describes the grim scene at Camp David in August 1974, when Nixon's staff concluded he could not survive. In a riveting memoir from behind the scenes of the most controversial presidency of the last century, Nixon's White House Wars reveals both the failings and achievements of the 37th President, recorded by one of those closest to Nixon, from before his political comeback through to his final days in office. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2017 Patrick J. Buchanan (P)2017 Random House Audio

Narrator: Arthur Morey
Category: History, Americas
Length: 17 hrs and 34 mins
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Thomas Jefferson: The Failures and Greatness of an Ordinary Man

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To study Jefferson is to ascend a mountain, its peak awash in veiling mists. He was the embodiment of the enlightenment man, the perfect synthesis of classicist, scientist, and visionary. How can we hope to understand such a towering figure? The Sage of Monticello, deified in American politics, speaks across the ages like a patriotic Moses, or Buddha, or Christ. Or so his disciples would have us believe. The real Thomas Jefferson was an ordinary man, with all the usual failings. Molded by the culture of the Virginia planter class, he fought against tyranny while oppressing his own slaves. He institutionalized racist attitudes, bickered with his rivals, lusted after other men's wives, and kept his own mixed-race children in bondage. Yet his accomplishments are too spectacular to be denied. The Declaration of Independence, the Louisiana Purchase, he even abolished taxes (for a while). As a Founding Father, his contributions eclipsed all the rest. Without Jefferson, the American experiment might have ended before it began. So how can we make sense of his personal failings in the context of his great works? Thomas Jefferson: The Failures and Greatness of an Ordinary Man looks at Jefferson from the ground up, finding handholds in his love of Greek literature and fine wine, his affection for friends and family, and the compromises he deemed necessary for the survival of the nation. By exploring his relationships, the listener is invited into Jefferson's sanctum sanctorum, to stare unblinking at his complexity and follow truth where it leads.

©2016 Jonathan Sistine (P)2016 Jonathan Sistine

Narrator: Jim D. Johnston
Category: History, Americas
Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
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Letters of a Woman Homesteader

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After losing her husband, Elinore Pruitt washed clothes in Denver to support herself and her daughter. In 1909, she took a job working for a rancher near Burnt Fork, Wyoming. Subsequently she filed her own claim and married the rancher. The letters she wrote to her former employer over several years are packed with delightful stories and fascinating observations about her new life.  In this audiobook, Kate Fleming, a gifted, award-winning, narrator, gives a marvelous performance, taking us back to Burnt Fork and a very rich slice of America's past.  Elinore Pruitt Stewart was born at Fort Smith, Arkansas, in 1876. She spent most of her childhood in Oklahoma (Indian Territory). Her schooling came to an end when her teacher was lynched by a group of local men. At the age of 14, both her parents died. She now had the task of raising her eight younger brothers and sisters. The three youngest were taken to live with their grandmother whereas Elinore and the five older children went to work for the local railroad company.  Elinore eventually married a man much older than her. He was killed in an accident and despite having a young child, she trained to become a nurse. Elinore worked at a hospital in Burnt Fork but in her spare time wrote articles for the Kansas City Star. Later she moved with her daughter, Jerrine, to Denver, where she found work as a cook.  In 1909, Elinore went to work for Clyde Stewart, at his isolated ranch in Denver. Six weeks later she married the 41 year old widower. Over the next few years the couple had four children. The first one died but the three boys survived childhood.  Elinore wrote regular letters to Mrs. Coney, a former employer. Coney was impressed with the standard of Elinore's writing and arranged for them to be published in the Atlantic Monthly. They also appeared in two books, Letters of a Woman Homesteader (1914), and Letters on an Elk Hunt (1915).  Elinore Pruitt Stewart died in 1933.

Public Domain (P)2003 InAudio

Narrator: Kate Fleming
Category: History, Americas
Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
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The Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918

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Oscar J. Harvey (1850-1922) was a renowned historian of Wilkes-Barre and Pennsylvania's Wyoming Valley, and held the positions of professor of mathematics and English at Wyoming Seminary. This is his account of the ravages of the Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918 in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, and the efforts made to combat and overcome it. Harvey gives a first-hand account of how the county struggled to deal with the plague while America was still engaged in World War One. Luzerne County responded immediately by adopting and enforcing drastic regulations to minimize contagion, setting up emergency hospital facilities and caring for the sick. Other challenges included finding the right staff, raising the remuneration of nurses, helping people to pay rent and taking care of orphans.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Drew Baker
Category: History, Americas
Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
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Great White Fathers

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Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, hoped that ten thousand years from now, when archaeologists came upon the four sixty-foot presidential heads carved in the Black Hills of South Dakota, they would have a clear and graphic understanding of American civilization. Borglum, the child of Mormon polygamists, had an almost Ahab-like obsession with Colossalism - a scale that matched his ego and the era. He learned how to be a celebrity from Auguste Rodin; how to be a political bully from Teddy Roosevelt. He ran with the Ku Klux Klan and mingled with the rich and famous from Wall Street to Washington. Mount Rushmore was to be his crowning achievement, the newest wonder of the world, the greatest piece of public art since Phidias carved the Parthenon. But like so many episodes in the saga of the American West, what began as a personal dream had to be bailed out by the federal government, a compromise that nearly drove Borglum mad. Nor in the end could he control how his masterpiece would be received. Nor its devastating impact on the Lakota Sioux and the remote Black Hills of South Dakota. Great White Fathers is at once the biography of a man and the biography of a place, told through travelogue, interviews, and investigation of the unusual records that one odd American visionary left behind. It proves that the best American stories are not simple; they are complex and contradictory, at times humorous, at other times tragic.

©2002 John Taliaferro (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Jonathan Davis
Category: History, Americas
Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
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The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge

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Today Americans of all backgrounds are on the hunt for a different politi­cal model. In fact, such a model awaits them, if only they turn their eyes to their own past...to America’s 30th president, Calvin Coolidge.  Coolidge’s masterful autobiography offers urgent lessons for our age of exploding debt, increasingly centralized power, and fierce partisan division. This expanded and annotated volume, edited by Coolidge biographer Amity Shlaes and authorized by the Coolidge family, is the definitive edition of the text that presidential historian Craig Fehrman calls “the forgotten classic of presidential writing”.  To hear this volume is to understand the tragic extent to which historians underrate President Coolidge. The Coolidge who emerges in this audiobook is a model of character, principle, and humility - rare qualities in Washington, then as now. A man of great faith, Coolidge told Americans: “Men do not make laws. They do but discover them.” Although he emphasized economics, Coolidge insisted on the importance of “things of the spirit”. At the height of his popularity, he chose not to run again when his reelection was all but assured. In this autobiography, Coolidge explains his mindset: “It is a great advantage to a President, and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know that he is not a great man.”  For all his modesty, Coolidge left an expansive legacy - one we would do well to study today. Shlaes and coeditor ­Matthew Denhart draw out the lessons from Coolidge’s life and career in an enlightening introduction and annotations to Coolidge’s text.  This autobiography combats the myths about one of our most misunderstood presidents. It also shows us how much we still have to learn from Calvin Coolidge.

©1929 Calvin Coolidge; renewed1957 by Grace Goodhue Coolidge. Editorial matter for this edition © 2021 by the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation (P)2021 by Blackstone Publishing

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Simcoe's Rangers

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The American Revolution is replete with seminal moments that every American learns in school, from the "shot heard 'round the world" to the Declaration of Independence, but the events that led up to the fighting at Lexington and Concord were borne out of 10 years of division between the British and their American colonies over everything from colonial representation in governments to taxation, the nature of searches, and the quartering of British regulars in private houses. From 1764-1775, a chain of events that included lightning rods like the Townshend Acts led to bloodshed in the form of the Boston Massacre, while the Boston Tea Party became a symbol of nonviolent protest. The political and military nature of the Revolutionary War was just as full of intrigue. While disorganized militias fought the Battles of Lexington and Concord, George Washington would lead the Continental Army in the field while men like Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia and Benjamin Franklin negotiated overseas in France. Benedict Arnold would become one of his nation's most vital war heroes and its most notorious traitor, French forces would play a crucial role at the end of the war, and the Treaty of Paris would conclude the Revolution with one last great surprise. However, while the bigger pitched battles are well known, a lot of clandestine fighting and espionage took place behind the scenes, and it contributed to the results of the American Revolution.

©2016 Charles River Editors (P)2016 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Mark Norman
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
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Craft

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Bloomsbury presents Craft by Glenn Adamson, read by Rhett Samuel Price.  A groundbreaking and endlessly surprising history of how artisans created America, from the nation’s origins to the present day.  At the center of the United States’ economic and social development, according to conventional wisdom, are industry and technology - while craftspeople and handmade objects are relegated to a bygone past. Renowned historian Glenn Adamson turns that narrative on its head in this innovative account, revealing makers’ central role in shaping America’s identity. Examine any phase of the nation’s struggle to define itself, and artisans are there - from the silversmith Paul Revere and the revolutionary carpenters and blacksmiths who hurled tea into Boston Harbor, to today’s 'maker movement'. From Mother Jones to Rosie the Riveter. From Betsy Ross to Rosa Parks. From suffrage banners to the AIDS Quilt.  Adamson shows that craft has long been implicated in debates around equality, education, and class. Artisanship has often been a site of resistance for oppressed people, such as enslaved African-Americans whose skilled labor might confer hard-won agency under bondage, or the Native American makers who adapted traditional arts into statements of modernity. Theirs are among the array of memorable portraits of Americans both celebrated and unfamiliar in this richly peopled book. As Adamson argues, these artisans’ stories speak to our collective striving toward a more perfect union. From the beginning, America had to be - and still remains to be - crafted.

©2021 Glenn Adamson (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Category: History, Americas
Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
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The Gunmen of the American Wild West Collection

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The Life of John Wesley Hardin, Jesse James: The Life Times and Treacherous Death of the Most Infamous Outlaw of All Time, A Cowboy Detective: A True Story of Twenty-Two Years with a World Famous Detective Agency, A Texas Ranger, Life and Adventures of Nat Love, Better Known in the Cattle Country as "Deadwood Dick", and Six Years with the Texas Rangers The Gunmen of the American Wild West Collection brings to life the history of the frontier west of the Mississippi in the latter parts of the 19th century. The gunmen ranged from lawmen to cowboys, ranchers, and outlaws. Most of the outlaws in the Old West preyed on banks, trains, and stagecoaches. Although spread thin, the law was present, usually on the level of deputy US marshal, county sheriff, and the town marshal or constable.   Book one: The Life of John Wesley Hardin. Hardin was an average man - except for his above-average gunfighting. A Texan sympathizer to slavery writes about his deeds, some of which were commendable while others were downright deplorable. These memoirs of the outlaw and controversial folk icon was published the year after his death in 1896.  Book two: Jesse James: The Life Times and Treacherous Death of the Most Infamous Outlaw of All Time. Jesse James was a guerrilla during the Civil War and afterward pursued a criminal career that lasted more than a decade. Frank Triplett’s biography discusses every one of the robberies and acts of violence that the legendary outlaw and his gang perpetrated. The book is riveting and provides comprehensive coverage of the James Gang’s infamous crime spree.  Book three: A Texas Ranger. Napoleon Augustus Jennings was a prominent member of the Texas Rangers responsible for border patrol under the command of L.H. McNelly, when Southern Texas was being overrun by outlaws. Jennings' account includes many incidents of clashes with Mexican guerrillas and confrontations with John Wesley Hardin and others.  Book four: A Cowboy Detective: A True Story of Twenty-Two Years with a World Famous Detective Agency by Charlie Siringo. Siringo was a Texas detective who posed as a cowboy, miner, man-on-the-run, hobo, or whatever identity was needed to get to the bottom of criminal enterprises. He infiltrated unions, criminal gangs, and businesses to expose criminal activity.   Book five: Six Years with the Texas Rangers. James Gillett joined the rangers in 1875 and for the next six years he would be challenging criminals, fighting in the Mason County War, capturing vigilantes, and maintaining law and order in the towns. Gillett describes the kinds of action that established the Rangers' enduring reputation.

©Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

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Canada

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Summary

Canada is not one nation, but three: English Canada, Quebec, and First Nations. Yet as a country Canada is very successful, in part because it maintains national diversity through bilingualism, multiculturalism, and federalism. Alongside this contemporary openness Canada also has its own history to contend with; with a legacy of broken treaties and residential schools for its Indigenous peoples, making reconciliation between Canada and First Nations an ongoing journey, not a destination. Drawing on history, politics, and literature, this very short introduction starts at the end of the last ice age, when the melting of the ice sheets opened the northern half of North America to Indigenous peoples, and covers up to today's anthropogenic climate change, and Canada's climate politics. Donald Wright emphasizes Canada's complexity and diversity as well as its different identities and its commitment to rights, and explores its historical relationship to Great Britain, and its ongoing relationship with the United States. Finally, he examines Canada's northern realities and its northern identities.

©2020 Donald Wright (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Matthew Josdal
Category: History, Americas
Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
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Rangers and Pioneers of Texas

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This audiobook of true-life tales was first published in 1883. The accounts are related by a Ranger who experienced most of the history first-hand. It deals with, among others, the War of Independence from Mexico including the Alamo, and scouting expeditions into the Wichita Mountains.

Public Domain (P)2019 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Bruce F. Davis
Author: A. J. Sowell
Category: History, Americas
Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
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American Slavery, American Freedom

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"If it is possible to understand the American paradox, the marriage of slavery and freedom, Virginia is surely the place to begin," writes Edmund S. Morgan in American Slavery, American Freedom, a study of the tragic contradiction at the core of America. Morgan finds the key to this central paradox in the people and politics of the state that was both the birthplace of the revolution and the largest slaveholding state in the country. With a new introduction. Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize and the Albert J. Beveridge Award.

©2003 W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC

Narrator: Sean Pratt
Category: History, Americas
Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
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America's First Dynasty

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In America's First Dynasty, Richard Brookhiser tells the story of America's longest and still-greatest dynasty, the Adamses, the only family in our history to play a leading role in American affairs for nearly two centuries. John Adams was only the first of the Adamses to occupy the highest office in the land; his son, John Quincy Adams, ascended to the presidency as an equal champion of liberty. Following in this great legacy were writers Charles Francis Adams and Henry Adams, the latter of whom proved as able to write on art history as on affairs of state and government; Henry Adams won a Pulitzer Prize for his work. Brookhiser has written a great history of a great family, balancing praise with due consideration of the family's darker side.

©2002 Richard Brookhiser (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.

Narrator: Dan Cashman
Category: History, Americas
Length: 9 hrs and 42 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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Underground Railroad

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman, then pay attention.... Two captivating manuscripts in one audiobook:   The Underground Railroad: A Captivating Guide to the Network of Routes, Places, and People in the United States That Helped Free African Americans during the Nineteenth Century Harriet Tubman: A Captivating Guide to an American Abolitionist Who Became the Most Famous Conductor of the Underground Railroad The Underground Railroad wasn’t underground. Nor was it a railroad. It was, however, an awe-inspiring piece of history, and one that speaks of hope even today.  Two hundred years ago, slavery had the Southern United States firmly in its evil grip. Around four million African Americans languished in the most appalling of living conditions, their lives controlled by people who saw them as objects. They were starved, whipped, and put to work despite being pregnant, sick, or so young that they could barely walk. Here are just some of the topics covered in Part 1 of this audiobook:   Slavery through the Ages Abolition around the World Abolition in the United States The Father of the Underground Railroad The Moses of Her People More Heroes of the Underground Railroad And much, much more! Here are just some of the topics covered in Part 2 of this audiobook:   Harriet Makes a Break for Freedom First Forays on the Underground Railroad General Tubman Takes Charge Harriet on the Front Lines With the Help of Her Family and Friends Preparing a Place for Harriet Tubman And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about the Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman, scroll up and click the "buy" button!

©2021 Captivating History (P)2021 Captivating History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Americas
Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
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The Great Book of New York: The Crazy History of New York with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia

Summary

Want to learn more about New York? Sure, you've heard about the Statue of Liberty, but how much do you really know about the Empire State? Do you know why it's even called the Empire State? There's so much about New York that even state natives don't know. In this trivia audiobook, you'll learn more about New York's history, pop culture, folklore, sports, and so much more!   In The Great Book of New York, you'll learn the answers to the following questions:   Why is New York City called the Big Apple?  What genre of music started out in New York City? Which late actress's life is celebrated at a festival held in her hometown every year? Which monster might be living in a lake in New York? Was there really a Staten Island bogeyman?  Which movie is loosely based on New York in the 1800s?  Which cult favorite cake recipe got its start in New York? Why do the New York Yankees have pinstripe uniforms?  It doesn't matter if you consider yourself a New York state expert or if you know nothing about the Empire State. You're bound to learn something new as you journey through each chapter. You'll be able to impress your friends on your next trivia night! So, what are you waiting for? Dive in now so you can learn all there is to know about New York!

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Narrator: Derek Newman
Author: Bill O'Neill
Category: History, Americas
Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Written by Herself

Summary

The great abolitionist speaker and author Harriet Ann Jacobs was born into slavery in 1813 in North Carolina. When her mother died, Harriet’s mistress, Margaret Horniblow, cared for her and taught her to read, write, and sew, but when Horniblow died, she suffered the misery of cruel masters.  This autobiography was published in 1861.

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Narrator: Melissa Summers
Category: History, Americas
Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
Available on Audible
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The Empire State Building: The History of New York City's Most Iconic Landmark

Summary

"I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York's skyline. The shapes and the thought that made them. The sky over New York and the will of man-made visible.... Let them come to New York, stand on the shore of the Hudson, look and kneel. When I see the city from my window - no, I don't feel how small I am - but I feel that if a war came to threaten this, I would like to throw myself into space, over the city, and protect these buildings with my body." - Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead Of all the great cities in the world, few personify their country like New York City. As America's largest city and best known immigration gateway into the country, the Big Apple represents the beauty, diversity, and