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Summary and Analysis of The Crucible by Arthur Miller

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The Crucible is a 1953 play by American playwright Arthur Miller. It is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during 1692-93. Miller wrote the play as an allegory for McCarthyism, when the United States government ostracized people for being communists. Miller himself was questioned by the House of Representatives' Committee on Un-American Activities in 1956 and convicted of contempt of Congress for refusing to identify others present at meetings he had attended.

©2018 Jon Towns (P)2018 Jon Towns

Narrator: Nate Sjol
Author: Jon Towns
Length: 31 mins
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Summary: Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson

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Sir Richard Branson released his best-selling autobiography, Losing My Virginity: How I've Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way, in 1998. The book chronicles Branson's adventures in his business life and his personal life while offering valuable advice for others who need inspiration or want to follow in his footsteps. The book follows his life in quite vivid detail until the age of 43. This autobiography gives us the opportunity to see what made this man, who became worth 5.1 billion dollars and had fun doing it. Sir Richard Branson was born on July 18, 1950, in London, England. He is well known for starting the Virgin Group which has ownership of more than 400 companies.

©2018 Mike Anderson (P)2018 Mike Anderson

Narrator: Nate Sjol
Length: 32 mins
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Joan of Arc: A Life from Beginning to End

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

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Nate Sjol
Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
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Think Like Musk

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First ?r?n???l?? th?nk?ng, wh??h ?? ??m?t?m?? called r????n?ng fr?m f?r?t principles, ?? one of th? m??t effective ?tr?t?g??? ??u can ?m?l?? f?r breaking down complicated ?r?bl?m? ?nd generating ?r?g?n?l solutions. It ?l?? might be the single-best ???r???h t? learn h?w to think f?r yourself.  The f?r?t ?r?n???l?? ???r???h h?? b??n u??d by m?n? great thinkers, including inventor J?h?nn?? Gutenberg, m?l?t?r? ?tr?t?g??t J?hn B??d, ?nd th? ?n???nt philosopher Aristotle; but n? ?n? embodies the philosophy of f?r?t ?r?n???l?? thinking more ?ff??t?v?l? th?n the entrepreneur El?n Musk.  In 2002, Mu?k began h?? ?u??t t? ??nd th? first rocket to M?r? - ?n ?d?? that w?uld eventually become th? aerospace ??m??n?, S????X.  H? r?n ?nt? a m?j?r ?h?ll?ng? r?ght off th? b?t. Aft?r visiting a numb?r of aerospace m?nuf??tur?r? around the world, Mu?k discovered th? ???t ?f ?ur?h???ng a rocket w?? ??tr?n?m???l - u? t? $65 m?ll??n. G?v?n th? high ?r???, h? began to r?th?nk th? problem.  “I t?nd t? approach th?ng? from a ?h????? framework,” Mu?k ???d in ?n ?nt?rv??w. “Physics teaches you t? reason from f?r?t principles rather than by ?n?l?g?. S? I said, ?k??, let’s look at th? f?r?t ?r?n???l??. Wh?t ?? a r??k?t m?d? ?f? Aerospace-grade ?lum?num alloys, ?lu? ??m? t?t?n?um, copper, and ??rb?n f?b?r. Th?n I ??k?d, what is th? v?lu? ?f those materials on th? commodity market? It turned ?ut that th? m?t?r??l cost ?f a rocket w?? around tw? percent ?f the t?????l ?r???.”  In?t??d ?f buying a finished r??k?t f?r tens of m?ll??n? of dollars, Musk d???d?d t? ?r??t? h?? ?wn ??m??n?, ?ur?h??? th? r?w materials f?r ?h???, ?nd build th? r??k?t? h?m??lf. SpaceX was born.  W?th?n a f?w ???r?, S????X h?d ?ut the price of launching a rocket n??rl? tenfold wh?l? ?t?ll making a ?r?f?t. Mu?k u??d f?r?t ?r?n???l?? thinking t? br??k th? ??tu?t??n d?wn t? th? fund?m?nt?l?, b????? the h?gh prices of the aerospace ?ndu?tr?, and ?r??t? a more effective ??lut??n.  F?r?t principles th?nk?ng ?? th? ??t of b??l?ng a ?r????? d?wn to the fundamental ??rt? that ??u kn?w are true and bu?ld?ng up from th?r?. 

©2018 Derrick House (P)2018 Derrick House

Narrator: Nate Sjol
Length: 31 mins
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Trevor Noah: A Biography

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Trevor Noah is a South African comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. He is best known for being the host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central since September 2015.  Noah began his career as an actor, presenter, and comedian in his native South Africa. He held several television hosting roles with the South African Broadcasting Corporation, and was the runner-up in their fourth season of Strictly Come Dancing in 2008. From 2010 to 2011, Noah was the creator and host of Tonight with Trevor Noah on M-Net and DStv. His stand-up comedy career attained international success, leading to appearances on American late-night talk shows and British panel shows.  In 2014, Noah became the Senior International Correspondent for The Daily Show, an American satirical news program. The following year, he was announced as the successor of long-time host Jon Stewart. Although ratings for the show declined following Stewart's departure, Noah's tenure has been generally favorably reviewed, attracting particular attention for his interview with young conservative personality Tomi Lahren in late 2016.

©2018 Will Stevens (P)2018 Will Stevens

Narrator: Nate Sjol
Author: Will Stevens
Length: 31 mins
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Jordan Peterson: A Biography

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Jordan B. Peterson is a Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. His main areas of study are in abnormal, social, and personality psychology, with a particular interest in the psychology of religious and ideological belief and the assessment and improvement of personality and performance. Peterson grew up in Fairview, Alberta. He earned a BA degree in political science in 1982 and a degree in psychology in 1984, both from the University of Alberta, and his PhD in clinical psychology from McGill University in 1991. He remained at McGill as a post-doctoral fellow for two years before moving to Massachusetts, where he worked as an assistant and an associate professor in the psychology department at Harvard University. In 1998, he moved to the University of Toronto as a full professor. He authored Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief in 1999, a work which examined several academic fields to describe the structure of systems of beliefs and myths and their role in the regulation of emotion, creation of meaning, and motivation for genocide. His second book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, was released in January 2018. In 2016, Peterson released a series of videos on his YouTube channel in which he criticized political correctness and the Canadian government's Bill C-16. He subsequently received significant media coverage.

©2018 Michael David (P)2018 Michael David

Narrator: Nate Sjol
Length: 35 mins
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Christopher Columbus: A Life from Beginning to End

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

©2016 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Nate Sjol
Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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Leadership Lessons from Sun Tzu and The Art of War

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Sun Tzu's The Art of War is one of the world's most influential books about leadership. It has been read and utilized not only by military professionals and generals, but by CEOs of companies, by teachers and pastors, and by many in leadership positions. Those who want to be successful leaders should follow Sun Tzu's teachings.  While his book is focused on war and battle, it can be translated easily to modern day life. The lessons Sun Tzu teaches are vital to manage a successful business or any venture. The Art of War has influenced politics and war for centuries and even has applications in business and sports.  Sun Tzu was a military general and a renowned strategist and philosopher. Much of what he wrote in The Art of War came from his experience on the battle field. Sun Tzu was born in 544 BC and died in 496 BC. These years were known as the Spring and Autumn period in ancient Chinese history. His birth name was Sun Wu and he was known by the name Changqing. He was given the name “Sun Tzu” as an honorary title meaning “Master Sun”.  Sun Tzu is known to have served king Helü of Wu starting in 512 BC. Sun Tzu had many victories that inspired him to write The Art of War. Many military leaders and strategists utilized Sun Tzu's work in the Warring States period in Chinese history, when the seven nations of Zhao, Qi, Qin, Chu, Han, Wei, and Yan all battled for control over large Chinese territories. Many copies of The Art of War are filled with stories of battles telling of Sun Tzu's teachings as examples of how his influence over these leaders led them to victory.

©2018 Matt Harrison (P)2018 Matt Harrison

Narrator: Nate Sjol
Length: 31 mins
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Leonardo da Vinci: A Life From Beginning to End

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

©2016 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Nate Sjol
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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Charlemagne: A Life from Beginning to End

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

©2016 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Nate Sjol
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
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Francisco Franco

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

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Nate Sjol
Length: 59 mins
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