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  1. 5.7 hrs • 9/20/2016 • Unabridged

    Did you know that many of America’s Founding Fathers―who fought for liberty and justice for all―were slave owners?Through the powerful stories of five enslaved people who were “owned” by four of our greatest presidents, this book helps set the record straight about the role slavery played in the founding of America. From Billy Lee, valet to George Washington, to Alfred Jackson, faithful servant of Andrew Jackson, these dramatic narratives explore our country’s great tragedy―that a nation “conceived in liberty” was also born in shackles.These stories help us know the real people who were essential to the birth of this nation but traditionally have been left out of the history books. Their stories are true―and they should be heard.

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    In the Shadow of Liberty

    5.7 hrs • 9/20/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 0.9 hrs • 8/2/2016 • Unabridged

    Who Is Hillary Clinton? Readers of our New York Times best-selling series can find out now!At age fourteen, Hillary Clinton thought it would be thrilling to become an astronaut, so she sent an application to NASA. The reply was a flat out rejection: the space program didn’t take women. It was a critical moment for the young girl, one that made her realize the world she lived in needed changing and that she had better try to make those changes happen. Clinton’s life has been a thrilling series of firsts—First Lady of the US, then first First Lady to become a US Senator, Secretary of State, and the first woman to run as the Democratic candidate for President. This easy-to-read biography gives readers a firm grounding not only in Clinton’s life history but the history of the times in which she’s lived. It comes out as she makes her historic run for the White House.

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  3. 6.7 hrs • 6/28/2016 • Unabridged

    Fans of How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous and Kid Presidents can draft their own presidential fantasy team, based on these hilarious-but-true profiles of our past leaders.   What if a zombie apocalypse or a robot uprising threatened the nation and you had the power to recruit some of the nation’s finest presidents to help save the day?   By studying the most successful squads in history, Daniel O’Brien has identified the perfect ingredients for a victorious team.   Which president would you choose for: the Brain, the Brawn, the Moral Compass, the Loose Cannon, and the Roosevelt?   Choose wisely—the fate of the world is in your hands!

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    Your Presidential Fantasy Dream Team

    6.7 hrs • 6/28/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 5.5 hrs • 1/5/2016 • Unabridged

    An inspiring and meticulously researched middle grade biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton—First Lady, senator, secretary of state, and Democratic candidate for president in 2016. Hillary Rodham Clinton is a true leader. Growing up in Park Ridge, Illinois, Hillary was inspired by the philosophy of John Wesley, who urged his followers to “do all the good you can.” Rising to prominence in 1992 as the First Lady of the United States, Hillary captured the world’s attention with her bold ideas and political forcefulness. From her time at Wellesley to her life at the White House and beyond, Hillary has been at the forefront of huge change—and despite setbacks and political scandals, she has worked for good in the world. Acclaimed author Cynthia Levinson creates a compelling and personal portrait of Hillary’s historic journey from her childhood to her service as secretary of state and beyond.

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    Hillary Rodham Clinton

    5.5 hrs • 1/5/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 5.2 hrs • 10/6/2015 • Unabridged

    Bleeding, Teddy stood to address the crowd. “Friends, I should ask you to be as quiet as possible. I don’t know if you fully understand that I have been shot, but it takes more than that to kill a bull moose.” The crowd went silent at the revelation, and while getting weaker, Teddy delivered what might be his last speech. Determined to make a difference and with an insatiable curiosity, love of adventure, and hunger for justice, Theodore Roosevelt exemplified a life directed by principle and not by circumstance. Overcoming severe asthma and a weak heart set young Teddy on a life course against the odds. Whether rooting out government and corporate corruption, leading the legendary Rough Riders in war, establishing wildlife refuges and national parks, ranching in the Badlands of Dakota, writing books, or exploring dangerous uncharted land, the twenty-sixth president of the United States embraced every challenge and made his life count. The stories of Heroes of History are told in an engaging narrative format, where related history, geography, government, and science topics come to life and make a lasting impression. This is a premier biography line for the entire family.

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  6. 0.2 hrs • 6/29/2015 • Unabridged

    Our sixteenth president is known for many things: he delivered the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address during the Civil War. He was tall and skinny and notoriously stern-looking. And he also had some very strong ideas about abolishing slavery, ideas which brought him into close contact with another very visible public figure: Frederick Douglass. Douglass was born a slave but escaped in 1838 and became one of the central figures in the history of the American abolitionist movement. This book offers a glimpse into the unusual friendship between two great American leaders. At a time when racial tensions were high and racial equality was not yet established, Abraham Lincoln and Douglass formed a strong bond over shared ideals and worked alongside each other for a common goal.

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    Lincoln and Douglass

    0.2 hrs • 6/29/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 0.1 hrs • 6/29/2015 • Unabridged

    Once there were four lads …John [Hancock], Paul [Revere], George [Washington], and Ben [Franklin]. Oh yes, there was also Tom [Jefferson], but he was annoyingly independent and hardly ever around. These lads were always getting into trouble for one reason or another. In other words, they took a few … liberties. And to be honest, they were not always appreciated. This is the story of five little lads before they became five really big Founding Fathers.

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    John, Paul, George & Ben

    0.1 hrs • 6/29/15 • Unabridged
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  8. 0.2 hrs • 1/20/2015 • Unabridged

    Renowned artist Maira Kalman sheds light on the fascinating life and interests of the Renaissance man who was our third president. Thomas Jefferson is perhaps best known for writing the Declaration of Independence—but there’s so much more to discover. This energetic man was interested in everything. He played violin, spoke seven languages, and he was a scientist, naturalist, botanist, mathematician, and architect. He designed his magnificent home, Monticello, which is full of objects he collected from around the world. Our first foodie, he grew over fifteen kinds of peas and advocated a mostly vegetarian diet. And oh yes, as our third president, he doubled the size of the United States and sent Lewis and Clark to explore it. He also started the Library of Congress and said, “I cannot live without books.” But monumental figures can have monumental flaws, and Jefferson was no exception. Although he called slavery an “abomination,” he owned about 150 slaves. As she did in Looking at Lincoln, Maira Kalman shares a president’s remarkable, complicated life with young readers, making history come alive with her captivating text.

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    Thomas Jefferson

    0.2 hrs • 1/20/15 • Unabridged
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  9. 0.2 hrs • 1/20/2015 • Unabridged

    Celebrate Lincoln’s remarkable life in a fresh and exciting way. Lincoln’s legacy is everywhere—there he is on your penny and five-dollar bill. He helped hold these United States together, but who was he, really? The little girl in Looking at Lincoln wants to find out. Among many other facts, she discovers that our sixteenth president was a man who believed in freedom for all; had a dog named Fido; loved Mozart, apples, and his wife’s vanilla cake; and kept his notes in his hat.

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    Looking at Lincoln

    0.2 hrs • 1/20/15 • Unabridged
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  10. 4.9 hrs • 9/9/2014 • Unabridged

    In this special edition of the #1 New York Times bestselling Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham, young listeners will learn about the life and political philosophy of one of our Founding Fathers. Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the United States. He was one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence. But he was also a lawyer and an ambassador, an inventor and a scientist. He had a wide range of interests and hobbies, but his consuming interest was the survival and success of the United States. This audiobook contains a note from Meacham, as well as sections about subjects such as the Boston Tea Party, the Library of Congress, and Napoléon Bonaparte. This adaptation, ideal for those interested in American presidents, biographies, and the founding of the American republic, is an excellent example of informational writing and reflects Meacham’s extensive research using primary source material.

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    Thomas Jefferson: President and Philosopher

    Adapted by Sarah L. Thomson
    Read by Edward Herrmann
    4.9 hrs • 9/9/14 • Unabridged
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  11. 5.5 hrs • 3/1/2013 • Unabridged

    Abraham Lincoln had never set his sights on becoming president; after all, he’d grown up in a log cabin on the frontier and had hardly any formal schooling. But as the question of slavery threatened to destroy the United States, this self-taught lawyer with a sharp mind and passion for justice found himself at the center of the greatest debate the nation had ever faced.

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  12. 5.8 hrs • 6/1/2012 • Unabridged

    From his early days living in small-town poverty, young Dutch Reagan’s thoughts were always on the future. Whether helping his family through financial hard times or doggedly pursuing opportunities reserved for the few, Dutch knew that all the knowledge he had absorbed over the years was waiting inside of him for a chance to come out. Achieving success as an athlete, sports announcer, and actor, Ronald Reagan discovered his greatest role late in life—as the fortieth president of the United States and “The Great Communicator,”—a man with the ability to reach out to the American people and leave a lasting legacy.

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  13. 0.4 hrs • 1/16/2009 • Unabridged

    Just in time for the 2012 election, a book & CD edition of the #1 New York Times bestselling picture-book biography of the 44th President!Nikki Grimes’s lyrical text and Bryan Collier's distinctive collages tell the inspirational story of President Barack Obama. Raised in Jakarta and Hawaii, Obama’s election as President represented a watershed moment in our nation's history. Like JFK and Martin Luther King, Obama is a link in the long chain of people who have fought so that this country fulfills the promises upon which it was founded. Just as the baton has been passed to Obama from previous leaders, Obama is a role model for the young people who will one day assume the mantle of leadership, and this book will celebrate and inspire them. This #1 New York Times bestselling book is available for the first time as a book & CD, read by author Nikki Grimes.

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    Barack Obama

    0.4 hrs • 1/16/09 • Unabridged
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  14. 2.5 hrs • 10/14/2008 • Unabridged

    Abraham Lincoln stood out in a crowd as much for his wit and rollicking humor as for his height. Here is a warm, appealing biography of our Civil War president. Russell Freedman begins with a lively account of Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood, his career as a country lawyer, and his courtship and marriage to Mary Todd. Then the author focuses on the presidential years (1861 to 1865), skillfully explaining the many complex issues Lincoln grappled with as he led a deeply divided nation through the Civil War. The audiobook’s final chapter is a moving account of that tragic evening in Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. Lincoln: A Photobiography concludes with an interview with the author.

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    Lincoln: A Photobiography

    2.5 hrs • 10/14/08 • Unabridged
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  15. 2.0 hrs • 1/1/2007 • Unabridged

    Meet our ninth US president before his famous victory over the native chief Tecumseh in the Battle of Tippecanoe. Young readers will thrill to “Billy” Harrison’s dramatic rescue of his sister, Sally, as she struggles to stay afloat after falling into a river, and admire his courage when he captures a British soldier at the age of eight. Find out more about these and the rest of Billy’s boyhood adventures. Praised by parents, teachers, and historians, the Young Patriots Series is an ideal way to sweep today’s young readers into history. The everyday details of family life, the time period in which they lived, what they wore, and the challenges they faced in school create a window through which children can access history. The evidence of character, ability, responsibility, and courage are showcased in situations to which every child can relate.

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    William Henry Harrison by Howard Peckham
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