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  1. 52.8 hrs • 9/20/2016 • Unabridged

    The Civil War: A Narrative, Vol. 2 continues one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. Focusing on the pivotal year of 1863, the second volume in Shelby Foote’s masterful narrative history brings to life some of the most dramatic and important moments in the Civil War, including the Battle of Gettysburg and Grant’s Vicksburg Campaign. The word narrative is the key to this book’s extraordinary incandescence and truth: the story is told entirely from the point of view of the people involved. One learns not only what was happening on all fronts but also how the author discovered it during his years of exhaustive research. This is a must-listen for anyone interested in one of the bloodiest wars in America’s history.

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    The Civil War: A Narrative, Vol. 2 by Shelby Foote

    The Civil War: A Narrative, Vol. 2

    52.8 hrs • 9/20/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 18.9 hrs • 9/20/2016 • Unabridged

    Published in time for the 75th anniversary, a gripping and definitive account of the event that changed twentieth-century America—Pearl Harbor—based on years of research and new information uncovered by a New York Times bestselling author.The America we live in today was born, not on July 4, 1776, but on December 7, 1941, when almost four hundred Japanese planes attacked the US Pacific fleet, killing 2,400 men and sinking or damaging sixteen ships. In Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness, Nelson follows, moment by moment, the sailors, soldiers, pilots, admirals, generals, emperors, and presidents, all starting with a pre-polio Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, attending the laying of the keel at the Brooklyn Navy Yard of the USS Arizona, against the backdrop of the imperial, military, and civilian leaders of Japan lurching into ultranationalist fascism, all culminating into an insanely daring scheme to shock the Allies with a technologically-revolutionary mission in one of the boldest military stories ever told—one with consequences that continue to echo in our lives today. Besides the little understood history of how and why Japan attacked America, we can hear the abandoned record player endlessly repeating “Sunrise Serenade” as the Japanese bombs hit the deck of the California, we feel terror as Navy wives, helped by their Japanese maids, upturn couches for cover and hide with their children in caves from a rumored invasion, and we understand the mix of frustration and triumph as a lone American teenager shoots down a Japanese bomber. Backed by a research team’s five years of efforts with archives and interviews producing nearly a million pages of documents, as well as a thorough re-examination of the original evidence produced by federal investigators, this definitive history provides a blow-by-blow account from both the Japanese and American perspectives and is a historical drama on the greatest scale. Nelson delivers all the terror, chaos, violence, tragedy, and heroism of the attack in stunning detail, and offers surprising conclusions about the tragedy’s unforeseen and resonant consequences.

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    Pearl Harbor

    18.9 hrs • 9/20/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 15.7 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    Bologna, 1858: A police posse, acting on the orders of a Catholic inquisitor, invades the home of a Jewish merchant, Momolo Mortara, wrenches his crying six-year-old son from his arms, and rushes him off in a carriage bound for Rome. His mother is so distraught that she collapses and has to be taken to a neighbor's house, but her weeping can be heard across the city. With this terrifying scene--one that would haunt this family forever--David I. Kertzer begins his fascinating investigation of the dramatic kidnapping, and shows how the deep-rooted antisemitism of the Catholic Church would eventually contribute to the collapse of its temporal power in Italy.  As Edgardo's parents desperately search for a way to get their son back, they learn why he--out of all their eight children--was taken. Years earlier, the family's Catholic serving girl, fearful that the infant might die of an illness, had secretly baptized him (or so she claimed). Edgardo recovered, but when the story reached the Bologna Inquisitor, the result was his order for Edgardo to be seized and sent to a special monastery where Jews were converted into good Catholics. His justification in Church teachings: No Christian child could be raised by Jewish parents.  The case of Edgardo Mortara became an international cause célèbre. Although such kidnappings were not uncommon in Jewish communities across Europe, this time the political climate had changed. As news of the family's plight spread to Britain, where the Rothschilds got involved, to France, where it mobilized Napoleon III, and even to America, public opinion turned against the Vatican. The fate of this one boy came to symbolize the entire revolutionary campaign of Mazzini and Garibaldi to end the dominance of the Catholic Church and establish a modern, secular Italian state.  A riveting story which has been remarkably ignored by modern historians--The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara will prompt intense interest and discussion as it lays bare attitudes of the Catholic Church that would have such enormous consequences in the twentieth century.

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    The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara

    15.7 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 5.6 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    Wrongful intolerance has existed in American society for more than four centuries. Us and Them illuminates the shadowy corners of our national past and traces the country's continuing efforts to measure up to its lofty ideals. Through 14 dramatic narratives, listeners witness epic struggles that shaped our collective identity. These and eight other forgotten incidents of history come to life in clear and vibrant prose. - A Quaker woman in 1660 Massachusetts risks her life for religious liberty. - Chinese mine laborers face deadly racial hatred in 1885 Wyoming. - Attempts to subdue the Great Plains Indians trigger an 1890 massacre. - Southern fears scapegoat a Northern Jew in 1913. - Floridians wipe a 1923 African-American community off the map. - A Japanese American ponders freedom in 1942-from behind barbed wire.

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    Us and Them

    5.6 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 25.5 hrs • 8/16/2016 • Unabridged

    Nine hundred years ago, a vast Christian army, summoned to holy war by the Pope, rampaged through the Muslim world of the eastern Mediterranean, seizing possession of Jerusalem, a city revered by both faiths. Over the two hundred years that followed, Islam and Christianity—both firm in the belief that they were at God’s work—fought for dominion of the Holy Land, clashing in a succession of chillingly brutal wars: the Crusades. For the first time, this book tells the story of that epic struggle from the perspective of both Christians and Muslims. A vivid and fast-paced narrative history, it exposes the full horror, passion, and barbaric grandeur of the Crusading era, leading us into a world of legendary champions—such as Richard the Lionheart and Saladin—shadowy Assassins, poet-warriors, and pious visionaries; across the desert sands of Egypt to the verdant forests of Lebanon; and through the ancient cities of Constantinople, Cairo, and Damascus. Drawing on painstaking original research and an intimate knowledge of the Near East, Thomas Asbridge uncovers what drove Muslims and Christians alike to embrace the ideals of jihad and crusade, revealing how these holy wars reshaped the medieval world and why they continue to influence events today.

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    The Crusades

    25.5 hrs • 8/16/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 15.6 hrs • 8/9/2016 • Unabridged

    The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin, John Wilkes Booth, led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness. James L. Swanson's Manhunt is a fascinating tale of murder, intrigue, and betrayal. A gripping hour-by-hour account told through the eyes of the hunted and the hunters, this is history as you've never read it before.

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    Manhunt

    15.6 hrs • 8/9/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 6.7 hrs • 7/8/2016 • Unabridged

    How did compliant colonials with strong ties to Europe get the notion to become an independent nations? Perhaps the seeds of liberty were planted in the 1735 historic courtroom battle for the freedom of the press. Or maybe the French and Indian War did it, when colonists were called “Americans” for the first time by the English, and the great English army proved itself no so formidable after all. But for sure when King George III started levying some heavy-handed taxes on the colonies, the break from the motherland was imminent. With such enthralling characters as George Washington, Sam Adams, Patrick Henry, Eliza Pinckney, and Alexander Hamilton, From Colonies to Country is an amazing story of a nation-making transformation.

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  8. 7.4 hrs • 7/8/2016 • Unabridged

    With the enthralling style that made Longitude and Galileo’s Daughter international best-sellers, Dava Sobel paints an unforgettable portrait of the Copernican Revolution. Encouraged by his German protege, Polish cleric Nicolaus Copernicus published his heliocentric model of the universe, tantalizing 16th-century mathematicians and scientists-and triggering a groundswell of opposition.

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    A More Perfect Heaven

    7.4 hrs • 7/8/16 • Unabridged
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  9. 5.5 hrs • 7/8/2016 • Unabridged

    Beginning with George Washington’s inauguration and continuing into the nineteenth century, The New Nation, tells the story of the remarkable challenges that the new country faced. Thomas Jefferson’s purchase of the Louisiana Territory (bought from France at a mere four cents an acre!), Lewis and Clark’s daring expedition through the wilderness, the War of 1812 a.k.a. “Revolutionary War, Part II”, Tecumseh’s effort to form an Indian confederacy, the growth of Southern plantations, the beginning of the abolitionist movement, and the disgraceful Trail of Tears are just a few of the setbacks, sidetracks, and formidable tasks put in the new nation’s path. These dramatic events and more are woven into an exciting, seamless tale.

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  10. 17.9 hrs • 7/5/2016 • Unabridged

    The previously untold—and previously highly classified—story of the conflux of espionage and technology, a compelling narrative rich with astonishing revelations taking readers from World War II to the Internet age As the digital era becomes increasingly pervasive, the intertwining forces of computers and espionage are reshaping the entire world; what was once the preserve of a few intelligence agencies now affects us all. Corera’s compelling narrative takes us from the Second World War through the Cold War and the birth of the Internet to the present era of hackers and surveillance. The book is rich with historical detail and characters, as well as astonishing revelations about espionage carried out in recent times by the United Kingdom, the United States, and China. Using unique access to the NSA, GCHQ, Chinese officials, and senior executives from some of the most powerful global technology companies, Gordon Corera has gathered compelling stories from heads of state, hackers, and spies of all stripes. Cyberspies is a groundbreaking exploration of the new space in which the worlds of espionage, diplomacy, international business, science, and technology collide.

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    Cyberspies by Gordon Corera

    Cyberspies

    17.9 hrs • 7/5/16 • Unabridged
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  11. 14.1 hrs • 6/23/2016 • Unabridged

    With the same mix of compelling narrative history and captivating historical argument that made his previous book, Measuring America, such a success, Andro Linklater relates in fascinating detail how the borders and boundaries that formed states and a nation inspired the sense of identity that has have ever since been central to the American experiment. Linklater opens with America’s greatest surveyor, Andrew Ellicott, measuring the contentious boundary between Pennsylvania and Virginia in the summer of 1784; and he ends standing at the yellow line dividing the United States and Mexico at Tijuana. In between, he chronicles the evolving shape of the nation, physically and psychologically. As Americans pushed westward in the course of the nineteenth century, the borders and boundaries established by surveyors like Ellicott created property, uniting people in a desire for the government and laws that would protect it. Challenging Frederick Jackson Turner’s famed frontier thesis, Linklater argues that we are, thus, defined not by open spaces but by boundaries. “What Americanized the immigrants was not the frontier experience,” Linklater writes, “but the fact that it took place inside the United States frontier.” Those same borders had the ability to divide as well as unite, as the great battle over internal boundaries during the Civil War would show. By century’s end, however, we were spreading US power beyond our borders, an act that, seen through Linklater’s eyes, offers an intriguing perspective on our role in the world today. Linklater’s great achievement is to weave these provocative arguments into a dramatic storyline, wherein the actions of Ellicott, Thomas Jefferson, the treasonous general James Wilkinson, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, and numerous hitherto invisible settlers, all illuminate the shaping of the nation. This brilliant book will alter forever readers’ perception of America and what it means to be an American.

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    Fabric of America

    14.1 hrs • 6/23/16 • Unabridged
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    55.7 hrs • 6/21/2016 • Unabridged

    Here is the revised and updated tenth anniversary edition of the #1 New York Times bestseller. Over the past decade, A Patriot’s History of the United States has become the definitive conservative history of our country, correcting the biases of historians and other intellectuals who downplay the greatness of America’s patriots. Professors Schweikart and Allen have now revised, updated, and expanded their book, which covers America’s long history with an appreciation for the values that made this nation uniquely successful.

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    A Patriot’s History of the United States, Updated Edition by Larry Schweikart, Michael Allen

    A Patriot’s History of the United States, Updated Edition

    55.7 hrs • 6/21/16 • Unabridged
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  13. 4.7 hrs • 6/1/2016 • Unabridged

    The writings of Josephus contain one of the few historical accounts we have of the wars of the Jews and the first destruction of Jerusalem by Titus during the Roman occupation of Palestine in 70 A.D. This recording includes selections from The Wars of the Jews, written by Josephus during the reign of Vespasian. It features the arrival of the Roman army outside the city; a description of the city's magnificent temple and fortifications; details concerning the famine and its effects on the populace; the burning of the temple; and the siege of Masada.

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    The Destruction of Jerusalem

    4.7 hrs • 6/1/16 • Unabridged
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  14. 9.5 hrs • 5/11/2016 • Unabridged

    La escritora Rosa BeltrAn define a la historia de MExico como un gran acontecimiento polItico que da paso a un largo cuento de ficciOn, que no nos lleva a ninguna parte y claramente se traduce en una historia absurda, tomando como pretexto la vida de Don AgustIn de Iturbide el Unico emperador que MExico tuvo. Narra los Ultimos aNos de la vida, de este hombre a quien la historia lo puso a jugar un papel indescifrable. Don AgustIn de Iturbide trata de llevar la potestad de lo que se le ha conferido, ser el emperador de una nueva naciOn, MExico; pero despuEs de la independencia y ante una sociedad poco cambiante, aquI esta la contradicciOn, pues, la independencia sOlo fue de EspaNa, pero el pueblo y sus gobernantes se quedaron con los mismos prejuicios y rencores, la gente que rodea al nuevo " emperador" y su familia hacen que se pierda los estribos y toda proporciOn, dando paso y recreando una gran comedia histOrica.

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    9.5 hrs • 5/11/16 • Unabridged
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    43.0 hrs • 4/26/2016 • Unabridged

    The Civil War: A Narrative, Vol. 1 begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days Battles, and Antietam, but so are the smaller ones: Ball’s Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, and Monitor versus Merrimac. The word “narrative” is the key to this extraordinary book’s incandescence and its truth. The story is told entirely from the point of view of the people involved in it. One learns not only what was happening on all fronts but also how the author discovered it during his years of exhaustive research. This first volume in Shelby Foote’s comprehensive history is a must-listen for anyone interested in one of the bloodiest wars in America’s history.

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    The Civil War: A Narrative, Vol. 1 by Shelby Foote

    The Civil War: A Narrative, Vol. 1

    43.0 hrs • 4/26/16 • Unabridged
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  16. 7.7 hrs • 4/18/2016 • Unabridged

    Between 1819 and 1845, as veterans of the Revolutionary War were filing applications to receive pensions for their service, the government was surprised to learn that many of the soldiers were not men but boys, many of whom were under the age of sixteen and some even as young as nine. In Boy Soldiers of the American Revolution, Caroline Cox reconstructs the lives and stories of this young subset of early American soldiers, focusing on how these boys came to join the army and what they actually did in service. Giving us a rich and unique glimpse into colonial childhood, Cox traces the evolution of youth in American culture in the late eighteenth century, as the accepted age for children to participate meaningfully in society—not only in the military—was rising dramatically. Drawing creatively on sources such as diaries, letters, and memoirs, Caroline Cox offers a vivid account of what life was like for these boys both on and off the battlefield, telling the story of a generation of soldiers caught between old and new notions of boyhood.

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    Boy Soldiers of the American Revolution by Caroline Cox

    Boy Soldiers of the American Revolution

    Foreword by Robert Middlekauff
    Read by Traber Burns
    7.7 hrs • 4/18/16 • Unabridged
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