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    12.8 hrs • 11/6/2012 • Unabridged

    Our 1846 war with Mexico was a blatant land grab provoked by President James Polk. And while it secured the entire Southwest and California for America, it also exacerbated regional tensions over slavery, created the first significant antiwar movement in America, and helped lead the nation into civil war. A Wicked War is the definitive history of this conflict that turned America into a continental power. Amy Greenberg describes the battles between American and Mexican armies but also delineates the political battles between Democrats and Whigs—the former led by the ruthless Polk, the latter by the charismatic Henry Clay and a young representative from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln, who initially drew national attention as a critic of the war. Greenberg brilliantly recounts this key chapter in the creation of the United States, evoking time, place, event, and personality with equal parts authority and narrative flair.

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    A Wicked War

    12.8 hrs • 11/6/12 • Unabridged
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  2. 12.1 hrs • 7/10/2012 • Unabridged

    For almost two centuries, the last stand at the Alamo has been recognized as a defining moment in America’s history. On February 23, 1836, a Mexican army thousands of soldiers strong attacked a makeshift garrison of about two hundred Texas settlers—among them, Davy Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travis—who were holed up in the abandoned mission on the outskirts of San Antonio. The Texans refused to surrender, and for almost two weeks, the immense force laid siege to the fort, bombarding its occupants with a constant barrage of artillery fire. Then, in the predawn hours of March 6, the Mexican troops unleashed a final devastating assault. What happened next would become legend. In The Blood of Heroes, bestselling historian James Donovan, drawing on fresh primary sources in American and Mexican archives, offers an authoritative and thrilling account of this epic battle. Beginning his narrative well before the siege, he tells the fascinating story of the settling of the Texas wilderness, the rise of the Mexican dictator Santa Anna, and the crucial roles played by pioneers such as Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin amid the growing storm of despotism and discontent that led the Texas settlers to fight valiantly for independence. The Blood of Heroes is a masterful work of scholarship and storytelling—and a stirring tale of courage, redemption, and glory in the American West.

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    The Blood of Heroes

    12.1 hrs • 7/10/12 • Unabridged
  3. 12.1 hrs • 5/15/2012 • Unabridged

    The gripping and definitive chronicle of the iconic battle that inspired a nation—a sweeping saga of two hundred brave Americans who stood tall against an overwhelmingly superior Mexican force. On February 23, 1836, a Mexican army thousands of soldiers strong attacked a group of roughly two hundred Americans holed up in an abandoned mission just east of San Antonio, Texas. For nearly two weeks, the massive force laid siege to the makeshift fort, spraying its occupants with unremitting waves of musket and cannon fire. Then, on March 6, at 5:30 a.m., the Mexican troops unleashed a final devastating assault: divided into four columns, they rushed into the Alamo and commenced a deadly hand-to-hand fight. The Americans, despite being hugely outnumbered, fought valiantly—for themselves and for a division of an independent Texas. In the end, they were all slaughtered. Drawing upon newly available primary sources, The Blood of Heroes is the definitive account of this epic battle. Populated by larger-than-life characters—including Davy Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travis—it is a dynamic story of courage, sacrifice, and redemption.

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    The Blood of Heroes

    12.1 hrs • 5/15/12 • Unabridged
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  4. 12.2 hrs • 7/8/2008 • Unabridged

    In an astonishing work of scholarship that reads like an adventure thriller, historian Buddy Levy records the last days of the Aztec empire and the two men at the center of an epic clash of cultures. It was a moment unique in human history, the face-to-face meeting between two men from civilizations a world apart. In 1519, Hernán Cortés arrived on the shores of Mexico, determined not only to expand the Spanish expire but to convert the natives to Catholicism and carry off a fortune in gold. That he saw nothing paradoxical in his intentions is one of the most remarkable and tragic aspects of this unforgettable story. In Tenochtitlán, Cortés met his Aztec counterpart, Montezuma: king, divinity, and commander of the most powerful military in the Americas. Yet in less than two years, Cortés defeated the entire Aztec nation in one of the most astounding battles ever waged.  The story of a lost kingdom, a relentless conqueror, and a doomed warrior, Conquistador is history at its most riveting.

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    12.2 hrs • 7/8/08 • Unabridged
  5. 7.2 hrs • 1/1/2007 • Unabridged

    The Battle of the Alamo is one of the most dramatic moments in American history—a stirring saga that has become a modern myth in which all Americans, and especially Texans, take great pride. Poet, novelist, and historian John Myers Myers gives us a fascinating account of this American symbol. With exhaustive research and obvious passion for his subject, Myers evokes the situation and characters of the legendary siege, bringing to life such figures as Bowie, Travis, Crockett, and Santa Ana with authentic details and great gusto. Here is the “master tale of the American frontier” with all the facts behind the genuine heroism that has made the story immortal.

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    The Alamo by John Myers Myers

    The Alamo

    7.2 hrs • 1/1/07 • Unabridged
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  6. 2.6 hrs • 3/24/2006 • Unabridged

    On May 13, 1846, the United States Congress declared war on Mexico. Although the Mexican-American War lasted only 18 months, its consequences were profound. Mexico lost nearly half of its territory to the United States: Texas, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado. Some historians have described the conquest of Mexico City as America’s first step toward empire. More ominously, this war first raised the issue of whether slavery should be permitted in the newly acquired territories—an issue that would help speed America toward the Civil War. The United States at War Series is a collection of audio presentations that review the political, economic, and social forces that have erupted in military conflict, and examine how the conflict resolved, or failed to resolve, the forces that caused it.

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    The Mexican-American War by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel
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  7. 6.9 hrs • 12/1/2005 • Unabridged

    When Jack and Denny Smith decided to build a vacation dream house in Baja, California, they had no idea they were entering a phase of their lives “that would capture the fancy of readers throughout the United States.” Through a series of strange and whimsical adventures, they would find that building a house takes God and Mr. Gomez. As their house took form first in their imaginations and then on paper, little things went wrong along the way. The building site had a way of moving slightly each time they visited it, and by the time the foundation was laid, it had moved to the middle of the road. Gomez got around that by simply moving the road. Fortunately, Gomez was always on hand to provide the solution, with the philosophy that all practical problems can be solved—with a little time and a little tequila.

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    God and Mr. Gomez by Jack Smith

    God and Mr. Gomez

    6.9 hrs • 12/1/05 • Unabridged
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