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  1. 7.0 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    For more than a year, Hillary Clinton has laid out an ambitious agenda to improve the lives of the American people and make our country stronger and safer. Stronger Together presents that agenda in full, relating stories from the American people and outlining the Clinton/Kaine campaign’s plans on everything from apprenticeships to the Zika virus, including: -Building an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. -Making the biggest investment in good-paying jobs since World War II, including infrastructure, manufacturing, clean energy, and small business. -Making debt-free college a reality and tackling the student debt crisis. -Defeating ISIS, strengthening our alliances, and keeping our military strong. -Breaking down the barriers that hold Americans back by reforming our broken immigration system, ending mass incarceration, protecting voting rights, and fixing our campaign finance system. -Putting families first through universal, affordable health care; paid family and medical leave, and affordable child care. Stronger Together offers specific solutions and a bold vision for building a more perfect union.

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    Stronger Together

    7.0 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 10.0 hrs • 8/16/2016 • Unabridged

    At midday on May 4, 1970, after three days of protests, several thousand students and the Ohio National Guard faced off at opposite ends of the grassy campus commons at Kent State University. At noon, the Guard moved out. Twenty-four minutes later, Guardsmen launched a thirteen-second, sixty-seven-shot barrage that left four students dead and nine wounded, one paralyzed for life. The story doesn’t end there, though. A horror of far greater proportions was narrowly averted minutes later when the Guard and students reassembled on the commons. The Kent State shootings were both unavoidable and preventable: unavoidable in that all the discordant forces of a turbulent decade flowed together on May 4, 1970, on one Ohio campus; preventable in that every party to the tragedy made the wrong choices at the wrong time in the wrong place. Using the university’s recently available oral-history collection supplemented by extensive new interviewing, Means tells the story of this iconic American moment through the eyes and memories of those who were there, and skillfully situates it in the context of a tumultuous era.

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    67 Shots by Howard Means

    67 Shots

    10.0 hrs • 8/16/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 22.0 hrs • 8/2/2016 • Unabridged

    An immersive, gripping account of the rise and fall of Iran’s glamorous Pahlavi dynasty, written with the cooperation of the late shah’s widow, Empress Farah In this remarkably human portrait of one of the twentieth century’s most complicated personalities, author Andrew Scott Cooper traces Mohammad Reza Pahlavi’s life from childhood through his ascension to the throne in 1941. He highlights the turbulence of the postwar era, during which the shah survived assassination attempts and coup plots to build a modern, pro-Western state and launch Iran onto the world stage as one of the world’s top five powers. Listeners get the story of the shah’s political career alongside the story of his courtship and marriage to Farah Diba, who became a power in her own right; the beloved family they created; and an exclusive look at life inside the palace during the Iranian Revolution. Cooper’s investigative account ultimately delivers the fall of the Pahlavi dynasty through the eyes of those who were there: leading Iranian revolutionaries, President Jimmy Carter and White House officials, US Ambassador William Sullivan and his staff in the American embassy in Tehran, American families caught up in the drama, and even Empress Farah herself, along with the rest of the Iranian Imperial family. At once intimate and sweeping, The Fall of Heaven recreates in stunning detail the dramatic and final days of one of the world’s most legendary ruling families, the unseating of which helped set the stage for the current state of the Middle East.

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    The Fall of Heaven by Andrew Scott Cooper

    The Fall of Heaven

    22.0 hrs • 8/2/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 7.9 hrs • 8/1/2016

    SpeechWorks presents this collection of the greatest speeches of great women. Represented here are some of the most famous women of recent history, including athletes, politicians, businesswomen, diplomats, heads of state, activists, philanthropists, and more. You will hear the actual voices of these women, recorded at public functions at which they were the featured speaker. Included are the following:Amelia Earhart, American aviation pioneerClare Boothe Luce, American author, politician and diplomatEleanor Roosevelt, American polician, diplomat, and activistGolda Meir, a teacher, politician, stateswoman, and prime minister of IsraelMother Teresa, Roman Catholic nun and missionaryKatharine Hepburn, Academy Award–winning actressBenazir Bhutto, former prime minister of PakistanNancy Pelosi, speaker of the US House of RepresentativesQueen Noor of Jordan, widow of King Hussein of JordanAyaan Hirsi Ali, Dutch American activist, author, and politicianBillie Jean King, American tennis championGloria Steinem, American journalist and activistNadia Comaneci, Romanian champion gymnastMelinda Gates, American businesswoman and philanthropistHillary Clinton, American politicianOprah Winfrey, American actress, talk-show host, and media proprietorCondoleezza Rice, American political scientistMalala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist and Nobel Prize laureateCarly Fiorina, American businesswoman

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  5. 14.6 hrs • 6/14/2016 • Unabridged

    A sweeping, in-depth history of NSA, whose famous “cult of silence” has left the agency shrouded in mystery for decades The National Security Agency was born out of the legendary codebreaking programs of World War II that cracked the famed Enigma machine and other German and Japanese codes, thereby turning the tide of Allied victory. In the postwar years, as the United States developed a new enemy in the Soviet Union, our intelligence community found itself targeting not soldiers on the battlefield, but suspected spies, foreign leaders, and even American citizens. Throughout the second half of the twentieth century, NSA played a vital, often fraught and controversial role in the major events of the Cold War, from the Korean War to the Cuban Missile Crisis to Vietnam and beyond. In Code Warriors, Stephen Budiansky—a longtime expert in cryptology—tells the fascinating story of how NSA came to be, from its roots in World War II through the fall of the Berlin Wall. Along the way, he guides us through the fascinating challenges faced by cryptanalysts, and how they broke some of the most complicated codes of the twentieth century. With access to new documents, Budiansky shows where the agency succeeded and failed during the Cold War, but his account also offers crucial perspective for assessing NSA today in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations. Budiansky shows how NSA’s obsession with recording every bit of data and decoding every signal is far from a new development; throughout its history the depth and breadth of the agency’s reach has resulted in both remarkable successes and destructive failures. Featuring a series of appendices that explain the technical details of Soviet codes and how they were broken, this is a rich and riveting history of the underbelly of the Cold War, and an essential and timely read for all who seek to understand the origins of the modern NSA.

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    Code Warriors

    14.6 hrs • 6/14/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 10.4 hrs • 6/7/2016

    The Greatest Speeches of All Time is a collection of the most important and well-known speeches of modern times by US presidents, politicians, and other historical icons. These dramatic speeches changed the course of history and inspired millions worldwide. Included are speeches by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., George Patton, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Malcolm X, Douglas MacArthur, and others.

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  7. 9.2 hrs • 6/1/2016

    The Greatest Speeches of Great Politicians features historical speeches given by those aspiring to win over voters and gain positions of power. Well-known candidates for a variety of offices address campaign rallies, press conferences, and the general public. This collection includes speeches by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Bill Clinton, Barry Goldwater, Barbara Jordan, Bob Dole, Carl Stokes, Bobby Kennedy, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, John F. Kennedy, and others.

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  8. 7.2 hrs • 5/31/2016

    This compilation of famous speeches given during the conflict in Vietnam features historical icons from both sides of America’s involvement, from Lyndon B. Johnson to Jane Fonda, Richard Nixon to Norman Mailer, John Kerry to Martin Luther King Jr. Included are speeches given at protests, rallies, political events, congressional hearings, and within the Oval Office. An era that was marred by violence and unrest is encapsulated by the voices expressing support as well as those demonstrating militant protest.

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    The Greatest Speeches of the Vietnam War by SpeechWorks
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  9. 30.6 hrs • 5/10/2016 • Unabridged

    Examining the espionage and intelligence stories of World War II, on a global basis, bringing together the British, American, German, Russian, and Japanese histories. Spies, codes, and guerrillas played critical roles in the Second World War, exploited by every nation in the struggle to gain secret knowledge of its foes, and to sow havoc behind the fronts. In The Secret War, Max Hastings presents a worldwide cast of characters and some extraordinary sagas of intelligence and resistance, to create a new perspective on the greatest conflict in history. Here are not only Alan Turing and the codebreaking geniuses of Bletchley Park, but also their German counterparts, who achieved their own triumphs against the Allies. Hastings plots the fabulous espionage networks created by the Soviet Union in Germany and Japan, Britain and America, and explores the puzzle of why Stalin so often spurned his agents, who reported from the heart of the Axis war machine. The role of SOE and America’s OSS as sponsors of guerrilla war are examined, and the book tells the almost unknown story of Ronald Seth, an SOE agent who was “turned” by the Germans, walked the streets of Paris in a Luftwaffe uniform, and baffled MI5, MI6, and the Abwehr as to his true loyalty. Also described is the brilliantly ruthless Russian deception operation which helped to secure the Red Army’s victory at Stalingrad, a ruse that cost 70,000 lives. The Secret War links tales of high courage ashore, at sea and in the air to the work of the brilliant “boffins” at home, battling the enemy’s technology. Most of the strivings, adventures, and sacrifices of spies, resistance, Special Forces, and even of the codebreakers were wasted, Hastings says, but a fraction was so priceless that no nation grudged lives and treasure spent in the pursuit of jewels of knowledge. The book tells stories of high policy and human drama, mingled in the fashion that has made international bestsellers of Max Hastings’ previous histories, this time illuminating the fantastic machinations of secret war.

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    The Secret War by Sir Max Hastings

    The Secret War

    30.6 hrs • 5/10/16 • Unabridged
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    10.2 hrs • 5/10/2016 • Unabridged

    The world’s leading intellectual offers a probing examination of the waning American Century, the nature of US policies post-9/11, and the perils of valuing power above democracy and human rights. In an incisive, thorough analysis of the current international situation, Noam Chomsky argues that the United States, through its military-first policies and its unstinting devotion to maintaining a world-spanning empire, is both risking catastrophe and wrecking the global commons. Drawing on a wide range of examples, from the expanding drone assassination program to the threat of nuclear warfare, as well as the flash points of Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Israel/Palestine, he offers unexpected and nuanced insights into the workings of imperial power on our increasingly chaotic planet. In the process, Chomsky provides a brilliant anatomy of just how US elites have grown ever more insulated from any democratic constraints on their power. While the broader population is lulled into apathy diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, the corporations and the rich have increasingly been allowed to do as they please. Fierce, unsparing, and meticulously documented, Who Rules the World? delivers the indispensable understanding of the central conflicts and dangers of our time that we have come to expect from Chomsky.

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    Who Rules the World?

    10.2 hrs • 5/10/16 • Unabridged
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  11. 7.9 hrs • 4/19/2016

    The Great Presidential Debates features five pivotal debates in the race for the White House: John F. Kennedy versus Richard Nixon in 1960, Jimmy Carter versus Ronald Reagan in 1980, Bill Clinton versus George H. W. Bush versus Ross Perot in 1992, George W. Bush versus Al Gore in 2000, and Barack Obama versus Mitt Romney in 2012.

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  12. 14.5 hrs • 4/12/2016 • Unabridged

    The New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Dark Invasion channels Erik Larson and Ben Macintyre in this riveting biography of Betty Pack, the dazzling American debutante who became an Allied spy during WWII and was hailed by OSS chief General “Wild Bill” Donovan as “the greatest unsung heroine of the war.” Betty Pack was charming, beautiful, and intelligent—and she knew it. As an agent for Britain’s MI-6 and then America’s OSS during World War II, these qualities proved crucial to her success. This is the remarkable story of this “Mata Hari from Minnesota” (Time) and the passions that ruled her tempestuous life—a life filled with dangerous liaisons and death-defying missions vital to the Allied victory. For decades, much of Betty’s career working for MI-6 and the OSS remained classified. Through access to recently unclassified files, Howard Blum discovers the truth about the attractive blond, codenamed “Cynthia,” who seduced diplomats and military attachés across the globe in exchange for ciphers and secrets; cracked embassy safes to steal codes; and obtained the Polish notebooks that proved key to Alan Turing’s success with Operation Ultra. Beneath Betty’s cool, professional determination, Blum reveals a troubled woman conflicted by the very traits that made her successful: her lack of deep emotional connections and her readiness to risk everything. The Last Goodnight is a mesmerizing, provocative, and moving portrait of an exceptional heroine whose undaunted courage helped to save the world.

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    The Last Goodnight by Howard Blum

    The Last Goodnight

    14.5 hrs • 4/12/16 • Unabridged
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  13. 7.0 hrs • 4/1/2016

    The Greatest Speeches of Sports Legends is a historical audio tribute to those facing the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Speeches range from post-event interviews to Hall of Fame inductions. This collection features some of the greatest athletes of all time, including Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Dale Earnhardt, and many others.

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  14. 7.0 hrs • 3/1/2016

    From the deployment of US military forces in Europe and the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 to the surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945, the voices of history-makers were heard around the world. This collection contains original remarks and speeches from FDR, Churchill, Truman, MacArthur, Ike, Chamberlain, General Patton, and others.

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    The Great Speeches of World War II by SpeechWorks
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    7.4 hrs • 1/19/2016 • Unabridged

    A family history of surpassing beauty and power, Their Promised Land is Ian Buruma’s account of his grandparents’ enduring love through the terror and separation of two world wars. During the almost six years England was at war with Nazi Germany, Winifred and Bernard Schlesinger, Ian Buruma’s grandparents, were, like so many others, thoroughly sundered from each other. Their only recourse was to write letters back and forth. And write they did, often every day. In a way they were just picking up where they left off in 1918, at the end of the war that swept Bernard away to some of Europe’s bloodiest battlefields. The thousands of letters between them were part of an inheritance that ultimately came into the hands of their grandson, Ian Buruma. Now, in a labor of love that is also a powerful act of artistic creation, Ian Buruma has woven his own voice in with theirs to provide the context and counterpoint necessary to bring to life their remarkable marriage, a class, and an age. Winifred and Bernard inherited the high European cultural ideals and attitudes that came of being born into prosperous German-Jewish émigré families. To young Ian, who would visit from Holland every Christmas, they seemed the very essence of England, their spacious Berkshire estate the model of genteel English country life at its most pleasant and refined. It wasn’t until years later that he discovered how much more there was to the story. At its heart, Their Promised Land is the story of cultural assimilation. The Schlesingers were very British in the way their relatives in Germany were very German, until Hitler destroyed that option. The problems of being Jewish and facing anti-Semitism even in the country they loved were met with a kind of stoic discretion. But they showed solidarity when it mattered most. As the shadows of war lengthened again, the Schlesingers mounted a remarkable effort, which Ian Buruma describes movingly, to rescue twelve Jewish children from the Nazis and see to their upkeep in England. Many are the books that do bad marriages justice; precious few take readers inside a good marriage. In Their Promised Land, Buruma has done just that, introducing us to a couple whose love was sustaining through the darkest hours of the century.

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    Their Promised Land by Ian Buruma

    Their Promised Land

    7.4 hrs • 1/19/16 • Unabridged
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  16. 12.5 hrs • 11/17/2015 • Unabridged

    The legendary historian and author of A Savage War of Peace and The Price of Glory distills a lifetime’s study to reflect on six critical battles that changed the course of the twentieth century. Sir Alistair Horne has been a close observer of war and history for more than fifty years. In this wise and masterly work that he calls his “summa,” he revisits six battles of the past century and examines the strategies, leadership, preparation, and geopolitical goals of aggressors and defenders, to reveal the one trait that links them all: hubris. In Greek tragedy, hubris is excessive human pride that challenges the gods and ultimately leads to downfall. From the Battle of Tsushima in the Russo-Japanese War to Hitler’s 1940 invasion of Moscow to MacArthur’s disastrous advance in Korea, Horne shows how each of these battles was won or lost due to excessive hubris on one side or the other. In a sweeping narrative written with his trademark erudition and wit, Horne provides a meticulously detailed analysis of the ground maneuvers employed by the opposing armies in each battle. He also explores the strategic and psychological mindset of the military leaders involved to demonstrate how a devastating combination of human ambition and arrogance led to overreach. Making clear the danger of hubris in warfare, his insights are deeply relevant and hold important lessons for civilian and military leaders navigating today’s complex global landscape. A dramatic, colorful, stylishly written history, Hubris is a brilliant and much-needed reflection on war from a master of his field.

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    Hubris

    12.5 hrs • 11/17/15 • Unabridged
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