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  1. 19.0 hrs • 2/1/1993 • Unabridged

    Repeatedly during his eight years as president, George Washington saved the infant republic from the factionalism and the involvement of foreign wars that threatened its existence. He skillfully moderated the feuds among his cabinet, especially those between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, and achieved his own political ends by seeming to be above politics. His actions and character defined the very nature of the presidency and, even more than the Constitution itself, made the new American government work. Better than any biographer before him, Richard Norton Smith gives us the “living” Washington, a working politician beset by crises, a masterly manager of men and events, anything but the time-worn marble monument.

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    Patriarch

    19.0 hrs • 2/1/93 • Unabridged
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  2. 1.6 hrs • 12/1/1992 • Abridged

    Her life has seemed like a fairy-tale come true, yet the shocking truth is that for Diana, Princess of Wales, life has been far from perfect. Written with the cooperation and support of members of Diana's family and her closest friends, Diana: Her True Story reveals a woman trapped in a loveless marriage, who has suffered from chronic illness and loneliness, who has gone to the depths of despair, and who has courageously struggled to create a new life for herself.

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    Diana: Her True Story

    1.6 hrs • 12/1/92 • Abridged
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  3. 5.6 hrs • 12/1/1992 • Abridged

    Hailed by critics as an American masterpiece, David McCullough's sweeping biography of Harry S. Truman captured the heart of the nation. The life and times of the thirty-third President of the United States, Truman provides a deeply moving look at an extraordinary, singular American. From Truman's small-town, turn-of-the-century boyhood and his transforming experience in the face of war in 1918, to his political beginnings in the powerful Pendergast machine and his rapid rise to prominence in the U.S. Senate, McCullough shows a man of uncommon vitality and strength of character. Here too is a telling account of Truman's momentous decision to use the atomic bomb and the weighty responsibilities that he was forced to confront on the dawning of a new age. Distinguished historian and Pulitzer-Prize-winning author David McCullough tells one of the greatest American stories in this stirring audio adaptation of Truman -- a compelling, classic portrait of a life that shaped history.

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    Truman

    5.6 hrs • 12/1/92 • Abridged
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  4. 2.4 hrs • 10/1/1992 • Abridged

    Rush Limbaugh is a way of life for over twelve million avid and devoted listeners. For three hours every day this comic conservative of the airwaves with "talent on loan from God" entertains, provokes and persuades friend sand enemies alike in a no-holds-barred show that is one of the biggest draws in radio history. Using personal anecdotes, Limbaugh now reveals the major influences on his life and views, and blasts off on all the leading issues of our day. Nothing escapes his acerbic wit and huggable charm as he proves why he is on the cutting edge of societal evolution and the epitome of morality and virtue. Here he holds forth on such subjects as: Anita Hill, The Homeless Fraud, The Media, and many others. Tackling the hottest topics of the times from Feminazis to Environmentalist Wackos, Rush Limbaugh is at his satirical best---the provocative conservative and the showman who is "documented to be almost always right 97.9% of the time" about The Way Things Ought To Be.

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    The Way Things Ought to Be

    2.4 hrs • 10/1/92 • Abridged
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    4.3 hrs • 9/1/1991 • Unabridged

    Napoleon’s surrender and retreat from Moscow in 1812 is a pinnacle of military horror. Of the 600,000 men who crossed into Russia in June of 1812, only 25,000 would survive. Jakob Walter, a conscript soldier, was one of those survivors. His observant diary captures the everyday circumstances that soldiers suffered during the campaign.

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    The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier

    4.3 hrs • 9/1/91 • Unabridged
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  6. 12.8 hrs • 8/1/1991 • Unabridged

    This is a story that imperial China never wanted you to hear. It is the astonishing true tale of Frederick Townsend Ward, an American soldier of fortune who changed the course of Chinese history by leading one of the most extraordinary military campaigns the world has ever seen. Generations of anti-Americanism and political turmoil in China have erased nearly all traces of Ward’s legacy.

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    The Devil Soldier

    12.8 hrs • 8/1/91 • Unabridged
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    22.4 hrs • 1/1/1991 • Unabridged

    The tempestuous, bloody, and splendid reign of Henry VIII of England (1509–1547) is one of the most fascinating in all history, not least for his marriage to six extraordinary women. In this accessible work of brilliant scholarship, Alison Weir draws on early biographies, letters, memoirs, account books, and diplomatic reports to bring these women to life. Catherine of Aragon emerges as a staunch though misguided woman of principle; Anne Boleyn, an ambitious adventuress with a penchant for vengeance; Jane Seymour, a strong-minded matriarch in the making; Anne of Cleves, a good-natured and innocent woman naively unaware of the court intrigues that determined her fate; Catherine Howard, an empty-headed wanton; and Catherine Parr, a warm-blooded bluestocking who survived King Henry to marry a fourth time.

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    The Six Wives of Henry VIII

    22.4 hrs • 1/1/91 • Unabridged
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    16.9 hrs • 9/15/1990 • Unabridged

    Universally acclaimed as a musical genius, Miles Davis was one of the most important and influential musicians in the world. Here, Miles speaks out about his extraordinary life. Miles: The Autobiography, like Miles himself, holds nothing back. For the first time Miles talks about his five-year silence, he speaks frankly and openly about his drug problem and how he overcame it, he condemns the racism he encountered in the music business and in American society in general, and he discusses the women in his life. But above all, Miles talks about music and musicians, including the legends he has played with over the years: Bird, Dizzy, Monk, Trane, Mingus, and many others.

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    Miles by Miles Davis

    Miles

    By Miles Davis, with Quincy Troupe
    Read by Dion Graham
    16.9 hrs • 9/15/90 • Unabridged
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  9. 3.1 hrs • 9/1/1990 • Abridged

    Nicholas Pileggi’s vivid, unvarnished, journalistic chronicle of the life of Henry Hill—the working-class Brooklyn kid who knew from age twelve that “to be a wiseguy was to own the world,” who grew up to live the highs and lows of the gangster’s life—has been hailed as “the best book ever written on organized crime” (Cosmopolitan). This is the true-crime bestseller that was the basis for Martin Scorsese’s film masterpiece GoodFellas, which brought to life the violence, the excess, the families, the wives and girlfriends, the drugs, the payoffs, the paybacks, the jail time, and the Feds . . . with Henry Hill’s crackling narration drawn straight out of Wiseguy and overseeing all the unforgettable action. Read it and experience the secret life inside the mob—from one who’s lived it. Now with an introduction by Martin Scorcese.

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    Wiseguy

    3.1 hrs • 9/1/90 • Abridged
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  10. 3.0 hrs • 7/1/1989 • Abridged

    "I started out to write a book called A Portrait of the Artist as a Housewife. I wanted to write a collection of stories, poems and vignettes about things like my toaster oven and my relationships with plumbers, mailmen and delivery people. But life dealt me a much more complicated story..." Gilda Radner died on May 20, 1989, shortly before publication of her book It's Always Something. A month before her death, Gilda entered a Los Angeles recording studio to deliver what would be her final performance -- this remarkable audio autobiography, in which she reveals the inspirational story of her struggles with cancer...a private, personal battle in which the humor and humanity that has touched millions became her most powerful weapon.

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    It's Always Something

    3.0 hrs • 7/1/89 • Abridged
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    9.4 hrs • 4/15/1989 • Unabridged

    In the 1930s, Jill Ker’s parents bought a sheep farm on the western plains of New South Wales. In 1944, they lost nearly everything when a drought hit. Forced to leave Coorain, eleven-year-old Jill and her mother settled in Sydney where Jill struggled to find a place for herself among Sydney’s elite. Her story, both a chronicle of life in the Australian outback and the odyssey of a brilliant woman fighting the constraints of her time, offers a loving view of Australia. Includes a taped afterword by the author.

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    The Road from Coorain

    9.4 hrs • 4/15/89 • Unabridged
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  12. 9.9 hrs • 7/1/1985 • Unabridged

    First published in 1923, this fictional biography of Jesse Livermore, one of the greatest market speculators ever, is widely regarded as one of best investment books of all time. Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is the resource that generations of investors have turned to when they needed deeper insight into their own investing habits and those of others. Listen to this work, featuring narrator Rick Rohan, and you’ll soon discover your portfolio growing in new and unexpected ways!

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    Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

    9.9 hrs • 7/1/85 • Unabridged
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    13.8 hrs • 1/1/1985 • Unabridged

    A princess of White Russian descent, Marie Vassiltchikov was twenty-three years old when she was trapped in Berlin by the outbreak of World War II. In these secret diaries, she chronicles the glamorous rise and shattering fall of the Nazi Party, as seen from the vantage point of her desk at the Foreign Ministry. She also describes how she and her friends became involved in a desperate conspiracy to murder Hitler.

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    Berlin Diaries

    13.8 hrs • 1/1/85 • Unabridged
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    14.6 hrs • 11/1/1981 • Unabridged

    In the Wall Street Journal, Victor Davis Hanson named With the Old Breed one of the top five books on epic twentieth-century battles. Studs Terkel interviewed the author for his definitive oral history, The Good War. Now E. B. Sledge’s acclaimed first-person account of fighting at Peleliu and Okinawa returns to thrill, edify, and inspire a new generation. An Alabama boy steeped in American history and enamored of such heroes as George Washington and Daniel Boone, Eugene B. Sledge became part of the war’s famous 1st Marine Division—3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. Even after intense training, he was shocked to be thrown into the battle of Peleliu, where “the world was a nightmare of flashes, explosions, and snapping bullets.” By the time Sledge hit the hell of Okinawa, he was a combat vet, still filled with fear but no longer with panic. Based on notes Sledge secretly kept in a copy of the New Testament, With the Old Breed captures with utter simplicity and searing honesty the experience of a soldier in the fierce Pacific Theater. Here is what saved, threatened, and changed his life. Here, too, is the story of how he learned to hate and kill, and came to love, his fellow man.

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    With the Old Breed

    14.6 hrs • 11/1/81 • Unabridged
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  15. 11.5 hrs • 1/1/1977 • Unabridged

    A nominee for the National Book Award, Ivan Doig’s brilliant memoir shares the experiences and culture that shaped his early years and made him fall in love with the West. From his childhood in a family of homesteaders through the death of his mother and his move to Montana to herd sheep, Doig shows his intimate connection with the American West.

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    This House of Sky

    11.5 hrs • 1/1/78 • Unabridged
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  16. 8.6 hrs • 12/1/1977 • Unabridged

    The engrossing, moving biography of one of China’s better-known Christians, the dedicated evangelist and gifted Bible teacher Watchman Nee. 

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    Against the Tide

    8.6 hrs • 12/1/77 • Unabridged
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