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  1. 27.6 hrs • 9/1/2014 • Unabridged

    As recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, president of the African National Congress, and head of the antiapartheid movement, Nelson Mandela has been one of the world’s great moral and political leaders. The story of his life—from the early development of his political consciousness to his eventful quarter century behind bars to his momentous victory in South Africa’s first multiracial elections—is an epic account of struggle, setback, renewed hope, and ultimate triumph.

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    Long Walk to Freedom

    By Nelson Mandela, with Richard Stengel
    Foreword by Kofi Annan
    Afterword by Sharon Gelman
    27.6 hrs • 9/1/14 • Unabridged
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    39.2 hrs • 3/15/2011 • Unabridged

    No Ordinary Time describes how the isolationist and divided United States of 1940 was unified under the extraordinary leadership of Franklin Roosevelt to become the preeminent economic and military power in the world. Using diaries, interviews, and White House records of the president's and first lady's comings and goings, Goodwin paints an intimate portrait of the daily conduct of the presidency during wartime, and the Roosevelts' extraordinary constellation of friends, advisers, and family. Bringing to bear the tools of both history and biography, No Ordinary Time relates the unique story of how Franklin Roosevelt led the nation to victory against seemingly insurmountable odds and, with Eleanor's essential help, forever changed the fabric of American society.

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    No Ordinary Time

    39.2 hrs • 3/15/11 • Unabridged
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    41.5 hrs • 3/8/2011 • Unabridged

    The basis for the Academy Award-winning movie from Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the president and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln In this mega bestseller, the acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln’s political genius in a highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president. On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency. Lincoln succeeded because he possessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires. It was this capacity that enabled Lincoln as president to bring his opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to the task of preserving the Union and winning the war. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln’s mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation’s history.

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    Team of Rivals

    41.5 hrs • 3/8/11 • Unabridged
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