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  1. 2.0 hrs • 9/27/2016 • Unabridged

    This official tie-in to the highly acclaimed film, The Birth of a Nation, surveys the history and legacy of Nat Turner, the leader of one of the most renowned slave rebellions on American soil, while also exploring Turner’s relevance to contemporary dialogues on race relations.This official tie-in edition to the highly acclaimed film, The Birth of a Nation, presents the philosophy and craft behind the making of the film, situating the film’s relevance not only within cinematic history but also within the greater dialog of race, subjugation and resistance. In addition to “My Journey with Nat Turner” by writer/director, Nate Parker, the book will also feature: “The Unbroken Chain of Enslaved African Resistance and Rebellion” by Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Daina Ramey Berry, “Slavery and (In)Justice During the Nat Turner Rebellion: History and Legacy of the ‘Rule of Law’ in America” by Alfred L. Brophy, “Nat Turner at the Crossroads: African Iconography and Cosmologies in The Birth of a Nation” by Kelley Fanto Deetz, PhD, and “Why Nat Turner Matters: The Importance of History in Contemporary Consciousness” by Brian Favors, MEd. More than just a tie-in this book seeks to educate the listener as to Nat Turner’s legacy and influence. By bringing together an array of artists and intellectuals, this book speaks directly to Turner’s importance throughout history and especially his relevance to contemporary social relations.

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    The Birth of a Nation

    2.0 hrs • 9/27/16 • Unabridged
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    8.1 hrs • 11/3/2015 • Unabridged

    It Ended Badly: Thirteen of the Worst Breakups in History is a history of heartbreak—replete with beheadings, uprisings, creepy sex dolls, and celebrity gossip—and its disastrously bad consequences throughout time Spanning eras and cultures from ancient Rome to medieval England to 1950s Hollywood, Jennifer Wright’s It Ended Badly guides you through the worst of the worst in historically bad breakups. In the throes of heartbreak, Emperor Nero had just about everyone he ever loved—from his old tutor to most of his friends—put to death. Oscar Wilde’s lover, whom he went to jail for, abandoned him when faced with being cut off financially from his wealthy family and wrote several self-serving books denying the entire affair. And poor volatile Caroline Lamb sent Lord Byron one hell of a torch letter and enclosed a bloody lock of her own pubic hair. Your obsessive social media stalking of your ex isn’t looking so bad now, is it? With a wry wit and considerable empathy, Wright digs deep into the archives to bring these thirteen terrible breakups to life. She educates, entertains, and really puts your own bad breakup conduct into perspective. It Ended Badly is for anyone who’s ever loved and lost and maybe sent one too many ill-considered late-night emails to their ex, reminding us that no matter how badly we’ve behaved, no one is as bad as Henry VIII.

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    It Ended Badly

    8.1 hrs • 11/3/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 12.6 hrs • 9/28/2015 • Unabridged

    Between the end of May and the beginning of August 1864, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant and General Robert E. Lee oversaw the transition between the Overland Campaign—a remarkable saga of maneuvering and brutal combat—and what became a grueling siege of Petersburg that many months later compelled Confederates to abandon Richmond. Although many historians have marked Grant’s crossing of the James River on June 12 to June 15 as the close of the Overland Campaign, this volume interprets the fighting from Cold Harbor on June 1 to June 3 through the Battle of the Crater on July 30 as the last phase of an operation that could have ended without a prolonged siege. The contributors to this volume assess the campaign from a variety of perspectives, examining strategy and tactics, the performances of key commanders on each side, the centrality of field fortifications, political repercussions in the United States and the Confederacy, the experiences of civilians caught in the path of the armies, and how the famous Battle of the Crater has resonated in historical memory. As a group, the essays highlight the important connections between the home front and the battlefield, showing some of the ways in which military and nonmilitary affairs played off and influenced each other. Contributors include Keith S. Bohannon, Stephen Cushman, M. Keith Harris, Robert E. L. Krick, Kevin M. Levin, Kathryn Shively Meier, Gordon C. Rhea, and Joan Waugh.

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    Cold Harbor to the Crater by Gary W. Gallagher, Caroline E. Janney
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  4. 14.0 hrs • 2/1/2015 • Unabridged

    In an age in which the lack of independent public intellectuals has often been sorely lamented, the historian Tony Judt played a rare and valuable role, bringing together history and current events, Europe and America, wghat was and what is with what should be. In When the Facts Change, Tony Judt’s widow and fellow historian Jennifer Homans has assembled an essential collection of the most important and influential pieces written in the last fifteen years of Judt’s life, the years in which he found his voice in the public sphere. Included are seminal essays on the full range of Judt’s concerns, including Europe as an idea and in reality, before 1989 and thereafter; Israel, the Holocaust, and the Jews; American hyperpower and the world after 9/11; and issues of social inclusion and social justice in an age of increasing inequality. When the Facts Change also contains Judt’s homages to the culture heroes who were some of his greatest inspirations: Amos Elon, François Furet, Leszek Kołakowski, and perhaps above all, Albert Camus, who never accepted the complacent view that the problem of evil couldn’t lie within us as well as outside us. Included here too is a magnificent two-part essay on the social and political importance of railway travel to our modern conception of a good society; as well as the urgent text of “What Is Living and What Is Dead in Social Democracy,” the final public speech of his life, delivered from a wheelchair after he had been stricken with a terrible illness; and a tender and wise dialogue with his then-teenage son Daniel about the different outlooks and burdens of their two generations. To listen to When the Facts Change is to miss Tony Judt’s voice terribly, but also to cherish it for what it was and still is: a wise, human, deeply informed view on our most pressing concerns, delivered in good faith.

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    When the Facts Change by Tony Judt

    When the Facts Change

    Edited and with an introduction by Jennifer Homans
    14.0 hrs • 2/1/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 5.3 hrs • 12/9/2014 • Unabridged

    The final and most personal work from Pulitzer Prize–winning author and historian Will Durant—discovered thirty-two years after his death—is a message of insight for everyone who has sought meaning in life or the council of a wise friend in navigating life’s journey. From 1968 to 1978, Will Durant made four public allusions to the existence of Fallen Leaves. One, in 1975, hinted at its contents: “a not very serious book that answers the questions of what I think about government, life, death, and God.” And in 1975: “I propose…to answer all the important questions, simply, fairly, and imperfectly.” Even into his nineties, he worked on the book daily, writing it out on legal notepads. Upon his death in 1981, no one, not even the Durant heirs, knew if he had completed it, or even if it still existed. Thirty-two years later, in a granddaughter’s attic trunk, the manuscript was discovered. Fallen Leaves is Will Durant’s most personal book. It is precisely as he described: twenty-two short chapters on everything from youth and old age, religion and morals, to sex, war, politics, and art. The culmination of Durant’s sixty-plus years spent researching the philosophies, religions, arts, sciences, and civilizations from across the world, Fallen Leaves is the distilled wisdom of a gifted scholar with a renowned talent for rendering the insights of the past accessible. In its preface Durant mentions that over the course of his career he received letters from “curious readers who have challenged me to speak my mind on the timeless questions of human life and fate.” With Fallen Leaves he accepted their challenge. It contains strong opinions, elegant prose, and deep insights into the human condition as only Will Durant could provide, as well as his revealing conclusions about the perennial problems and greatest joys we face as a species.

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    Fallen Leaves by Will Durant

    Fallen Leaves

    5.3 hrs • 12/9/14 • Unabridged
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  6. 12.7 hrs • 8/16/2013 • Unabridged

    Generation of Swine, the second volume of the legendary Dr. Hunter S. Thompson’s bestselling Gonzo Papers, was first published in 1988 and is now back in print. Here, against a backdrop of late-night tattoo sessions and soldier-of-fortune trade shows, Dr. Thompson is at his apocalyptic best—covering emblematic events such as the 1987–88 presidential campaign, with Vice President George Bush, Sr., fighting for his life against Republican competitors like Alexander Haig, Pat Buchanan, and Pat Robertson; detailing the GOP’s obsession with drugs and drug abuse; while at the same time capturing momentous social phenomena as they occurred, like the rise of cable, satellite television, and CNN—twenty-four hours of mainline news. Showcasing his inimitable talent for social and political analysis, Generation of Swine is vintage Thompson—eerily prescient, incisive, and enduring.

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  7. 12.9 hrs • 12/1/2009 • Unabridged

    Master historian Barbara W. Tuchman looks at history in a unique way and draws lessons from what she sees. This accessible introduction to the subject of history offers striking insights into American’s past and present, trenchant observations on the international scene, and thoughtful pieces on the historian’s role. History should not just be a series of facts, names, and dates—it should be a flowing narrative, the story of humanity, written as vividly as a novel. Here is a splendid body of work, the story of a lifetime spent “practicing history.”

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    Practicing History by Barbara W. Tuchman

    Practicing History

    12.9 hrs • 12/1/09 • Unabridged
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  8. 4.8 hrs • 3/15/2007 • Abridged

    The candid memoir of one of the most effective, controversial figures in modern politics Very few people are on the fence about Tom DeLay, who was nicknamed “the Hammer” for his hard-charging, take-no-prisoners style of leadership. Liberals despise him, but for conservatives he’s a hero—one of the architects of the 1994 Republican revolution. For twelve years afterward, he was the driving force of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives.  In this eagerly awaited memoir, DeLay will share fascinating stories from his entire career, starting with his early, raucous days in Texas; his personal conversion to Christ and how that changed his personal and political life; his work with other rebels to sow the seeds of the shocking 1994 takeover; and his ascension to the top leadership in the House. He offers a behind-the-scenes view of the most talked-about stories of the past decade, involving George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, and many others.  DeLay will also discuss his victories against the odds with the slimmest of margins; his passionate dedication to abused and neglected children; and his battle to fend off a ten-year barrage of malicious and frivolous allegations of wrongdoing, which ultimately led to his decision to resign from Congress. Perhaps most importantly, DeLay will unveil a blueprint agenda for the country’s next group of elected leaders, and show conservatives how to make it a reality.

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    No Retreat, No Surrender

    4.8 hrs • 3/15/07 • Abridged
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  9. 5.5 hrs • 10/22/2002 • Abridged

    No End Save Victory is a collection of brilliant essays about World War II by some of the most renowned historians in their field. Essays include: Caleb Carr on Poland in 1939—the only war Hitler actually won; Stephen E. Ambrose on a pivotal battle to take the Rhine; John Keegan on the siege of Berlin; Thaddeus Hold on the King of Bataan; Kanji Suzuki on A Kamikaze’s Story; Thomas B. Allen and Norman Polmar on the Voice of the Crane. Each of these fascinating pieces has appeared in print only once before: in the pages of the award-winning, authoritative MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History. In each issue, MHQ brings the history of warfare and of society to life through vivid narrative accounts of the key events—some well known, some seemingly obscure—that have shaped the world we live in today. Hit movies including Saving Private Ryan, Pearl Harbor, and Enemy at the Gates, as well as bestselling books such as D-Day June 6, 1944 and Blind Man’s Bluff have sparked a revival of interest in World War II history among all ages. No End Save Victory will find a large and appreciative audience eager to hear what our era’s most distinguished historical thinkers and writers have to say about this most crucial of twentieth-century conflicts.

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    No End Save Victory

    Edited by Robert Cowley
    5.5 hrs • 10/22/02 • Abridged
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  10. 4.3 hrs • 11/1/2001 • Abridged

    Historians and philosophers alike have pondered the crucial turning points of history -- events that forever altered the course of civilization and set the stage for the world in which we live today. In this audiobook, some of the most respected minds of our time ask the question "What if..." –George Washington had never made his miraculous escape from the British on Long Island in the early dawn of August 29, 1776? –A Confederate aide hadn't accidentally lost General Robert E. Lee's plans for invading the North? –Alexander the Great had been slain in battle, instead of being saved at the last instant by a loyal bodyguard? –The Allied invasion of D-Dav had failed? –The Mongols had succeeded in conquering Europe? Both fascinating and frightening, What If?™ offers in-depth reflections on the monumental events of the past and amazing speculations as to what our world might be like had things gone differently in a singular moment in time.

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