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  1. 15.7 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    Did I do that?! When asked to name a successor, Alexander the Great declared that his empire should go “to the strongest.” But would rival factions have descended into war if he’d been a little more specific? What if the Vienna School of Art took a chance on a hopeful young student named Adolf Hitler? If Pope Clement VII granted King Henry VIII an annulment, England would likely still be Catholic today—and so would America. Bill Fawcett, author of 100 Mistakes That Changed History, offers a compendium of 101 all-new mammoth mistakes—from the ill-fated rule of Emperor Darius III to the equally ill-fated search for WMDs in Iraq—that will, unfortunately, never be forgotten by history.

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    101 Stumbles in the March of History by Bill Fawcett

    101 Stumbles in the March of History

    15.7 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 0.1 hrs • 9/1/2016

    This is a rare recording of Dr. Peter Marshall (1902 – 1949), a Scottish-American preacher, and former pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, who twice served as Chaplain of the United States Senate. He is remembered most popularly from the biography, A Man Called Peter, and the film made from it.

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  3. 0.1 hrs • 9/1/2016 • Unabridged

    This is a rare recording of Mel Trotter (1870-1940), a former alcoholic turned evangelist who was instrumental in the founding of 65 rescue missions. He was good friends, and often substituted for evangelists Billy Sunday and R. A. Torrey.

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    A Rare Recording of Mel Trotter

    0.1 hrs • 9/1/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 3.4 hrs • 8/3/2016 • Unabridged

    These two medieval Icelandic sagas tell one of the most astonishing stories in the history of exploration—the discovery of America by two Norsemen, Eirik the Red and Bjarni Herjolfsson, over five hundred years before Christopher Columbus. A fascinating bit of history and a distinctive piece of world literature, the Vinland Sagas is the definitive record of Europe’s first glimpse of the North American continent.

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    The Vinland Sagas

    3.4 hrs • 8/3/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 3.0 hrs • 6/29/2016 • Unabridged

    Jean Froissart (1337-1410) was the world’s first great war correspondent, covering the great age of the Hundred Years War. His Chronicles deliver a contemporary perspective on the latest Medieval news-from the crowning of Edward III to the downfall of Richard II-made all the richer by Froissart’s clear enthusiasm as he files his reports from the front lines of history. Included here: Froissart’s famous court’s eye descriptions of the “Black Death,” the Siege of Calais, jousting, and chivalry in action on the battlefields of Crécy and Poitiers.

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    Froissart’s Chronicles

    3.0 hrs • 6/29/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 6.5 hrs • 6/27/2016 • Unabridged

    In May 1940, the course of history hung in the balance for five long days while Churchill's War Cabinet debated whether to negotiate with Hitler or continue opposition. In this compelling narrative, scholar and renowned author John Lukacs draws on memoirs and papers to convey the drama of those troubled times. Prime Minister Winston Churchill, regarded by many to be hotheaded, has only been in office for a fortnight when a quarter of a million British solders become trapped by the Germans at Dunkirk. With the public ill-informed and the Cabinet divided on what action to take, Churchill fights an uphill battle to gain both political and popular support. As the events unfold hour by hour, Churchill struggles to rally the citizenry and persuade the politicians to stand fast. John Lukacs' literary style and aelred Rosser's compelling interpretation transport you to London to listen in on the high level talks at 10 Downing Street and observe the mood of the people in the street.

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    Five Days in London

    6.5 hrs • 6/27/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 8.0 hrs • 5/24/2016 • Unabridged

    Following his trek along the length of the Nile River, explorer Levison Wood takes on his greatest challenge yet—navigating the treacherous foothills of the Himalayas, the world’s highest mountain range. Praised by Bear Grylls, Levison Wood has been called “the toughest man on TV” (The Times UK). Now, following in the footsteps of the great explorers, Levison recounts the beauty and danger he found along the Silk Road route of Afghanistan, the Line of Control between Pakistan and India, the disputed territories of Kashmir, and the earthquake-ravaged lands of Nepal. Over the course of six months, Wood and his trusted guides trek 1,700 grueling miles across the roof of the world. Packed with action and emotion, Walking the Himalayas is the story of one intrepid man’s travels in a world poised on the edge of tremendous change.

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    Walking the Himalayas

    8.0 hrs • 5/24/16 • Unabridged
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  8. 4.2 hrs • 5/11/2016 • Unabridged

    Statesman and soldier Geoffroy de Villehardouin played a leading role in the Fourth Crusade of the 13th century. Medieval knights were led to believe that they could battle their way to Heaven on a road paved by earthly plunder and Christian blood. Villehardouin's first-hand account provides insight into the noble and barbaric motivations of the crusaders in one of the most famous of religious and military campaigns.

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  9. 4.6 hrs • 5/9/2016 • Unabridged

    Here is a rare chance to hear the Roman Emperor speak. In plain, soldierly language, Julius Caesar chronicles his struggle to win the Roman Civil War. Beneath the rhetoric crackles the intelligence of an extraordinary man.

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    The Civil War

    4.6 hrs • 5/9/16 • Unabridged
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  10. 12.7 hrs • 3/24/2016 • Unabridged

    Award-winning author Mark Kurlansky has drawn enthusiastic praise for his books, which are sharply-focused studies as well as glorious celebrations of their subjects. In The Basque History of the World, he turns his eye toward Europe's oldest surviving culture-a culture as mysterious as it is fascinating. Settled in the western Pyrenees Mountains of France and Spain, the Basque nation is not drawn on maps and the origin of their forbidden language has never been discovered. Yet, Basques appear to predate all other cultures in Europe, with many significant global contributions to their credit. Most notably, one of their own took command after Magellan's death and was the first person to circumnavigate the globe. This informative book is full of lively anecdotes that illuminate an otherwise obscure culture. Narrator George Guidall rises to the challenge of the text, which includes many Basque terms, and interprets beautifully.

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    Basque History of the World

    12.7 hrs • 3/24/16 • Unabridged
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  11. 7.5 hrs • 3/1/2016 • Unabridged

    From time immemorial, prayer has provided comfort in our darkest hours, stirred us to action beyond what we thought possible, and shown us the way through seemingly insurmountable challenges. In this engaging tour of world history, author and historian Jean-Pierre Isbouts takes us on an inspiring tour of ten prayers that played a pivotal role in world events. The prayers range from the divine inspiration of Joan of Arc to Martin Luther’s hymn “A Mighty Fortress,” from George Washington’s prayerful words to the newly formed American states to the horrors of Auschwitz, and from Constantine the Great’s prayer before battle to Gandhi’s deeply moving prayer of peace. Ten Prayers That Changed the World delves into the moments in history when faith and prayer intersected with the course of mankind.

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    Ten Prayers That Changed the World by Jean-Pierre Isbouts

    Ten Prayers That Changed the World

    7.5 hrs • 3/1/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 12.2 hrs • 1/25/2016 • Unabridged

    The world is a better place than it used to be. People are healthier, wealthier, and live longer. Yet the escapes from destitution by so many has left gaping inequalities between people and nations. In The Great Escape, Angus Deaton—one of the foremost experts on economic development and on poverty—tells the remarkable story of how, beginning 250 years ago, some parts of the world experienced sustained progress, opening up gaps and setting the stage for today’s disproportionately unequal world. Deaton takes an in-depth look at the historical and ongoing patterns behind the health and wealth of nations, and addresses what needs to be done to help those left behind. Deaton describes vast innovations and wrenching setbacks: the successes of antibiotics, pest control, vaccinations, and clean water on the one hand, and disastrous famines and the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the other. He examines the United States, a nation that has prospered but is today experiencing slower growth and increasing inequality. He also considers how economic growth in India and China has improved the lives of more than a billion people. Deaton argues that international aid has been ineffective and even harmful. He suggests alternative efforts—including reforming incentives to drug companies and lifting trade restrictions—that will allow the developing world to bring about its own Great Escape. Demonstrating how changes in health and living standards have transformed our lives, The Great Escape is a powerful guide to addressing the well-being of all nations.

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    The Great Escape by Angus Deaton

    The Great Escape

    12.2 hrs • 1/25/16 • Unabridged
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    44.5 hrs • 12/1/2015 • Unabridged

    An engrossing volume on European civilization by Pulitzer Prize–winning historians Will and Ariel Durant The Age of Napoleon, the eleventh and final volume of the Story of Civilization, surveys the amazing chain of events that wrenched Europe out of the Enlightenment and into the age of democracy. In this masterful work, listeners will encounter the French Revolution—from the storming of the Bastille to the guillotining of the king; the revolution’s leaders Danton, Desmoulins, Robespierre, Saint-Just—all cut down by the reign of terror they inaugurated; Napoleon’s meteoric rise—from provincial Corsican military student to emperor and commander of the largest army in history; Napoleon’s fall—his army’s destruction in the snows of Russia, his exile to Elba, his escape and reconquest of the throne, and his ultimate defeat at Waterloo by the combined forces of Europe; the birth of Romanticism and the dawning of a new age of active democracy and a rising middle class, laying the foundation for a new era.

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    The Age of Napoleon by Will Durant, Ariel Durant

    The Age of Napoleon

    44.5 hrs • 12/1/15 • Unabridged
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  14. 15.4 hrs • 11/20/2015 • Unabridged

    Fordlandia by National Book Award finalist Greg Grandin tells the enthralling tale of Henry Ford’s failed attempts to transform a Connecticut-sized chunk of Brazilian rainforest into a homespun slice of American utopia.

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    Fordlandia

    15.4 hrs • 11/20/15 • Unabridged
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  15. 0.1 hrs • 11/9/2015

    On October 3, 1951, the New York Giants’ Bobby Thomson hit a dramatic ninth inning game-winning home run off the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Ralph Branca at the Polo Grounds in the decisive third game of a three-game playoff to win the National League pennant. It would be known in baseball lore as the “Shot Heard ‘round the World.” The game—the first ever televised nationally—was seen by millions of viewers across America and heard on radio by millions more, including thousands of American servicemen stationed in Korea, listening on Armed Forces Radio.

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  16. 0.1 hrs • 11/9/2015

    Hear the voices of old-time tennis greats, including Don Budge, Bill Tilden, and Althea Gibson.

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