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  1. 10.8 hrs • 1/9/2017 • Unabridged

    Back by popular demand, the bestselling Politically Incorrect Guides provide an unvarnished, unapologetic overview of the topics every American needs to know. The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Presidents, Part 1 profiles America’s early presidents, from George Washington to William Howard Taft.

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    The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Presidents, Part 1 by Larry Schweikart
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  2. 0.1 hrs • 1/5/2017 • Unabridged

    J.B. Rhine (1895 - 1980), widely considered to be the “Father of Modern Parapsychology,” was the world’s leading investigator of psychic phenomena, ESP and the paranormal. He founded the parapsychology research lab at Duke University and the Journal of Parapsychology. Dr. Rhine, who coined the term “extrasensory perception” (ESP) to describe the apparent ability of some people to acquire information without the use of the known five senses), wrote several books on ESP and the paranormal. Rhine investigated ghosts, telepathy, poltergeists, and other unseen parapsychology phenomena from 1927 to 1965 at his Duke laboratory, and for several years after that at a private laboratory. The following was recorded from a Rhine lecture on psychokinesis and his ESP experiments.

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    A Rare Recording of J.B. Rhine

    0.1 hrs • 1/5/17 • Unabridged
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  3. 7.8 hrs • 1/4/2017 • Recorded Seminar

    An award-winning, widely recognized expert on pre-modern history, Professor Thomas F. Madden concludes this two-part series on the medieval world. In this course, we will see the error of the commonly held assumption that the “Dark Ages” was a time of superstition, ignorance, and violence. Rather than a time of darkness, the Middle Ages saw extraordinary innovation, invention, and cultural vitality. It was the Middle Ages that gave us universities, vernacular literature, and the extraordinary beauty of Gothic architecture. To study the medieval world, then, is not only to study a time that has passed away. It is to study the birth of a new culture that would mature into the modern West. Whether we know it or not, the world we live in today is itself the product of the Middle Ages-not “Dark,” but remarkably bright.

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  4. 8.3 hrs • 1/4/2017 • Recorded Seminar

    This all-encompassing investigation of a highly influential time period includes the major events of the era and informative discussion of empire, papacy, the Crusades, and the fall of Constantinople. During the course of these lectures, Professor Madden also addresses the rise of Islam, reform movements, and schisms in the church. In so doing, Professor Madden underscores the significance and grand scale of an age that continues to hold an undeniable fascination for people today.

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  5. 9.8 hrs • 1/4/2017 • Unabridged

    Esta obra nos lleva a través de la historia de las fotografías que el fotógrafo Castellón toma durante los tiempos de la guerra en Europa y los tiempos de paz en Nicaragua, pasa de un episodio a otro desde la naciente Nicaragua, un ghetto en Varsovia, o a un monasterio en Mallorca y muchos más. Así como también mencionando a un sin numero de personajes de la historia universal con los que tiene algún contacto el fotógrafo Castellón, como el mercenario Walter, Napoleón el pequeño, Turgueniev, Flaubert y George Sand, la misma reina Victoria y personajes tales como Wenceslao Vivorny y el archiduque Luis Salvador. Además hay pasajes de la historia donde vemos caer y surgir ideales, sueños y grandes negocios. No podemos dejar de mencionar la aparición de Chopin y Ruben Dario en la misma historia.

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    Mil y una muertes

    9.8 hrs • 1/4/17 • Unabridged
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  6. 8.1 hrs • 1/3/2017 • Unabridged

    Once a most unlikely candidate, Barack Obama’s successful campaign for the White House made him a worldwide sensation and a transformative figure even before he was inaugurated. Elected as the Iraq War and Great Recession discouraged millions of Americans, Obama’s promise of hope revived the national spirit. Had he only saved the economy, Obama would be considered a truly successful president. However he has achieved so much more, against ferocious opposition, that he can be counted as one of the most consequential presidents in history. With health-care reform, he ended a crisis of escalating costs and inadequate access that threatened 50 million people. His energy policies drove down the cost of power generated by the sun, wind, and even fossil fuels. His climate change efforts produced the first treaty to address global warming in a meaningful way, and his diplomacy produced a dramatic reduction in the nuclear threat posed by Iran. Add the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, the normalization of relations with Cuba, and the “pivot” toward Asia, and his successes abroad match those at home. In A Consequential President, Michael D’Antonio tallies Obama’s long record of achievement, both his major successes and less noticed ones that nevertheless contribute to his legacy. Obama’s greatest achievement came as he restored dignity and ethics to the office of the president, proof that he delivered the hope and change he promised.

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    A Consequential President by Michael D'Antonio

    A Consequential President

    8.1 hrs • 1/3/17 • Unabridged
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  7. 10.5 hrs • 1/3/2017 • Unabridged

    Since the days of conquistador Hernan Cortes, rumors have circulated about an ancient White City of immense wealth hidden in the Honduran interior. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who had fled there to escape the Spanish, warning that anyone who disturbs this sacred city will fall ill and die. In 1940, swashbuckling journalist Theodore Morde returned from the jungle with hundreds of artifacts and tantalizing stories of having seen the crumbling walls of the Lost City of the Monkey God for himself. Soon after, he committed suicide without revealing its mysterious location. Three quarters of a century later, bestselling author Doug Preston climbed aboard a rickety, single-engine plane carrying expensive laser technology that could map the terrain under the dense rainforest canopy. That flight revealed for the first time an unmistakeable image of a sprawling metropolis, tantalizing proof of not just the mythical city but an entire lost civilization. Suspenseful, surprising, and unputdownable, The Lost City of the Monkey God is narrative nonfiction at its most compelling: a story of adventure, danger, ancient curses, modern technology, a stunning medical mystery, and a riveting eye-witness account of one of the great discoveries of the twenty-first century.

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    The Lost City of the Monkey God

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  8. 17.1 hrs • 1/3/2017 • Unabridged

    A visceral, hundred-year history of the vast Russian penal colony. From the beginning of the nineteenth century to the Russian Revolution, the last tsarist regimes exiled more than one million prisoners and their families to Siberia. Common criminals, political radicals, prostitutes, and alcoholics arrived desperate and half-starving in a land of harsh weather, grueling work, and pestilential conditions. A place of brutal realities, it was known as “the vast prison without a roof.” In his riveting new history, Daniel Beer takes readers deep inside Siberia, unearthing true-life tales of inhuman punishments and the crimes that occasioned them. Focusing his gaze on the last four tsars (1801 to 1917), Beer sheds light on how the massive penal colony, a project of correction and colonization, became an incubator for the radicalism of revolutionaries who would one day rule Russia. As comprehensive as it is bloody, The House of the Dead delves beneath the statistics and dares to imagine the human experience of Siberian exile. Beer’s original scholarship—examining letters, petitions, and court records in Russian and Siberian archives—tells the story of Russia’s struggle to master its prison continent as revolution loomed. From the Hardcover edition.

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    The House of the Dead

    17.1 hrs • 1/3/17 • Unabridged
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  9. 9.7 hrs • 1/3/2017 • Unabridged

    December 1944: Deep in the Ardennes forest, a platoon of eighteen men under the command of twenty year old lieutenant Lyle Bouck huddle in their foxholes. Under attack and vastly outnumbered, they repulse three German assaults in a fierce day-long battle, killing over five hundred Germans. Only when Bouck’s men run out of ammunition do they surrender. As POWs, Bouck’s platoon experience an ordeal far worse than combat: trigger-happy German guards, Allied bombing raids, and a daily ration of thin soup. Somehow, the men of Bouck’s platoon all miraculously survive. Alex Kershaw brings to life the story of America’s most decorated small unit of the war, and one of the most inspiring stories in American history.

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    The Longest Winter by Alex Kershaw

    The Longest Winter

    9.7 hrs • 1/3/17 • Unabridged
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  10. 11.6 hrs • 1/1/2016 • Unabridged

    They were told that the only crime they must never commit was to be caught. Women of enormous cunning and strength of will, the Shadow Warriors’ stories have remained largely untold—until now. In a dramatic tale of espionage and conspiracy in World War II, Shadow Warriors of World War II unveils the history of the courageous women who volunteered to work behind enemy lines. Sent into Nazi-occupied Europe by the United States’ Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and Britain’s Special Operations Executive (SOE), these women helped establish a web of resistance groups across the continent. Their extraordinary heroism, initiative, and resourcefulness contributed to the Allied breakout of the Normandy beachheads and even infiltrated Nazi Germany at the height of the war, into the very heart of Hitler’s citadel—Berlin. Young and daring, the female agents accepted that they could be captured, tortured, or killed, but others were always readied to take their place. So effective did the female agents become in their efforts, the Germans placed a price of a million francs on the heads of operatives who were successfully disrupting their troops.

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    Shadow Warriors of World War II by Gordon Thomas, Greg Lewis

    Shadow Warriors of World War II

    11.6 hrs • 1/1/17 • Unabridged
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  11. 6.1 hrs • 12/30/2016 • Unabridged

    The 2015 Paris and San Bernardino terrorist attacks heralded the beginning of a new wave of terrorism―one rooted in the ongoing conflict in Syria and Iraq that shows the possibility of foreign attackers working with citizens of the country. As ISIS seeks to expand its reach in the Middle East, its territory serves as a training and operations base for a new generation of jihadis. Young people from the West, primarily from Europe, have traveled to join the terror organization, reemerging as hardened fighters with military training and a network of international contacts. Many have returned to their homelands, where it is feared they are planning a new series of brutal attacks. When the War on Terror began, Western political leaders assured their citizens that they would be engaging terrorists “over there” in Iraq and Afghanistan and not at home. In this guide to the latest development in the War on Terror based on extensive interviews and previously unseen material, Peter R. Neumann explains the phenomenon of the “new jihadis” and why the threat of terrorism and ISIS in the West is greater than ever before.

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    Radicalized by Peter R. Neumann

    Radicalized

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    6.1 hrs • 12/30/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 4.6 hrs • 12/28/2016 • Unabridged

    In this rare, exciting eyewitness account, a Confederate soldier reveals what life was really like on the battlefields of the Civil War. Lieutenant John Alexander tells how he joined Colonel Mosby and his infamous rough riders, how they managed their ventures behind enemy lines, and how they evaded capture by the Union troops.

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    Mosby's Men

    4.6 hrs • 12/28/16 • Unabridged
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  13. 5.6 hrs • 12/27/2016 • Unabridged

    In December 2003, after one of the largest, most aggressive manhunts in history, US military forces captured Iraqi president Saddam Hussein near his hometown of Tikrit. Beset by body-double rumors and false alarms during a nine-month search, the Bush administration needed positive identification of the prisoner before it could make the announcement that would rocket around the world. At the time, John Nixon was a senior CIA leadership analyst who had spent years studying the Iraqi dictator. Called upon to make the official ID, Nixon looked for telltale scars and tribal tattoos and asked Hussein a list of questions only he could answer. The man was indeed Saddam Hussein, but as Nixon learned in the ensuing weeks, both he and America had greatly misunderstood just who Saddam Hussein really was. Debriefing the President presents an astounding, candid portrait of one of our era’s most notorious strongmen. Nixon, the first man to conduct a prolonged interrogation of Hussein after his capture, offers expert insight into the history and mind of America’s most enigmatic enemy. After years of parsing Hussein’s leadership from afar, Nixon faithfully recounts his debriefing sessions and subsequently strips away the mythology surrounding an equally brutal and complex man. His account is not an apology but a sobering examination of how preconceived ideas led Washington policymakers—and the Bush White House—astray. Unflinching and unprecedented, Debriefing the President exposes a fundamental misreading of one of the modern world’s most central figures and presents a new narrative that boldly counters the received account.

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    Debriefing the President

    5.6 hrs • 12/27/16 • Unabridged
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  14. 16.5 hrs • 12/27/2016 • Unabridged

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The perfect companion to the upcoming PBS Masterpiece series Victoria • A gripping account of Queen Victoria’s rise and early years in power from CNN’s official royal historian “Kate Williams has perfected the art of historical biography. Her pacy writing is underpinned by the most impeccable scholarship.”—Alison Weir   In 1819, a girl was born to the fourth son of King George III. No one could have expected such an unassuming, overprotected girl to be an effective ruler—yet Queen Victoria would become one of the most powerful monarchs in history.   Writing with novelistic flair and historical precision, Kate Williams reveals a vibrant woman in the prime of her life, while chronicling the byzantine machinations that continued even after the crown was placed on her head. Upon hearing that she had inherited the throne, eighteen-year-old Victoria banished her overambitious mother from the room, a simple yet resolute move that would set the tone for her reign. The queen clashed constantly not only with her mother and her mother’s adviser, the Irish adventurer John Conroy, but with her ministers and even her beloved Prince Albert—all of whom attempted to seize control from her.   Williams lays bare the passions that swirled around the throne—the court secrets, the sexual repression, and the endless intrigue. The result is a grand tale of a woman whose destiny began long before she was born and whose legacy lives on.   Praise for Becoming Queen Victoria   “An informative, entertaining, gossipy tale.”—Publishers Weekly   “A great read . . . With lively writing, Ms. Williams [makes] the story fresh and appealing.”—The Washington Times   “Sparkling, engaging.”—Open Letters Monthly

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    Becoming Queen Victoria

    16.5 hrs • 12/27/16 • Unabridged
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  15. 13.6 hrs • 12/27/2016 • Unabridged

    Most history-minded Americans have discussed the Vietnam War, becoming familiar, at the very least, with the names of such pivotal events as the Siege of Khe Sanh, the Tet Offensive, and the Fall of Saigon. But to grasp the full impact of this agonizing conflict, the human costs of an infernal war that raged for ten years and took more than 58,000 American lives, one must hear about it from the soldiers, sailors, and airmen who experienced the fighting and endured. In The Soldiers' Story, veteran journalist Ron Steinman gathers the candid reminiscences of seventy-six men who survived combat in Vietnam. Not a military analysis or political study, this oral history vividly conveys the hardships, friendships, fears, and personal triumphs of Marine, Army, Air Force, and Navy veterans-each of whom shares memories that have lingered to this day. It is a valuable frontline record of battle-torn Vietnam from the perspective of those who lived it first-hand, giving us a window into the horror, intensity, and raw courage that the war engendered. "Ranks among the most vivid accounts of the war." -Stanley Karnow "Their stories are as dangerous as the battles they fought-stunning, plain-spoken recollections that reveal the terror of combat and theperils of a far-off war and the folly of government policy." - New York Newsday "A powerful book that brings to life the triumphs and tragedies experienced by American soldiers in Vietnam. This excellent compilation belongs on every Vietnam bookshelf." -Publishers Weekly

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    The Soldiers' Story

    13.6 hrs • 12/27/16 • Unabridged
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  16. 0.3 hrs • 12/27/2016 • Unabridged

    Bill Wilson (1895 - 1971), also know as Bill W., was the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), a group dedicated to helping alcoholics break their habit. AA has over two million members belonging to 100,000 groups of alcoholics helping others achieve and maintain sobriety. In 1999 Time listed him as “Bill W.: The Healer” in the Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century. In this recording, Wilson gives a public lecture on the history of AA and his experience in 1934 when he was visited by old drinking companion Ebby Thacher, who had been sober for several weeks under the guidance of the evangelical Christian Oxford Group.

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    A Rare Recording of Bill Wilson

    0.3 hrs • 12/27/16 • Unabridged
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