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  1. 25.8 hrs • 3/23/2017 • Unabridged

    Professor emeritus at the University of Vermont, James W. Loewen won the National Book Award for his New York Times best-seller, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. Sundown Towns examines thousands of all-white American towns that were- and still are, in some instances-racially exclusive by design.

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    Sundown Towns

    25.8 hrs • 3/23/17 • Unabridged
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  2. 8.2 hrs • 2/17/2017 • Recorded Seminar

    For over 400 years, crusaders ("those signed by the cross"), out of Christian zeal, a declared love for their fellow man, and, in many cases, a simple desire for fortune, glory, and heavenly reward, marched to the Holy Land to battle both a real and perceived threat to their way of life and their religious beliefs. The story of the many crusades are filled with an unremitting passion to keep or return the home of Christianity to Christians. It is also filled with death, destruction, disorder, greed, avarice, and self-interest on all sides. Much of what occurred during the Crusades has come down to us today in the form of continued suspicion among religious ideologies-not only between Christians and Muslims, but also internally among Christian sects and, to some degree, among Muslim sects. There is certainly much to learn about our own history from a better understanding of the Crusades and what led so many to crusade.

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    God Wills It!

    8.2 hrs • 2/17/17 • Recorded Seminar
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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. 7.8 hrs • 12/13/2016 • Recorded Seminar

    In weaving together the varied and interrelated strands of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century discourse and events, this course focuses on the contributions to Western history that bear the most responsibility for shaping the world of today. Among these contributions are such vital, yet markedly different documents as the Federalist Papers and the Communist Manifesto. New styles of art and literature are also given a stunning treatment, as the professors delve into discussions on Romantic trends in both art and literature. But perhaps most important of all is the single most influential event in the last five hundred years-the scientific revolution-which serves as the engine of progress driving much of the social, political, and cultural change seen in this dramatic period.

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    Odyssey of the West V

    7.8 hrs • 12/13/16 • Recorded Seminar
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    35.4 hrs • 11/15/2016 • Unabridged

    Bankers, philanthropists, scholars, socialites, artists, and politicians, the Warburgs stood at the pinnacle of German (and, later, of German-American) Jewry. They forged economic dynasties, built mansions and estates, assembled libraries, endowed charities, and advised a German kaiser and two American presidents. But their very success made the Warburgs lightning rods for anti-Semitism, and their sense of patriotism became increasingly dangerous in a Germany that had declared Jews the enemy.Ron Chernow's hugely fascinating history is a group portrait of a clan whose members were renowned for their brilliance, culture, and personal energy yet tragically vulnerable to the dark and irrational currents of the twentieth century.

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    The Warburgs

    35.4 hrs • 11/15/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 26.4 hrs • 11/1/2016 • Unabridged

    The final volume in the definitive biography of America’s greatest first lady. Historians, politicians, critics, and readers everywhere have praised Blanche Wiesen Cook’s biography of Eleanor Roosevelt as the essential portrait of a woman who towers over the twentieth century. The third and final volume takes us through World War II, FDR’s death, the founding of the UN, and Eleanor Roosevelt’s death in 1962. It follows the arc of war and the evolution of a marriage, as the first lady realized the cost of maintaining her principles even as the country and her husband were not prepared to adopt them. Eleanor Roosevelt continued to struggle for her core issues—economic security, New Deal reforms, racial equality, and rescue—when they were sidelined by FDR while he marshaled the country through war. The chasm between Eleanor and Franklin grew, and the strains on their relationship were as political as they were personal. She also had to negotiate the fractures in the close circle of influential women around her at Val-Kill, but through it she gained confidence in her own vision, even when forced to amend her agenda when her beliefs clashed with government policies on such issues as neutrality, refugees, and eventually the threat of communism. These years—the war years—made Eleanor Roosevelt the woman she became: leader, visionary, guiding light. FDR’s death in 1945 changed her world, but she was far from finished, returning to the spotlight as a crucial player in the founding of the United Nations. This is a sympathetic but unblinking portrait of a marriage and of a woman whose passion and commitment has inspired generations of Americans to seek a decent future for all people. Modest and self-deprecating, a moral force in a turbulent world, Eleanor Roosevelt was unique.

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    Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3

    26.4 hrs • 11/1/16 • Unabridged
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  8. 13.0 hrs • 10/4/2016 • Unabridged

    The latest from the bestselling author of Operation Mincemeat and A Spy among Friends—the untold story of one of WWII’s most important secret military units Ben Macintyre’s latest book of derring-do and wartime intrigue reveals the incredible story of the last truly unsung secret organization of World War II—Britain’s Special Air Service, or the SAS. Facing long odds and a tough slog against Rommel and the Germans’ tanks in the Middle East theater, Britain turned to the brainchild of one its most unlikely heroes: David Stirling, a young man whose aimlessness and almost practiced ennui belied a remarkable mind for strategy. With the help of his equally idiosyncratic colleague, the rough-and-tumble Jock Lewes, Stirling sought to assemble a crack team of highly trained men who would parachute in behind enemy lines to sabotage the German war machine. Though he faced stiff resistance from those who believed such activities violated the rules of war, Stirling persevered and in the process created a legacy. Staffed by brilliant and sometimes brutal men, whose talents defied both tradition and expectations, the SAS would change not only the course of the war, but the very nature of combat itself. Written with complete access to the never-before-seen SAS archives (the organization chose Macintyre to be their official historian), Rogue Heroes offers a powerfully intimate look at life on the battlefield as lived by a group of remarkable soldiers whose contributions have, until now, gone unrecognized beyond the classified world. Filled with wrenching set pieces and weaving its way through multiple theaters of our grandest and most terrible war, this book is both an excellent addition to the Macintyre library and a critical piece in our understanding of the war’s unfolding.

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    Rogue Heroes by Ben Macintyre

    Rogue Heroes

    13.0 hrs • 10/4/16 • Unabridged
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  9. 42.1 hrs • 10/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Duc de Louis de Rouvroy Saint-Simon (1675-1755) was a French soldier, diplomat and noted diarist. A French courtier during the 18th century, today he's best known for the comprehensive multi-volume memoirs, which depict life in France at the time. He was an indefatigable writer, and he began very early to record all the gossip he collected, all his interminable legal disputes over precedence, and a vast mass of unclassified material. He is petty, unjust to private enemies and to those who espoused public views contrary to his as well as being an incessant gossip. Yet he shows a great skill for narrative and for character-drawing; he has been compared to Tacitus, and to historians such as Livy.He had a profound influence on writers like Tolstoy, Barbey d' Aurevilly, Flaubert, Valle-Inclán, Proust, Mujica Láinez, and many others.

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    Memoirs of Louis XIV and the Regency

    42.1 hrs • 10/1/16 • Unabridged
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  10. 34.8 hrs • 9/1/2016 • Unabridged

    A major new biography-an extraordinary, penetrating study of the man who has become the personification of evil. For all the literature about Adolf Hitler there have been just four seminal biographies; this is the fifth, a landmark work that sheds important new light on Hitler himself. Drawing on previously unseen papers and a wealth of recent scholarly research, Volker Ullrich reveals the man behind the public persona, from Hitler’s childhood to his failures as a young man in Vienna to his experiences during the First World War to his rise as a far-right party leader. Ullrich deftly captures Hitler’s intelligence, instinctive grasp of politics, and gift for oratory as well as his megalomania, deep insecurity, and repulsive worldview. Many previous biographies have focused on the larger social conditions that explain the rise of the Third Reich. Ullrich gives us a comprehensive portrait of a postwar Germany humiliated by defeat, wracked by political crisis, and starved by an economic depression, but his real gift is to show vividly how Hitler used his ruthlessness and political talent to shape the Nazi party and lead it to power. For decades the world has tried to grasp how Hitler was possible. By focusing on the man at the center of it all, on how he experienced his world, formed his political beliefs, and wielded power, this riveting biography brings us closer than ever to the answer.

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    Hitler

    Translated by Jefferson Chase
    Read by Don Hagen
    34.8 hrs • 9/1/16 • Unabridged
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  11. 14.7 hrs • 9/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Over the decades the reputation of the samurai has grown to mythical proportions, owing to such films as Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai and Yojimbo as well as works such as James Clavell’s epic Shogun.In Legends of the Samurai, Hiroaki Sato confronts both the history and the legend of the samurai, untangling the two to present an authentic picture of these legendary warriors. Through his masterful translations of original samurai tales, laws, dicta, reports, and arguments accompanied by insightful commentary, Sato chronicles the changing ethos of the Japanese warrior from the samurai’s historical origins to his rise to political power. A fascinating look at Japanese history as seen through the evolution of the samurai, Legends of the Samurai stands as the ultimate authority on its subject.

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    Legends of the Samurai

    14.7 hrs • 9/1/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 13.0 hrs • 8/23/2016 • Unabridged

    The daring behind-Nazi-lines rescue of priceless pedigree horses by American soldiers in the closing days of World War Two—a riveting equine true-adventure account from the author of the New York Times bestseller The Eighty-Dollar Champion. While Hitler’s attempt to create an Aryan master race is well known, his simultaneous effort to build an equine master race made up of the finest purebred horses is not. Hidden on a secret farm in Czechoslovakia, these beautiful animals were suddenly imperiled in the spring of 1945 as the Russians closed in on the Third Reich from the east and the Allies attacked from the west. Thanks to the daring of an American colonel, an Austrian Olympian in charge of the famous Lipizzaner stallions, and the support of US Army General George Patton, a covert mission was planned to kidnap these endangered animals and smuggle them into safe territory—though many disapproved of risking human lives to save them.

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    The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts

    The Perfect Horse

    13.0 hrs • 8/23/16 • Unabridged
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    25.5 hrs • 8/16/2016 • Unabridged

    Nine hundred years ago, a vast Christian army, summoned to holy war by the Pope, rampaged through the Muslim world of the eastern Mediterranean, seizing possession of Jerusalem, a city revered by both faiths. Over the two hundred years that followed, Islam and Christianity—both firm in the belief that they were at God’s work—fought for dominion of the Holy Land, clashing in a succession of chillingly brutal wars: the Crusades. For the first time, this book tells the story of that epic struggle from the perspective of both Christians and Muslims. A vivid and fast-paced narrative history, it exposes the full horror, passion, and barbaric grandeur of the Crusading era, leading us into a world of legendary champions—such as Richard the Lionheart and Saladin—shadowy Assassins, poet-warriors, and pious visionaries; across the desert sands of Egypt to the verdant forests of Lebanon; and through the ancient cities of Constantinople, Cairo, and Damascus. Drawing on painstaking original research and an intimate knowledge of the Near East, Thomas Asbridge uncovers what drove Muslims and Christians alike to embrace the ideals of jihad and crusade, revealing how these holy wars reshaped the medieval world and why they continue to influence events today.

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    The Crusades by Thomas Asbridge

    The Crusades

    25.5 hrs • 8/16/16 • Unabridged
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  14. 31.2 hrs • 8/9/2016 • Unabridged

    It is an era that redefined history. As the 1790s began, a fragile America teetered on the brink of oblivion, Russia towered as a vast imperial power, and France plunged into revolution. But in contrast to the way conventional histories tell it, none of these remarkable events occurred in isolation. Now, for the first time, acclaimed historian Jay Winik masterfully illuminates how their fates combined in one extraordinary moment to change the course of civilization. A sweeping, magisterial drama featuring the richest cast of characters ever to walk upon the world stage, including Washington, Jefferson, Louis XVI, Robespierre, and Catherine the Great, The Great Upheaval is a gripping, epic portrait of this tumultuous decade that will forever transform the way we see America's beginnings and our world

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    The Great Upheaval

    31.2 hrs • 8/9/16 • Unabridged
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  15. 7.8 hrs • 7/8/2016 • Unabridged

    Had the Angles and Saxons not purposefully migrated to the isles of the Britons and brought with them their well-developed use of language, Angelina Jolie may never have appeared in the movie Beowulf. Professor Michael Drout is at his best when lecturing on the fascinating history, language, and societal adaptations of the Anglo-Saxons. He not only presents their storytelling abilities using their own words; he does so in their own voice-the incredibly melodious Old English. Drout’s scholarship and recognized expertise on this subject is of the highest caliber.

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    The Anglo-Saxon World

    7.8 hrs • 7/8/16 • Unabridged
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  16. 8.5 hrs • 7/8/2016 • Unabridged

    Esteemed history professor Thomas F. Madden explores the reformations that swept across Christendom in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The impact of these reforms affected government, popes, and kings as well as commoners, for at this time the church was an omnipresent part of European identity—and the import of church reforms on every level of life at this time simply cannot be underestimated. Involved in this fascinating era are such notable personages as King Henry VIII, Martin Luther, and John Calvin. Through every aspect of this remarkable process of reformation, professor Madden captures the essence of the era—and imparts a true, studied understanding of just what this time period meant to the course of human events.

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    Christianity at the Crossroads

    8.5 hrs • 7/8/16 • Unabridged
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