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  1. 0.8 hrs • 1/31/2017 • Unabridged

    The highly acclaimed, provocative New York Times bestseller—a personal, eloquently-argued essay, adapted from the much-admired TEDx talk of the same name—from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning author of Americanah. Here she offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman now—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.

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  2. 9/20/2016 • Unabridged

    After being sworn in as president, Richard Nixon told the assembled crowd that “government will listen … Those who have been left out, we will try to bring in.” But that same day, he obliterated those pledges of greater citizen control of government by signing National Security Decision Memorandum 2, a document that made sweeping changes to the national security power structure. Nixon’s signature erased the influence that the Departments of State and Defense, as well as the CIA, had over Vietnam and the course of the Cold War. The new structure put Nixon at the center, surrounded by loyal aides and a new national security adviser, Henry Kissinger, who coordinated policy through the National Security Council under Nixon’s command. Using years of research and revelations from newly released documents, USA Today reporter Ray Locker upends much of the conventional wisdom about the Nixon administration and its impact and shows how the creation of this secret, unprecedented, extraconstitutional government undermined US policy and values. In doing so, Nixon sowed the seeds of his own destruction by creating a climate of secrecy, paranoia, and reprisal that still affects Washington today.

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    Nixon’s Gamble

    9/20/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    As President Obama’s time in the White House draws to a close, this celebratory book documents his transformative accomplishments. Evidence indicates President Barack Obama has been tremendously successful and effective by objective measures. On economic indicators alone, he is credited with the longest streak of job growth in US history, a two-thirds reduction in the federal budget deficit, and the rebounding of the stock market to record highs following the record lows of the recession under his predecessor. His victories have come against a backdrop of criticism and sometimes open defiance from conservatives, lack of cooperation in Congress, and racially tinged commentary in traditional and social media. Through it all, the president who campaigned on a slogan of “Yes, We Can!” has persevered in his determination to make a difference and left an indelible mark on American politics and the world. Obama’s Legacy is a commemoration of his eight years in the White House.

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    Obama’s Legacy

    9/13/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 0.9 hrs • 5/10/2016 • Unabridged

    In the spirit of Steinbeck’s classic Travels with Charlie comes Michael Savage’s Teddy and Me—a story of man and dog travelling through life together—but Teddy only travels around San Francisco! New York Times bestselling author Michael Savage brings you a heartwarming and funny book about the relationship between Teddy, the dog who’s in charge, and Michael, his “service human.”Teddy gets everything he wants (and things he didn’t even know he wanted) simply because he’s a completely lovable best friend who makes every day brighter for the radio host who spends hours each day reporting on lots of bad news in the world. While Michael is on the on air, Teddy vigilantly watches and provides occasional commentary. Michael Savage’s listeners know Teddy well—they’ve heard about his exploits and insights over the years, and this book features wit and wisdom that can only come from man’s best friend.

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    Teddy and Me

    0.9 hrs • 5/10/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 0.9 hrs • 8/19/2015 • Unabridged

    Ammetto che qualcuno a volte avrà paura e sarà completamente in preda alla convinzione che in ogni altro suo simile si nasconda una minaccia. Ammetto che un essere umano possa diventare tanto aberrato da costituire una minaccia per il grosso della società e che in tal caso sia necessario fargli riprendere familiarità con la società. Ma non ammetterò mai che vi sia sulla Terra un uomo cattivo, malvagio per natura. — L. Ron Hubbard La singola parola “libertà” esprime chiaramente non solo diritti fondamentali, come ad esempio libertà di parola e religione, ma qualsiasi altro concetto vitale: opportunità, scelta, sicurezza e persino felicità. È davvero una parola che simboleggia i sogni e le mete di ogni essere umano. Eppure proprio il suo potere la espone a fini offensivi, interamente contrari al suo vero significato. Di conseguenza, sia la libertà individuale che quella nazionale possono essere soggette all’azione di un’inavvertibile erosione. Se tale deterioramento della libertà non viene notato e rovesciato, un popolo può perdere molti dei suoi diritti fondamentali, arrivando infine a non riconoscere, e quindi a non arrestare, il graduale declino verso uno stato di polizia. Tutto ciò che sta più a cuore ai cittadini dipende dalla libertà, a lungo sognata e duramente conquistata. Nell’affermare l’onestà fondamentale di ogni persona e nel sostenerne i diritti fondamentali, L. Ron Hubbard fornisce una comprensione generale che, in modo vitale, interessa tutti.

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    Il Deterioramento della Libertà

    0.9 hrs • 8/19/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 0.5 hrs • 5/12/2015 • Unabridged

    The brilliant stylist, popular weekly columnist, Fox News commentator, and bestselling author Charles Krauthammer reflects on the legacy of our forty-fourth president. In these five new essays, Krauthammer offers a critique of the Obama Administration: its failed and ambivalent foreign policy, the lawlessness of its rule by executive order, and an air of detachment that has turned this into an “observer presidency.”

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    The Age of Obama

    0.5 hrs • 5/12/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 0.4 hrs • 5/2/2013 • Unabridged

    You will never see war the same way after reading this extraordinary retelling of an ancient Greek fable about a tragically unnecessary battle between mice and frogs. With haunting illustrations, this miniature masterpiece ranks with Animal Farm as one of the greatest parables of human foibles.  Originally published in 1962, The Battle of the Frogs and the Mice tells in words and pictures a classic tale of the foolhardiness of war. When Crum-snatcher, a Mouse, cautiously mounts the back of Puff-jaw, King of the Frogs, to explore the Frogs’ pond, the Mouse meets with a disaster which soon brings the two nations into mortal conflict. The course of this tempest in a teapot is developed with wit to assume heroic proportions, and the battle of this small world becomes the story of wars through the ages.George Martin has made an imaginative, free adaptation of a fable originally ascribed to Homer, but now believed to have been written about three hundred years after him by an unknown author. The book’s events are brilliantly depicted by the drawings of Fred Gwynne, a versatile artist known for his role as Herman Munster in the sit-com hit The Munsters. Gwynne’s haunting and unsparingly illustrations portray this chronicle from its pastoral beginning to its bitter end. Together, Martin and Gwynne have made a book of grim delight for adults and young readers alike.

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    The Battle of the Frogs and the Mice

    0.4 hrs • 5/2/13 • Unabridged
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  8. 0.8 hrs • 4/1/2013 • Unabridged

    It was April 16, 1963. Birmingham, Alabama had experienced a spring of nonviolent protests known as the Birmingham Campaign, seeking to draw attention to the segregation against blacks by the city government and downtown retailers. The organizers longed to create a nonviolent tension so severe that the powers that be would be forced to address the rampant racism head on. One of the recently arrested was Martin Luther King Jr. It was there in that jail cell that he penned this letter, originally written on the margins of a newspaper. His message was a defense of nonviolence against segregation. His accusers, though many, were not the white racist leaders or retailers he protested against, but eight black men who saw him as “other” and as too extreme. To them and to the world he defended the notion that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” A powerful message of nonviolence, equality, and tolerance, his words are as inspirational today as in 1963.

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    Letter from Birmingham Jail

    0.8 hrs • 4/1/13 • Unabridged
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  9. 0.1 hrs • 12/4/2012 • Unabridged

    While the conflict over slavery was a factor in the Civil War, the abolition of slavery did not become a stated objective until Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which went into effect on January 1, 1863. Now, to commemorate the 150-year anniversary of the Proclamation, here is a new, unabridged audio recording of that historic document, freeing the slaves held in the still Confederate controlled states. Heralded as one of America’s most significant documents, this is a piece of history not to be missed.

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    The Emancipation Proclamation

    0.1 hrs • 12/4/12 • Unabridged
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  10. 0.7 hrs • 9/20/2011 • Unabridged

    This controversial, impassioned call-to-arms for a return to the ideals that fueled the French Resistance has sold millions of copies worldwide since its publication in France in October 2010. Rejecting the dictatorship of world financial markets and defending the social values of modern democracy, ninety-three-year-old Stéphane Hessel—Resistance leader, concentration camp survivor, and former UN speechwriter—reminds us that life and liberty must still be fought for, and urges us to reclaim those essential rights we have permitted our governments to erode since the end of World War II.

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    Time for Outrage

    0.7 hrs • 9/20/11 • Unabridged
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  11. 0.2 hrs • 8/15/2011 • Unabridged

    Rick Perry: Man of the Hour is about how an individual politician rose up to present an Americana approach to running for president. His trademark phrase was, “I’ll work every day to try to make Washington, D.C., as inconsequential in your lives as I can.” This political philosophy derives from a long tradition—of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Justice William Douglas, and yes, Henry David Thoreau, in trying to get government off the people’s back. This led to the Bill of Rights, to protect the people from the government. Rick Perry has arisen as an antidote to big government advocates. Is he right or is he wrong? That is up to individuals. But what is clear is that this has just become an exciting presidential race focused on American values. As Winston Churchill said, “Democracy is unseemly and messy; but it is the best we can do. In fact, it is the best the world can do.” That is enough for us.

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    Rick Perry

    0.2 hrs • 8/15/11 • Unabridged
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  12. 0.8 hrs • 7/17/2007 • Unabridged

    The two most treasured documents of American freedom together on one audiobook.We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…Drafted by Thomas Jefferson in 1776 as an act of rebellion, The Declaration of Independence powerfully expresses the political principles of an emerging nation. As justification for severing ties with England, The Declaration presented a list of grievances against the King and declared the colonies to be sovereign states.We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.Ratified in 1788, The Constitution remains a shining example of patriotism and compromise. In outlining the power of the three branches of government and establishing the rights of all Americans, The Constitution united the 13 independent states and set forth the official viewpoint of a newly unified nation. Its most significant and insightful feature is that it can always be amended.

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