Great Tales from English History (Book 2):Joan of Arc, the Princes in the Tower, Bloody Mary, Oliver Cromwell, Sir Isaac Newton, and More Little, Brown and Company Robert Lacey
It was on your screen when you watched the 2018 Olympics, and it’s in the background every time Donald Trump sends out a tweet about Kim Jong-un. It’s the Korean War. You may not have heard as much about the Korean War as you have about the American Civil War, World War II, or the Vietnam War. It’s not the topic of dozens of movies every year, and many Americans never learned about it, even once, in school. The Korean War was part of the Cold War - a more familiar subject - but while Sputnik, the Berlin Wall, and MAD have faded from our collective memory of what the Cold War was, the Korean War remains the one part of the Cold War that’s still active. The Korean War has everything: rebel uprisings, a totalitarian regime, mad dictators, and mysterious, lying media. It might sound like it’s right out of a dystopian sci-fi novel, but it really happened, and is still happening today. With this audiobook, you’ll finally learn the ins and outs of the Korean War. You’ll learn the key players and the big events. Who was Kim Il-sung, and what is the demilitarized zone? But you’ll also learn some facts that get left out of the history books. So buy this audiobook and get ready to find out: Why Korea was a prime target for a Cold War conflict How a dictator comes to power What life was like for normal Korean citizens during the war How you can visit North Korea today - and why you might, or might not, want to And much, much more 1. Language: English. Narrator: Derek Newman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/120708/bk_acx0_120708_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The King James Bible has often been called ‘the Book of Books’ both in itself and in what it stands for. Since its publication in 1611 it has been the best-selling book in the world, and many believe it has had the greatest impact. The King James Bible has spread the Protestant faith. It has also been the greatest influence on the enrichment of the English language and its literature. It has been the Bible of wars from the British Civil War in the 17th century to the American Civil War two centuries later, and it has been carried into battle in innumerable conflicts since then. Its influence on social movements - particularly involving women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries - and politics was profound. It was crucial to the growth of democracy. It was integral to the abolition of slavery and it defined attitudes to modern science, education and sex. Fascinating and eye-opening, The Book of Books reveals the extraordinary and still-felt impact of a work created 400 years ago. Stephen Thorne reads Melvyn Bragg’s definitive history of the King James Bible. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Thorne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/004442/bk_bbcw_004442_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When was the last time someone around you brought up World War Two? It’s a pretty popular war. Maybe you heard about it yesterday. Maybe last month. But it was probably recent. And when it came up, did you wish that you could be the one to casually drop a fact that would have everyone in the room going, ´´Wow, I never knew that!” With this audiobook, you can be that person. You can listen to it just a few minutes a day. Chapters are bite-sized and easy-to-read, meant for normal people instead of war historians! Each chapter ends with a bonus helping of trivia and some quick questions to test your knowledge. You’ll zoom through this book and be hungry for more. Get ready to impress your friends with your knowledge–not just of the main events of World War Two, but of all the gritty details and weird true facts. By the time you finish this book, you’ll have a fact for every occasion, from the first moment someone thought about having a Second World War, to the most recent blockbuster movies about it. So get ready to meet characters from Adolf Hitler, rejected art student, to Jack Churchill, the broadsword-swinging male model. Find out why World War Two started in the first place, and why it’s never a good idea to invade Russia in winter. Learn why the United States was going to stay out of the war, how Canadians stole airplanes for the British, and what an orange soft drink has to do with the Nazis. Some of the things you’re going to learn are sad. Some are scary. Some are sexy. And some are downright strange! It’s everything your history teacher never got around to telling you. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Derek Newman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/101789/bk_acx0_101789_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the entrance of the CIA headquarters looms a huge marble wall in to which seventy-one stars are carved - each representing an agent who has died in the line of duty. At the base of this wall lies ´´The Book of Honor,´´ in which the names of these agents are inscribed, or at least thirty-five of them. Beside the dates of the other thirty-six, there are no names. The identity of these ´´nameless stars´´ has been one of the CIA´s most closely guarded secrets for the fifty-three years of the agency´s existence. Even family members are told little - in some cases, the agency has denied the fact that the deceased were covert operatives at all. But what the CIA keeps secret in the name of national security is often merely an effort to hide that which would embarrass the agency itself - even at the cost of denying peace of mind for the families and honor due the ´´nameless stars.´´ In an extraordinary job of investigative reporting, Ted Gup has uncovered the identities, and the stories, of the men and women who died anonymously in the service of their country. In researching The Book of Honor, Gup interviewed over four hundred current and former covert CIA officers, immersed himself in archival records, death certificates, casualty lists from terrorist attacks, State Department and Defense Department personnel lists, cemetery records, obituaries, and tens of thousands of pages of personal letters and diaries. In telling the agents´ stories, Gup shows them to be complex, vibrant, and heroic individuals - nothing like the suave super spies of popular fiction or the amoral cynics of conspiracy buffs. The accounts of their lives - and deaths - are powerful and deeply moving, and in bringing them at long last to light, Gup manages to render an unprecedented history of covert operations at the CIA. Listen to Ted Gup on C-SPAN´s Booknotes (8/27/00). 1. Language: English. Narrator: Frank Muller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bant/000336/bk_bant_000336_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Set in the court of Urbino in 1507, Castiglione’s The Book of the Courtier presents an invaluable look at court life and culture during the Renaissance. Over four nights of dialogue, the book explores the key question, ‘What should a courtier be like?’ and presents a deep and timeless discussion that is reminiscent of Plato’s Symposium and Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and invites comparisons with Machiavelli’s The Prince. It is absorbing and enlightening and encompasses a wide range of topics that include dancing, fencing, war, religion, culture, courtly and corporeal love and gender relations, with a surprisingly modern defense of women and equal rights. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nicholas Boulton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/naxo/001918/bk_naxo_001918_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Book four of Mommsen´s history covers the period from the middle of the second century BC through the first few decades of the first century BC, about 80 years. It is a sad and woeful tale. By the middle of the second century BC, the city of Rome was spiraling toward bankruptcy and moral decay. The generation which had defeated Hannibal and brought the Mediterranean under Roman control had now passed away, even as gold poured in. Hardly a Roman name of any note appears for half a century. The noble Roman has disappeared. The once feared Roman army has become a mere shadow of its former self, and the public have come to accustom themselves to news of shattering defeats against Spanish and Celtic armies, and of battles in which Romans have thrown down their arms and fled. Not a single trireme was left of the once invincible Roman navy. Meanwhile, the capitalists brought tens of thousands of slaves into Italy, buying up farmland with cheap loans, and driving the yeoman farmer backbone of the old Roman army off the land. This was the situation into which the brothers Tiberius and Gaius Gracchus emerged. Both paid for their attempts at reform with their lives. An oligarchy then ruled with ruthless determination, until the rise of Gaius Marius ushered in an era of unspeakable violence and outright revolution. With Rome´s overseas possessions falling away and her Italian allies in open revolt, it would seem that Rome must fall. But the man of the hour proved to be Lucius Cornelius Sulla, and only by his courage and ability was the situation saved. As Sulla entered Rome in 83 BC, the 500-year-old Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus on the Capitoline Hill burned to the ground; an ominous portent. Although Mommsen used the A.U.C. system of Roman years, which begins as the Roman year 1 (754 BC), we have transposed these dates to those of the Christian era. All dates are BC except where otherwise indicated. We do not recommend Mommsen for those wi... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charlton Griffin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acon/000209/bk_acon_000209_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Beginning with George Washington´s inauguration and continuing into the nineteenth century, The New Nation tells the story of the remarkable challenges that the new country faced. Thomas Jefferson´s purchase of the Louisiana Territory (bought from France at a mere four cents an acre!), Lewis and Clark´s daring expedition through the wilderness, the War of 1812 (aka ´´Revolutionary War, Part II´´), Tecumseh´s effort to form an Indian confederacy, the growth of Southern plantations, the beginning of the abolitionist movement, and the disgraceful Trail of Tears are just a few of the setbacks, sidetracks, and formidable tasks put in the new nation´s path. These dramatic events and more are woven into a seamless tale that´s so exciting, ho could it be true? But it is: it´s A History of the US. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christina Moore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/000512/bk_reco_000512_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Born of humble beginnings, Ronald Reagan came into the world as the son of working class parents in Illinois. During his youth, he wasn´t a particularly gifted student, but he did graduate from college. A Hollywood actor and union leader turned politician, he served as the 33rd governor of California during the tumultuous period from 1967 to 1975. Though his hard work, determination, and a bit of good luck, Ronald Reagan became the 40th president of the United States, in office between 1981 and 1989. For his work as the President of the United States and for having realigned the country toward conservative policies, Ronald Reagan has remained an iconic influence among Republicans, who often invoke his beliefs. He transformed the American presidency with his bold strategies and inspired policies. His political agenda, including lower taxes, a conservative economic stance, and expansion of the military, redefined politics in the United States. To this day, the name Ronald Reagan is spoken with a form of reverence in circles of conservative-minded thinkers. This short book covers the life of Ronald Reagan from his early years growing up in Illinois, his rise to power through the political ranks to become the President of the United States, and the years after his term in the land´s highest office. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gregory Diehl. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/083334/bk_acx0_083334_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Book Two introduces the second young hero, Hugh Kenrick, a member of the British aristocracy. While he has all the advantages that his rank bestows on him – family, wealth, prestige, and an assured future – his quest to preserve his self identity, his liberty, and his independence clashes violently with the demands of his station. The American Revolution was the capstone and apex of the European Enlightenment and an unprecedented philosophical and political event in human history. The second volume in Cline´s epic about the foundations of the American Revolution (following Sparrowhawk, Book One: Jack Frake) follows precociously brilliant and rebellious English nobleman Hugh Kenrick. Kenrick show early on that his life among the aristocratic elite will be one of continuous conflict; as a schoolboy, he defies his malicious uncle, the Earl of Danvers. Key evidence of his nonconformance to aristocratic norms occurs early on, when he refuses to bow for the Duke of Cumberland during a politically important visit to his palatial home in Dorset. Hugh´s talents are equal to his rebellious streak; he excels in academics, but decides to work for a tobacco merchant to learn a trade. His general curiosity leads to an involvement with a group of free thinkers called the Society of the Pippin, a small band that meets every week in a London tavern to discuss general philosophy and life under the monarchy. But disaster strikes when a member of the Society betrays the group to the authorities. The Pippins find themselves arrested, lodged in a perilous prison, and tried for treason and libeling the King. After a sham trial presided over by a judge promised a promotion to the House of Lords if he can indict the Pippins, who are valiantly, colorfully, but hopelessly defended by a barrister, Dogmael Jones, the surviving Pippins are consigned to a slow death in another infamous prison. By story´s end, Hugh is aboard the Sparrowhawk bound for Virginia, where he wil... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gregg Rizzo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/028695/bk_acx0_028695_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.