General George C. Marshall, chief of staff of the US Army during World War II, faced the daunting task not only of overseeing two theaters of a global conflict but also of selecting the best generals to carry out American grand strategy. Marshall and His Generals is the first and only book to focus entirely on that selection process and the performances, both stellar and disappointing, that followed from it. Stephen Taaffe explores how and why Marshall selected the Army´s commanders. Among Marshall´s chief criteria were character (including ´´unselfish and devoted purpose´´), education (whether at West Point, Fort Leavenworth, or the Army War College), and striking a balance between experience and relative youth in a war that required both wisdom and great physical stamina. As the war unfolded, Marshall also factored into his calculations the combat leadership his generals demonstrated and the opinions of his theater commanders. Delving deeper than other studies, this path-breaking work produces a seamless analysis of Marshall´s selection process of operational-level commanders. Taaffe also critiques the performance of these generals during the war and reveals the extent to which their actions served as stepping stones to advancement. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Anderson Foster. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/008675/bk_tant_008675_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The bitter and protracted struggle between President Thomas Jefferson and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall defined the basic constitutional relationship between the executive and judicial branches of government. More than 150 years later, their clashes still reverberate in constitutional debates and political battles. In this dramatic and fully accessible account of these titans of the early republic and their fiercely held ideas, James F. Simon brings to life the early history of the nation and sheds new light on the highly charged battle to balance the powers of the federal government and the rights of the states. A fascinating look at two of the nation´s greatest statesmen and shrewdest politicians, What Kind of Nation presents a cogent, unbiased assessment of their lasting impact on American government. National Review´s 100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Century. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Patrick Cullen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/010543/bk_blak_010543_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Platform Revolution by Geoffrey Parker, Marshall Van Alstyne, and Sangeet Choudary is a thorough look at the development of platforms as market dominators, their opposition against pipeline organizations, and best practices in establishing and overseeing platforms. Platforms interface two sorts of clients with a specific end goal to trade something of significant worth. This is not quite the same as the customary pipeline model of business where something of significant worth is made by exchanging it from maker to maker with the buyer accepting it at the last stride. Platforms are ruling forms especially in light of the fact that they diminish the expenses of significant creation, utilization, and quality control. This is a summary and analysis of the book and not the original book. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Ackley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/076710/bk_acx0_076710_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Platform Revolution by Geoffrey Parker, Marshall Van Alstyne, and Sangeet Choudary is a comprehensive look at the emergence of platforms as market dominators, their competition against pipeline businesses, and best practices in founding and managing platforms. Platforms connect two types of users in order to exchange something of value. This is different from the traditional pipeline model of business where something of value is created by transferring it from producer to producer with the consumer receiving it at the last step. Platforms are dominating production processes particularly because they reduce the costs of value creation, consumption, and quality control. Platforms serve consumer-facing markets as well as business-to-business markets and can power rapid growth through economies of scale. Each side of the network depends on the other side to be in place in order to function, so a central challenge of any platform is to recruit users on both sides. Please note: This is key takeaways and analysis of the book and not the original book. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sam Scholl. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/066404/bk_acx0_066404_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about their latest book, The Quanderhorn Xperimentations, are British writers and producers Rob Grant and Andrew Marshall. The combined talents of Rob Grant and Andrew Marshall have had a large influence on British television. With Grant being the cocreator of Red Dwarf and former head writer of Spitting Image and Marshall responsible for 2point4children, Dad and Health & Efficiency, it seems only natural that they would team up for a radio series and novel collaboration with The Quanderhorn Xperimentations, a period sci-fi fantasy published in 2018. Rob Grant and Andrew Marshall talk to us about their latest novel spin-off, the inspiration behind it and what it’s like to write in partnership. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rob Grant, Andrew Marshall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/fr/aits/001036/fr_aits_001036_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Aspiring orchestra conductor Marshall is exhausted after months of auditions without a single job offer. Marshall’s friend Terry recommends a change of scenery and points Marshall in the direction of a dude ranch run by former bull rider Indigo Santana. Marshall is understandably skeptical, but his friend is convincing, and Marshall needs a break, so he agrees to go. Indigo captures Marshall’s attention but leaves him confused. Indigo’s confidence is shot after an injury ended his rodeo career, and he walks with a slight limp. He hasn’t been anywhere near a bull since he was hurt, and he’s not the most accommodating host. After all, the only reason he keeps guests is because his family ranch is all but bankrupt. Marshall’s attraction doesn’t go unanswered, which leaves him with a huge dilemma. He’s torn between the possibility of love, something he’s searched for all his life, and the career he’s worked toward for as long as he can remember, which is miles away. From his side of the fence, Indigo doesn’t see how the ranch could ever be enough. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Solo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/122004/bk_acx0_122004_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
After surviving four years with a commitment-phobic boyfriend, Elizabeth wants nothing more than to settle down. Too bad the man she desires, Marshall Roderick, leaves her flustered, trembling, and unable to utter a single word when he´s near. Assuming he´s the very definition of a womanizing bachelor, Elizabeth relegates him to fantasyland and makes no move to get to know him. That is, until a chance encounter along the shores of Lake Superior leads to drinks and a steamy romance. Confident, successful, and freakishly handsome, Marshall is everything Elizabeth has been looking for. But when an unthinkable act of violence shakes them both to the core, she discovers that Marshall isn´t as carefree and put-together as he led her to believe. Now it´s up to Marshall and Elizabeth to figure out if their love can heal the scars of the past and turn them into the people they´ve always wanted to be. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Krista Leona Anderson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/075213/bk_acx0_075213_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What if you had the power to change the past? It´s 1907, and Nellie Hartford has a rare ability: a lightning strike can send her jumping through time. When the thunder rolls, the question is should she jump back to prevent the childhood fever that led to her husband´s premature death or forward to find a treatment for her baby´s severe gastrointestinal issues? And what if saving one leaves her without the other? What if she loses them both? Dr. Jeff Marshall doesn´t quite know what to do with the woman who accosted him in the hospital parking lot looking like she walked off the stage of a melodrama. And he certainly never expected to be caught up in some kind of secret government time-travel experiments just by helping her. There´s one thing he´s sure of. He doesn´t want her to leave. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jodi Bowersox. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/114256/bk_acx0_114256_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Eighteen years ago the Blade Hunter found his first victim on the streets of New York City. Now he´s back to finish the job. As a child Josephine Maxwell was attacked and left for dead. She learned the hard way that life is a constant struggle for survival. She can´t waste time pining over a man she can´t have. Now the killer has returned, and the only person who can save her is the FBI agent she deceived and betrayed six months ago. Special Agent-in-Charge Marshall Hayes has made it his life´s work to fight on the side of law and order, even though it cost him the only woman he ever loved. The return of a serial killer gives him the excuse he needs to force his way back into her life. But in order to catch the killer and safeguard Josie´s life, he has to break all the rules and risk losing his heart again. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eric G. Dove. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/078607/bk_acx0_078607_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Thurgood Marshall brought down the separate-but-equal doctrine, integrated schools, and not only fought for human rights and human dignity but also made them impossible to deny in the courts and in the streets. In this new biography, award-winning author Wil Haygood surpasses the emotional impact of his inspiring best seller The Butler to detail the life and career of one of the most transformative legal minds of the past 100 years. Using the framework of the contentious five-day Senate hearing to confirm Marshall as the first African-American Supreme Court justice, Haygood creates a provocative and moving look at Marshall´s life as well as the politicians, lawyers, activists, and others who shaped - or desperately tried to stop - the civil rights movement of the 20th century: President Lyndon Johnson; Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., whose scandals almost cost Marshall the Supreme Court judgeship; Harry and Harriette Moore, the NAACP workers killed by the KKK; Justice J. Waties Waring, a racist lawyer from South Carolina, who, after being appointed to the federal court, became such a champion of civil rights that he was forced to flee the South; John, Robert, and Ted Kennedy; Senator Strom Thurmond, the renowned racist from South Carolina, who had a black mistress and child; North Carolina senator Sam Ervin, who tried to use his Constitutional expertise to block Marshall´s appointment; Senator James Eastland of Mississippi, the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who stated that segregation was ´´the law of nature, the law of God´´; Arkansas senator John McClellan, who, as a boy, after Teddy Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to dinner at the White House, wrote a prize-winning school essay proclaiming that Roosevelt had destroyed the integrity of the presidency; and so many others. This galvanizing book makes clear that it is impossible to overestimate Thurgood Marshall´s lasting influence on the racial politics of our nati... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dominic Hoffman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004301/bk_rand_004301_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.