At the end of the last century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation´s burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon. Despite repeated warnings of possible danger, nothing was done about the dam. Then came May 31, 1889, when the dam burst, sending a wall of water thundering down the mountain, smashing through Johnstown, and killing more than 2,000 people. It was a tragedy that became a national scandal. Graced by David McCullough´s remarkable gift for writing richly textured, sympathetic social history, The Johnstown Flood is an absorbing portrait of life in 19th-century America, of overweening confidence, of energy, and of tragedy. This is a powerful historical lesson for our century and all times: the danger of assuming that because people are in positions of responsibility they are behaving responsibly. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Edward Herrmann. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/000588de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From best-selling historian H. W. Brands, a sweeping chronicle of how a few wealthy businessmen reshaped America from a land of small farmers and small businessmen into an industrial giant. The three decades after the Civil War saw a wholesale shift in American life, and the cause was capitalism. Driven by J. P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and others like them, armies of men and women were harnessed to a new vision of massive industry. A society rooted in the soil became one based in cities, and legions of immigrants were drawn to American shores. H. W. Brands’ American Colossus portrays the stunning transformation of the landscape and institutions of American life in these years. Brands charts the rise of Wall Street, the growth of a national economy, the building of the railroads, and the first sparks of union life. By 1900, America was wealthier than ever, yet prosperity was precarious, inequality rampant, and democracy stretched thin. A populist backlash stirred. American Colossus is an unforgettable portrait of the years when a recognizably modern America first took shape. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robertson Dean. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002417de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
These are the passionate and poignant letters from General George E. Pickett, C.S.A., written to his wife, Sally. These letters reveal intimate details of Pickett´s personal life, as well as his incredible accounts of Civil War battles and personalities. A must-listen for any Civil War buff! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew Mulcare. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/wwre/000028de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With the publication of The Splendid Wayfaring in 1920, John G. Neihardt sought to restore the reputation of a mountain man who went far in opening up the American West. The exciting narrative begins in 1822, when Smith ascended the Missouri River in the first fur-trading expedition of William H. Ashley and Andrew Henry, and ends in 1831, when he was killed by Comanche Indians on the Cimarron River. In the intervening years, Smith became the first explorer to recognize South Pass as the gateway to the Far West, the first overlander to reach California and travel up the coast to the Columbia River, and the first white man to cross the Sierra Nevada and the Great Basin from west to east. The Splendid Wayfaring follows, in novelistic detail, the history-making adventures of Smith and his companions. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robin Neihardt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/029690de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Wilber F. Crummer was an acquaintance and neighbor of Ulysses S. Grant in Galena, Illinois. When civil war broke out, he became ´´one of the Boys in Blue´´ who followed General Grant in the Battles of Fort Donelson, Shiloh and Vicksburg. His stirring and vivid accounts of these significant civil war battles, covering the years 1862-63, are filled with historic detail and conclude with his appreciation of General Grant. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew Mulcare. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/wwre/000032de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Empire of Vines traces the development of wine culture as grape growing expanded from New York to the Midwest before gaining ascendancy in California - a progression that illustrates viticulture´s centrality to the 19th-century American projects of national expansion and the formation of a national culture. Empire of Vines details the ways would-be gentlemen farmers, ambitious speculators, horticulturalists, and writers of all kinds deployed the animating myths of American wine culture, including the classical myth of Bacchus, the cult of terroir, and the fantasy of pastoral republicanism. Promoted by figures as varied as horticulturalist Andrew Jackson Downing, novelist Charles Chesnutt, railroad baron Leland Stanford, and Cincinnati land speculator Nicholas Longworth (known as the father of American wine), these myths naturalized claims to land for grape cultivation and legitimated national expansion. Vineyards were simultaneously lush and controlled, bearing fruit at once culturally refined and naturally robust, laying claim to both earthy authenticity and social pedigree. The history of wine culture thus reveals 19th-century Americans´ fascination with the relationship between nature and culture. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Carrico. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/038739de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Thomas Jefferson, a naturalist and visionary, dreamed that the United States would stretch across the continent from ocean to ocean. The account of how that dream became reality unfolds in the stories of Jefferson and nine other Americans whose adventurous spirits and lust for land pushed the westward boundaries: Andrew Jackson, John ´´Johnny Appleseed” Chapman, David Crockett, Sam Houston, James K. Polk, Winfield Scott, Kit Carson, Nicholas Trist, and John Quincy Adams. Their tenacity was matched only by that of their enemies: the Mexican army under Santa Anna at the Alamo, the Comanche and Apache Indians, and the forbidding geography itself. Known also for his powerful fiction (Gap Creek, The Truest Pleasure, Brave Enemies), Morgan uses his skill at characterization to give life to the personalities of these ten Americans without whom the United States might well have ended at the Arkansas border. Their stories - and those of the nameless thousands who risked their lives to settle on the frontier, displacing thousands of Native Americans - form an extraordinary chapter in American history that led directly to the cataclysm of the Civil War.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Drummond. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/000614de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Perhaps no other figure in American history is more shrouded in myth and legend than David (´´Davy´´) Crockett, the Tennessee frontiersman whose death at the Alamo in 1836 ensured his place in the Valhalla of American heroes. Crockett himself was responsible for much of the folklore about his life. A gregarious, fun-loving man, he was more than capable of spinning tall tales over a ´´horn´´ of liquor.But in truth, David Crockett was a true self-made man who left home at the age of 12. His adventures, hunting and exploring, serving as a soldier under Andrew Jackson in the Creek Indian War of 1813, a political career that took him to the United States Congress, and incessant search for ´´elbow room´´ that drew him to Texas - these were the real fabric of a heroic life.Crockett´s reputation and heroism have been tainted by revisionist historians, but David Crockett was a true hero exemplified in new evidence that the Tennessean actually left the Alamo during the siege to bring back reinforcements, but when he was safely outside the walls, he fought his way back in to rejoin his friends for the final, fatal battle. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rusty Nelson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bimo/000351de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In April 1861, upon the outbreak of Civil War in the United States, Wayland Fuller Dunaway left his college classroom and entered the ranks of the men who fought the bloodiest war ever waged on the North American continent. A captain in the Army of Northern Virginia, he marched hundreds of miles in Stonewall Jackson´s command; saw Generals Lee and Longstreet; was among the first soldiers to fight at Gettysburg, where he also participated in Pickett´s Charge; and fought against the lines of strangers in blue who, no matter how many times they were defeated, always returned to invade his beloved Virginia. We have no time machine with which to visit the America of 1861, but Captain Dunaway´s humble narrative of an ordinary participant in the Civil War shines a light back through the mists of time to show what we were like as a people. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew Mulcare. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/wwre/000026de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
At daybreak on April 6, 1862, Confederate forces launched a bold suprise attack on the Union army, encamped in southwestern Tennesse. The battle of Shiloh, also known as the battle of Pittsburg Landing, would prove to be the bloodiest battle up until that point in United Staes history. The two day battle would cost a staggering 23,000 casualties. Both sides were stunned at the appalling loss of life. At the time, neither realized that three more years of such bloodshed were still to come. These are detailed and moving first-hand accounts, from generals to privates, about their experiences participating in this dramatic and historically significant battle. Brilliantly narrated in northern and southern accents by a professional actor and gifted voice talent, this unique audiobook vividly brings to life the words and heartfelt sentiments of those who wrote these riveting accounts. Includes accounts from: William T. Sherman P.G.T. Beauregard Ulysses S. Grant William Preston Johnston Lew Wallace Warren Onley Thomas Jordan Benjamin Mayberry Prentiss Wilber F. Crummer 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew Mulcare. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/wwre/000031de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.