On a snowy morning in January 1910, the Alaska Steamship Company´s Farallon struck Black Reef in Cook Inlet. The vessel carried no wireless radio to broadcast an SOS. Thirty-eight men scrambled into lifeboats, to be cast up on the rugged shore where they huddled under make-shift tents constructed from the Farallon´s sails. Exposed to a bitter northern winter with meager equipment and clothing, a disturbing awareness sank in-rescuers may arrive too late. In a daring attempt to find help, six men launched a lifeboat on the open sea. During two months of relentless travail, the brave mariners were all but given up for lost. One of the stranded men created a startling record of the shipwrecked party. John E. Thwaites, an amateur photographer and the ship´s mail clerk, shot dozens of haunting, stark images of the ice-shrouded derelict, the castaways´ barren camp, and frostbitten men with burlap-wrapped feet. Lloyd brings to life a riveting tale of hardy seafaring men and tough sourdoughs who survived cold and despair against difficult odds in Alaska´s stormswept wilderness. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Frank Wright. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/025888de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Not an actual train, in the mid-1800s, the Underground Railroad transported and protected escaping enslaved Africans through a network of safe houses and places, on their way to freedom in the North. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Patricia L. Lawrence. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bigh/000414de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1842, Charles Dickens visited America. His reception was somewhat colder than that which usually greeted him - already a successful author in both Britain and the United States. This lack of enthusiasm from the Americans was partly due to his criticism of the pirating of English books in that country and partly due to his outspoken distaste for the custom of slavery in the Southern states. He wrote in the preface to American Notes, ´Prejudiced I am not, and never have been, otherwise than in favour of the United States. I have many friends in America. I feel a grateful interest in the country. I hope and believe it will successfully work out a problem of the highest importance in the whole human race. To represent me as viewing America with ill nature, coldness or animosity is merely to do a very foolish thing, which is always a very easy one!´ Despite this placatory tone, one American reviewer spoke thus of American Notes: ´The most trashy...the most contemptible...the essence of balderdash, reduced to the last drop of silliness and inanity´. Listen to the journals and judge for yourself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Joyce. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/assm/000057de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Learn historic facts and figures about freedom lost and how we can get our freedom back. Recall information, gun rights, and historic facts. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Hudspeth. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/044075de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What defines an American? Is it the love of liberty, the pursuit of justice, the urge to invent, the desire for wealth, the drive to explore, the quest for spiritual values? The paradox of American identity is that although the United States is a melting pot of many different traditions, motives, and ideals, there are nevertheless distinctive qualities that define the American character. In this series of 48 fascinating lectures, an award-winning teacher and author explores the national character by introducing you to notable men and women from every era of American history - some of them famous, some unknown, some even infamous - whose lives speak eloquently about the qualities, for better or worse, that make one truly American. Focusing on various character traits and attitudes that have indelibly shaped the national psyche, Professor Allitt takes you on a journey from the very first settlers to the present, showing how certain characteristics have persisted through time and also how certain traits and beliefs have changed. And while the lectures are enjoyable as a well-told series of biographies, they do much more, helping you gain a deeper understanding of the trends and ideas that have shaped America and continue to influence American society today. 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: Professor Patrick N. Allitt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000023de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
American history is often presented as a tale of dynamic movers and shakers who subdued an untamed wilderness on the way to forging a great nation - all the while leaving philosophy for their European counterparts. But this history neglects the philosophical underpinnings of America. As these 36 lectures demonstrate, America has borne the imprint of influential thinkers from its earliest days, from the Reformation theology of John Calvin to the Enlightenment philosophy of John Locke. Throughout this epic historical journey, you´ll explore the many ways this nation has answered the question: What is an American? Professor Kobylka traces the many answers that have been offered showing how the idea of ´´We the People´´ has changed and expanded far beyond the Founding Fathers´ original conception. You´ll navigate America´s ever-shifting political landscape and see how the great political trends in American history can be understood as variations on a single theme: the philosophy of liberalism, this conception that government is the source of some of our most deeply valued political notions. You´ll also meet the great men and women who, over the course of American history, have molded political thought and policy. This is your opportunity to gain a deep understanding both of the nation´s past and how this rich political history continues to influence the current day. Even if you´ve studied American history before, you´ll encounter something new: a unique synthesis of viewpoints, ideas, and events that´s enlightening and compelling. 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: Professor Joseph F. Kobylka. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000072de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A social history of alcoholism in the United States, from the 17th century to the present day. Today, millions of Americans are struggling with alcoholism, but millions are also in long-term recovery. Alcoholics Anonymous and a growing number of recovery organizations are providing support for alcoholics who will face the danger of relapse for the rest of their lives. We have finally come to understand alcoholism as a treatable illness rather than a moral failure. Today´s advocates can draw inspiration from the victories of sober drunks throughout American history. Christopher Finan recounts the nation´s history with alcohol and its search for sobriety, which began among Native Americans in the colonial period, when liquor was used to cheat them of their property. He introduces us to the first of a colorful cast of characters, a remarkable Iroquois leader named Handsome Lake, who dedicated his life to helping his people renounce hard liquor. And we meet Carrie Nation, the wife of an alcoholic who destroyed bars with an ax in her anger over what alcohol had done to her family, as well as the idealistic and energetic Washingtonians, reformed drunks who led the first national movement to save men like themselves. Finan also tells the dramatic story of Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, the two drunks who helped each other stay sober and then created AA, which survived its tumultuous early years and has made it possible for millions of men and women to quit drinking. This is narrative history at its best: entertaining and authoritative, an important portrait of one of America´s great liberation movements. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/010049de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Award-winning historian Simon Schama´s landmark exploration of how America´s past influences its future ´I can tell you exactly when American democracy came back from the dead, because I was there . . .´ Simon Schama´s different kind of history of the USA begins in the middle of an Iowa caucus. There he witnesses first-hand the exciting, chaotic crush as ordinary Americans - grannies, students, businesswomen and doctors - decide who should become the 44th President of the United States. He meets Muslim Chuck (Khalil) Alaman, the ´Chicken Club´ immigrants and even retired generals, with their take on American history, as they all face the future. Schama delves into America´s past to reveal a fascinating collection of stories - of heroes and villains - that capture the spirit of a country built on migration and war: Fannie Lou, sharecropper turned civil rights campaigner, General Montgomery Meigs, founder of the first war cemetery at Arlington, and many more. Simon Schama has lived in America half his life. Here, he shows how the echoes of the past live on in the land of freedom and opportunity. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Marinker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/002294de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
These 48 lectures are your chance to relive the most groundbreaking moments in the fascinating story of the United States. They offer you a different perspective on the sweeping narrative of U.S. history. Spanning the arrival of the first English colonists to the chaos of the Civil War to the birth of the computer age and beyond, this lecture series is a captivating and comprehensive tour of those particular moments in the story of America, after which the nation would never be the same again. Taking a chronological approach, Professor O´Donnell gives you new ways to understand American history and to appreciate it as a grand narrative pinpointed with key moments that changed things forever. Each lecture focuses on a single turning point, explaining the conditions that led up to it, immersing you in the experience of the event itself, and exploring its immediate and long-term ramifications. Among the great turning points you´ll investigate in depth are the trial of John Peter Zenger (1735), which popularized the ideas that freedom of the press is essential to liberty; the battle of Antietam (1862), which eliminated the possibility of England and France intervening on behalf of the Confederacy; and the Watergate scandal (1974), which signaled a heightened level of public distrust toward elected officials. Along the way, Professor O´Donnell often dispels some intriguing myths and half-truths about American history and provides an honest, unabashed look at the subject matter. These lectures are packed with unfamiliar anecdotes, stories, and side notes that just may change your views on the grand narrative of American history. 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: Professor Edward T. O´Donnell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000328de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Participate in a spirited exploration of Alexis de Tocqueville and his unique observations of this young nation that resulted in the two volumes of Democracy in America. How is it possible that perhaps the greatest book about U.S. democracy ever written was penned by a Frenchman visiting this country 175 years ago? Why is it still relevant in today´s ever-changing political landscape? Tocqueville, a 25-year-old French nobleman who journeyed here in 1831, wanted to observe firsthand the successful political experiment that was evolving in the United States and take his findings home to France, which was itself trying to shape its own young democracy. The remarkable book that resulted has been called both the best book ever written about democracy and the best book ever written about America. Published in two parts, one in 1835 and the second in 1840, it reveals, in its 700 pages, insights about democracy and the American character that have led both liberals and conservatives to claim Tocqueville as their own, often by citing the very same passages, and often out of context. Over the course of 24 spirited lectures, Professor Cook leads you on an engaging and energetic discussion on Tocqueville, his journey, his writing of Democracy in America and, most of all, his thoughts on the young nation he was observing. You´ll learn what Tocqueville had to say about the meaning of family in a democracy, race and the damage done by slavery, the crucial role of women, religion as a moral guide, the dangers of turning religion to political ends, and more. Today, Tocqueville can be both a guide and a reminder of the cultural context in which democratic institutions can develop and flourish. 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: Professor William R. Cook. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000325de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.