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/000336de/bk_rhde_002536_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/000512de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The American Revolutionary War was an event that changed the path of nations. The birth of the United States of America signaled a deadly struggle that cost the lives of thousands of American and British soldiers. The conflict between the mother country, Britain, and the colonists didn´t start overnight; it was series of events over a decade that finally led to the first shots being fired at the battle of Lexington and Concord. This bitter war would drag on for years, with battlegrounds scattered up and down the eastern seaboard of the now United States - few were spared the effects of the war. Men such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin would prove to be key individuals who helped turn what seemed like a certain defeat for the colonists into a victory over the most powerful military force in the world. The long running conflict between the British and the French worked to the American´s favor, as the French were key allies in the war and helped to turn the tide in the favor of the beleaguered Continental Army. It would take more than eight long years from the first shot being fired to the final peace treaty being signed before this bloody chapter of America would close. Listen to learn about the traumatic events that formed the most powerful and important nation in the history of the world. About the 30 Minute Book Series: Welcome to the fifth book in the 30 Minute Book Series. Each book in the series is fast-paced, well-worded, accurate, and covers the story in as much detail as a short book allows. In 30 minutes, you can listen to a whole book - a perfect companion for a lunch hour or a nice distraction for a train ride home from work. About the author: Doug West is a retired engineer, small business owner, and an experienced nonfiction writer with several books. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gregory Diehl. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/043878de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Thousands of years, way before Christopher Columbus set sail, wandering tribes of hunters made their way from Asia across the Bering land bridge to North America. They didn´t know it, but they had discovered a New World. The First Americans is a fascinating re-creation of pre-Columbian Native American life, and it´s an adventure of a lifetime! Hunt seals with the Inuit; harvest corn on a cliff-top mesa; hunt the mighty buffalo; and set sail with Leif Erickson, Columbus, and all the early great explorers, Cabot, Balboa, Ponce de Leon, Cortes, Henry the Navigator, and more, in this brilliantly told story of America before it was America. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christina Moore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/000503de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Covering a time of great hope and incredible change, Reconstructing America is a dramatic look at life after the Civil War in the newly re-United States. Railroad tycoons were roaring across the country. New cities sprang up across the plains, and a new and different American West came into being: a land of farmers, ranchers, miners, and city dwellers. Back East, large-scale immigration was also going on, but not all Americans wanted newcomers in the country. Technology moved forward: Thomas Edison lit up the world with his electric light. And social justice was on everyone´s mind with Carry Nation wielding a hatchet in her battle against drunkenness and Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois counseling newly freed African Americans to behave in very different ways. Through it all, the reunited nation struggles to keep the promises of freedom in this exciting chapter in A History of US. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christina Moore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/000515de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Daniel Boone opened up the American west; more than 200,000 settlers poured into Kentucky on the Wilderness Road he helped establish. John Mason Brown´s classic biography brilliantly depicts Boone´s life and times, delving into all the complexities of this fascinating man as well as the landmark historical events he lived through - including the Revolutionary War and Louisiana Purchase. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Ganim. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000603de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How did compliant colonials with strong ties to Europe get the notion to become an independent nation? Perhaps the seeds of liberty were planted in the 1735 historic courtroom battle for the freedom of the press. Or maybe the French and Indian War did it, when colonists were called ´´Americans´´ for the first time by the English, and the great English army proved itself not so formidable after all. But for sure when King George III started levying some heavy-handed taxes on the colonies, the break from the motherland was imminent. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christina Moore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/000511de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Riveting, moving, and impossible to put down, War, Terrible War takes us into the heart of the Civil War, from the battle of Manassas to the battle of Gettysburg and on to the South´s surrender at Appomattox Court House. Follow the common soldiers in blue and gray as they endure long marches, freezing winter camps, and the bloodiest battles ever fought on American soil. Off the war fields, War, Terrible War captures the passion and commitment of abolitionists and slave owners alike in their fiery debates throughout the land. With profiles of Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, John Brown, Harriet Tubman, Jefferson Davis, soldiers on both sides, slave owners, abolitionists, average citizens, and others, War, Terrible War is the compelling story of a people affected by the horrors of war during this tragic and dramatic period in A History of US. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christina Moore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/000514de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
1840s, action-packed adventure, with a goodly dollop of humor and romance. Fact: In the spring of 1840, a hodge-podge ´´army´´ of not very scrupulous mountain men, Mexican bandidos, and 200 Ute Indian warriors, swept down on Mexico´s, Alta California. In the vicinity of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, these ´´brigands´´ gathered up and drove away, some three to five thousand prime-quality horses and mules! Little more is recorded of this event, and all sources vary wildly concerning the specifics. The following is the frolicsome fleshed-out fable of that raid, and of the unforeseen repercussions it precipitated for the destinies of three nations - Mexico, the USA, and Great Britain. The real-life players include: crusty, eccentric, Old Bill Williams, and fellow conspirator, Tom (Peg-leg) Smith, the mountain men who conceived and organized the raid, Ute Chief Walkara, who´s braves did most of the dirty-work, plus ´´that stellar scoundrel´´ Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, President of Mexico, who had come north to quash the fires of California rebellion, using his usual methods of blunt force, summary trial, and instant execution. Our three ´´heroes´´ - Parson Mordecai Lincoln, mountain man Ben Hammond, and the ex-slave, Euripides - are sucked into these momentous events by merest chance. Along the way they encounter various intriguing characters in one too-close-to-call ´´mishap´´ after another. Vengeful Navajos and Comancheros, mission padres with an ax to grind, a seditious Don and his fiery daughter, American, British, and Mexican warships on hair trigger, and Mordecai´s life-long nemeses - those notorious Maddox brothers - reborn! All contrive to keep ´´things´´ really popping. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Wayne Hughes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/093373de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
People are coming to America, all kinds of people. If you´re European, you come in search of freedom or riches. If you´re African, you come in chains. And what about the Indians, what is happening to them? Soon 13 colonies are born, each with its own story. Meet Pocahontas and John Smith in Jamestown. Join William Penn and the Quakers in Pennsylvania. Sit with the judges at the Salem witch trials. Hike over mountains with Daniel Boone. And let Ben Franklin give you some salty advice in his Poor Richards Almanac. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christina Moore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/000504de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.