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.
´´I´ll wage they found no bullets in his back.´´ - Jim Bowie´s mother, after hearing of his death at the Alamo. A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history´s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors´ American Legends series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the lives of America´s most important men and women, in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten, or never known. Jim Bowie is one of 19th century America´s most famous names, even if what´s known about the man is more legend than fact. Like Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett, Bowie has come to represent the pioneering spirit of the frontier, along with the masculinity, machismo, and swagger that earned him a reputation for fighting. And like any good legend, he is perhaps best remembered for his death at the Alamo than for any aspect of his life. Bowie´s death and the defenders´ defeat at the Alamo, did not have a decisive impact on Texas´ War for Independence, but it became a poignant rallying cry in the immediate aftermath of the battle, and to this day, Americans associate it with patriotism, bravery, and determination. ´´Remember the Alamo´´ is still a widely used part of the English lexicon today, and the Alamo is a cherished piece of Americana. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Hare. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/092910de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´We are told today that Inuit never had laws or ´maligait´. Why? They say because they are not written on paper. When I think of paper, I think you can tear it up, and the laws are gone. The laws of the Inuit are not on paper.´´ - Mariano Aupilaarjuk From the ´´Trail of Tears´´ to Wounded Knee and Little Bighorn, the narrative of American history is incomplete without the inclusion of the Native Americans that lived on the continent before European settlers arrived in the 16th and 17th centuries. Since the first contact between natives and settlers, tribes like the Sioux, Cherokee, and Navajo have both fascinated and perplexed outsiders with their history, language, and culture. In Charles River Editors´ Native American Tribes series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the history and culture of North America´s most famous native tribes in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. North Americans have long been fascinated by the Inuit, but this level of interest has been matched by a general lack of knowledge about the group itself. For centuries, they have been called Eskimos, despite the fact there are distinct differences within the group and many of them find the use of the word Eskimo offensive. With that said, the group´s lifestyle has long been of interest to outsiders simply based on the fact that it´s so different. The Inuit live in harsh Arctic climates in Canada, America, Russia, and even Greenland, and they are descendants of the very people who historians believe crossed the landbridge that once connected Russia to Alaska thousands of years ago. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Barton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/036174de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Explains the origins and legacy of the famous feud. Includes a timeline of the feud. Includes a bibliography for further reading. Includes a table of contents. ´´They were men, who matched the mountains, they were Hatfields and McCoys. They were men, who matched the mountains. They were men, when they were boys.´´ (Jimmy Wolford) A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history´s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors´ American Legends series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the lives of America´s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. The feud between the Hatfields and McCoys is the stuff of American legend and has become synonymous with vendettas. In fact it has become its own term for any large-scale disagreement and has made its way into everything from music to television and movies. Though the fighting took place over a century ago, Americans remain so fascinated by it that The History Channel´s 2012 miniseries about the feuding families set records for cable television ratings. These days the feud between the Hatfields and McCoys is a celebrated piece of American folklore, but for two families living along the West Virginia-Kentucky border during the last half of the 19th century, the feud was literally a matter of life and death. Twenty-first century America might celebrate this relic of the country´s rural past, but modern society would also likely scoff at the idea of a couple of rural families taking potshots at each other through the woods over slights as insignificant as a stolen pig. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/033776de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A groundbreaking study that radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans in 1492. Traditionally, Americans learned in school that the ancestors of the people who inhabited the Western Hemisphere at the time of Columbus´ landing had crossed the Bering Strait 12,000 years ago; existed mainly in small nomadic bands; and lived so lightly on the land that the Americas were, for all practical purposes, still a vast wilderness. But as Charles C. Mann now makes clear, archaeologists and anthropologists have spent the last 30 years proving these and many other long-held assumptions wrong. In a book that startles and persuades, Mann reveals how a new generation of researchers equipped with novel scientific techniques came to previously unheard-of conclusions. Among them: In 1491 there were probably more people living in the Americas than in Europe. Certain cities - such as Tenochtitlán, the Aztec capital - were far greater in population than any contemporary European city. Furthermore, Tenochtitlán, unlike any capital in Europe at that time, had running water, beautiful botanical gardens, and immaculately clean streets. The earliest cities in the Western Hemisphere were thriving before the Egyptians built the great pyramids. Pre-Columbian Indians in Mexico developed corn by a breeding process so sophisticated that the journal Science recently described it as ´´man´s first, and perhaps the greatest, feat of genetic engineering´´. Amazonian Indians learned how to farm the rain forest without destroying it - a process scientists are studying today in the hope of regaining this lost knowledge. Native Americans transformed their land so completely that Europeans arrived in a hemisphere already massively ´´landscaped´´ by human beings. Mann sheds clarifying light on the methods used to arrive at these new visions of the pre-Columbian Ameri... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Darrell Dennis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004761de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Lincoln´s Last Hours describe the assassination and last moments of President Lincoln´s life. They were written by Dr. Charles Leale, the first doctor to attend to Lincoln after he was shot. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Van Der Molen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/comm/000214de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sergeant Charles Windolph was the last white survivor of the Battle of Little Big Horn when he told his story nearly 70 years later. A six-year veteran in the Seventh Cavalry, Windolph rode in the 1873 Yellowstone Expedition, and the 1874 Black Hills Expedition. He fought in Captain Benteen´s troops on the fatal Sunday, and vividly recalls the battle that wiped out Custer´s command. Equally vivid is the evidence marshaled by historians Frazier and Robert Hunt. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jack Sondericker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bimo/000533de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It began as President Ulysses S. Grant´s bid for international glory after the Civil War - America´s first attempt to reach the North Pole. It ended with Captain Charles Hall´s death under suspicious circumstances, dissension among sailors, scientists, and explorers, and the ship´s evacuation and eventual sinking. Then came a brutal struggle for survival by 33 men, women, and children stranded on the polar ice. When news of the disastrous expedition and accusations of murder reached Washington, D.C., it led to a nationwide scandal, an official investigation, and a government cover-up. The mystery of the captain´s death remained unsolved for nearly 100 years. But when Charles Hall´s frozen grave in northern Greenland was opened, forensic scientists were finally able to reach a shocking conclusion. Now, telling the complete story for the first time, best-selling author Bruce Henderson has researched original transcripts of the US Navy inquests, personal papers of Captain Hall, autopsy and forensic reports relating to the century-old crime, the ship´s original log, and personal journals kept by crewmen to bring to life one of the most mysterious tragedies of American exploration. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Pruden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/006446de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
There is so much about Texas that few people know. Who knows about the lawless Horrell Brothers, who feuded for years with ´´Pink´´ Higgins. What is the oldest town in Texas? Learn about the Jaybird-Woodpecker War, or about the Texas Enchanted Rock. Then there was the fence-cutting war along with the usual Texas favorites, the Alamo, Cattleman Charles Goodnight, Texas´ First Navy, and the San Elizario Salt War. If that not enough, you can learn more about Pirate Jean Lafitte. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Van Riper. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/085254de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Wall Street is an unending source of legend - and nightmares. It is a universal symbol of both the highest aspirations of economic prosperity and the basest impulses of greed and deception. Charles R. Geisst´s Wall Street is at once a chronicle of the street itself - from the days when the wall was merely a defensive barricade built by Peter Stuyvesant - and an engaging economic history of the United States, a tale of profits and losses, enterprising spirits, and key figures that transformed America into the most powerful economy in the world. The audiobook traces many themes, like the move of industry and business westward in the early 19th century, the rise of the great Robber Barons, and the growth of industry from the securities market´s innovative financing of railroads, major steel companies, and Bell´s and Edison´s technical innovations. And because ´´The Street´´ has always been a breeding ground for outlandish characters with brazen nerve, no history of the stock market would be complete without a look at the conniving of ruthless wheeler-dealers and lesser known but influential rogues. This updated edition covers the historic, almost apocalyptic events of the 2008 financial crisis and the overarching policy changes of the Obama administration. As Wall Street and America have changed irrevocably after the crisis, Charles R. Geisst offers the definitive chronicle of the relationship between the two, and the challenges and successes it has fostered that have shaped our history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen McLaughlin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015540de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.