When award-winning journalist Dave Jamieson´s parents sold his childhood home a few years ago, he rediscovered a prized boyhood possession: his baseball card collection. Now was the time to cash in on the investments of his youth. But all the card shops had closed, and cards were selling for next to nothing online. What had happened? In Mint Condition, his fascinating, eye-opening, endlessly entertaining book, Jamieson finds the answer by tracing the complete story of this beloved piece of American childhood. Picture cards had long been used for advertising, but after the Civil War, tobacco companies started slipping them into cigarette packs as collector´s items. Before long the cards were wagging the cigarettes. In the 1930s cards helped gum and candy makers survive the Great Depression. In the 1960s royalties from cards helped transform the baseball players´ association into one of the country´s most powerful unions, dramatically altering the game. In the ´80s and ´90s, cards went through a spectacular bubble, becoming a billion-dollar-a-year industry before all but disappearing, surviving today as the rarified preserve of adult collectors. Mint Condition is charming original history brimming with colorful characters, sure to delight baseball fans and collectors. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Young. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021830de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A shocking investigation revealing why greedy oil companies are lying to the American people. At the end of World War II, U.S. intelligence agents confiscated thousands of Nazi documents on what was known as the ´´Fischer-Tropsch Process” - a series of equations developed by German chemists unlocking the secrets of how oil is formed. When the Nazis took power, Germany had resolved to develop enough synthetic oil to wage war successfully, even without abundant national oil reserves. For decades, these confiscated German documents remained largely ignored in a United States where petro-geologists and petro-chemists were convinced that oil was a ´´fossil fuel” created by ancient decaying biological debris. Clearly, big U.S. oil companies had no financial interest in explaining to the American people that oil was a natural product made on a continual basis deep within the earth. If there were only so many fossils in geological time, there could only be so much oil. Big oil could then charge more for a finite, rapidly disappearing resource than for a natural, renewable, and probably inexhaustible one. The Great Oil Conspiracy explains how Stalin, at the end of World War II, demanded his petro-geologists ´´dig deeper” when petro-scientists in the United States had determined that the Soviet Union, like Germany, lacked national oil reserves. Russia today has challenged Saudi Arabia for the lead in oil production and exportation. Once oil is understood as an abundantly available resource, there is no reason hydro-carbon fuels cannot indefinitely propel the development and production of cheap energy reserves the United States needs to maintain its dominant position in the emerging global economy. 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: Fleet Cooper. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/008399de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the annals of American firefighting, the early 1800s were a dark time. Volunteer fire companies operated less as public servants and more as rival gangs: defying city regulations, extorting money from victims, sabotaging other companies to put out fires first, or letting them burn out of pure spite. Willard Sears, a Boston builder and abolitionist, set out to change all that with a vision for a fire company that would bring professionalism to a field laced with corruption and violence. He gathered a ragtag group to follow him under the banner of Company Eight. Ultimately, Sears´ quest would pit him against the most powerful forces in the city, in a battle that would shape the future of firefighting in America. Writer Matthew Pearl delves into historical archives to bring to life, for the first time, a true story of courage and persistence. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Matthew Pearl. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/028627de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Spokane & Inland Empire Railroad started as a streetcar line, used largely for real estate development, and grew into a regional electric railway noted for its cutting edge technology and elegant sense of style. Jay P. Graves and the other men connected with the railroad, created land improvement companies designed to provide luxury resorts, as well as plan small towns. Within a few years, the rail lines would stretch from Spokane to Coeur d´Alene, and Hayden lakes to the east, with another line heading south through the Palouse, splitting at Spring Valley, to Colfax, and Moscow. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hattie Matilda. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/093677de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For more than 140 years, the Hash Knife brand has intrigued Western history lovers. From its rough-and-ready-sounding name to its travels throughout Texas, Montana, and Arizona, the Hash Knife sports a romance like few others in the cattle industry. Several outfits have been proud to call the brand their own, and the stories behind the men who worked for these companies are the epitome of Western lore and truth combined. Beginning in 1884, the Hash Knife - owned by the Aztec Land and Cattle Company - came to Arizona. The brand left a lasting impression on places like Holbrook, Joseph City, Winslow, and the famed OW Ranch while shaping Northern Arizona. From its historic roots to the famed Hash Knife Pony Express Ride that takes place each January, the Hash Knife has left its mark as a beloved mainstay of the American West. 1. Language: English. Narrator: G. S. Hunt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/032168de/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.
The high-stakes battle between two casino titans over the Las Vegas of the East Coast. It´s all quiet now on the eastern front of the American gaming industry - Atlantic City, New Jersey - but for five chaotic years, real estate developer Richard ´´Skip´´ Bronson was at the white-hot center of a titanic clash of money and power that transformed Atlantic City from a struggling day-tripper place with buses in and out to a born again destination drawing tourists from New York, Philadelphia, and other major cities along the eastern seaboard. From 1995 to 2000, two of the world´s best-known companies - Mirage Resorts and Trump Resorts - run by two of the most flamboyant businessmen of our time, fought a bare-knuckled, high-stakes battle over a prime piece of real estate in one of America´s most famous resort towns. No money was spared, no punch was pulled, no invective went unhurled in The War at the Shore. Now Bronson, who was a member of the board of directors of Mirage and president of New City Development Company, the Mirage subsidiary whose primary purpose was to build a top-level new casino and hotel complex in Atlantic City, tells the inside story of this epic struggle. Along the way, Bronson weaves in fascinating and inspiring anecdotes from his complicated past: A product of a fractured family and city-owned housing project in Hartford, Connecticut; former paperboy, spelling bee champion yet college dropout; and prolific developer of shopping centers and office buildings-including CityPlace, Connecticut´s tallest skyscraper-Bronson embodies the self-made business success story. Gripping from beginning to end, The War at the Shore is a rare up-close look at the world of casino development and the essential modern chapter in the history of America´s ´´Boardwalk Empire´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Taylor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/001697de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
There are many theories as to why the United States and then much of the world entered into a long period of price deflation, high unemployment, and an overall significant economic downturn, which we now call the Great Depression. People always wonder why this horrendous event occurred and there is no simple answer to this question. It was a perfect storm of events that came together and brought about an inevitable plummet in the lives of millions. Perhaps the opening shot of this dark period was the stock market crash in October of 1929. Nothing had happened like it before that moment. In the aftermath, the rest of the country and the world fell into the Great Depression, the longest and deepest economic depression since the Civil War. During the 1920s, the United States economy was growing and the stock market kept reaching new highs. Lot of common people were making money in the stock market and having a grand time; unfortunately, there were ominous clouds few noticed on the horizon. By that time, industrial production had started declining and unemployment was already rising. The signs were there, but many were ignored. Some of the causes of the collapse were the explosion of debt, low wages, an agricultural industry that was struggling, and large bank loans that were unable to be liquidated. Prices started to decline from the stock market peak in September of 1929, and on October 18, the market began to fall dramatically. Panic began to set in with the traders and investors, and on October 24, known as ´´Black Thursday,´´ the market lost 11 percent of its value on the opening bell in heavy trading. Investment companies and bankers tried to stabilize the market through purchasing blocks of stock, producing a moderate improvement by Friday. However, by Monday, the market was in trouble once again. On October 29, over 16 million shares were traded in just one day. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gregory Diehl. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/053835de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
History of the express companies and the origin of American railroads. Together with some reminiscences of the latter days of the mail coach and baggage wagon business in the United States: A L. 1816-1906 Stimson
History of the Express Companies and the Origin of American Railroads. Together With Some Reminiscences of the Latter Days of the Mail Coach and Baggage Wagon Business in the United States: A. L. (Alexander Lovett) Stimson