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.
When Why Are We in Vietnam? was published in 1967, almost twenty years after The Naked and the Dead, the critical response was ecstatic. The novel fully confirmed Mailer´s stature as one of the most important figures in contemporary American literature. Now, a new edition of this exceptional work serves as further affirmation of its timeless quality. Narrated by Ranald (´´D.J.´´) Jethroe, Texas´s most precocious teenager, on the eve of his departure to fight in Vietnam, this story of a hunting trip in Alaska is both brilliantly entertaining and profoundly thoughtful. 1. Language: English. Narrator: MacLeod Andrews. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008492de/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.
Why did 13 colonies believe they could defeat the most powerful nation on the planet? And how did they eventually manage such an impressive feat? Get the real story on the battle for American independence with Professor Guelzo´s 24 gripping lectures. With a focus on the war´s strategy, military tactics, logistics, and most fascinating people, these lectures are a must own for anyone curious about the origins of the greatest nation in modern history. Told from the perspective of both sides in an intense, almost novelistic style that recreates the experience of the war´s key battles and decisions, the lectures introduce you to an array of vivid personalities, including George Washington, Lord George Sackville-Germaine, Henry Knox, Sir William Howe, and Thomas Paine. Professor Guelzo´s approach gives the forces at work in the palace and in Parliament equal weight with those in play at the Continental Congress and among George Washington´s inner circle. It´s a perspective that reveals the very different ways in which the two nations saw both their economic relationship and the philosophical underpinnings of a government´s relationship to its citizens. You´ll learn what it was like to serve on either side of the conflict, how those sides were trained, and about the terrors of the battlefield. Rich in dramatic moments like this, these lectures offer a fresh appraisal of this seminal event in American history, offering the diverging views of two sides whose common heritage had yielded two very different outlooks. 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 Allen C. Guelzo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000025de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1910, the United States - its population exploding, its frontier all but exhausted - was in the throes of a serious meat shortage. But a small and industrious group of thinkers stepped forward with an answer, a bold idea being endorsed by the likes of Theodore Roosevelt and The New York Times. Their plan: To import hippopotamuses to the swamps of Louisiana and convince Americans to eat them.The only thing stranger than the hippo idea itself was the partnership promoting it. At its center were two hard-bitten spies: Frederick Russell Burnham, a superhumanly competent frontiersman, freelance adventurer, and fervent optimist about America´s future-Burnham would be the inspiration for both the Boy Scouts and Indiana Jones-and Fritz Duquesne, a.k.a. the Black Panther, a virtuoso con man and cynical saboteur who believed only in his own glorification and revenge. Burnham and Duquesne had very recently been sworn enemies under orders to assassinate each other. They´d soon be enemies again. But for one brief and shining moment they joined behind a common cause: Transforming America into a nation of hippopotamus ranchers.In American Hippopotamus, Jon Mooallem brings to life a historical saga too preposterous to be fiction-a bracing and eccentric epic of espionage and hippos, but also of a conflicted nation on the threshold of a bewildering new century, deciding what kind of country it would be, and what beasts it would eat. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jon Mooallem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/014314de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This national best seller is an entertaining, informative, and sometimes shocking expose of the way history is taught to American students. Lies My Teacher Told Me won the American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship.James W. Loewen, a sociology professor and distinguished critic of history education, puts 12 popular textbooks under the microscope, and what he discovers will surprise you. In his opinion, every one of these texts fails to make its subject interesting or memorable. Worse still is the proliferation of blind patriotism, mindless optimism, and misinformation filling the pages.From the truth about Christopher Columbus to the harsh reality of the Vietnam War, Loewen picks apart the lies we´ve been told. This is a book that will forever change your view of the past. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Keeler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/000345de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
American History Now collects 18 original historiographic essays that survey recent scholarship in American history and trace the shifting lines of interpretation and debate in the field. The new generation of historians showcased in American History Now posed new questions and developed new approaches to scholarship to revise the prevailing interpretations of the chronological periods from the colonial era to the Reagan years. Covering the established subfields of women´s history, African American history, and immigration history, the book also considers the history of capitalism, Native American history, environmental history, religious history, cultural history, and the history of the United States in the world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scotty Drake. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/067456de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the author of the acclaimed history The Island at the Center of the World, an intimate new epic of the American Revolution that reinforces its meaning for today. With America´s founding principles being debated today as never before, Russell Shorto looks back to the era in which those principles were forged. Drawing on new sources, he weaves the lives of six people into a seamless narrative that casts fresh light on the range of experience in colonial America on the cusp of revolution. While some of the protagonists - a Native American warrior, a British aristocrat, George Washington - play major roles on the field of battle, others - a woman, a slave, and a laborer - struggle no less valiantly to realize freedom for themselves. Through these lives we understand that the Revolution was, indeed, fought over the meaning of individual freedom, a philosophical idea that became a force for violent change. A powerful narrative and a brilliant defense of American values, Revolution Song makes the compelling case that the American Revolution is still being fought today and that its ideals are worth defending. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Russell Shorto. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/010518de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
James MacGregor Burns’s stunning trilogy of American history, spanning the birth of the Constitution to the final days of the Cold War. In these three volumes, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winner James MacGregor Burns chronicles with depth and narrative panache the most significant cultural, economic, and political events of American history. In The Vineyard of Liberty, he combines the color and texture of early American life with meticulous scholarship. Focusing on the tensions leading up to the Civil War, Burns brilliantly shows how Americans became divided over the meaning of Liberty. In The Workshop of Democracy, Burns explores more than a half-century of dramatic growth and transformation of the American landscape, through the addition of dozens of new states, the shattering tragedy of the First World War, the explosion of industry, and, in the end, the emergence of the United States as a new global power. And in The Crosswinds of Freedom, Burns offers an articulate and incisive examination of the US during its rise to become the world’s sole superpower - through the Great Depression, the Second World War, the Cold War, and the rapid pace of technological change that gave rise to the ´´American Century.” 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Ashby. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/017311de/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.