Franklin D. Roosevelt, commonly known as FDR, served as the 32nd president of the United States. He was a compelling orator who inspired millions with his ´´fireside´´ radio speeches during the Great Depression of the 1930s and his wartime addresses to the nation in the 1940s. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Franklin D. Roosevelt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bnpp/000250de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, commonly known as FDR, served as the 32nd president of the United States. He was a compelling orator who inspired millions with his ´´fireside´´ radio speeches during the Great Depression of the 1930s and his wartime addresses to the nation in the 1940s. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Franklin D. Roosevelt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bnpp/000261de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, commonly known as FDR, served as the 32nd president of the United States. He was a compelling orator who inspired millions with his ´´fireside´´ radio speeches during the Great Depression of the 1930s and his wartime addresses to the nation in the 1940s. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Franklin D. Roosevelt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bnpp/000262de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. With those words, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt asked Congress to declare a state of war with Japan following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Hear FDR´s classic speech as America first experienced it, with this historic live-radio broadcast. 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/radi/000210de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On the afternoon of December 30, 1903, during a sold-out matinee performance, a fire broke out in Chicago´s Iroquois Theatre. In the short span of twenty minutes, more than six hundred people were asphyxiated, burned, or trampled to death in a panicked mob´s failed attempt to escape. In Chicago Death Trap: The Iroquois Theatre Fire of 1903, Nat Brandt provides a detailed chronicle of this horrific event to assess not only the titanic tragedy of the fire itself but also the municipal corruption and greed that kindled the flames beforehand and the political cover-ups hidden in the smoke and ash afterwards. Advertised as ´´absolutely fireproof,´´ the Iroquois was Chicago´s most modern playhouse when it opened in the fall of 1903. With the approval of the city´s building department, theater developers Harry J. Powers and William J. Davis opened the theater prematurely to take full advantage of the holiday crowds, ignoring flagrant safety violations in the process. The aftermath of the fire proved to be a study in the miscarriage of justice. Despite overwhelming evidence that the building had not been completed, that fire safety laws were ignored, and that management had deliberately sealed off exits during the performance, no one was ever convicted or otherwise held accountable for the enormous loss of life. Chicago Death Trap: The Iroquois Theatre Fire of 1903 is rich with vivid details about this horrific disaster, captivatingly presented in human terms without losing sight of the broader historical context. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gary Regal. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/013158de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Learn about the Boston Tea Party with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series.It was another cold night in Boston on the 16th of December 1773. But this was no ordinary night. This night would ignite the flames of injustice within many an American colonist. And it would eventually lead to the American Revolution.That night, three British ships - the Learn about the Boston Tea Party with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series.It was another cold night in Boston, Massachusetts on the 16th of December 1773. But this was no ordinary night. This night would ignite the flames of injustice within many an American colonist. And it would eventually lead to the American Revolution. That night, three British ships - the Dartmouth, the Eleanor, and the Beaver - were moored in the Boston harbor. Their holds were filled with British tea that the American colonists had refused to accept. However, Thomas Hutchinson, the royal governor of Massachusetts, in turn, refused to issue the permits which would allow the ships to leave the harbor and return to Great Britain. Already, in Pennsylvania and New York City, public outcry had resulted in ships in harbor there returning to Great Britain without unloading their cargo of tea. But in Boston, Governor Hutchinson was standing strong against the colonists. Perfect to listen to while commuting, exercising, shopping or cleaning the house.. iMinds brings knowledge to your MP3 with 8 minute information segments to whet your mental appetite and broaden your mind. iMinds offers 12 main categories; become a Generalist by increasing your knowledge of Business, Politics, People, History, Pop Culture, Mystery, Crime, Culture, Religion, Concepts, Science and Sport. Clean and concise, crisp and engaging, discover what you never knew you were missing. iMinds is the knowledge solution for the information age cutting through the white noise to give you quick, accurate knowledge .. Perfect your dinner party conv... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ellouise Rothwell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/imnd/000020de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Even as the young United States successfully secured its independence, the new nation was beset by problems. The drafters of the Articles of Confederation had deliberately avoided giving the national legislature the power to tax, because Parliament had so abused that authority against the colonies, but this proved to be a severe limitation on the national government. Besides hampering the Continental Army, the inability of the national government to raise revenue made foreign policy difficult. Under the Articles of Confederation, the Congress was also completely unable to pay any of the debts it incurred to foreign powers during the Revolutionary War. Though allied powers had lent to the American government on favorable terms and no repayment was expected until the end of hostilities, the hope of ever paying national debts without a national government that could tax was slim. In particular, the prospect of the new nation defaulting on its loans from France led to the end of the Articles of Confederation. To top it all off, the Articles of Confederation also had no judiciary or executive branch. Therefore, laws passed by the Congress could not be enforced by the national government: the enforcement of laws was left to the mercy of the states. Likewise, there was no national judiciary to decide disputes over national law. Fueled at least in part by the weakness of the federal government to respond to military threats, the young country quickly faced a problem in the form of a rebellion led in New England by former Revolutionary War veteran Daniel Shays. On December 27, 1786, Samuel Lyman of Massachusetts wrote to his friend and confidant, Samuel Breck, ´´[N]ot only this Commonwealth but the union at large are in the most confused and confounded condition; we do not yet feel that sameness or unity of interest which is the only cement of any nation, and which is absolutely necessary to be felt in order to make us respectable and important; but this is not s... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/077532de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story behind the story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright. On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright´s Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. The Age of Flight had begun. How did they do it? And why? David McCullough tells the extraordinary and truly American story of the two brothers who changed the world. Sons of an itinerant preacher and a mother who died young, Wilbur and Orville Wright grew up on a small sidestreet in Dayton, Ohio, in a house that lacked indoor plumbing and electricity but was filled with books and a love of learning. The brothers ran a bicycle shop that allowed them to earn enough money to pursue their mission in life: flight. In the 1890s flying was beginning to advance beyond the glider stage, but there were major technical challenges the Wrights were determined to solve. They traveled to North Carolina´s remote Outer Banks to test their plane because there they found three indispensable conditions: constant winds, soft surfaces for landings, and privacy. Flying was exceedingly dangerous; the Wrights risked their lives every time they flew in the years that followed. Orville nearly died in a crash in 1908 but was nursed back to health by his sister, Katharine - an unsung and important part of the brothers´ success and of McCullough´s book. Despite their achievement the Wrights could not convince the US government to take an interest in their plane until after they demonstrated its success in France, where the government instantly understood the importance of their achievement. Now, in this revelatory book, master historian David McCullough draws on nearly 1,000 letters of family correspondence plus diaries, notebooks, and family scrapbooks in the Library of Congress to... 1. Language: English. Narrator: David McCullough. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/006996de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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.