In early 1860, pundits across America confidently predicted the election of Illinois senator Stephen A. Douglas in the coming presidential race. Douglas, after all, led the only party that bridged North and South. But the Democrats would split over the issue of slavery, leading Southerners in the party to run their own presidential slate. This opened the door for the upstart Republicans, exclusively Northern, to steal the Oval Office. Dark horse Abraham Lincoln, not the first choice even of his own party, won the presidency with a record-low 39.8 percent of the popular vote. Acclaimed scholar Douglas R. Egerton chronicles the contest with a historian´s keen insight and a veteran political reporter´s eye for detail. Vividly, Egerton re-creates the cascade of unforeseen events that confounded political bosses, set North and South on the road to disunion, and put not Stephen Douglas, but his greatest rival, in the White House. We see Lincoln and his team outmaneuvering more prominent Republicans, like New York´s grandiose William Seward, while Democratic conventions collapse in confusion. And we see the gifted, flawed Douglas marking his finest hour in defeat, as he strives, and fails, to save the Union. Year of Meteors delivers a teeming cast of characters, minor and major, and a breakneck narrative of this most momentous year in American history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Scherer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009713de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As the 2012 presidential campaign begins: Profiles of 12 men who have run for the presidency and lost, but who, even in defeat, have had a greater impact on American history than many of those who have served as president - from Henry Clay to Stephen Douglas, William Jennings Bryan to Al Gore - Plus, mini-profiles on 22 ´´honorable mentions.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Farris. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/010032de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An exciting and accurate portrayal of the military action in the southern colonies that led to a new American nation. A companion to Pancake´s study of the northern campaign, 1777: The Year of the Hangman, this volume deals with the American Revolution in the Carolinas. Together, the two books constitute a complete history of the Revolutionary War. Pancake tells a gripping story of the southern campaign, the scene of a grim and deadly guerilla war. In the savage internecine struggle, Americans fought Americans with a fierceness that appalled even a veteran like General Nathanael Greene. ´´Utilizing extensive manuscript collections, John Pancake explains not why the colonists won the War of Independence, but rather why the British lost. Yorktown, he argues, was not the result of a momentary oversight by the British navy, but the final consequence of the longstanding failure of British military and political leadership.´´ So said the Journal of Southern History when This Destructive War was first published in 1985. The Florida Historical Quarterly further opined, ´´Pancake has given us a well-researched and beautifully - and tightly - written book.´´ General audiences as well as scholars and students of the American Revolution will welcome anew this classic, definitive study of the campaign in the Carolinas. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Douglas R. Pratt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/081153de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1924, three years before Lindbergh flew to Paris, four young army airmen answered the call of General Billy Mitchell to save US aviation from destruction by the politicians by winning the race with a dozen other nations to make the first flight around the world. In primitive open-cockpit biplanes powered by unreliable engines and few airfields, they were given little chance of success or even survival. This is the untold epic story of American patriotism, valor, and can-do ingenuity which triumphed over adversity and led to aviation dominance for the balance of the century - and the forgotten heroes that made it happen. Over 15 years of research, including the first access ever to the private Donald Douglas collection of Aviation memorabilia including worldwide newspaper accounts, diaries and logs of the aviators, have gone into the writing of this remarkable story. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dave Wright. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/094572de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
After an arduous overland journey, Levi Scott and his son John arrived in Oregon City in November 1844. Scott joined the Jesse Applegate´s 1846 expedition seeking a better, safer way through the Cascades to the Willamette Valley. Their new southern route wound through the Umpqua Valley, three mountain ranges, and the Black Rock Desert before meeting the established California Trail. Applegate recruited emigrants and while others went ahead to prepare the road, Scott led the initial wagon train west. He details a harrowing trip. Retracing the trail in 1847 and 1849, he again faced narrow escapes and deadly encounters with Native Americans. Edited and extensively annotated, Scott´s unpublished autobiography has become Wagons to the Willamette. An exceptional contribution to Oregon Trail history, it is the only first-hand account written by someone who not only searched for the southern route but also accompanied its first wagon train. The book is published by Washington State University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Douglas McDonald. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/091154de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A comprehensive review of the mom and pop farming era (early 1800s through 1980s) in Orleans County, NY, which ended when local canning factories closed. Current oral histories, as well as those of early pioneers, provide first-hand accounts of farming with teams of horses, steel-wheel tractors, and plenty of ´´kid power´´. Emphasis is placed on the exceptional fruit industry along the south shore of Lake Ontario and the modern technology developed in Orleans County, NY. Chapters include: Kids Play and Country Schools Dairies and Dairy Farmers Fairs & Celebrations Canning Factories Modern Technology Farming, a Dangerous Endeavor Beasts of Burden Personal accounts of close-knit farm family living makes this a touching, informative local history book - ´´the past brought to life´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Douglas R. Pratt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/087186de/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.
Montana Mail-Order Wife (Mills & Boon American Romance):ebook Ausgabe Harlequin - Series eBook - American Romance. ePub First edition. Charlotte Douglas
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.