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.
In the late 1930s, the Federal Writers´ Project set out to create a first-person portrait of America by sending young writers around the country to interview people from diverse ethnic groups, occupations, and backgrounds. When the Writers Project closed its doors, some 10,000 of these oral histories were left gathering dust in a remote storeroom at the Library of Congress. In First Person America, Ann Banks has collected dozens of these oral histories, including a North Carolina patent-medicine pitchman, a retired Oregon prospector, a Bahamian midwife from Florida, a Key West smuggler, a Pullman Porter, and Chicago jazz musicians. There are men and women who remember meeting Billy the Kid, survived the Chicago Fire, and fled the Czar to America. They hawked lucky charms and patent medicine. They knew Bix Beiderbecke personally and tried to copy his style in Chicago jazz clubs. They peddled cake flavoring, auctioned tobacco, and fished and smuggled rum, and sometimes aliens, from Cuba to Key West. They worked in coal and granite and cotton and iron. The women quilted and pressed laundry and took in boarders and delivered babies. And when their men ran out on them they swallowed their pride and threw rent parties. Lloyd Green, a Pullman Porter in Harlem, lamented his move north to the big city, telling Federal Writer Ralph Ellison, ´´I´m in New York, but New York ain´t in me.´´ First Person America is narrated by Tony Kahn, a public radio veteran writer, host, and producer. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tony Kahn. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/042456de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1607, three small ships - the Discovery, Godspeed, and Susan Constant - arrived on the shores of the eastern North American coast and established the first successful British settlement at Jamestown, Virginia. For two centuries, colonists faced the challenges of life in a new world - weather, Native Indian attacks, starvation, and disease - to establish the strongest economy in the American colonies. Volume VII of the Adventures in Colonial America series discusses the contributions of these colonists in creating probably the most powerful colonial economy in 17th and 18th Century British North America, including politicians, clergy, plantation owners, and artisans. The book also discusses the establishment of the Anglican Church as the official state religion - and how that policy impacted the writing of the US Constitution and the separation of church and state. Virginia´s role in the American Revolution, from the fall of Norfolk to the victory at Yorktown is also discussed. Virginia´s native sons, including Jefferson, Washington, Madison, and Monroe, were among many of our founding fathers who not only fought during the American Revolution but fought a political battle on the floor of Virginia´s legislature and the Continental Congress. Following the Revolution they were instrumental in creating the US Constitution and Bill of Rights which provide all Americans with legal protections that we benefit from centuries later. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Deren Hansen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/099016de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With an executive order from President Franklin Roosevelt in 1941, the United States Marine Corps - the last all-white branch of the U.S. military - was forced to begin recruiting and enlisting African Americans. The first black recruits received basic training at the segregated Camp Montford Point, adjacent to Camp Lejeune, near Jacksonville, North Carolina. Between 1942 and 1949 (when the base was closed as a result of President Truman´s 1948 order fully desegregating all military forces) more than 20,000 men trained at Montford Point, most of them going on to serve in the Pacific Theatre in World War II as members of support units. This book, in conjunction with the documentary film of the same name, tells the story of these Marines for the first time. Drawing from interviews with 60 veterans, The Marines of Montford Point relates the experiences of these pioneers in their own words. From their stories, we learn about their reasons for enlisting; their arrival at Montford Point and the training they received there; their lives in a segregated military and in the Jim Crow South; their experiences of combat and service in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam; and their legacy. The Marines speak with flashes of anger and humor, sometimes with sorrow, sometimes with great wisdom, and always with a pride fostered by incredible accomplishment in the face of adversity. This book serves to recognize and to honor the men who desegregated the Marine Corps and loyally served their country in three major wars. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Adam Lazzare White, JD Jackson, Karole Foreman, William Harper, Daxton Edwards, David Carpenter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011835de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Founding Fathers Series sheds new light on the revolutionary leaders who planned, fought for, and created the United States of America. This series is about the people who led America from monarchy to republic as well as the tools they used. Perhaps more importantly, it is about the principles upon which the American republic was founded. The men who initiated ´´the great experiment´´ of American freedom and democracy are examined here, as are the events, ideas, and profound documents that changed the course of world history.Though they had different backgrounds, skills, and ideas, the Founding Fathers came together to forge a new nation and persevered against the odds to achieve America´s independence. In this edition, the editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica examine the lives of the new republic´s first four presidents: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard M. Davidson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brit/000002de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Summary of First Women by Kate Andersen Brower | Includes Analysis Preview: Kate Andersen Brower´s First Women: The Grace and Power of America´s Modern First Ladies examines how women from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama have negotiated the personal and political challenges of being married to the president of the United States. The women who have served as first lady in the modern era have been very different. Jackie Kennedy was a style icon; Lady Bird Johnson was adamantly not one. Nancy Reagan was proud to give up her career in acting in order to support her husband´s ambitions; Hillary Clinton extended her own legal and political career by working in Bill Clinton´s administration. Rosalynn Carter liked attending cabinet meetings and being in the thick of politics; Michelle Obama has mostly disliked her time in the White House and has been waiting eagerly to return to civilian life. For all their differences, the first ladies share common experiences.... Please Note: This is key takeaways and analysis of the book and not the original book. Inside this Instaread summary of First Women Overview of the book Important People Key Takeaways Analysis of Key Takeaways About the Author With Instaread, you can get the key takeaways, summary and analysis of a book in 15 minutes. We read every chapter, identify the key takeaways and analyze them for your convenience. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Patricia Santomasso. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/059993de/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/000246de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Few Americans know much more about Nathan Hale than his famous last words: ´´I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.´´ But who was the real Nathan Hale?M. William Phelps charts the life of this famed patriot and Connecticut´s state hero, following Hale´s rural childhood, his education at Yale, and his work as a schoolteacher. Even in his brief career, he distinguished himself by offering formal lessons to young women.Like many young Americans, he soon became drawn into the colonies´ war for independence, becoming a captain in Washington´s army. When the general was in need of a spy, Hale willingly rose to the challenge, bravely sacrificing his life for the sake of American liberty.Using Hale´s own journals and letters as well as testimonies from his friends and contemporaries, Phelps depicts the Revolution as it was seen from the ground. From the confrontation in Boston to the battle for New York City, listeners experience what life was like for an ordinary soldier in the struggling Continental army.In this impressive, well-researched biography, Phelps separates historical fact from long-standing myth to reveal the life of Nathan Hale, a young man who deserves to be remembered as an original American patriot. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Phil Gigante. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/001413de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1872 Congress established Yellowstone National Park, and its vast wonders mesmerized early sightseers, including school superintendent William Wallace Wylie. From 1896 to 1905 his Wylie Camping Company fed, sheltered, and guided thousands of Victorian vacationers through relaxed week-long tours. Wylie promised travelers comfort and delicious meals. His clients enjoyed heated sleeping tents, informative outings, and fresh-air bonfires. His guides utilized the park as an outdoor classroom and set an example for concessions throughout Yellowstone. Operating his business was a formidable task. Wylie contended with bears, runaway horses, and drunken stage coach drivers as well as park superintendents, railroad officials, and federal legislators. Eventually the demands became too great, and he sold his business. But the Wylie Camping Company and its owner´s unswerving efforts helped develop, define, and preserve tourism in the West, particularly in America´s first national park. The book is published by Washington State University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paula Faye Leinweber. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/086625de/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.