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/017311/bk_adbl_017311_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It´s time to revisit 1945 and the final days World War II in a way that no one else ever has. Grab your thinking cap and join author Steve Ubaney in volume two of his five volume ´´Who Murdered?´´ book series, where he probes every part of FDR´s mysterious death. We have been told all the lies for decades, and now it´s time to answer some very pointed questions. Why did Eleanor Roosevelt suddenly, 12 years after FDR´s death, hire a private investigator to probe his doctor´s treatment methods? Why were all of FDR´s medical records stolen from a locked filing cabinet at Bethesda Naval Hospital, which was ironically, the same hospital that covered up so many facts during the JFK autopsy? Are we really expected to believe that FDR died of natural causes at the same time Allied Troops were closing in on Hitler´s bunker? Are we really expected to believe that Roosevelt, Hitler, and Mussolini all died within an 18 day span by coincidence? This book will change the way you look at WWII and President Roosevelt´s death forever. It did not happen as we were told. Can you handle the truth? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Batson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/079098/bk_acx0_079098_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What do Americans think of when they think of the hamburger? A robust, succulent spheroid of fresh ground beef, the birthright of red-blooded citizens? Or a Styrofoam-shrouded Big Mac, mass-produced to industrial specifications and served by wage slaves to an obese, brainwashed population? Is it cooking or commodity? An icon of freedom or the quintessence of conformity?This fast-paced and entertaining book unfolds the immense significance of the hamburger as an American icon. Josh Ozersky shows how the history of the burger is entwined with American business and culture and, unexpectedly, how the burger´s story is in many ways the story of the country that invented (and reinvented) it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nick Williams. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/crvn/000071/bk_crvn_000071_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The constitution of the United States was intentionally created as a completely godless document. In these transcripts of her American Atheist Radio programs, Dr. Madalyn Murray O´Hair tells us about Freedom of Religion in Colonial America, American Deism, Rewriting of History by Christians, The Christianity of our Founding as a Nation, Free thought in American Historical Documents, Free thought Organizations in the Early U.S., Thomas Paine - American Deist and Freethinker, Colonel Ethan Allen, James Madison´s Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments, Jefferson´s Idea of Religious Freedom, and Jefferson on Christianity. Dr. O´Hair also presents two handwritten facsimiles of Lincoln´s Gettysburg Address in which the phrase ´´under God´´ is not present. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Smalley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/015001/bk_acx0_015001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Civil War Leaders is an informative introduction to the lives of several of the war´s key players. Though historians could name hundreds of political and military leaders who left their mark during the Civil War, this book presents the lives and contributions made by the era´s greatest leaders, representatives of both sides in the conflict, Northerners and Southerners alike. While their efforts may, at times, have pitted one against the other, their legacies represent a patchwork of American biographies. Each pursued goals that were set by the course of the nation as it became increasingly fractured. Through secession and the bloodiest war to date in American history, the United States emerged on the other side of the conflict once again united, its weaknesses healed, and its future more secure than it had been before the ordinance of war briefly ruled the American landscape. Learn about the intriguing leaders of the Civil War era, their convictions, and their decisions during this tumultuous time in American history. The book is published by Chelsea House Publishers, a leading publisher of educational material. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bruce Miles. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redw/000086/bk_redw_000086_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879) was a prominent United States abolitionist, journalist, and social reformer. He is best known as the editor of the radical abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator, and as one of the founders of the American Anti-Slavery Society. When he was 25, he joined the Abolition movement. For a brief time he became associated with the American Colonization Society, an organization that believed free blacks should immigrate to a territory on the west coast of Africa. Although some members of the society encouraged granting freedom to slaves, the majority saw the relocation as a means to reduce the number of free blacks in the United States and thus help preserve the institution of slavery. After the abolition of slavery in the United States, he continued working on other reform movements, especially temperance and women´s suffrage. He ended the run of The Liberator at the end of 1865, and in May 1865, announced that he would resign the Presidency of the American Anti-Slavery Society and proposed a resolution to declare victory in the struggle against slavery and dissolve the Society. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeremy Gage. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/001937/bk_adbl_001937_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/acx0/028627/bk_acx0_028627_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Grasshoppers in Summer examines the conflict between Native American plains tribes and the U.S. westward expansion from 1866 to 1876. It begins with the Fetterman massacre and negotiation of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868. That treaty ended Red Cloud´s war for control of the Bozeman Trail. President Ulysses S. Grant came to office a year later on a reform platform that included Indian peace policy. Relentless cultural, economic, political and religious pressure frustrated Grant´s effort to reform Indian policy. Military, railroad and mining interests conspired to destroy the Fort Laramie Treaty. That broken promise led to the drum beat of war. The plain tribe´s last great victory at Greasy Grass would win the bitter spoils of total defeat. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gene Engene. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bimo/001210/bk_bimo_001210_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Lewis and Clark is an informative introduction to the famous expedition. Personally selected by President Thomas Jefferson, Captain Meriwether Lewis was assigned to lead an expedition to the West, where the United States had just completed the Louisiana Purchase land transaction with France. Lewis selected William Clark to accompany him, and as leaders of the Corps of Discovery, the men became the first to find an overland route to the Pacific Ocean, the first to travel on the Missouri River in the future state of Montana, the first to cross the Continental Divide south of Canada, and the first white men to make direct contact with the Shoshone, the Flathead, and the Nez Perce Indians. Perhaps most importantly, Lewis and Clark discovered and described 122 species of Western birds and animals and 178 plants. Their 200,000-word journals continue to be a source of fascination to Americans. In Lewis and Clark, listen to how these two adventurers are still celebrated as among the greatest of American explorers. The book is published by Chelsea House Publishers, a leading publisher of educational material. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tony Craine. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redw/000065/bk_redw_000065_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1855 the westward expansion of slavery was all but assured. Pro-slavery forces had swarmed the newly-opened territory of Kansas and packed its legislature. They had the support of all three branches of the federal government and the Army. Yet within two years, a ragtag free-state militia, led by a wild-eyed crusader named John Brown, scored a series of tactical victories that helped turn the tide in Kansas - while putting America on the path to civil war. Of all the men in Brown´s army, one stands out: the young Jewish immigrant August Bondi, a freedom fighter since the age of 14. With a scrupulous eye toward history, author Aaron Barnhart brings this remarkable story to life and shows how a young man´s conscience, like John Brown´s broadsword, can cut both ways. From Vienna´s barricades to bleeding Kansas to the Civil War, August Bondi was continuously engaged in the struggle for freedom for half of his young adult life. As an old man, he wrote down what he remembered, and author Aaron Barnhart closely followed Bondi´s autobiography in writing Firebrand. Barnhart also drew upon the 1958 novel Border Hawk: August Bondi, by children´s author Lloyd Alexander (winner of the Newbery Medal and National Book Award), to bring Bondi´s story back to life. The story begins in 1848. The Bondi family is leaving for a better life in America. But 15-year-old Anschl doesn´t want to go. He´s found his life´s purpose in Vienna, fighting on the barricades against a tyrant king. In America, Anschl tries to put his past behind him, changing his name to August and seeking adventure aboard a Texas riverboat. But there is a new tyranny in his adopted land called slavery, and its presence all around him rekindles the fire in the young freedom fighter. It leads him to Kansas Territory and the adventure of his life alongside the notorious abolitionist John Brown. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Aaron Barnhart. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/070706/bk_acx0_070706_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.