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.
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/000071de/bk_rhde_002536_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/acx0/028627de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In a ranch south of Texas, the man known as The Executioner dumps 500 body parts in metal barrels. In Brazil´s biggest city, a mysterious prisoner orders hit men to gun down 41 police officers and prison guards in two days. In Southern Mexico a meth maker is venerated as a saint while enforcing Old Testament justice on his enemies. A new kind of criminal kingpin has arisen: part CEO, part terrorist, and part rock star, unleashing guerrilla attacks, strong-arming governments, and taking over much of the world´s trade in narcotics, guns, and humans. What they do affects you now - from the gas in your car to the gold in your jewelry to the tens of thousands of Latin Americans calling for refugee status in the US. Gangster Warlords is the first definitive account of the crime wars now wracking Central and South America and the Caribbean, regions largely abandoned by the US after the Cold War. Author of the critically acclaimed El Narco, Ioan Grillo has covered Latin America since 2001 and gained access to every level of the cartel chain of command in what he calls the new battlefields of the Americas. Moving between militia-controlled ghettos and the halls of top policy makers, Grillo provides a disturbing new understanding of a war that has spiraled out of control - one that people across the political spectrum need to confront now. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Cameron Stewart. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/027483de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This engaging narrative history deftly illustrates the War of 1812 as it played out in the Old Northwest - Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and bordering parts of Canada. From the stirrings of conflict in the area beginning as early as the 1760s, through the Battle of Tippecanoe, and to Michigan Territory´s role as a focal point in prewar preparation, the book examines the lead-up to the war before delving into key battles in the region. In this accessible text, Gilpin explores key figures, dates, and wartime developments, shedding considerable light on the strategic and logistical issues raised by the region´s unique geography, culture, economy, and political temperament. Battles covered include the Surrender of Detroit, the Siege of Fort Meigs, and the battles of River Raisin, Lake Erie, the Thames, and Mackinac Island. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gene E Traupman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/025831de/bk_rhde_002536_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/acx0/070706de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Cherokee: A wonderful people with a history longer than sand has passed through the hour glass of time. The nation´s economy, like that of other southeastern tribes, was based primarily on agriculture; they were farmers growing corn, beans, squash, sunflowers and tobacco. Because of the abuse they had suffered at the hands of the Iroquois and Delaware, they practiced the art of war. Using their bows and arrows, they hunted bear, elk and deer. For smaller game, like turkeys, waterfowl, raccoons, rabbits and squirrels, they used long blowguns. This was a cane-stem into which a small wooden dart with feathers was inserted. The tribes of the Cherokee were matrilineal or matriarchal. This is defined as a form of hereditary succession or other inheritance through which the subject´s female relatives are traced back in a matrilineal line. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lyle E. Kesterson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/069347de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A true tale of murder and revenge in rural Kentucky, and of the persevering spirit of James and Susan Townsend and the legacy of their family. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Larry Rosebius Jones. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/061409de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The year is 1923. The Santa Rita No. 1 has hit the pay in West Texas, and San Angelo is becoming an oil boom town. Prosperity is flowing, and Miss Pearl´s Parlor is open for business! Thirteen women have come to work at Miss Pearl´s Parlor. How did they get there? What challenges did they have to overcome? Why did they make so much money? Why did they have so much business? Why San Angelo? In 1904, fate has brought Victoria Pearl McDougal to live in the adventurous West Texas frontier. In 1921 she has opened Miss Pearl´s Parlor, a profitable business on the Concho River in San Angelo where she has incorporated her experiences working as a courtesan at the famous Everleigh Club in Chicago. Just like her mentors, Minna and Ada Everleigh, Victoria Pearl is an expert on men and allows only a select, gentlemanly clientele. The historical facts are true and the stories are real. Wait until you read about Suzy Poontang! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cynthia Jordan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/031707de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Who would be the first aviator to singlehandedly fly all the way around the globe? That was all anyone wanted to know in the summer of 1933, when Wiley Post and Jimmie Mattern set out from New York in a pair of wood-and-canvas propeller planes. Post, a one-eyed Oklahoma farm boy with a desperate past, was as comfortable in the cockpit as he was socially awkward back on the ground. Mattern was a Hollywood stunt pilot and social sidekick of Howard Hughes who had fallen on hard times, and an accident-prone daredevil who´d walked away from more plane crashes than he could count. They were friends as well as rivals, members of a small fraternity of aviators - their circle included Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart - at a time when flight was still a perilous business. Each was determined to conquer one of the last frontiers in a rapidly civilizing world-and neither knew the dangers that lay ahead. In Cloud Racers, Adam L. Penenberg tells the story of Post´s and Mattern´s rollicking journey from the canyons of Manhattan to the wilds of the Russian Arctic and back again, and brings back to life an era in which the sky remained a place of mystery and wonder. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Adam L. Penenberg. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/019938de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.