The truth is that much of what we learn about history is a series of little white lies that over time have grown into tall tales. George Washington didn´t really walk around with a mouthful of wooden teeth. Those are real teeth and pearl inlays in Washington´s dentures. A recent study by Mary Thompson suggests Washington experimented with early dental transplants. He purchased replacement teeth from his slaves for 13 shillings (roughly $50 in 2015 money). Another truth every schoolchild learns early on is Paul Revere was a great hero of the revolution and saved the day by alerting the minutemen at Lexington and Concord that the British were coming. It´s true. Paul Revere made a midnight ride, and he spread the news about the British advance on Lexington and Concord, but the fact is Revere never completed his ride. And here´s another fact hardly anyone knows. Revere wasn´t the only one to make that ride. A second rider, William Dawes, set out by land at the same time Revere rowed across the bay to Charlestown. And one of the biggest hoaxes ever played on Americans occurred during the 1930s and early 1940s. FDR had polio and could barely walk, yet during his presidency most Americans had no idea the president was crippled. American history is full of strange paradoxes, and that´s one of the things that make it so interesting. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John McBride. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/039861/bk_acx0_039861_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This fascinating account was written as the events of Lincoln´s assassination unfolded, and contains insight into the chaos that surrounded it. Included are interesting details of Booth and his motives, the manhunt, as well as the speedy trial and execution of the conspirators, including the first ever woman executed by the federal government, Mary Surratt. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Erik Sellin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/clcd/000010/bk_clcd_000010_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The 1852 overland migration was the largest on record, with numbers swelled by Oregon-bound settlers as well as hordes of gold-seekers destined for California. It also was a year in which cholera took a terrible toll in lives. Presented here are firsthand accounts of this fateful year, including the words and thoughts of a young married couple, Mary Ann and Willis Boatman. The book is published by Washington State University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd Curless. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/070896/bk_acx0_070896_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Belle Brezing made a major career move when she stepped off the streets of Lexington, Kentucky, and into Jennie Hill´s bawdy house: an upscale brothel run out of a former residence of Mary Todd Lincoln. At 19, Brezing was already infamous as a youth steeped in death, sex, drugs, and scandal. But it was in Miss Hill´s ´´respectable´´ establishment that she began to acquire the skills, manners, and business contacts that allowed her to ascend to power and influence as an internationally-known madam.In this revealing audiobook, Maryjean Wall offers a tantalizing true story of vice and power in the Gilded Age South, as told through the life and times of the notorious Miss Belle. After years on the streets and working for Hill, Belle Brezing borrowed enough money to set up her own establishment - her wealth and fame growing alongside the booming popularity of horse racing. Soon her houses were known internationally, and powerful patrons from the industrial cities of the Northeast courted her in the lavish parlors of her gilt-and-mirror mansion.Following Brezing from her birth amid the ruins of the Civil War to the height of her scarlet fame and beyond, Wall uses her story to explore a wider world of sex, business, politics, and power. The result is a scintillating tale that is as enthralling as any fiction. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Caroline Shively. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/030556/bk_acx0_030556_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When the leaders of the Santa Fe Railway followed the path of least resistance across the ´´great American desert´´ they encountered a world like no other. This book will introduce you to the team of leading men and women who helped create a vision and an empire: ´´Iron Horses´´ like Cyrus Holliday, the engine and father of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway; Fred Harvey, the steam; Mary Colter, the architect of the Southwest; and of William Haskell Simpson, the wise poet and advertising director of the railway for over 30 years, who became an Iron Horse in art, advertising, and public relations. Then, one of the Iron Horses of today, bold enough to share the visions of the Railway´s artists and of other artists, with the world... Philip Anschutz. It´s our Southwest´s story of love, passion and betrayal, of not giving up even when betrayed and ignored. It´s the story of warriors brave enough to create a new vision.It will inspire and encourage you to be an Iron Horse in your life, your company, and your industry. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sonja Howle. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/wiza/000024/bk_wiza_000024_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The complete, tortuous story of the 1910 film version of Frankenstein is narrated in this 100th-anniversary edition. Everything you ever wanted to know about the classic first Frankenstein film and then some. This highly researched document begins in the dusty archives of Thomas A. Edison and follows a trail of evidence that leads through the tattered pages of pre-Hollywood film history. The story unfolds from the making of the film and its disappearance on to the actual rediscovery of the long-lost 1910 Frankenstein film starring Charles Ogle, Augustus Phillips, and Mary Fuller, and finally getting it released on DVD. Helped step-by-step with obscure Edison Manufacturing Co. documents and numerous rare photographs, many published for the very first time, this motion picture, its unknown impact on later Frankenstein films, and intertextuality are finally revealed and brought back to life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Bronzi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/014060/bk_acx0_014060_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this highly original approach to the history of the United States, James Moore focuses on the extraordinary role that prayer has played in every area of American life, from the time of the first settlers to the present day and beyond. A stirring chronicle of the spiritual life of a nation, One Nation Under God shows how the faith of Americans, from the founding fathers to corporate tycoons, from composers to social reformers, from generals to slaves, was an essential ingredient in the formation of American culture, character, commerce, and creed. One Nation Under God brings together the country´s hymns, patriotic anthems, arts, and literature as a framework for telling the story of the innermost thoughts of the people who have shaped the United States we know today. Beginning with Native Americans, One Nation Under God traces the prayer lives of Quakers and Shakers, Sikhs and Muslims, Catholics and Jews, from their earliest days in the United States through the advent of cyberspace, the aftermath of 9/11, and the 2004 presidential election. It probes the approach to prayer by such diverse individuals as Benjamin Franklin, Elvis Presley, Frank Lloyd Wright, Martha Graham, J. C. Penney, Mary Pickford, Cesar Chavez, P. T. Barnum, Jackie Robinson, and Christopher Columbus. It includes every president of the United States as well as America´s farmers, clergy, immigrants, industrialists, miners, sports heroes, and scientists. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James P. Moore Jr. and a Full Cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/000721/bk_rand_000721_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When John Wilkes Booth fired his Derringer point-blank into President Abraham Lincoln´s head, he set in motion a series of dramatic consequences that would upend the lives of ordinary Washingtonians and Americans alike. In a split second, the story of a nation was changed. During the hours that followed, America´s future would hinge on what happened in a cramped back bedroom at Petersen´s Boardinghouse, directly across the street from Ford´s Theatre. There, a 23-year-old surgeon - fresh out of medical school - struggled to keep the president alive while Mary Todd Lincoln moaned at her husband´s bedside. In Lincoln´s Final Hours, author Kathryn Canavan takes a magnifying glass to the last moments of the president´s life and to the impact his assassination had on a country still reeling from a bloody civil war. With vivid, thoroughly researched prose and a reporter´s eye for detail, this fast-paced account not only furnishes a glimpse into John Wilkes Booth´s personal and political motivations, but also illuminates the stories of ordinary people whose lives were changed forever by the assassination. The book is published by University Press of Kentucky. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd Curless. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/062039/bk_acx0_062039_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When three colleagues die violently during a single wartime election day in Central America, two female journalists, best friends, are hurled into a torrent of change in their personal and professional lives and in their relationship with each other. The author, bedeviled by stress and feelings of abandonment, hangs on by her fingernails to reporting while her dear friend ´´just can´t take another picture of a dead body´´ and throws herself into teaching photography to children who live in a garbage dump. Big questions quietly roil their lives - what is our responsibility to history? To individuals? - until, unexpectedly, they approach an answer together when a child from the dump goes missing. Mary Jo McConahay is the author of Maya Roads, One Woman´s Journey Among the People of the Rainforest. She is an award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker whose coverage of war, politics, and international justice issues over three decades has appeared in Time, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Rolling Stone, and dozens of other newspapers and magazines. Also a believer in writing ´´deep travel´´, weaving local history and voices into narrative, she is the current Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year, a distinction considered equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize in the genre. Maya Roads´ awards include the Northern California Book Award for Best Nonfiction Book, National Geographic Traveler Book of the Month, Society of American Travel Writers Grand Award, Independent Publisher´s Award for Best Travel Essay Book, Los Angeles BookNews International Book Awards for Best New Nonfiction Book, Best Travel Essay Book, and Best Memoir/Autobiography. This is a short audiobook originally published as an ebook by Shebooks - high quality fiction, memoir, and journalism for women, by women. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Betsy Baker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/025806/bk_adbl_025806_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Just as the big trees of the Pacific Northwest inspired the legend of Paul Bunyan, so did the Palouse Hills of southeastern Washington--where fantastic fields of wheat were raised on incredibly steep slopes--spawn tall tales about farmers, steamboat men, and the ingenious methods they used to get their grain to market. Though thirty-three-mule hitches and headers (whose downhill wheels were three times larger than the uphill ones) solved the harvesting problems, transporting the sacked grain two thousand vertical feet down to the steamboat landings took sheer genius. The Greatest Inventor in the West tells the story of one Joseph Malone, who possessed just the kind of ingenuity necessary for such a feat and whose creations, though they might succeed later, often failed spectacularly the first time they were tried. When the handsome young inventor falls in love with the beautiful, mute Mary Burke, whose wealthy banker father is financing Malone´s new invention, he is forced to put all his talents to use--with rather surprising results.Based on local legends of the Walla Walla area of Washington, this lively, humorous tale will appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of the Pacific Northwest. Adept at reshaping tall tales, Bill Gulick has given us such stories as ´´Hallelujah Trail´´, which was adapted into the award-winning film critics call ´´the funniest Western ever made.´´ A longtime resident of the Northwest, Bill Gulick has written numerous books, both fiction and nonfiction, on the Northwest. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gene Engene. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bimo/001212/bk_bimo_001212_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.