Experts weigh in on a pivotal engagement in the War of 1812 Few naval battles in American history have left a more enduring impression on America´s national consciousness than the Battle of Lake Erie, September 10, 1813. Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry´s battle flag emblazoned with the message ´´Don t Give Up the Ship´´, now enshrined at the U.S. Naval Academy, has become a naval maxim. His succinct after-action report, ´´We have met the enemy and they are ours´´, constitutes one of the more memorable battle summaries in American history. This splendid collection celebrates the bicentennial of the American victory with a review of the battle and its consequences. The volume is divided into three sections. The first deals with military operations in the upper Great Lakes, 1812-14, and provides an overview of the war of 1812, in the Old Northwest and western Upper Canada. The second, ´´Consequences´´, assesses the long-term impact of this campaign upon the Native Americans and Euro-Americans who lived in the region and three individuals whose lives were changed by the American recovery of the upper lakes in 1813. The final section, ´´Memory´´, examines two ways the United States keeps the legacy of its first squadron-to-squadron victory alive by maintaining the fragile battle flag that flew on Perry´s flagships and by sailing the replica of US Brig Niagara on the Great Lakes and the East Coast. Collectively these essays allow the general listener, the military history enthusiast, and the professional historian to take a fresh look at this significant naval engagement and its impact on subsequent historical events. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen W. Davis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/020503de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. With those words, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt asked Congress to declare a state of war with Japan following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Hear FDR´s classic speech as America first experienced it, with this historic live-radio broadcast. 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/radi/000210de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A compilation of real stories told by more than 90 former officers and sailors who served aboard the USS Johnston DD-821. The stories are in each sailor´s or officer´s own words. It includes stories from commissioning to decommissioning plus WWII, Korean War, Vietnam, and the cold war. A must-hear for any former destroyer sailor or officer, or anyone simply interested in US naval history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: CAPT Kevin F. Spalding USNR-Ret. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/046488de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 is observed in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, one of its most important artifacts sits relatively intact and unknown in England. The USS Chesapeake was launched in Portsmouth, Virginia in 1799, and captured by the British in one of the most storied naval battles of the War of 1812. Though broken up in Portsmouth, England, in 1819, she endures more than any of the other American warships of her day, including the USS Constitution. Since 1820, the uncut and unaltered timbers of the Chesapeake have survived as the structure of a flour mill beside the Meon River in Wickham, Hampshire County, UK. When the Chesapeake Mill became obsolete and abandoned in the 1970s, the ship was in danger of being broken up once again. Then, at the beginning of the 21st century, the forces of historic preservation returned her to life in another form. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nick Hahn. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/024012de/bk_rhde_002536_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/acx0/079098de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The action is set within the claustrophobic confines of a British man-of-war ship in the summer of 1797. Here live the crew of the HMS Indomitable, many of them pressed into service against their will.Billy Budd, however, enjoys naval life. But the evil master-at-arms, Claggart, loathes his fresh-faced innocence and accuses him of mutiny. From this false charge springs a naval tragedy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Timothy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/csaw/000141de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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.
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/017311de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What defines an American? Is it the love of liberty, the pursuit of justice, the urge to invent, the desire for wealth, the drive to explore, the quest for spiritual values? The paradox of American identity is that although the United States is a melting pot of many different traditions, motives, and ideals, there are nevertheless distinctive qualities that define the American character. In this series of 48 fascinating lectures, an award-winning teacher and author explores the national character by introducing you to notable men and women from every era of American history - some of them famous, some unknown, some even infamous - whose lives speak eloquently about the qualities, for better or worse, that make one truly American. Focusing on various character traits and attitudes that have indelibly shaped the national psyche, Professor Allitt takes you on a journey from the very first settlers to the present, showing how certain characteristics have persisted through time and also how certain traits and beliefs have changed. And while the lectures are enjoyable as a well-told series of biographies, they do much more, helping you gain a deeper understanding of the trends and ideas that have shaped America and continue to influence American society today. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Professor Patrick N. Allitt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000023de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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.