Fort Reno and the Indian Territory Frontier is a powerful synthesis of Southern Plains history during the late 19th century. Following the Indian uprising known as the Red River War, Fort Reno (in what would become western Oklahoma) was established in 1875 by the United States government. Its original assignment was to serve as an outpost to exercise control over the Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians. But Fort Reno also served as an embryonic frontier settlement around which the first trappings of Anglo-American society developed a regulatory force between the Indian tribes and the white man, and the primary arm of government responsible for restraining land-hungry whites from invading country promised to Native American tribes by treaty. With the formation of the new Territory of Oklahoma and introduction of civil law, Fort Reno was forced to assume another purpose: it became a cavalry remount center. But when the mechanization of the military brought an end to the horse cavalry, the demise of Fort Reno was imminent. The story of Fort Reno, as detailed here by Stan Hoig, touches on several of the most important topics of 19th-century Western history: the great cattle drives, Indian pacification and the Plains Wars, railroads, white settlement, and the Oklahoma land rushes. Hoig deals not only with Fort Reno, but also with Darlington agency, the Chisolm Trail, and the trading activities in Indian Territory from 1874 to approximately 1900. The book is published by The University of Arkansas Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Badila. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/066021/bk_acx0_066021_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In Nuclear Statecraft, Francis J. Gavin challenges key elements of the widely accepted narrative about the history of the atomic age and the consequences of the nuclear revolution. Gavin reassesses the strategy of flexible response, the influence of nuclear weapons during the Berlin Crisis, the origins of and motivations for US nuclear nonproliferation policy, and how to assess the nuclear dangers we face today. Archival evidence makes it clear that decision makers were more concerned about underlying geopolitical questions than about the strategic dynamic between two nuclear superpowers. Gavin´s rigorous historical work not only tells us what happened in the past but also offers a powerful tool to explain how nuclear weapons influence international relations. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Goding. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/054540/bk_acx0_054540_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.
Please note: This is a summary of Killing Reagan and not the original book. Are you living your life with courage and passion? Ronald Reagan is one of the most influential presidents of the United States. After only two months of presidency, Reagan was almost assassinated after a bullet was shot inches into his heart. As the most powerful man in the world at that time, could he dutifully carry out his responsibilities while bearing a near-fatal injury? Killing Reagan is a story of courage, passion, and determination. It is a story of how a passionate man could change the world despite all the odds going against him. This book is far more than just another book about the presidency and the history of United States. This book is about peace, hope and love. As Ronald Reagan says, peace is in handling conflict by peaceful means. Killing Reagan is a fascinating story of how the heart and courage of a single man could bring about change in an entire nation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: F. C. McAllister. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/083979/bk_acx0_083979_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Why America Failed shows how, from its birth as a nation of ´´hustlers´´ to its collapse as an empire, the tools of the country´s expansion proved to be the instruments of its demise. This is the third and most engaging volume of Morris Berman´s trilogy on the decline of the American empire. In The Twilight of American Culture, Berman examined the internal factors of that decline, showing that they were identical to those of Rome in its late-empire phase. In Dark Ages America, he explored the external factors - e.g., the fact that both empires were ultimately attacked from the outside - and the relationship between the events of 9/11 and the history of U.S. foreign policy. In his most ambitious work to date, Berman looks at the ´´why´´ of it all. This book: Probes America´s commitment to economic liberalism and free enterprise, stretching back to the late 16th century, and shows how this ideology, along with that of technological progress, rendered any alternative marginal to American history Maintains, more than anything else, that this one-sided vision of the country´s purpose finally did our nation in Why America Failed is a controversial work, one that will shock, anger, and transform its listeners. The book is a stimulating and provocative explanation of how we managed to wind up in our current situation: economically weak, politically passe, socially divided, and culturally adrift. It is a tour de force, a powerful conclusion to Berman´s study of American imperial decline. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Bramhall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/004927/bk_adbl_004927_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The fascinating, behind-the-scenes story of Franklin Roosevelt´s attempt to pack the Supreme Court has special resonance today as we debate the limits of presidential authority.The Supreme Court has generated many dramatic stories, none more so than the one that began on February 5, 1937. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, confident in his recent landslide reelection and frustrated by a Court that had overturned much of his New Deal legislation, stunned Congress and the American people with his announced intention to add six new justices. Even though the now-famous court packing scheme divided his own party, almost everyone assumed FDR would get his way and reverse the Courts conservative stance and long-standing laissez-faire support of corporate America, so persuasive and powerful had he become.In the end, however, a Supreme Court justice, Owen Roberts, who cast off precedent in the interests of principle, and a Democratic senator from Montana, Burton K. Wheeler, led an effort that turned an apparently unstoppable proposal into a humiliating rejection and preserved the Constitution.FDR v. Constitution is the colorful story behind 168 days that riveted and reshaped the nation. Burt Solomon skillfully recounts the major New Deal initiatives of FDR´s first term and the rulings that overturned them, chronicling as well the politics and personalities on the Supreme Court from the brilliant octogenarian Louis Brandeis, to the politically minded chief justice, Charles Evans Hughes, to the mercurial Roberts, whose switch in time saved nine. The ebb and flow of one of the momentous set pieces in American history placed the inner workings of the nation´s capital on full view as the three branches of our government squared off.Ironically for FDR, the Court that emerged from this struggle shifted on its own to a liberal attitude, where it would largely remain for another seven decades. Placing the greatest miscalculation of FDRs career in cont... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Louis Milgrom. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/001528/bk_adbl_001528_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From R. Barri Flowers, award-winning criminologist and best-selling author of Murder at the Pencil Factory and Murder of the Banker´s Daughter, comes the powerful historical true crime short, Murder During the Chicago World´s Fair: The Killing of Little Emma Werner. On Tuesday, May 9, 1893, seven-year-old Emma Werner was the victim of a brutal and lethal attack in Chicago, Illinois. The dreadful murder came at the start of the city´s much ballyhooed 1893 World´s Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago World´s Fair. It coincided with the heinous crimes of ruthless serial killer Herman Webster Mudgett, who went by the name H.H. Holmes and built a hotel called the World´s Fair Hotel to house and profit from the Fair visitors needing a place to stay. The hotel proved to be a veritable death trap for unsuspecting, mostly female, guests and employees alike. Emma´s killer was 21-year-old George Craig, who worked as a painter at the World´s Fair. By the time the Fair was over, the mayor of Chicago, Carter Harrison, would be assassinated by Patrick Eugene Prendergast, a disgruntled newspaper worker. And before the shocking final disposition to the murder of Emma Werner could come to pass nearly four years later, Craig and Prendergast would cross paths in jail, Holmes and Prendergast would be executed, and Craig would be set free in what many saw as an unbelievable miscarriage of justice and misguided sense of compassion for the cold-blooded child killer. The tragic tale of Emma Werner´s short life and its chilling convergence with other tragedies against the backdrop of the 1893 Chicago World´s Fair is revealed in the pages of this historical and fascinating trip down memory lane. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Norman Gilligan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/082900/bk_acx0_082900_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Natchez Indians: A History to 1735 is the story of the Natchez Indians as revealed through accounts of Spanish, English, and French explorers, missionaries, soldiers, and colonists, and in the archaeological record. Because of their strategic location on the Mississippi River, the Natchez Indians played a crucial part in the European struggle for control of the Lower Mississippi Valley. The book begins with the brief confrontation between the Hernando de Soto expedition and the powerful Quigualtam chiefdom, presumed ancestors of the Natchez. In the late 17th century, René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle´s expedition met the Natchez and initiated sustained European encroachment, exposing the tribe to sickness and the dangers of the Indian slave trade. The Natchez Indians portrays the way that the Natchez coped with a rapidly changing world, became entangled with the political ambitions of two European superpowers, France and England, and eventually disappeared as a people. The author examines the shifting relationships among the tribe´s settlement districts and the settlement districts´ relationships with neighboring tribes and with the Europeans. The establishment of a French fort and burgeoning agricultural colony in their midst signaled the beginning of the end for the Natchez people. Barnett has written the most complete and detailed history of the Natchez to date. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charles Johnson, Jr.. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/073401/bk_acx0_073401_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.
This edition of Three Shots Rang Out: The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later is an audio-only ABC News special created exclusively for Audible and hosted by ABC World News Anchor Diane Sawyer. Sawyer takes listeners back to Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, for a ´´you are there” exploration of the day of U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Key moments include:The very first reports of the assassination of President Kennedy. Eyewitness accounts from that day in history and their reflections 50 years later. Highlights from key newsmakers of the day. Go inside the ABC News Radio newsroom as anchors sift through incoming bulletins on the shooting of President Kennedy. Hear from Gayle Newman, the woman who was nearest to the president’s limousine when he was shot; Aubrey Reich and Dennis McGuire, two young paramedics who found themselves in the middle of history; and Gladys Johnson who rented the room where Lee Harvey Oswald was staying that day he when he left for work at the Texas School Book Depository.Hear expanded interviews with Dr. Ronald Jones, who was bedside for both President Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald; and Pierce Allman, a reporter who happened to run into Oswald as he was asking for instructions to the nearest phone. Plus, expanded coverage of President Kennedy’s funeral, and a look at the controversies surrounding the Kennedy assassination with political historian Larry Sabato. These real time audio reports, eyewitness recollections from 1963, and new analysis make for a powerful experience of this fateful day in recent history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Diane Sawyer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/fr/abcn/000001/fr_abcn_000001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.