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.
Responding to reports of gold discoveries on the Fraser River, thousands of prospectors from California and other points on the Pacific coast crossed the 49th parallel to British territory in 1858. Most returned to San Francisco and Puget Sound later in the same year, blaming their failure to find wealth in the river canyons on uncooperative Hudson´s Bay Company officials and the English government. Viewing events from the perspective of California, historians have generally considered the gold rush a failure. In reality, the Fraser River experience was a sustained success, continuing beyond 1858 and embracing the vast interior of British Columbia, and becoming one of the major developments in Pacific Northwest history. Although it was an artificial line bisecting forest, mountain, and prairie, the 49th parallel separated distinct regions of law and custom, explaining why many Americans were unable to comprehend the true nature of their adventures in British North America. The book is published by Washington State University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Peterson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/089328/bk_acx0_089328_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Civil War involved the entire population in a way paralleled by no other conflict since the Revolution. Photographs of war deaths and almost instantaneous reports from the front by telegraph made the war years difficult for both parents and children. The War of Southern Secession, a civil war, had come to America. It would be one of the most tragic events in the nation´s history, resulting from a dispute among its citizens over just what the new country should look like. For four years, the country passed through a traumatic military and social upheaval that touched the lives of its people in many ways. Such matters have sent historians delving in the depths of old newspaper columns, official records, letters, and memoirs to unearth the details of constitutional pressures, agricultural, and industrial production, social development, and political evolution, thereby producing over the intervening decades an enormous and ever-growing body of printed work. More than 100,000 volumes have been written about the American Civil War. But, what of the output of the print media during the crisis? The rising interest in politics meant that cartoons´ content became a viable element of their overall criticism. At the same time, improved printing technologies such as the steam press sparked a tremendous growth in the number and distribution of American newspapers - up to 3,300 at the time of the war. In the first months after secession, newspapers printed and reprinted finely structured speeches given by politicians declaring how the Federal forces would march on to Richmond or how the flower of the Confederacy would whip the clerks and street scum of the North on the first day of battle. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Orders. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/053436/bk_acx0_053436_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When novelist and former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson traveled to Afghanistan for an embed with the 101st Airborne Division, he found great soldiers - and a seemingly hopeless mission. This is the gripping non-fiction tale of how the United States is spending $100 billion a year on a war that even the men on the front lines can´t explain. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alex Berenson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/004479/bk_brll_004479_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The deadly hurricane of 1928 claimed 2500 lives, and the long-forgotten story of the casualties, as told in Black Cloud, continues to stir passion. Among the dead were 700 black Floridian men, women, and children who were buried in an unmarked West Palm Beach ditch during a racist recovery and rebuilding effort that conscripted the labor of blacks much like latter-day slaves. Palm Beach Post reporter Eliot Kleinberg has penned this gripping tale from dozens of interviews with survivors, diary entries, accounts from newspapers, government documents, and reports from the National Weather Service and the Red Cross. Immortalized in Zora Neale Hurston´s classic Their Eyes Were Watching God, thousands of poor blacks had nowhere to run when the waters of Lake Okeechobee rose. No one spoke for them, no one stood up for them, and no one could save them. With heroic tales of survival and loss, this book finally gives the dead the dignity they deserve. The new, updated edition of this important book is published by the Florida Historical Society Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lee Ann Howlett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/079492/bk_acx0_079492_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.
Pearl Taylor left her conventional home and life in Toledo, Ohio, to take up gambling on the Mississippi. She survived life in a boom camp in the Arizona Territory and ultimately became an outlaw. Once caught, she awaited trial for an armed stagecoach robbery, while reporters dubbed her ´´The Bandit Queen´´.There followed a desperate escape from jail, and a dramatic re-capture in Deming. Finally, sentenced to five years, Pearl Hart had the dubious honor of being the first woman sent to the Yuma Penitentiary in the Arizona Territory.Jane Candia Coleman has written Pearl´s story from the memoirs of the ´´Bandit Queen,´´ with personal insights that go behind the headlines of the day to reveal this real woman of the Wild West. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephanie Brush. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bimo/000276/bk_bimo_000276_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hear Attorney General Janet Reno talk about the new investigation into the FBI´s role in the Branch Davidian standoff and fire. The FBI is investigating reports that agents used pyrotechnic tear gas canisters hours before the cult´s followers were found dead in the smoking remains of the Waco compound. The revelations come after 6 years of denials by the FBI that its agents did anything during the confrontation that would have sparked the explosions and the fire that reduced the Branch Davidian compound to ashes and debris. This program was recorded live. It was Reno´s first opportunity to address the new developments in the case. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Janet Reno. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/reno/000001/sp_reno_000001_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.
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/acx0/020503/bk_acx0_020503_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.