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/025806de/bk_rhde_002536_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/acx0/089328de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This newest volume in Oxford´s acclaimed Pivotal Moments series offers an unforgettable portrait of the Nez Perce War of 1877, the last great Indian conflict in American history. It was, as Elliott West shows, a tale of courage and ingenuity, of desperate struggle and shattered hope, of short-sighted government action and a doomed flight to freedom.To tell the story, West begins with the early history of the Nez Perce and their years of friendly relations with white settlers. In an initial treaty, the Nez Perce were promised a large part of their ancestral homeland, but the discovery of gold led to a stampede of settlement within the Nez Perce land. Numerous injustices at the hands of the U.S. government, combined with the settlers´ invasion, provoked this most accomodating of tribes to war.West offers a riveting account of what came next: the harrowing flight of 800 Nez Perce, including many women, children, and elderly, across 1,500 miles of mountainous and difficult terrain. He gives a full reckoning of the campaigns and battles - and the unexpected turns, brilliant stratagems, and grand heroism that occurred along the way. And he brings to life the complex characters from both sides of the conflict, including cavalrymen, officers, politicians, and - at the center of it all - the Nez Perce themselves (the Nimiipuu, ´´true people´´).The book sheds light on the war´s legacy, including the near sainthood that was bestowed upon Chief Joseph, whose speech of surrender, ´´I will fight no more forever,´´ became as celebrated as the Gettysburg Address.Based on a rich cache of historical documents, from government and military records to contemporary interviews and newspaper reports, The Last Indian War offers a searing portrait of a moment when the American identity - who was and who was not a citizen - was being forged. The ´´Pivotal Moments in American History” series seeks to unite the old and the new history, combining th... 1. Language: English. Narrator: B. J. Harrison. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/001546de/bk_rhde_002536_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/acx0/053436de/bk_rhde_002536_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/004479de/bk_rhde_002536_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/000001de/bk_rhde_002536_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/acx0/079492de/bk_rhde_002536_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/acx0/062039de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In early 1860, pundits across America confidently predicted the election of Illinois senator Stephen A. Douglas in the coming presidential race. Douglas, after all, led the only party that bridged North and South. But the Democrats would split over the issue of slavery, leading Southerners in the party to run their own presidential slate. This opened the door for the upstart Republicans, exclusively Northern, to steal the Oval Office. Dark horse Abraham Lincoln, not the first choice even of his own party, won the presidency with a record-low 39.8 percent of the popular vote. Acclaimed scholar Douglas R. Egerton chronicles the contest with a historian´s keen insight and a veteran political reporter´s eye for detail. Vividly, Egerton re-creates the cascade of unforeseen events that confounded political bosses, set North and South on the road to disunion, and put not Stephen Douglas, but his greatest rival, in the White House. We see Lincoln and his team outmaneuvering more prominent Republicans, like New York´s grandiose William Seward, while Democratic conventions collapse in confusion. And we see the gifted, flawed Douglas marking his finest hour in defeat, as he strives, and fails, to save the Union. Year of Meteors delivers a teeming cast of characters, minor and major, and a breakneck narrative of this most momentous year in American history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Scherer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009713de/bk_rhde_002536_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/000001de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.