Beginning with his debut masterpiece, The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer has repeatedly told the truth about war. Why Are We at War? returns Mailer to the gravity of the battlefield and the grand hubris of the politicians who send soldiers there to die. First published in the early days of the Iraq War, Why Are We at War? is an explosive argument about the American quest for empire that still carries weight today. Scrutinizing the Bush administration´s words and actions, Mailer unleashes his trademark moral rigor: ´´Because democracy is noble, it is always endangered.... To assume blithely that we can export democracy into any country we choose can serve paradoxically to encourage more fascism at home and abroad.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Norman Mailer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008582/bk_brll_008582_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jessie: Bride of South Carolina is the eighth of 50 in the unprecedented American Mail-Order Brides series. Tired of living under her father´s iron thumb of control, Jessie Wilcox decides to do the unthinkable: run away to Montana as a mail-order bride. The only obstacle in her way: the 100 miles between her home in Williamsburg County and the train depot in Charleston. Joel Cunningham is in utter disbelief when the girl he once loved beyond reason is on his front porch asking him to disobey her father´s wishes and drive her to Charleston. Logic and reason scream no; his lips, however, say yes. Will the 100 miles ahead of them be enough to overcome the five years of painful regrets, or will Jessie follow her dream for a new life in Montana? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Margo Trueblood. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/095149/bk_acx0_095149_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In many ways Charles Lindbergh represented the best and worst of America during the first half of the 20th century. Lindbergh became famous for being an aviation pioneer whose solo flight across the Atlantic captured the imagination of an entire world, yet he was an isolationist who wanted to keep American freedoms safe for Americans and no one else. Lindbergh was the quintessential family man, yet he fathered illegitimate children and suffered an unspeakable tragedy that became known as the crime of the century. Lindbergh embodied some of his era´s greatest virtues and harbored some of its worst prejudices. Lindbergh was a 25-year-old US Air Mail pilot who was probably best known for two crashes before shooting to fame with his nonstop flight across the Atlantic from New York City to Paris on May 20-21, 1927. Lindbergh was Time magazine´s first Man of the Year in 1927, and he used his newfound fame to promote the development of commercial flight and become a spokesman and symbol for advances in aviation. Tragically, Lindbergh was the subject of front-page headlines in 1932 when his infant son, Charles, Jr., was kidnapped and murdered in the ´´crime of the century´´. After going into voluntary exile in Europe, Lindbergh found himself embroiled in scandals as he toured German (and Luftwaffe) aviation systems and took isolationist stances, at times making comments that were tinged with anti-Semitism and in favor of eugenics. After Pearl Harbor, Lindbergh was rejected from serving in the armed forces, likely because President Roosevelt thought he was a Nazi sympathizer. But Lindbergh worked his way through administrative and technical positions to give himself the opportunity to fly about 50 combat missions in the Pacific, impressing his colleagues with his flying abilities and technical know-how. After World War II, as Lindbergh began to fade from the spotlight, he took up a number of causes, writing books and supporting envi 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Lennon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/034949/bk_acx0_034949_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Reader of Gentlemen´s Mail:Herbert O. Yardley and the Birth of American Codebreaking David Kahn
A warehouse fire in Lawrence, Massachusetts has taken Genevieve ´´Genny´´ Copeland´s livelihood, but opened a new opportunity for her. If she takes the chance, she could have the family she´s always dreamed of but it would mean leaving everything she´s always known. Believing that opportunity only knocks once, Genny gets on a train west to Elko, Nevada and a new life. She becomes a mail-order bride. Stuart MacDonnell lost his wife in child-birth six months ago. Now he´s left to raise a two year-old and a six month-old baby alone. He needs a wife but doesn´t want to court someone and pretend to be in love. He´ll never love again, but he needs a wife now and orders a mail-order bride. Can Stuart and Genny come together and find happiness when they are at odds with each other? Will they find common ground and will love bloom amid the beautiful Ruby Mountains of Nevada? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jill Smith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/078661/bk_acx0_078661_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A sweet, wholesome romance set in 1890. Lilly Lind was forced to emigrate from Sweden two years ago, due to circumstances beyond her control. She finds a job as a garment maker in the Brown Textile Mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts, finally feeling as though she is settling in her new country. Then a suspicious fire burns the mill, making Lilly seek another way to survive. She answers a mail-order bride ad in the Grooms´ Gazette and sets off for Chicago, believing she will be a business owner´s wife. Kansas rancher Seth Reagan travels to the Union Stockyards in Chicago to attend the 1890 American Fat Stock Show, the American Horse Show, and to purchase horseflesh to augment his herd. When arriving at the train station, he overhears a conversation between a young woman and a shady-looking man. Seth becomes concerned for the mail-order bride who is whisked away to a saloon, not to her new husband´s home. When Seth goes to the saloon to check on the young woman, he finds her in trouble and offers to help her escape. While buying horses and arranging their return travel to Kansas, Seth realizes he would like to bring Lilly home with him, too, but she is still being hunted by the saloon owner´s thugs. Lilly´s good fortune in meeting Seth makes her want to start a life with this man, but he came to Illinois for horses, not a bride. Would he want her after he learns of her secrets? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Linda Velwest. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/057611/bk_acx0_057611_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In perhaps his most important literary feat, Norman Mailer fashions an unprecedented portrait of one of the great villains - and enigmas - in United States history. Here is Lee Harvey Oswald - his family background, troubled marriage, controversial journey to Russia, and return to an ´´America [waiting] for him like an angry relative whose eyes glare in the heat.´´ Based on KGB and FBI transcripts, government reports, letters and diaries, and Mailer´s own international research, this is an epic account of a man whose cunning, duplicity, and self-invention were both at home in and at odds with the country he forever altered. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Lane. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008391/bk_brll_008391_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A beautiful and heartbreakingly raw memoir of Irish identity and fatherhood....The child of an Irish man and an Irish American woman who split up before he was born, Michael Brendan Dougherty grew up with an acute sense of absence. He was raised in New Jersey by his hardworking single mother, who gave him a passion for Ireland, the land of her roots and the home of Michael´s father. She put him to bed using little phrases in the Irish language, sang traditional songs, and filled their home with a romantic vision of a homeland over the horizon. Every few years, his father returned from Dublin for a visit, but those encounters were never long enough. Devastated by his father´s departures, Michael eventually consoled himself by believing that fatherhood was best understood as a check in the mail. Wearied by the Irish kitsch of the 1990s, he began to reject his mother´s Irish nationalism as a romantic myth.Years later, when Michael found out that he would soon be a father himself, he could no longer afford to be jaded; he would need to tell his daughter who she is and from where she comes. He immediately reimmersed himself in the biographies of firebrands like Patrick Pearse and studied the Irish language. He decided to reconnect with the man who had left him behind and the nation just over the horizon. He began writing letters to his father about what he remembered, missed, and longed for. Those letters would become this audiobook.Along the way, Michael realized that his longings were shared by many Americans of every ethnicity and background. So many of us these days lack a clear sense of our cultural origins or even a vocabulary for expressing this lack - so we avoid talking about our roots altogether. As a result, the traditional sense of pride has started to feel foreign and dangerous; we´ve become great consumers of cultural kitsch but useless conservators of our true history. In these deeply felt and fascinating lett 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Brendan Dougherty. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/004433/bk_peng_004433_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
I, [name], do hereby swear, before the Great and Living God, that during my engagement, and while I am an employee of Russell, Majors, and Waddell, I will, under no circumstances, use profane language, that I will drink no intoxicating liquors, that I will not quarrel or fight with any other employee of the firm, and that in every respect I will conduct myself honestly, be faithful to my duties, and so direct all my acts as to win the confidence of my employers, so help me God. (The oath taken by Pony Express riders) Although it was only in operation for about 18 months, the Pony Express remains the most famous and romanticized mailing system in American history. It still instantly brings to mind all of the old themes of the untamed frontier and the Wild West. Starting shortly before the Civil War erupted across the United States, the Pony Express connected the east and west by having riders deliver mail from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California - a route set up by previous explorations and a system of relay stations and waypoints. When working in perfect unison, the Pony Express dramatically cut down the time it took to travel to California, with the mail traveling nearly 1,900 miles to California just 10 days after the beginning of the journey in Missouri. Naturally, the Pony Express also ran from west to east as well. Of course part of the allure of the Pony Express is in the way it challenged riders and horses, which ties it to Americans´ fond visions of the frontier as an untamed landscape that only the most pioneering and rugged individuals could survive. At the same time, the Pony Express needed small riders to reduce the weight being carried by the horses. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James McSorley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/033740/bk_acx0_033740_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the Second World War, The Naked and the Dead received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its publication and has since become part of the American canon. This fiftieth anniversary edition features a new introduction created especially for the occasion by Norman Mailer. Written in gritty, journalistic detail, the story follows an army platoon of foot soldiers who are fighting for the possession of the Japanese-held island of Anopopei. Composed in 1948, The Naked and the Dead is representative of the best in twentieth-century American writing. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Buffalo Mailer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008205/bk_brll_008205_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Norman Mailer was one of the towering figures of twentieth-century American letters and an acknowledged master of the essay. Mind of an Outlaw, the first posthumous publication from this outsize literary icon, collects Mailer´s most important and representative work in the form that many rank as his most electrifying. As America´s foremost public intellectual, Norman Mailer was a ubiquitous presence in our national life - on the airwaves and in print - for more than sixty years. With his supple mind and pugnacious persona, he engaged society more than any other writer of his generation. The trademark Mailer swagger is much in evidence in these pages as he holds forth on culture, ideology, politics, sex, gender, and celebrity, among other topics. Here is Mailer on boxing, Mailer on Hemingway, Mailer on Marilyn Monroe, and, of course, Mailer on Mailer - the one subject that served as the beating heart of all of his nonfiction. From his early essay ´´A Credo for the Living,´´ published in 1948, when the author was twenty-five, to his final writings in the year before his death, Mailer wrestled with the big themes of his times. He was one of the most astute cultural commentators of the postwar era, a swashbuckling intellectual provocateur who never pulled a punch and was rarely anything less than interesting. Mind of an Outlaw spans the full arc of Mailer´s evolution as a writer, including such essential pieces as his acclaimed 1957 meditation on hipsters, ´´The White Negro´´; multiple selections from his seminal collection Advertisements for Myself; and a never-before-published essay on Sigmund Freud. Incendiary, erudite, and unrepentantly outrageous, Norman Mailer was a dominating force on the battlefield of ideas. Featuring an incisive Introduction by Jonathan Lethem, Mind of an Outlaw forms a fascinating portrait of Mailer´s intellectual development across the span of his career as well as the preoccupations of 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Lane. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008473/bk_brll_008473_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An American Mail-Order Bride Christmas Collection (American Mail-Order Brides): E.E. Burke