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Lance

Lance Maryland, United States Member Since 2002
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  • "Great introduction to Tocqueville"

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    The author took up Tocqueville prior to running for office a few years prior. If what you are looking for is an understanding of Tocqueville's visit, impressions of America and their relation to democracy as understood by the author and Tocqueville, the author does an admirable job.

    It is only natural to ask questions about the Tocqueville visit in relation to the founding or in relation to today's society, but the author is focused solely on Tocqueville's firsthand account of his experiences in America. For the author to have veered off into these tangents, would have detracted from the focus, clarity of the book. Tocqueville spent almost a year in America and seems to have been an exceptionally insightful young man. This book will certainly challenge and inform your views of the Republic, democracy, and America in the early 1800s. Highly recommended.

    This is a long book (24 courses) and that is perhaps the only criticism I had of the course. Much of what Tocqueville wrote is of interest to today and/or in context of the founding, but almost all readers will find their interest during the course to wax and wane. For me there were only a few topics where I just didn't have much of interest. Women in America, the sciences and education in America. Its not that the points weren't of interest but I feel as if the 1830 ish view and today's view are not an interesting juxtaposition, which is a big reason why I read courses / books like this.

    Book is highly recommended for anyone looking to understand Tocqueville's visit and its relation to democracy. This is a cornerstone course. It won't answer any of your burning questions but it will certainly lay a strong foundation for understanding the roots of democracy in America. With democracies failing all over the world I think a course like this should be required reading for old and young alike as we are almost certain to live to see whats old come new again.

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    Tocqueville and the American Experiment

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor William R. Cook
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    Participate in a spirited exploration of Alexis de Tocqueville and his unique observations of this young nation that resulted in the two volumes of Democracy in America. How is it possible that perhaps the greatest book about U.S. democracy ever written was penned by a Frenchman visiting this country 175 years ago? Why is it still relevant in today's ever-changing political landscape?

    Lance says: "Great introduction to Tocqueville"
  • "Philosophical differences aside, we..."

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    There are several warnings I would give to someone considering this investment in time. This is a course of 48 lectures delivered by a professor who is relatively monotone and does not convey warmth or enthusiasm the way most people do. I felt that I got used to the way she uses tone and I got over it. If you can't do monotone, you should consider whether this course is for you. Very long course, but commensurate with scope. Despite the length, the topics are treated at a high level. Most readers will find a percentage of lectures that they feel they know better than the professor. You may find her viewpoint in some lectures to be a bit naive, very liberal, or flat out wrong. If this puts you off and you are a conservative or libertarian, you may have difficulty finishing the course. Personally I found the perspective and the focus on "democracy" to be incredibly interesting. She is unabashedly focused on the struggle for democracy even though we find democracy to be in quite a bit of trouble recently, and our founders were not very sanguine about the future of democracy and thus designed a republic. Democracy may not fit in all places, and it may at the end of the day not be the correct system to manage the affairs of human beings, but I think most alternative anchors for a course of the 20th century would fail miserably. Like it or not most in the US believe in the living constitution as well as the Tocquevillian tumble towards equality in all things. Conservatives and libertarians who can accept democracy as an anchor should be able to enjoy and gain insight into how liberals view the 20th century. The broad scope is reflected in the lectures. I would recommend that you Google great courses pamela radcliff 20th century and look at the lecture list. Most non-expert history buffs will find alot here that they will enjoy. Highly recommended. Will challenge your perspective and help you understand better the liberal viewpoint. There was also a PDF course guidebook that I found while googling. I actually believe these guidebooks are essential for many of these courses. Not essential for this one as she sticks to her notes which are very related to the guidebook. If you find the guidebook it may also help you decide if this course is for you.

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    Interpreting the 20th Century: The Struggle Over Democracy

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Pamela Radcliff
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    Consider the intense and rapid changes that transformed the political, social, and economic struggles of the world during the 20th century: the first flight and space flight, the Manhattan Project and the Welfare State, Nietzsche and Freud, the Great Depression and inflation, moving pictures and home computers, the Cold War and terrorism - and war and peace.

    Lance says: "Philosophical differences aside, well worth it!"
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  • Great Blunders in History: Hitler's Panzer Deployment

    "That's What Happens When You Fall Asleep On Job!"

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    There are been a lot of hilarious moments in these Great Blunders in History by The History Channel (even though the vast majority of them pertain to wars and other human atrocities), but this one has to be at the top of the list where Adolf Hitler’s officers were afraid to wake him and therefore the Panzers were able to be mobilized at all.

    Even though it is somewhat humorous, it’s still a very serious part of our history as the Allies position themselves to make one of the controlling and final attacks on the German military.

    Again, this is a great way to learn about history through these various snapshots in time.

  • Great Blunders in History: Hitler's Flying Blunders

    "Thankfully Hitler Was Short Sighted On This One"

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    In this episode of Great Blunders in History, The History Channel, of which this wonderful series is based, details the “Blitzkrieg” strategy that Hitler implemented during World War II. Hitler put so much emphasis on the dive bombers, that he neglected to develop a long-range bomb attack. Much to his chagrin.

    Another wonderful account of history that I really enjoyed reading.

  • Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800

    "History Just Seems To Come Alive!"

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    I love it, when in reading (ah, I mean, listening to) a book, where the author can make the story seem to just jump off the pages and come to life. That's especially true, when there is already so much in the way of documented writings, books and movies about the topic such as in the Presidential election of 1800 which pitted John Adams against Thomas Jefferson.

    Today's politics are pretty tame compared to what used to go on back in the day. What with all of the name calling, cartoon depictions, and sometimes near fisticuffs or a dual in the streets. Yes, today's politics and politicians are downright boring compared to what the author, John Ferling, describes in this book.

    I'm not a big history buff, or political junky, but Ferling's book kept my attention and helped me to learn a lot of things that I didn't know about in the early days of our great nation!

  • Great Blunders in History: Mussolini's Invasion of Greece

    "It's Hard To Fight On Two Different Fronts"

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    This episode of the Greatest Blunders in History – Mussolini's Invasion of Greece, shows us once again that it's virtually impossible to involve yourself with two or three different skirmishes, without depleting your resources or distracting you from your focus. Mussolini was no different.

    Once again, The History Channel, come through in a big way and depicting history and an exciting, event filled, matter-of-fact presentation that keeps you just glued to your seat throughout.

    For history buffs and non-history buffs alike I highly recommend this series of Great Blunders in History by The History Channel.

Thomas

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  • "A Must for Any Baby Boomer"

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    This is an amazing and intriguing true story of what should be seen as the spark which reined in the corruption and megalomania of J. Edgar Hoover & the F.B.I. in the years from the end of WWII through the Nixon Administration. How those who perpetrated this illegality could maintain their secrecy over more than 40 years is amazing in itself. That it was a perfect example of justified civil disobedience is now confirmed in meticulous research over thousands of documents. Not only is it compelling and very readable, it shows that truth is stranger than fiction. An absolute must read.

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    The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Betty Medsger
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
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    The never-before-told full story of the history-changing break-in at the FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, by a group of unlikely activists - quiet, ordinary, hardworking Americans - that made clear the shocking truth and confirmed what some had long suspected, that J. Edgar Hoover had created and was operating, in violation of the U.S. Constitution, his own shadow Bureau of Investigation.

    Susie says: "Forget Ocean's 11"

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    The Nixon-Kennedy Debates: The Complete and Authentic Recordings of the Historic Debates (






UNABRIDGED) by Peter Marcus, John F. Kennedy (contributor), Richard Nixon (contributor) Narrated by Sander Vanocur

    The Nixon-Kennedy Debates: The Complete and Authentic Recordings of the Historic Debates

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    • By Peter Marcus, John F. Kennedy (contributor), Richard Nixon (contributor)
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    This compilation contains the complete audio recordings of all four of the landmark debates complemented by narration by Sander Vanocur (one of the original panel of journalists during the first debate), enabling listeners to hear, word for word, history in the making and to draw his or her own conclusions about who won this face-off between two of America's most noted Presidents.

    Bruce_in_LA says: "very interesting"
  • 4.9 (15 ratings)
    Privacy, Property, and Free Speech: Law and the Constitution in the 21st Century  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Jeffrey Rosen

    Privacy, Property, and Free Speech: Law and the Constitution in the 21st Century

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    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jeffrey Rosen
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    Although the courts have struggled to balance the interests of individuals, businesses, and law enforcement, the proliferation of intrusive new technologies puts many of our presumed freedoms in legal limbo. For instance, it's not hard to envision a day when websites such as Facebook or Google Maps introduce a feature that allows real-time tracking of anyone you want, based on face-recognition software and ubiquitous live video feeds.

    Joseph says: "Entertaining & thought-provoking. Highly recommend"
  • 4.5 (1927 ratings)
    Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President (






UNABRIDGED) by Candice Millard Narrated by Paul Michael

    Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
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    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
  • 4.4 (1829 ratings)
    John Adams (






UNABRIDGED) by David McCullough Narrated by Nelson Runger

    John Adams

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    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

    Davis says: "An outstanding biography"
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  • 4.4 (1097 ratings)
    John Adams (






ABRIDGED) by David McCullough Narrated by Edward Herrmann

    John Adams

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
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    With the sweep and vitality of a great novel, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough presents the enthralling story of John Adams. This is history on a grand scale - an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Read by History Channel host Edward Herrmann!

    Thomas says: "fantastic"
  • 4.3 (554 ratings)
    Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour (






UNABRIDGED) by Lynne Olson Narrated by Arthur Morey

    Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lynne Olson
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
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    Here is the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, Averell Harriman, and John Gilbert Winant. Drawing from a variety of primary sources, Olson skillfully depicts the dramatic personal journeys of these men who, determined to save Britain from Hitler, helped convince a cautious Franklin Roosevelt and a reluctant American public to support the British at a critical time.

    Susan says: "If we are together nothing is impossible"
  • 4.7 (230 ratings)
    Reagan in His Own Voice: Ronald Reagan's Radio Addresses  by Ronald Reagan Narrated by Ronald Reagan

    Reagan in His Own Voice: Ronald Reagan's Radio Addresses

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    • By Ronald Reagan
    • Narrated By Ronald Reagan
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    From 1975 to 1979 Ronald Reagan gave more than 1,000 daily radio broadcasts, the great majority of which he wrote himself. These addresses transform our image of Reagan, and enhance and revise our understanding of the late 1970s - a time when Reagan held no political office, but was nonetheless mapping out a strategy to transform the economy, end the Cold War, and create a vision of America that would propel him to the presidency.

    Michael says: "I LOVED this -common sense in Reagan's own voice"
  • 4.3 (229 ratings)
    The Modern Scholar: World War l: The Great War and the World It Made (






UNABRIDGED) by John Ramsden

    The Modern Scholar: World War l: The Great War and the World It Made

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    • By John Ramsden
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    "The Great War", as it was known at the time, was also said to be the "war to end all wars." It seized all of Europe and much of the rest of the world in its grip of death and destruction. The first truly modern war, it changed how war and peace would be conducted throughout the remainder of the 20th century and even to the present.

    IRP says: "Excellent & Interesting Course"
  • Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea (






UNABRIDGED) by Jang Jin-sung Narrated by Daniel York

    Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jang Jin-sung
    • Narrated By Daniel York
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    As North Korea's State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisions (even as the country suffered through its great famine), a travel pass, access to strictly censored information, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure. But this privileged existence was about to be shattered. When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to a friend goes missing, Jang Jin-sung must flee for his life.

    Thomas says: "Excellent View into North Korea"
  • John Adams (






UNABRIDGED) by David McCullough Narrated by Nelson Runger

    John Adams

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

    Davis says: "An outstanding biography"
  • Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China (






UNABRIDGED) by Evan Osnos Narrated by Evan Osnos

    Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

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    • By Evan Osnos
    • Narrated By Evan Osnos
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    As the Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, Evan Osnos was on the ground in China for years, witness to profound political, economic, and cultural upheaval. In Age of Ambition, he describes the greatest collision taking place in that country: the clash between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party’s struggle to retain control.

    Sam says: "Important stories from contemporary China."
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President (






UNABRIDGED) by Candice Millard Narrated by Paul Michael

    Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
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    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
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  • Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Suzanne M. Desan

    Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Suzanne M. Desan
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    The 25 years between the onset of the French Revolution in 1789 and the Bourbon Restoration after Napoleon in 1814 is an astonishing period in world history. This era shook the foundations of the old world and marked a permanent shift for politics, religion, and society - not just for France, but for all of Europe. An account of the events alone reads like something out of a thrilling novel.

    Monte Johnston says: "Such a great balance of the big picture and detail"
  • The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority (






UNABRIDGED) by Patrick J. Buchanan Narrated by Arthur Morey

    The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Patrick J. Buchanan
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
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    After suffering stinging defeats in the 1960 presidential election against John F. Kennedy, and in the 1962 California gubernatorial election, Nixon's career was declared dead by Washington press and politicians alike. Yet on January 20, 1969, just six years after he had said his political life was over, Nixon would stand taking the oath of office as 37th President of the United States. How did Richard Nixon resurrect a ruined career and reunite a shattered and fractured Republican Party to capture the White House?

    Jean says: "The comeback kid"
  • Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour (






UNABRIDGED) by Lynne Olson Narrated by Arthur Morey

    Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lynne Olson
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
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    Here is the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, Averell Harriman, and John Gilbert Winant. Drawing from a variety of primary sources, Olson skillfully depicts the dramatic personal journeys of these men who, determined to save Britain from Hitler, helped convince a cautious Franklin Roosevelt and a reluctant American public to support the British at a critical time.

    Susan says: "If we are together nothing is impossible"
  • Church History in Plain Language: Fourth Edition (






UNABRIDGED) by Bruce L. Shelley Narrated by Adam Verner

    Church History in Plain Language: Fourth Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Bruce L. Shelley
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
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    With more than 315,000 print copies sold, this is the story of the church for today’s listeners. Dr. Bruce Shelley makes church history come alive in this classic audiobook that has become not only the first choice of many laypeople and church leaders but the standard text in many college classrooms.

    Theo Tsourdalakis says: "EXCELLENT RESOURCE - GOOD, SIMPLE, CLEAR OVERVIEW"
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  • Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel (






UNABRIDGED) by Max Blumenthal Narrated by Paul Michael Garcia

    Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

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    • By Max Blumenthal
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    In Goliath, New York Times best-selling author Max Blumenthal takes us on a journey through the badlands and high roads of Israel-Palestine, painting a startling portrait of Israeli society under the siege of increasingly authoritarian politics as the occupation of the Palestinians deepens. Beginning with the national elections carried out during Israel's war on Gaza in 2008/9, which brought into power the country's most right-wing government to date, Blumenthal tells the story of Israel in the wake of the collapse of the Oslo peace process.

    William says: "The truth is rarely pretty"
  • Living History (






ABRIDGED) by Hillary Rodham Clinton Narrated by Hillary Rodham Clinton

    Living History

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    You've probably heard clips from Senator Clinton's interview with Barbara Walters. But now you can listen to her full account of her years in the White House. Hillary Clinton vividly describes her pain over her husband's betrayal with Monica Lewinky saying that former President Bill Clinton lied to her about the relationship until the weekend before he admitted the nature of it to a grand jury.

    Timothy says: "Love It or Hate It"
  • The Reagan Diaries: Extended Selections (






ABRIDGED) by Ronald Reagan Narrated by Eric Conger

    The Reagan Diaries: Extended Selections

    • ABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ronald Reagan
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    During his two terms as the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan kept a daily diary in which he recorded, by hand, his innermost thoughts and observations on the extraordinary, the historic, and the routine day-to-day occurrences of his presidency. Now, nearly two decades after he left office, this remarkable record, the only daily Presidential diary in American history, is available for the first time.

    Stephen says: "True American Hero"
  • The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert D. Kaplan Narrated by Michael Prichard

    The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate

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    In The Revenge of Geography, Robert D. Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and theories of great geographers and geopolitical thinkers of the near and distant past to look back at critical pivots in history and then to look forward at the evolving global scene. Kaplan traces the history of the world's hot spots by examining their climates, topographies, and proximities to other embattled lands.

    C. Telfair says: "Why Don't They Teach This Stuff?"
  • Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon's Downfall (






UNABRIDGED) by Elizabeth Drew Narrated by Jo Anna Perrin

    Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon's Downfall

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    Unfolding over the course of a single year, from September 1973 to August 1974, Washington Journal is the record of the near-dissolution of a nation's political conscience - told from within. In this book, we see corruption in its most prosaic and grandest forms, along with occasional flashes of decency, ethics, and humanity, and other sights rarely witnessed in the wilds of the capital.

  • The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority (






UNABRIDGED) by Patrick J. Buchanan Narrated by Arthur Morey

    The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority

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    After suffering stinging defeats in the 1960 presidential election against John F. Kennedy, and in the 1962 California gubernatorial election, Nixon's career was declared dead by Washington press and politicians alike. Yet on January 20, 1969, just six years after he had said his political life was over, Nixon would stand taking the oath of office as 37th President of the United States. How did Richard Nixon resurrect a ruined career and reunite a shattered and fractured Republican Party to capture the White House?

    Jean says: "The comeback kid"
  • Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea (






UNABRIDGED) by Jang Jin-sung Narrated by Daniel York

    Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea

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    As North Korea's State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisions (even as the country suffered through its great famine), a travel pass, access to strictly censored information, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure. But this privileged existence was about to be shattered. When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to a friend goes missing, Jang Jin-sung must flee for his life.

    Thomas says: "Excellent View into North Korea"
  • Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (






UNABRIDGED) by Danielle Allen Narrated by Robin Miles

    Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality

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    In just 1,337 words, the Declaration of Independence changed the world, but curiously it is now rarely read from start to finish, much less understood. Unsettled by this, Danielle Allen read the text quietly with students and discovered its animating power. "Bringing the analytical skills of a philosopher, the voice of a gifted memoirist, and the spirit of a soulful humanist to the task, Allen manages to find new meaning in Thomas Jefferson' s understanding of equality," says Joseph J. Ellis about Our Declaration.

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  • The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War (






UNABRIDGED) by Tim Butcher Narrated by Gerard Doyle

    The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War

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    • By Tim Butcher
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    The Trigger tells the story of a young man who changed the world forever. It focuses on the drama of the incident itself by following Princip's journey. By retracing his steps from the feudal frontier village of his birth, through the mountains of the northern Balkans to the great plain city of Belgrade, and ultimately to Sarajevo, Tim Butcher illuminates our understanding of Princip and makes discoveries about him that have eluded historians for 100 years.

    Charles says: "Good, but not what I was looking for"
  • Warriors: Extraordinary Tales from the Battlefield (






UNABRIDGED) by Max Hastings Narrated by Nigel Carrington

    Warriors: Extraordinary Tales from the Battlefield

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    With an introduction read by Max Hastings. An exhilarating and uplifting account of the lives of 16 ‘warriors’ from the last three centuries, hand-picked for their bravery or extraordinary military experience by the eminent military historian, author and ex-editor of the Daily Telegraph, Sir Max Hastings. Over the course of 40 years of writing about war, Max Hastings has grown fascinated by outstanding deeds of derring-do on the battlefield (land, sea, or air) - and by their practitioners.

  • Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China (






UNABRIDGED) by Evan Osnos Narrated by Evan Osnos

    Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

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    As the Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, Evan Osnos was on the ground in China for years, witness to profound political, economic, and cultural upheaval. In Age of Ambition, he describes the greatest collision taking place in that country: the clash between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party’s struggle to retain control.

    Sam says: "Important stories from contemporary China."
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