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Saud

Saud United States Member Since 2007

Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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  • "You'll Never Look at Languages the ..."

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    This is a course that explained how languages are divided into multiple families, and how they evolve over time. It is as much a history course as it is a linguistics course. It looks at how languages are born, change, merge, and die away. It dedicates a large chunk of its time on dialects and explains their relation to the "proper" version of their language. It is a very rich course, possibly one of the best value courses I've come across. Here's a list of the lectures in this course:

    1 What Is Language?
    2 When Language Began
    3 How Language Changes—Sound Change
    4 How Language Changes—Building New Material
    5 How Language Changes—Meaning and Order
    6 How Language Changes—Many Directions
    7 How Language Changes—Modern English
    8 Language Families—Indo-European
    9 Language Families—Tracing Indo-European
    10 Language Families—Diversity of Structures
    11 Language Families—Clues to the Past
    12 The Case Against the World’s First Language
    13 The Case For the World’s First Language
    14 Dialects—Subspecies of Species
    15 Dialects—Where Do You Draw the Line?
    16 Dialects—Two Tongues in One Mouth
    17 Dialects—The Standard as Token of the Past
    18 Dialects—Spoken Style, Written Style
    19 Dialects—The Fallacy of Blackboard Grammar
    20 Language Mixture—Words
    21 Language Mixture—Grammar
    22 Language Mixture—Language Areas
    23 Language Develops Beyond the Call of Duty
    24 Language Interrupted
    25 A New Perspective on the Story of English
    26 Does Culture Drive Language Change?
    27 Language Starts Over—Pidgins
    28 Language Starts Over—Creoles I
    29 Language Starts Over—Creoles II
    30 Language Starts Over—Signs of the New
    31 Language Starts Over—The Creole Continuum
    32 What Is Black English?
    33 Language Death—The Problem
    34 Language Death—Prognosis
    35 Artificial Languages
    36 Finale—Master Class

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    The Story of Human Language

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    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor John McWhorter
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    Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

    Saud says: "You'll Never Look at Languages the Same Way Again"
  • "Art of War Boot Camp"

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    Don't let the fact that this is the shortest one of the Great Courses discourage you from picking it up. It's worth listening to more than once, and its length encourages it.

    This is a concise, educational and interesting buy. I was familiar with the Art of War, but the Professor, who has plenty of experience in the US military and a passion for the Art of War, quickly delivers the facts with efficient, no-nonsense lectures that keep you interested.

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    The Art of War

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    Sun Tzu's The Art of War is a landmark achievement in the evolution of strategic thought. So universal and timeless are its tactics for pursuing a competitive advantage that some of the most notable people in government, sports, and the entertainment world have all quoted from its nearly 2500-year-old pages.

    Saud says: "Art of War Boot Camp"
  • "Exciting and unique journey through..."

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    I enjoyed this book, and all the richness of historic information about the importance of the drinks that moved and drove the world. I will never look at a cup of tea, coffee or coke the same way again.

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    A History of the World in 6 Glasses

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    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
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  • "How the U.S. entered the war"

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    I listened to this book because I have kind of an interest in cryptography and its historical impact. The Zimmerman Telegram is ostensibly about the famous telegram that was the final straw that brought America into the first World War, and how the British decoded it and then made use of it. But that turns out to be only a relatively minor part of the story. Really, most of the book is about the geopolitics of the early 20th century and the personalities of leading American, British, and German officials, diplomats, and military leaders, and how these shaped history as we know it.

    The "plot" in a nutshell (and Barbara Tuchman does make this book interesting enough that it reads more like a novel plot moving from one twist to another, rather than the inevitable course of history): in 1917, Britain and the other Allied powers are getting the stuffing beaten out of them by Germany. The European front is hemorrhaging lives. What Britain wants and needs, and what Germany fears, is America entering the war. The only thing keeping Britain alive is her navy, and the German navy thinks they can starve Britain and the rest of the Allies if they commence "unrestricted" submarine warfare: meaning, even neutral ships are fair targets in the war zone. Since this largely means American ships bringing supplies to Britain, letting the U-boats loose means very likely provoking America into declaring war.

    Then falls into the hands of British codebreakers, who unbeknownst to the Germans have broken their diplomatic code, a telegram from German Foreign Secretary Arthur Zimmerman to the German ambassador in Mexico. Zimmerman tells the ambassador to offer an alliance between Germany and Mexico should the U.S. enter the war (which they expect will happen since the decision has already been made to begin unrestricted submarine warfare). As part of the deal, Germany offers Mexico a great big slice of the American Southwest (basically everything the U.S. had taken from Mexico in various wars and then some), and also urges them to make an alliance with Japan to get Japan to attack the U.S. West Coast.

    This is obviously political dynamite, and the British figure it's just what they need to push the U.S. into declaring war on Germany. The only problems are (1) how to reveal this in a way that will simultaneously not be dismissed by the Americans as a hoax while not revealing to the Germans that their code has been broken; (2) U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, who has been stubbornly persisting in trying to broker peace and keep the U.S. neutral, even as it becomes increasingly obvious that neither will be possible.

    As I mentioned, the codebreaking stuff turns out to be a very small piece of the story. I found the characterization of President Wilson much more interesting: at times he seems naive, foolish, stubborn, and understandably his opponents even labeled him cowardly. He was adamantly opposed to entering the war, and was pushing his "peace without victory" plan even after the Germans had all but spit on it. But Tuchman's portrayal does suggest a man who was far from cowardly, and not a fool either. He genuinely wanted peace, and genuinely grieved when his orders resulted in the deaths of American servicemembers. (One might wish some of our more recent Presidents had such a personal investment in the consequences of their orders...) But he was also stubborn and prone to not listening to news and opinions he didn't like.

    The other interesting part of the story is just how differently the U.S. was situated then as opposed to now. We Americans tend to think that the U.S. has been a "world power" pretty much since its founding, but really, in 1917, the U.S. was big and had a lot of industrial capacity and manpower, but had yet to really be tested on the world stage. Today we laugh at the idea that Mexico might seriously think they could invade the U.S. and carve off Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico, but it was no joke then, especially if Japan, a growing empire itself, landed troops on the West Coast, which was also a real possibility, or at least the U.S. believed it was.

    World War I was when America had to actually prove itself and get bloodied. The other powers wanted America's strength on their side and feared America's strength turned against them, but probably no one had any idea of the global superpower the U.S. would become.

    An interesting history full of diplomatic maneuverings and historical context that reminds us that everything leading up to World War I, like most wars, was built on things that had been happening for decades before it. A hundred years later, we mostly only remember the outcome.

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    The Zimmermann Telegram

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    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
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    In the dark winter of 1917, as World War I was deadlocked, Britain knew that Europe could be saved only if the United States joined the war. But President Wilson remained unshakable in his neutrality. Then, with a single stroke, the tool to propel America into the war came into a quiet British office. One of countless messages intercepted by the crack team of British decoders, the Zimmermann telegram was a top-secret message from Berlin inviting Mexico to join Japan in an invasion of the United States.

    Mike From Mesa says: "US entry to World War I"

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    Their country needed themIn the summer of 1942, Lorna Washbourne must say goodbye to her beloved home in the peaceful East Anglian countryside, which is about to be demolished to make way for the US Eighth Army Air Force and its new airfield.War brings with it great change and Lorna and her friends find themselves called up to serve. Violetta is in the army while Megan and Bunty are sent to London: Megan, in the American Red Cross; Bunty, a clippie on the London buses.

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  • The Cruel Victory: The French Resistance, D-Day and the Battle for the Vercors 1944 (






UNABRIDGED) by Paddy Ashdown Narrated by Paddy Ashdown

    The Cruel Victory: The French Resistance, D-Day and the Battle for the Vercors 1944

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Paddy Ashdown
    • Narrated By Paddy Ashdown
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    From best-selling and award-winning author of A Brilliant Little Operation comes the long neglected D-Day story of the Resistance uprising and subsequent massacre on the Vercors massif - the largest action by the French Resistance during the Second World War. In early 1941, three separate groups of plotters - one military, one political, one intellectual - began to organise and plan on and around the forbidding mountainous plateau near Grenoble - the Vercors.

  • Breve historia del Socialismo y del Comunismo (






UNABRIDGED) by Javier Paniagua Narrated by Juan Magraner

    Breve historia del Socialismo y del Comunismo

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Javier Paniagua
    • Narrated By Juan Magraner
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    El mundo actual, y su eterna pugna entre personas y mercados, es incomprensible si no se entiende la historia de estas teorías político-económicas. La historia del S. XX puede narrarse a través de las distintas teorías sociales, históricas, económicas o filosóficas que convulsionaron a los distintos países y a las personas.

  • Casualidades, coincidencias y serendipias de la historia (






UNABRIDGED) by Gregorio Doval Narrated by Albert Cortés

    Casualidades, coincidencias y serendipias de la historia

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Gregorio Doval
    • Narrated By Albert Cortés
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    Cuentan que Napoleón Bonaparte, el día de la batalla de Waterloo, se despertó con unas hemorroides gigantes, no pudo montar a caballo por ello y, como consecuencia, perdió perspectiva del campo de batalla y acabó perdiendo la batalla. La historia a veces discurre por cauces imprevistos e inexplicables como muestra bien a las claras Casualidades coincidencias y serendipias de la historia, un audio libro plagado de estas pequeñas anécdotas con grandes consecuencias pero en el que también abundan las grandes casualidades de hombres muy pequeños.

  • Breve historia de la medicina (






UNABRIDGED) by Pedro Gargantilla Narrated by Tony Chiroldes

    Breve historia de la medicina

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    • By Pedro Gargantilla
    • Narrated By Tony Chiroldes
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    La medicina acompaña al hombre desde el inicio de los tiempos, siempre hemos conocido la enfermedad y la muerte y siempre hemos luchado, con todos nuestros medios, contra ellas. Desde la Prehistoria, en la que la curación estaba ligada a la magia, hasta la actualidad, en la que existen máquinas nanotecnológicas o píldoras capaces de regular casi todos nuestros procesos, la historia de la medicina es una aventura apasionante llena de hombres que sacrificaron todo por acabar con las enfermedades principales de sus comunidades.

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  • Breve historia de los mayas (






UNABRIDGED) by Carlos Pallán Narrated by Jesús Rois

    Breve historia de los mayas

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    • By Carlos Pallán
    • Narrated By Jesús Rois
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    La epopeya de un pueblo que levantó inmensas pirámides sin conocer la rueda. La civilización maya fue una de las más importantes de Mesoamérica, sus impresionantes pirámides y construcciones siguen maravillando al mundo, todavía más si se tiene en cuenta que fueron construidas sin usar animales de carga o la rueda o que sus majestuosas ciudades se construyeron ganándole metro a metro a la selva.

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