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  • A History of the Jews | Paul Johnson

    A History of the Jews

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    This historical magnum opus covers 4,000 years of the extraordinary history of the Jews as a people, a culture, and a nation. It shows the impact of Jewish character on the world: their genius, imagination, and, most of all, their ability to persevere despite severe persecutions. Compelling insights into events and individuals are chronologically detailed, from Moses and Jesus to Spinoza, Marx, Freud, the Rothschilds, and Golda Meir.

    David says: "Excellent History"
  • A History of the American People | Paul Johnson

    A History of the American People

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    Johnson's monumental history of the United States, from the first settlers to the Clinton administration, covers every aspect of American culture: politics, business, art, literature, science, society and customs, complex traditions, and religious beliefs. The story is told in terms of the men and women who shaped and led the nation and the ordinary people who collectively created its unique character.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A British conservative's view of American history."
  • A History of Christianity | Paul Johnson

    A History of Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
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    First published in 1976, Paul Johnson's exceptional study of Christianity has been loved and widely hailed for its intensive research, writing, and magnitude. Weaving a great range of material, the scholar and author Johnson creates an ambitious panoramic overview of the evolution of the Western world since the founding of a little-known "Jesus sect".

  • Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties | Paul Johnson

    Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    Beginning with May 29, 1919, when photographs of the solar eclipse confirmed the truth of Einstein's theory of relativity, Johnson goes on to describe Freudianism, the establishment of the first Marxist state, the chaos of "Old Europe", the Arcadian 20s, and the new forces in China and Japan. Also discussed are Karl Marx, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Roosevelt, Gandhi, Castro, Kennedy, Nixon, the '29 crash, the Great Depression, Roosevelt's New Deal, and the massive conflict of World War II.

    Mark says: "Relevant History"
  • Churchill | Paul Johnson

    Churchill

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
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    In Churchill, Johnson applies a wide lens and an unconventional approach to illuminate the various phases of Churchill's career. From his adventures as a young cavalry officer in the service of the Empire to his role as an elder statesman prophesying the advent of the Cold War, Johnson shows how Churchill's immense adaptability combined with his natural pugnacity to make him a formidable leader for the better part of a century.

    Dee L. Barrow says: "well written"
  • Intellectuals | Paul Johnson

    Intellectuals

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Since the time of Voltaire and Rousseau, the secular intellectual has increasingly filled the vacuum left by the decline of the cleric and assumed the functions of moral mentor and critic of mankind. This fascinating portrait of the minds that have shaped the modern world examines the moral credentials of those whose thoughts have influenced humanity.

    Jay Quintana says: "The petty men (mostly) behind the big ideas"
  • The Birth of the Modern: World Society 1815–1830 | Paul Johnson

    The Birth of the Modern: World Society 1815–1830

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
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    This is an extraordinary chronicle of the fifteen years, 1815–1830, that laid the foundations of modern society. It is a history of people, ideas, politics, manners, morals, economics, art, science and technology, diplomacy, business and commerce, literature, and revolution.

    Doug Smith says: "Surprised By a Negative Review"
  • Ireland: A Concise History from the Twelfth Century to the Present Day | Paul Johnson

    Ireland: A Concise History from the Twelfth Century to the Present Day

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
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    Ireland is inarguably a beautiful, enchanted place. But its history is more turbulent, fascinating, and terrible than any other. From the first English presence in Ireland in the 12th century, through siege, rebellion, and civil war, to Irish ascendancy, home rule, and the present-day troubles, best-selling author Paul Johnson tells, with remarkable clarity and concision, the compelling story of this most remarkable island.

    R. Smith says: "Helpful as an overview"
  • The Kingdom of Matthias: A Story of Sex and Salvation in 19th-Century America  | Paul E. Johnson,Sean Wilentz

    The Kingdom of Matthias: A Story of Sex and Salvation in 19th-Century America 

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Paul E. Johnson, Sean Wilentz
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
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    In the autumn of 1834, New York City was awash with rumors of a strange religious cult operating nearby, centered around a mysterious, self-styled prophet named Matthias. It was said that Matthias the Prophet was stealing money from one of his followers; then came reports of lascivious sexual relations, based on odd teachings of matched spirits, apostolic priesthoods, and the inferiority of women. At its climax, the rumors transformed into legal charges, as the Prophet was arrested for the murder of a once highly regarded Christian gentleman who had fallen under his sway.

  • Eminent Lives: The Presidents Collection | Michael Korda,Paul Johnson,Christopher Hitchens

    Eminent Lives: The Presidents Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michael Korda, Paul Johnson, Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
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    A perfect gift for your favorite history buff, or for your own collection, this audio set from the acclaimed Eminent Lives series is a must for anyone interested in the story of America.

    Michael says: "Great history"
  • Socrates: A Man for Our Times | Paul Johnson

    Socrates: A Man for Our Times

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By John Curless
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    Acclaimed historian and best-selling author Paul Johnson’s books have been translated into dozens of languages. In Socrates: A Man for Our Times, Johnson draws from little-known resources to construct a fascinating account of one of history’s greatest thinkers. Socrates transcended class limitations in Athens during the fifth century B.C. to develop ideas that still shape the way we think about the human body and soul, including the workings of the human mind.

    Megan Hewins says: "Plat-Soc-Paul"
  • Napoleon | Paul Johnson

    Napoleon

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    Paul Johnson's book is a refreshing return to a concept whose time has come once again: the Great Man theory of biography. It serves as "the greatest possible refutation of those who hold that events are governed by forces, classes, economics, and geography rather than the powerful wills of men and women". Napoleon truly was the Great Man of his age, a towering and terrible genius who managed to conquer the Continent.

    Mark Grannis says: "Not your standard biography"
  • Humorists: From Hogarth to Noël Coward | Paul Johnson

    Humorists: From Hogarth to Noël Coward

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
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    This is a survey across history, and includes a diverse cast of legendary humorists who got a grand kick out of life, including Benjamin Franklin and the Marx Brothers, Charles Dickens and Damon Runyon, W. C. Fields and Samuel Johnson, William Hogarth and James Thurber. Including dark humor, satire, bawdy wit, biting sarcasm, and more, this entertaining and erudite collection brings to life great minds who reflected on life’s follies, pretensions, and foibles with that greatest of gifts: humor.

    Rod Morgan says: "Cautiously recommended"
  • Stalin: The Kremlin Mountaineer | Paul Johnson

    Stalin: The Kremlin Mountaineer

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Paul Johnson, the most celebrated popular historian of our time, takes a scalpel to Stalin, whom he considers "one of the outstanding monsters of history." Johnson sets forth the essence of Stalin’s life, character, and career. "It has been a hateful task, which has caused me much pain and disgust," he writes with characteristic candor. "But it has been a duty I have performed not without a certain grim satisfaction."

    mdun says: "Great intro to an awful person"
  • Eisenhower: A Life | Paul Johnson

    Eisenhower: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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    Acclaimed historian Paul Johnson’s lively, succinct biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower explores how his legacy endures today In the rousing style he’s famous for, celebrated historian Paul Johnson offers a fascinating biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower, focusing particularly on his years as a five-star general and his two terms as president of the United States.

    Grant Wentworth says: "Quick and to the point!"
  • Mozart: A Life | Paul Johnson

    Mozart: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
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    Liszt once said that Mozart composed more bars than a trained copyist could write in a lifetime. Mozart's gift and skill with instruments was also remarkable as he mastered all of them except the harp. For example, no sooner had the clarinet been invented and introduced than Mozart began playing and composing for it. In addition to his many insights into Mozart's music, Johnson also challenges the many myths that have followed Mozart, including those about the composer's health, wealth, religion, and relationships.

    Karl says: "Stunningly well researched, approachable Mozart"
  • Heroes: From Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar to Churchill and de Gaulle | Paul Johnson

    Heroes: From Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar to Churchill and de Gaulle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By James Adams
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    In this enlightening and entertaining work, Johnson presents heroism through examples in history. From Alexander to Joan of Arc and George Washington to Marilyn Monroe, here are men and women from every age and corner of the world who have inspired and transformed their cultures and the world itself.

    Kennet says: "Interesting, but deeply flawed"
  • A History of the English People | Paul Johnson

    A History of the English People

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
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    This is a provocative and panoramic survey of 2,000 years of English history. Johnson tells the story of how a small nation, living in a geographical backwater, developed unique economic and political institutions, expanded its territory, and saddled upon it the frame of a modern industrial society.

    Tad Davis says: "Stirring and (sometimes) wrongheaded"
  • Jesus: A Biography, from a Believer | Paul Johnson

    Jesus: A Biography, from a Believer

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
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    Few figures have had such an influence on history as Jesus of Nazareth. His teachings have inspired discussion, arguments, even war. Yet few have ever held forth as movingly as Jesus on the need for peace, forgiveness, and mercy.

    Jakob says: "As told by the Bible"
  • George Washington: The Founding Father (Eminent Lives) | Paul Johnson

    George Washington: The Founding Father (Eminent Lives)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By David Drummond
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    By far the most important figure in the history of the United States, George Washington liberated the 13 colonies from the superior forces of the British Empire against all military odds, and presided over the production and ratification of a constitution that (suitably amended) has lasted for more than 200 years. Yet today, Washington remains a distant figure to many Americans, a failing that acclaimed author Paul Johnson sets out to rectify with this brilliantly vivid, sharply etched portrait.

    Miranda says: "Ideology interferes with story line"
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