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  • The Great Divide: The Conflict Between Washington and Jefferson That Defined a Nation | Thomas Fleming

    The Great Divide: The Conflict Between Washington and Jefferson That Defined a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Thomas Fleming
    • Narrated By David Rapkin
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    History tends to cast the early years of America in a glow of camaraderie when there were, in fact, many conflicts between the Founding Fathers - none more important than the one between George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Their disagreement centered on the highest, most original public office created by the Constitutional Convention: the presidency. It also involved the nation's foreign policy, the role of merchants and farmers in a republic, and the durability of the union.

    Jean says: "Very Readable"
  • The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ | Roger Stone

    The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Roger Stone
    • Narrated By David Rapkin
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    Lyndon Baines Johnson was a man of great ambition and enormous greed, both of which, in 1963, would threaten to destroy him. In the end, President Johnson would use power from his personal connections in Texas and from the underworld and from the government to escape an untimely end in politics and to seize even greater power. President Johnson, the thirty-sixth president of the United States, was the driving force behind a conspiracy to murder President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. In The Man Who Killed Kennedy, you will find out how and why he did it. Political consultant, strategist, and Libertarian Roger Stone has gathered documents and used his firsthand knowledge to construct the ultimate tome to prove that LBJ was not only involved in JFK's assassination, but was in fact the mastermind. With 2013 being the fiftieth anniversary of JFK's assassination, this is the perfect time for The Man Who Killed Kennedy to be available to readers. The research and information in this book is unprecedented, and as Roger Stone lived through it, he's the perfect person to bring it to everyone's attention.

    Theo Tsourdalakis says: "COMPELLING BOOK - THE CROOKS ARE IN POWER"
  • Who Really Killed Kennedy?: 50 Years Later: Stunning New Revelations about the JFK Assassination | Jerome R. Corsi

    Who Really Killed Kennedy?: 50 Years Later: Stunning New Revelations about the JFK Assassination

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    • By Jerome R. Corsi
    • Narrated By David Rapkin
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    From day one, the truth behind JFK's assassination has been mired in controversy and dispute. The Warren Commission, established just seven days after Kennedy's death, delved into the who, what, when, and where of the tragedy, and over the course of the following year compiled an 889-page report that arrived at the now widely contested conclusion: Lee Harvey Oswald was the sole assassin. In Who Really Killed Kennedy?, Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D., provides listeners with the ultimate JFK assassination theory book.

    Parrish says: "Illuminates Questions without Concrete Answers"
  • The Concept of Anxiety: A Simple Psychologically Oriented Deliberation in View of the Dogmatic Problem of Hereditary Sin | Soren Kierkegaard,Alastair Hannay (translator)

    The Concept of Anxiety: A Simple Psychologically Oriented Deliberation in View of the Dogmatic Problem of Hereditary Sin

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    • By Soren Kierkegaard, Alastair Hannay (translator)
    • Narrated By David Rapkin
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    This first new translation of Kierkegaard's masterwork in a generation brings an essential work of modern philosophy to vivid life. While the majority of Kierkegaard's work leading up to The Concept of Anxiety dealt with the intersection of faith and knowledge, here the renowned Danish philosopher turns to the perennial question of sin and guilt. First published in 1844, this concise treatise identified - long before Freud - anxiety as a deep-seated human state, one that embodies the endless struggle with our own spiritual identities.

    AP says: "A deeply positive account of anxiety"
  • The Money Game | Adam Smith

    The Money Game

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    • By Adam Smith
    • Narrated By David Rapkin
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    Hailed by the New York Times Book Review as "the best book there is about the stock market," this timeless classic by the creator and host of the Emmy Award-winning TV show Adam Smith's Money World is still relevant more than 40 years later.

    Akram Shammas says: "A Masterpiece."
  • Conflict: The History of the Korean War, 1950-1953 | Robert Leckie

    Conflict: The History of the Korean War, 1950-1953

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    • By Robert Leckie
    • Narrated By David Rapkin
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    In June 1950 Communist forces poured across the 38th Parallel (the arbitrary, militarily indefensible line of latitude separating the Communist North from the independent Republic of Korea) to unite the country by force. Three bloody, bitter years of fighting ensued during which the seesawing fortunes of this frustrating war thwarted North Korea's ambitions while treating the ill-equipped, overconfident UN peacekeeping forces, mostly Americans, no less harshly.

    Amazon Customer says: "xxx"
  • Broadsides: The Age of Fighting Sail, 1775-1815 | Nathan Miller

    Broadsides: The Age of Fighting Sail, 1775-1815

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nathan Miller
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    In the late 18th century, it was widely thought that to be a sailor was little better than to be a slave. "No man will be a sailor," wrote Samuel Johnson, "who has contrivance enough to get himself into jail. A man in jail has more room, better food, and commonly better company." If that were true, historian Nathan Miller suggests, then the record of sailing in the age of tall ships would likely be distinguished by few heroes and fewer grand narratives.

    Deep Reader says: "Sail through the high seas of history"
  • Is This Normal?: The Essential Guide to Middle Age and Beyond | John Whyte (Foreword),Dean Ornish

    Is This Normal?: The Essential Guide to Middle Age and Beyond

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    • By John Whyte (Foreword), Dean Ornish
    • Narrated By David Rapkin
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    More than 78 million American adults are nearing the age when unexpected aches and pains, weight gains, sudden illnesses, and confusing mental changes begin to occur. As children, our questions about how our bodies will change are met with knowledge and patience - anything to make the transition as seamless as possible. But at 50 or 60, there’s no one to help us figure out whether the changes we’re experiencing are a cause for concern or just a normal part of aging. Is This Normal? is a guidebook that focuses on putting this generation at ease by answering their most common questions.

  • Target Tokyo: The Story of the Sorge Spy Ring | Gordon Prange,Donald M. Goldstein,Katherine V. Dillon

    Target Tokyo: The Story of the Sorge Spy Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Gordon Prange, Donald M. Goldstein, Katherine V. Dillon
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    Richard Sorge was dispatched to Tokyo in 1933 to serve the spymasters of Moscow. For eight years, he masqueraded as a Nazi journalist and burrowed deep into the German embassy, digging for the secrets of Hitler's invasion of Russia and the Japanese plans for the East. In a nation obsessed with rooting out moles, he kept a high profile - boozing, womanizing, and operating entirely under his own name.

    Jean says: "Riveting"
  • The Adventures of Henry Thoreau: A Young Man's Unlikely Path to Walden Pond | Michael Sims

    The Adventures of Henry Thoreau: A Young Man's Unlikely Path to Walden Pond

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    • By Michael Sims
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    Henry David Thoreau has long been an intellectual icon and folk hero. In this strikingly original profile, Michael Sims reveals how the bookish, quirky young man evolved into the patron saint of environmentalism and nonviolent activism. Working from 19th-century letters and diaries, Sims charts Henry’s course from his time at Harvard through the years he spent living in a cabin beside Walden Pond. Sims uncovers a previously hidden Thoreau - the rowdy boy reminiscent of Tom Sawyer, the sarcastic college iconoclast, the devoted son who kept imitating his beloved older brother’s choices in life.

    Norman Wendth says: "Pleasant surprise"
  • Adak: The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot 586 | Andrew C. A. Jampoler

    Adak: The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot 586

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    • By Andrew C. A. Jampoler
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    In the tradition of great tales of men against the sea, this story offers a compelling look at courage and commitment in the face of certain tragedy. It is a powerful blend of human drama and real-life naval operations, but unlike most books in the genre, its heroes are airmen not seamen, and most survived their ordeal. Published on the twentieth-fifth anniversary of Alfa Foxtrot 586's fatal mission as a tribute to those lost, the account was written by a naval aviator who has flown the same aircraft on the same mission from the same air base.

  • Hear No Evil: Scientific Analysis of the Forensic Evidence in the Kennedy Assassination | Donald Byron Thomas

    Hear No Evil: Scientific Analysis of the Forensic Evidence in the Kennedy Assassination

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    • By Donald Byron Thomas
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    Groundbreaking scientific analysis that breaks the JFK assassination wide open! Did a shot from the "grassy knoll" kill President Kennedy? If so, was Oswald part of a conspiracy or an innocent patsy? Why have scientific experts who examined the evidence failed to put such questions to rest? In 2001, scientist Dr. Donald Byron Thomas published a peer-reviewed article that revived the debate over the finding by the House Select Committee on Assassinations that there had indeed been a shot from the grassy knoll, caught on a police dictabelt recording.

    Parrish says: "Most Comprehensive Assassination Book To Date"
  • State Out of the Union: Arizona and the Final Showdown Over the American Dream | Jeff Biggers

    State Out of the Union: Arizona and the Final Showdown Over the American Dream

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    • By Jeff Biggers
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    State Out of the Union is award-winning journalist and historian Jeff Biggers’ riveting account of Arizona, the famed frontier state whose conflict over immigration and state’s rights has become a national bellwether. Biggers shows how Arizona’s long history of labor and civil rights battles, its contentious entry into the union, as well as cyclical upheavals over immigration rights, place the state front and center in a greater American story playing out across the United States.

  • Why Philanthropy Matters: How the Wealthy Give, and What It Means for Our Economic Well-Being | Zoltan J. Acs

    Why Philanthropy Matters: How the Wealthy Give, and What It Means for Our Economic Well-Being

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    • By Zoltan J. Acs
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    Philanthropy has long been a distinctive feature of American culture, but its crucial role in the economic well-being of the nation - and the world - has remained largely unexplored. Why Philanthropy Matters takes an in-depth look at philanthropy as an underappreciated force in capitalism, measures its critical influence on the free-market system, and demonstrates how American philanthropy could serve as a model for the productive reinvestment of wealth in other countries.

    WIN says: "Very little relevance to the title."
  • Alaskan Travels: Far-Flung Tales of Love and Adventure | Edward Hoagland

    Alaskan Travels: Far-Flung Tales of Love and Adventure

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    • By Edward Hoagland
    • Narrated By David Rapkin
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    From the Arctic Ocean to the Kenai Peninsula, the backstreet bars of Anchorage to the Yukon River, Hoagland traveled the “real” Alaska from top to bottom. Here he documents not only the flora and fauna of America’s last frontier, but also the extraordinary people living on the fringe. On his journey he chronicles the lives of an astonishing and unforgettable array of prospectors, trappers, millionaire freebooters, Indians, and a remarkably kind and capable frontier nurse named Linda.

  • Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide | Thomas de Waal

    Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide

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    • By Thomas de Waal
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    The destruction of the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire in 1915-16 was the greatest atrocity of World War I. Around one million Armenians were killed, and the survivors were scattered across the world. Although it is now a century old, the issue of what most of the world calls the Armenian Genocide of 1915 is still a live and divisive issue that mobilizes Armenians across the world, shapes the identity and politics of modern Turkey, and has consumed the attention of U.S. politicians for years.

  • Madison's Music: On Reading the First Amendment | Burt Neuborne

    Madison's Music: On Reading the First Amendment

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    • By Burt Neuborne
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    Legal luminary Burt Neuborne argues that the structure of the First Amendment as well as of the entire Bill of Rights was more intentional than most people realize, beginning with the internal freedom of conscience and working outward to freedom of expression and finally freedom of public association. This design, Neuborne argues, was not to protect discrete individual rights - such as the rights of corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections.

  • Hotter than a Match Head: Life on the Run with the Lovin’ Spoonful | Steve Boone,Tony Moss

    Hotter than a Match Head: Life on the Run with the Lovin’ Spoonful

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    • By Steve Boone, Tony Moss
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    On October 15, 1967, bass player Steve Boone took the Ed Sullivan Show stage for the final time, with his band The Lovin' Spoonful. Since forming in a Greenwich Village hotel in early 1965, Boone and his bandmates had released an astounding nine Top 20 singles, the first seven of which hit the Billboard Top 10, including the iconic Boone cowrites "Summer in the City" and "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice".

  • Deepkill | Michael Kilian

    Deepkill

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    • By Michael Kilian
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    The plan is simple. The moment the Homeland Security adviser reaches the middle of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, a team of suicide bombers will rush his car, killing him and destroying the bridge. But as the plot's mastermind watches from afar, he sees only two small explosions. The bridge has survived; the plan has failed. He will have to find another way to bring terror to the United States - and he's about to get a fearsome opportunity.

  • The Doomsday Machine: The High Price of Nuclear Energy, the World's Most Dangerous Fuel | Martin Cohen

    The Doomsday Machine: The High Price of Nuclear Energy, the World's Most Dangerous Fuel

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    • By Martin Cohen
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    Today, there are over 100 nuclear reactors operating in our backyards, from Indian Point in New York to Diablo Canyon in California. Proponents claim that nuclear power is the only viable alternative to fossil fuels, and due to rising energy consumption and the looming threat of global warming, they are pushing for an even greater investment.

    Greg says: "Absolutely woeful - do not buy"
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