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The Great Courses: Modern History
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  • The American Civil War

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Gary W. Gallagher
    • Narrated By Professor Gary W. Gallagher
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    Between 1861 and 1865, the clash of the greatest armies the Western hemisphere had ever seen turned small towns, little-known streams, and obscure meadows in the American countryside into names we will always remember. In those great battles, those streams ran red with blood-and the United States was truly born.

    C. Telfair says: "Welcome to Audible, Great Courses!"
    Welcome to Audible, Great Courses!

    I have been a fan of the Great Courses for a long time. The two biggest drawbacks were price and difficulty of download. So, hooray for Audible for..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 19 2013 by C. Telfair (Shepherdstown, WV, United States)
  • Churchill

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor J. Rufus Fears
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    Story
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    In these 12 inspiring lectures, Professor Fears presents a well-balanced portrait of Churchill that does not whitewash his flaws. Yet he also draws on the most recent historical scholarship and material from Churchill's writings and speeches to make the case that Churchill belongs with Pericles of Athens and Abraham Lincoln as one of the greatest statesmen in the history of democracy.

    Jean says: "A great review of Churchill's life"
    A great review of Churchill's life

    Professor Fears is an excellent speaker and held my interest to the end. I have over the years watched DVD's from The Great Courses and have never be..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 05 2013 by Jean (Santa Cruz, CA, United States)
  • The History of the United States, 2nd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (43 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Allen C. Guelzo, Professor Gary W. Gallagher, Professor Patrick N. Allitt
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    This comprehensive series of 84 lectures features three award-winning historians sharing their insights into this nation's past-from the European settlement and the Revolutionary War through the Civil War, 19th-century industrialization, two world wars, and the present day. These lectures give you the opportunity to grasp the different aspects of our past that combine to make us distinctly American, and to gain the knowledge so essential to recognizing not only what makes this country such a noteworthy part of world history, but the varying degrees to which it has lived up to its ideals.

    david says: "History Can Be Fun!"
    History Can Be Fun!

    I was blown away by this lecture series! I think there were over 80 lectures, and this was only 1 credit! Beside the value, these Professors are top n..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 26 2014 by david (chesapeake, VA, United States)
  • The Skeptic's Guide to American History

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark A. Stoler
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    To take a skeptical approach to American history is not to dabble in imaginative conspiracy theories; rather, it's to reframe your understanding of this great nation's past and actually strengthen your appreciation for what makes American history such a fascinating chapter in the larger story of Western civilization. And in this bold 24-lecture series, you can do just that.

    J. E. JORDAN says: "Let Go of the Grade-School Storybook History"
    Let Go of the Grade-School Storybook History

    You do know all that stuff you learned about American history in school was simplified, right? And, in a certain sense, it was propaganda: a narrative..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 04 2013 by J. E. JORDAN (Berlin, Germany)
  • Turning Points in Modern History

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
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    This lecture series takes you on a far-reaching journey around the globe - from China to the Americas to New Zealand - to shed light on how two dozen of the top discoveries, inventions, political upheavals, and ideas since 1400 have shaped the modern world. In just 24 thought-provoking lectures, you'll get the amazing story of how life as we know it developed. Starting in the early 15th century and culminating in the age of social media, you'll encounter astounding threads that weave through the centuries, joining these turning points in ways that may come as a revelation.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • Turning Points in American History

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Edward T. O'Donnell
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    These 48 lectures are your chance to relive the most groundbreaking moments in the fascinating story of the United States. They offer you a different perspective on the sweeping narrative of U.S. history. Spanning the arrival of the first English colonists to the chaos of the Civil War to the birth of the computer age and beyond, this lecture series is a captivating and comprehensive tour of those particular moments in the story of America, after which the nation would never be the same again.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • Espionage and Covert Operations: A Global History

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
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    Step into the real world of the spy with this detailed and unforgettable tour of the millennia-long history and enduring legacy of espionage and covert operations. While most of us associate this top-secret subject with popular fiction and film, its true story is more fascinating, surprising, and important than you could possibly imagine. These 24 thrilling lectures survey how world powers have attempted to work in the shadows to gain secret information or subvert enemies behind the scenes.

    Christopher says: "Learn About the History of Spying."
    Learn About the History of Spying.

    You Won't Believe

    Reviewed on May 18 2014 by Christopher ()
  • A History of Hitler's Empire, 2nd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Thomas Childers
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    Know thy enemy. That's what the wisdom of history teaches us. And Adolf Hitler was surely the greatest enemy ever faced by modern civilization. Over half a century later, the horror, fascination, and questions still linger: How could a man like Hitler and a movement like Nazism come to power in 20th-century Germany – an industrially developed country with a highly educated population? How were the Nazis able to establish the foundations of a totalitarian regime in such a short time and hurl all of Europe – and the world – into a devastating war that would consume so many millions of lives? Professor Childers has designed this gripping 12-lecture course to shed light on these and other questions that have plagued generations.

    Dana Keish says: "Forewarned is Forearmed"
    Forewarned is Forearmed

    Important, current and terrifying

    Reviewed on July 01 2014 by Dana Keish (Ohio, United States)
  • World War II: A Military and Social History

    • ORIGINAL (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Thomas Childers
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    Between 1937 and 1945, approximately 55 million people perished in the series of interrelated conflicts known as the Second World War. No continent was left untouched, no ocean unaffected. The war led to the eclipse of Europe and the emergence of the United States and the Soviet Union as global superpowers; ushered in the atomic age; produced, in the Holocaust, the most horrific crime ever committed in the history of Western civilization, and led to the end of Europe's colonial empires around the world.

    John M says: "My favorite Great Courses lecture"
    My favorite Great Courses lecture

    I have listened to dozens of "courses" from the Teaching Company over the years and this is one of the best. It was done a while ago but it still very..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 08 2014 by John M (Lafayette, CA USA)
  • Europe and Western Civilization in the Modern Age

    • ORIGINAL (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Thomas Childers
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    Only three lifetimes ago, Europe was a farming society ruled by families of monarchs. But with two seismic tremors - capitalism and democracy - Europe's economic and royal foundations were shattered forever and modern European history began.In this series of 48 fascinating lectures, Professor Childers makes the history of Europe from the 1750s to the present - events both horrible and magnificent - as immediate as today's headlines, employing the historian's craft and a storyteller's skill to find the causes of what otherwise could seem to be the march of folly.

    Quaker says: "Oh my, where do I begin? A fantastic listen."
    Oh my, where do I begin? A fantastic listen.

    A must listen.

    Reviewed on May 01 2014 by Quaker (Philadelphia)
  • The Rise and Fall of Soviet Communism: A History of 20th-Century Russia

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Gary Hamburg
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    From the Oval Office to the streets of Moscow, world leaders and ordinary citizens alike share interest and concerns about Russia. Can democracy survive there? What does the future hold for the once expansive and still powerful Russian nation? Is Soviet Communism truly dead? These are the kinds of questions diplomats struggle with every day.

    Lance says: "Great introduction but leaves lots of questions"
    Great introduction but leaves lots of questions

    I really enjoyed the professor and the course. It is a very historical overview of the forces that drove acceptance of Soviet communism, an overview ..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 13 2013 by Lance (Maryland, United States)
  • Must History Repeat the Great Conflicts of This Century?

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Joseph S. Nye Jr.
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    Twice in the first half of the last century, the great powers engaged in wars that killed nearly 70 million people, with the aftermath of each shaking the international political system, changing the maps of the world, and setting the scene for the next great conflict. And for most of the past 50 years, the Cold War dominated international politics. Is this the history we are condemned to repeat? This series of eight lectures about international politics will hone your ability to approach that question with knowledge and insight.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • Abraham Lincoln: In His Own Words

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, David Zarefsky
    • Narrated By Professor David Zarefsky
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    Abraham Lincoln was one of America's greatest public orators. The cadence, argument and power he brought to his speeches, like those of the Gettysburg address almost every American learns in school, still stir the hearts of not only Americans, but countless millions around the world. This series of 24 lectures examines Lincoln's rhetoric - the public messages in which he evolved his views on slavery and the preservation of the Union and by which he sought to persuade others.

    Quaker says: "A master class in rhetoric from the man himself"
    A master class in rhetoric from the man himself

    This recorded course from the spectacular Great Courses series serves as both a master class in the art of rhetoric, and a deep dive into the evolving..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 07 2013 by Quaker (Philadelphia)
  • The Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Thomas L. Pangle
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    Recent years have seen an explosion of interest in and interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. Its authority and stature are routinely invoked by voices from every point on the political spectrum, with frequent references to the Founding Fathers and their true "intent." What really was their true intent? As these 12 surprising lectures show, many of those Founding Fathers-including Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry-were highly critical of the new Constitution and staunchly opposed it when it was first put forth for ratification by the states as a replacement for the Articles of Confederation.

    Wojciech says: "Great comparison of federalist and anti-federalist"
    Great comparison of federalist and anti-federalist
    Reviewed on December 11 2013 by Wojciech (Glen Ellyn, IL, United States)
  • A Brief History of the World

    • ORIGINAL (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Peter N. Stearns
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    The construction of the great pyramids of Egypt, the development of democracy in ancient Greece, the glories of ancient Rome-these stories are familiar to students of history. But what about the rest of the world? How do the histories of China and Japan, or Russia, India, and the remote territories of Sub-Saharan Africa and South America fit in with commonly known accounts of Western traditions?Learn the rest of the story with these 36 riveting lectures that survey the expanse of human development and civilization across the globe.

    Tad Davis says: "Global"
    Global

    In the beginning of this course, Peter Stearns goes to great lengths to define what he means by World History, and talks about it as a recent developm..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 05 2013 by Tad Davis (Philadelphia, PA USA)
  • 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!"
    Philosophical differences aside, well worth it!

    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 i..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 09 2014 by Lance (Maryland, United States)
  • Great Presidents

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Allan J. Lichtman
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    The creation of the executive branch of government was one of the most audacious decisions in American history. The story of our greatest presidents create a narrative as compelling as an historical novel, and these 48 compelling lectures look at the lives, the achievements, and the legacies of those generally considered our 12 greatest presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Ronald Reagan.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • Albert Einstein: Physicist, Philosopher, Humanitarian

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Don Howard
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    These 24 lectures present a wide-ranging intellectual exploration of this iconic scientist, genius, and champion of social justice. More than just a biography of Einstein's life, Albert Einstein provides you with an inside look at how this brilliant thinker arrived at his various revolutionary breakthroughs.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • The Long 19th Century: European History from 1789 to 1917

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert I. Weiner
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    Few periods of history offer such captivating complexity as Europe in the long 19th century between 1789 and 1914. From the idealism of the French Revolution to the power of the Industrial Revolution to the chaos of World War I, this fascinating whirl of events, personalities, and forces formed the foundation for the modern world.

    Ilinca says: "Good intro."
    Good intro.

    I think the four stars are more because of how interesting and complex the topic is, rather than for the actual analysis. I feel I know a bit more, in..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 05 2013 by Ilinca (Romania)
  • World War I: The Great War

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
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    Story
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    Touched off by a terrorist act in Bosnia and spreading all too quickly beyond the expectations of those who were involved, World War I was an unprecedented catastrophe with a ghastly cost. After this first "total war"-the first conflict involving entire societies mobilized to wage unrestrained war, devoting all their wealth, industries, institutions, and the lives of their citizens to win victory at any price - the world itself would never be the same.

    Saud says: "Lack of Chronology"
    Lack of Chronology

    This course seems to focus more on different topics (naval battles in one lecture, air combat in another lecture, the German economy in a third lectur..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 03 2013 by Saud (United States)
  • European History and European Lives: 1715 to 1914

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jonathan Steinberg
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    Meet 35 of the most influential people who lived during the 200 most difficult years in the history of the West. Between the years 1715 and 1914, the lives of these artists, writers, scientists, and leaders shaped our times and reflected their own.You'll meet such figures as Charles Darwin, Sir Robert Walpole, David Lloyd George, Mary Wollstonecraft, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, Napoleon Bonaparte, and others whose lives represent the crucial forces that shaped European history during two decisive centuries.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • Utopia and Terror in the 20th Century

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
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    From the trenches of World War I to Nazi Germany to Saddam Hussein's Iraq, the 20th century was a time of unprecedented violence. Yet while such monumental violence seems senseless, it is not inexplicable. If we can understand the origins of violence, we may prevent even greater horrors in the century to come. These 24 necessary lectures trace the violent history of the 20th century, beginning with its early roots in the American and, especially, the French revolutions.

    MasterPsych says: "A Great Lecture Series"
    A Great Lecture Series

    The thread that haunted my understanding of modern history is why so many utopian dreams degenerate into mass murder, aggressive suppression of human..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 10 2013 by MasterPsych (Louisiana)
  • The Fall and Rise of China

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Richard Baum
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    For most of its 5,000-year existence, China has been the largest, most populous, wealthiest, and mightiest nation on Earth. And for us as Westerners, it is essential to understand where China has been in order to anticipate its future. These 36 eye-opening lectures deliver a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history.

    Yu-Chin says: "Offers excellent objective perspective!"
    Offers excellent objective perspective!

    Objective perspective of the events and captured the essense of leader's characteristics.

    Reviewed on December 15 2013 by Yu-Chin (Porirua, New Zealand)
  • A History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark Steinberg
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    It's difficult to imagine a nation with a history more compelling for Americans than Russia. Before the collapse of the Soviet Union, this was the nation against which we measured our own nation's values and power and with whom war, if it ever came, could spell unimaginable catastrophe for our planet.Yet many Americans have never had the opportunity to study Russia in depth, and to see how the forces of history came together to shape a future so different from the dreams of most ordinary Russian people, eager to see their nation embrace Western values of progress, human rights, and justice.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not story-telling but history-telling at its best"
    Not story-telling but history-telling at its best
    Reviewed on October 22 2013 by Amazon Customer (Brampton, Ontario, Canada)
  • The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Patrick N. Allitt
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    What were the forces that thrust the British Empire to its extraordinary position of greatness and then just as powerfully drove it into decline? And why is nearly every nation on earth, in one way or another, the consequence of the British Empire?In these 36 lectures, Professor Allitt leads you through four centuries of British power, innovation, influence, and, ultimately, diminishment-four profound centuries that literally remade the world and bequeathed the complex global legacy that continues to shape your everyday life.

    Sarah says: "A good educational course on the British Empire"
    A good educational course on the British Empire

    Professor Patrick N. Allitt's clear and easy-to-understand presentation on the history of the British Empire.

    Reviewed on August 07 2013 by Sarah (Seoul, Korea (South))
  • Victorian Britain

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Patrick N. Allitt
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    This series of 36 fascinating lectures is a chronological journey into the story of Victorian Britain, from the unexpected ascension to the throne of teenaged Princess Victoria in 1837 to her death in 1901 as the Boer War neared its end.Presented with all of Victoria's strengths and foibles left intact by an award-winning teacher and author, the lectures invite you to reflect on both the positive and negative aspects of her reign.

    Dulce says: "Very good introductory course"
    Very good introductory course

    I'd recommend this course to anyone who wants a broad overview of Victorian England. Prof. Allitt covers a LOT of topics, but none in very much depth..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 08 2013 by Dulce (USA)
  • Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert Allison
    • Narrated By Professor Robert J. Allison
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    The history of colonial America is a story of extraordinary scope, with Europeans, Africans, and the native peoples of North America interacting in a drama of settlement and conflict that lasted nearly three centuries. Go back in time and relive this epic story in 36 spellbinding lectures. While concentrating on British North America, Professor Allison also covers developments in the colonial outposts of Spain, France, the Netherlands, and the all-important British possessions in the West Indies, which were the source of the most lucrative crop in the New World - sugar - and the reason for the enormous growth in the slave trade.

    James R. Ellis says: "New Perspectives and great insights"
    New Perspectives and great insights

    I am researching the family tree in America from 1625 in Virginia and 1640 in New Hampshire. This series does a great job of describing each colony's ..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 10 2014 by James R. Ellis (sacramento, ca)
  • The American Revolution

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Allen C. Guelzo
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    Why did 13 colonies believe they could defeat the most powerful nation on the planet? And how did they eventually manage such an impressive feat? Get the real story on the battle for American independence with Professor Guelzo's 24 gripping lectures.With a focus on the war's strategy, military tactics, logistics, and most fascinating people, these lectures are a must own for anyone curious about the origins of the greatest nation in modern history.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Peter C. Mancall
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    The years between 1760 and 1800 rocked the Western world. These were the years when colonists on the eastern fringes of a continent converted the ideals of Enlightenment thought first into action, then into an actual form of government.Now you can learn why this happened and how the colonists did it-in a series of 48 insightful lectures from an award-winning teacher and author.

    Steven says: "Not a good speaker"
    Not a good speaker

    The lecture is successful in completely covering the motivations behind the American War of Independence but Prof. Mancall is a horrible speaker. He'..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 07 2014 by Steven ()
  • Civil Liberties and the Bill of Rights

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor John E. Finn
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    The civil liberties and constitutional rights possessed by our nation's citizens-not only in theory, but in the courtroom, where the state can be forced to honor those liberties-are a uniquely American invention.And when we were taught history and learned about the Constitution and its Bill of Rights, we were always made aware of that uniqueness, of the extraordinary experiment that gave to every citizen of this new nation a gift possessed by no others.

    aaron says: "Great Course. Good Narration."
    Great Course. Good Narration.

    I'm only writing this review because I saw where another review stated how terrible the narration is. While it's true, the professor does correct hims..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 14 2013 by aaron (los angeles, CA, United States)
  • The American Identity

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Patrick N. Allitt
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    What defines an American? Is it the love of liberty, the pursuit of justice, the urge to invent, the desire for wealth, the drive to explore, the quest for spiritual values? The paradox of American identity is that although the United States is a melting pot of many different traditions, motives, and ideals, there are nevertheless distinctive qualities that define the American character.

    Quaker says: "Endlessly Fascinating and Entertaining Stories"
    Endlessly Fascinating and Entertaining Stories

    I have watched or listened to many of The Great Courses series, and Professor Patrick Allitt ranks among my very favorite professors. I had previously..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 23 2014 by Quaker (Philadelphia)
  • Robert E. Lee and His High Command

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Gary W. Gallagher
    • Narrated By Professor Gary W. Gallagher
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    Few events have captivated students of American history like the Civil War. Its most striking personalities seem somehow outsized, magnified beyond the ability of books or even legend to contain them. And few among those personalities have ever held our attention like General Robert Edward Lee.With his Army of Northern Virginia, Lee came to embody the cause of the Confederacy itself

    Brad says: "Excellent Review of Lee's High Command"
    Excellent Review of Lee's High Command

    Professor Gary Gallagher (a very highly decorated, nationally renown history professor at the University of Virginia) delivers a fast-paced review of ..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 20 2013 by Brad (Littleton, MA, United States)
  • Mr. Lincoln: The Life of Abraham Lincoln

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Allen C. Guelzo
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    Five days after Abraham Lincoln was buried in Springfield, Illinois, John Locke Scripps, who had convinced Lincoln to write his first campaign autobiography, asserted that the 16th president had become "the Great American Man-the grand central figure in American (perhaps the World's) History." Historians still find it hard to quibble with Scripps's opinion."

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • The History of the Supreme Court

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Peter Irons
    • Narrated By Professor Peter Irons
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    For more than two centuries, the Supreme Court has exerted extraordinary influence over the way we live our daily lives. This series of 36 clear and insightful lectures - delivered by an award-winning teacher and widely respected authority on the Supreme Court - answers many questions about the Court as it traces the development of the Court from a body having little power or prestige to its current status as "the most powerful and prestigious judicial institution in the world."

    GEORGE says: "Great Lecture Series !"
    Great Lecture Series !

    I stumbled upon this collection of lectures while reading a book about Roosevelt's court packing plan. In my opinion this is a very good series of lec..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 22 2013 by GEORGE (Waverly, OH, United States)
  • The United States and the Middle East: 1914 to 9/11

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Salim Yaqub
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    (21)
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    At the dawn of World War I, the United States was only a rising power. Our reputation was relatively benign among Middle Easterners, who saw no imperial ambitions in our presence and were grateful for the educational and philanthropic services Americans provided. Yet by September 11, 2001, everything had changed. The United States had now become the unquestioned target of those bent on attacking the West for its perceived offenses against Islam. How and why did this transformation come about?

    Saud says: "Detailed, unbiased, clearly explains the mess"
    Detailed, unbiased, clearly explains the mess

    This part of modern history is usually full of contradictory testimonies from contradictory sources. This course helps set the framework of what happe..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 14 2014 by Saud (United States)
  • America and the World: A Diplomatic History

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark A. Stoler
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    In barely more than two centuries, the United States evolved from a sparsely settled handful of colonies into the most powerful nation the world has ever known. How could such an implausible metamorphosis have occurred? These 24 insightful lectures address that penetrating question and many others. Professor Stoler offers you a fresh view of America's shift from the periphery of international politics to its very center as he explores the key components of American diplomatic history.

    David says: "Great Synopsis"
    Great Synopsis

    The under-written about history. In my US History 1776-1860 class, we did not cover much at all of the history that this book delved so deeply into. ..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 17 2013 by David (Fort Wayne, IN, United States)
  • The Americas in the Revolutionary Era

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Marshall C. Eakin
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    Go on an in-depth, 24-lecture exploration of important (and often overlooked) questions about the tumultuous political history of the Americas. Professor Eakin explains the cultural, economic, and political pressures each of these new American nations faced in achieving independence. In addition, he examines exactly why each revolution progressed, and succeeded or failed, as it did.

    Tim says: "Poor audio quality"
    Poor audio quality

    No, I wouldn't recommend this book to a friend.
    Well, it's not really the "audio quality" as much as the production value. To explain, after each ..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 25 2013 by Tim (WOODSIDE, NY, United States)
  • War, Peace, and Power: Diplomatic History of Europe, 1500-2000

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
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    For much of the past five centuries, the history of the European continent has been a history of chaos, its civilization thrown into turmoil by ferocious wars or bitter religious conflicts - sometimes in combination - that have made and remade borders, created and eliminated entire nations, and left a legacy that is still influencing our world.This 36-lecture series from an award-winning teacher and honored scholar pursues an explanation for this chaos that goes beyond the obvious ones of political ambition, religious intolerance, the pursuit of state power, or the fear of another state's aspirations.

    Amazon Customer says: "History for the Diplomat"
    History for the Diplomat

    Outstanding European History

    Reviewed on September 08 2013 by Amazon Customer (Fairway, KS, US)
  • London: A Short History of the Greatest City in the Western World

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Bucholz
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    No city has had as powerful and as enduring an impact on Western civilization as London. But what made the city the perfect environment for so many great developments? How did London endure the sweeping historical revolutions and disasters without crumbling? Find the answers to these questions and more in these 24 fascinating lectures.

    Cynthia says: "Walking through London/Two Millennia"
    Walking through London/Two Millennia

    I have a new Audible routine: every weekday morning before I leave the house, I download the New York Times. If traffic is good, I get there right as ..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 23 2013 by Cynthia (Monrovia, California, United States)
  • Turning Points in Medieval History

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Dorsey Armstrong
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    For an accurate picture of how the political, social, and religious structure of present-day Europe came to be-and even why we're speaking English today-studying the key events between the years 500 and 1500 is of critical import. These 24 gripping lectures deliver an unparalleled look at these moments that profoundly changed the arc of history, and they weave the era's vast array of disparate events into an interconnected tapestry that illuminates why nothing exists in a vacuum.

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  • 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"
    Such a great balance of the big picture and detail
    Reviewed on September 17 2013 by Monte Johnston (Clayton, NC)