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    • The Age of Benjamin Franklin

    • By: The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Professor Robert J. Allison PhD Harvard University
    • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Why is Benjamin Franklin so compelling? What made him so successful in his day? And why has he continued to influence generations of Americans? Find out....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • It's a lecture

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-17-18

    Regular price: $34.95

    • American Military History: From Colonials to Counterinsurgents

    • By: Wesley K. Clark, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Wesley K. Clark
    • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101

    Wars have played a crucial role in defining the US and its place in the world. No one is better equipped to analyze this in depth than retired US Army Gen. Wesley K. Clark, former NATO Supreme Commander....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thoughtful, engaging, reflective

    • By BF Palo Alto on 02-23-18

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Rise of Rome

    • By: The Great Courses, Gregory S. Aldrete
    • Narrated by: Gregory S. Aldrete
    • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 190
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 175
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 174

    The Roman Republic is one of the most breathtaking civilizations in world history....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Very good, but doesn't stand out

    • By Christopher on 02-08-18

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The American West: History, Myth, and Legacy

    • By: Patrick N. Allitt, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Patrick N. Allitt
    • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 242
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 215

    Our understanding of the American West has moved far beyond pop culture in recent years....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Professor, Great Course

    • By Mark on 09-09-17

    Regular price: $52.95

    • Understanding Imperial China: Dynasties, Life, and Culture

    • By: Andrew R. Wilson, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: The Great Courses
    • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89

    A knowledge of China's imperial history is vital for any understanding of its present, as modern China is linked in many ways to the extraordinary culture of its empire....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful for academics and lay persons alike

    • By Huldren on 12-26-17

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us

    • By: Douglas O. Linder, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Douglas O. Linder JD
    • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81

    No understanding of the past is complete without an understanding of the legal battles and struggles that have done so much to shape it....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good intro to a range of famous court cases

    • By D. Littman on 12-30-17

    Regular price: $34.95

    • America's Founding Fathers

    • By: Allen C. Guelzo, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Allen C. Guelzo
    • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 212
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 202

    Today, the US Constitution is the oldest, continually-operating instrument of government in the world....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great lecture series

    • By D. Littman on 04-21-17

    Regular price: $41.95

    • The History of Spain: Land on a Crossroad

    • By: Joyce E. Salisbury, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Joyce E. Salisbury
    • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 312
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 280
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 278

    Spain has played a unique and essential role in Western civilization....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • As much travelogue as history

    • By Amazon Customer on 10-22-17

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Ottoman Empire

    • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
    • Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 307
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 274
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 272

    By understanding the dramatic story of the Ottoman Empire one can better grasp the current complexities of the Middle East....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A solid treatment with some rough edges

    • By ERNESTO on 12-04-17

    Regular price: $41.95

    • The Big History of Civilizations

    • By: Craig G. Benjamin, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Craig G. Benjamin
    • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 249
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 226
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 224

    The history of human civilization is an astonishing story of migration, innovation, and social development. Now, the exciting new field of "big history" allows us to explore human civilizations....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Global vision

    • By Tad Davis on 05-28-17

    Regular price: $41.95

    • The Irish Identity: Independence, History, and Literature

    • By: Marc C. Conner, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Marc C. Conner
    • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 211
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 190
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 192

    Many political and cultural events sent shock waves through the Irish world in the 19th and early 20th centuries as Ireland gradually shook off the shackles of British rule....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Need to recommend a prerequisite

    • By ELG on 11-13-16

    Regular price: $41.95

    • Native Peoples of North America

    • By: Daniel M. Cobb, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Daniel M. Cobb
    • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 243
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 219
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 219

    The Great Courses has partnered with Smithsonian to bring you a course that will greatly expand your understanding of American history....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Could be much better

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-26-17

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Turning Points in Middle Eastern History

    • By: Eamonn Gearon, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Eamonn Gearon
    • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 931
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 924

    The Middle East is a critically important area of our world. And, with its current prominence in international affairs, media images of the Middle East reach us on a daily basis....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Closest thing the GC has to a study of Ottomans

    • By L. Ritchie on 03-24-16

    Regular price: $41.95

    • The Mysterious Etruscans

    • By: Steven L. Tuck, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Steven L. Tuck
    • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 224
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 197
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 198

    How much do you know about the Etruscans? Many people, even those who are fascinated by ancient history, are less familiar with this intriguing culture than with the history of Greece and Rome....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Does What it Can with Limited Material

    • By Christopher on 02-22-16

    Regular price: $34.95

    • A History of Eastern Europe

    • By: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
    • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 829
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 752
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 749

    A History of Eastern Europe offers a sweeping 1,000-year tour with a particular focus on the region's modern history....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • "MODERN" History of Eastern Europe

    • By Brooke L. Morris on 12-05-15

    Regular price: $34.95

    • History's Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach

    • By: The Great Courses, Gregory S. Aldrete
    • Narrated by: Gregory S. Aldrete
    • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,617
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,458
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,446

    Military history often highlights successes and suggests a sense of inevitability about victory, but there is so much that can be gleaned from considering failures....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hindsight Bias?

    • By Charles Grayson on 07-11-16

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Understanding Japan

    • A Cultural History
    • By: Mark J. Ravina, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Mark J. Ravina
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,507
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343

    In an exciting partnership with the Smithsonian, The Great Courses presents these 24 lectures that offer an unforgettable tour of Japanese life and culture....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very interesting and informative

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-04-16

    Regular price: $34.95

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