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  • No Property in Man

  • Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation’s Founding
  • By: Sean Wilentz
  • Narrated by: L.J. Ganser
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Americans revere the Constitution even as they argue fiercely over its original toleration of slavery. Some historians have charged that slaveholders actually enshrined human bondage at the nation's founding. The acclaimed political historian Sean Wilentz shares the dismay but sees the Constitution and slavery differently. Although the proslavery side won important concessions, he asserts, antislavery impulses also influenced the framers' work. Far from covering up a crime against humanity, the Constitution restricted slavery's legitimacy under the new national government.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent review of Slavery and the Constitution

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-01-19

An interesting investigation of slavery's role

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-19

Inquiry into slavery's role in the constitution... much of interest... a bit dry, shaped by author's perspective... still, interesting and recommended

  • The Red and the Blue

  • The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism
  • By: Steve Kornacki
  • Narrated by: Steve Kornacki, Ron Butler
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515

In The Red and the Blue, cable news star and acclaimed journalist Steve Kornacki follows the twin paths of Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich, two larger-than-life politicians who exploited the weakened structure of their respective parties to attain the highest offices. For Clinton, that meant contorting himself around the various factions of the Democratic party to win the presidency. Gingrich employed a scorched-earth strategy to upend the permanent Republican minority in the House, making him speaker.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and informative

  • By Karen on 10-10-18

interesting argument

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-18

good read
narrator's efforts to do accents become annoying
Book is interesting, well argued, worth a listen if interested in topic

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Crashes and Crises: Lessons from a History of Financial Disasters

  • By: Connel Fullenkamp, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Connel Fullenkamp
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430

Professor Connel Fullenkamp of Duke University guides listeners through four centuries of economic disasters - from tulip mania in the 1600s to the Great Recession of 2007-2009. Each of his 24 lectures covers a notable incident of financial misfortune or folly that is worthy of a Hollywood thriller.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining read about financial follies

  • By Brent Nyitray on 11-18-18

A fine narrative of several "financial disasters"

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-28-18

Professor Fullenkamp strays into "econ-geek" from time to time... for example, relying on a verbal description of a bivariate graphic instead of just explaining his point... so, for someone not fully conversant in the tools, the presentation will be a bit illusive sometimes...
Granted that, he does a fine job of providing a series of narrative histories of financial disasters... interesting and useful -- and he ranges widely making the course more valuable as a result.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Wars of the Roses

  • The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors
  • By: Dan Jones
  • Narrated by: John Curless
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,515

The 15th century saw the longest and bloodiest series of civil wars in British history. The crown of England changed hands five times as two branches of the Plantagenet dynasty fought to the death for the right to rule. Now, celebrated historian Dan Jones describes how the longest reigning British royal family tore itself apart until it was finally replaced by the Tudors. Some of the greatest heroes and villains in history were thrown together in these turbulent times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous story; but need a scorecard.

  • By R. on 06-01-15

An interesting and satisfying narrative history

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-18

... this is a complicated subject, but Jones did a fine job of writing an accessible and interesting narrative of this troubled time.
It succeeded for me in the context of a series of readings about this period.
My recommendation is very much set in this context -- but, given the context, highly recommend.

  • Winter King

  • The Dawn of Tudor England
  • By: Thomas Penn
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 454

A fresh look at the endlessly fascinating Tudors - the dramatic and overlooked story of Henry VII and his founding of the Tudor Dynasty - filled with spies, plots, counter-plots, and an uneasy royal succession to Henry VIII. Near the turn of the sixteenth century, England had been ravaged for decades by conspiracy and civil war. Henry Tudor clambered to the top of the heap, a fugitive with a flimsy claim to England’s crown who managed to win the throne and stay on it for 24 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent portrayal of a man and his time

  • By E. Stein on 06-09-12

A good narrative survey of Henry VII's life...

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-18

Henry is a tough case for a biography -- as Penn makes clear, he became darker as he aged...
He was embroiled in a number of complex relationships with other kings and nobility which are explored. (Sometimes, the detail becomes more difficult to follow -- especially in a reading.)
He also worked hard to increase his own riches, at the expense of his subjects, partly through the men who served him.
Still, read in sequence (i.e. earlier kings to his reign), it was a satisfying read/listen.
Recommend -- given the context.

  • The Marshall Plan

  • Dawn of the Cold War
  • By: Benn Steil
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

The award-winning author of The Battle of Bretton Woods reveals the gripping history behind the Marshall Plan—told with verve, insight, and resonance for today.

In the wake of World War II, with Britain’s empire collapsing and Stalin's on the rise, US officials under new secretary of state George C. Marshall set out to reconstruct western Europe as a bulwark against communist authoritarianism. Their massive, costly, and ambitious undertaking would confront Europeans and Americans alike with a vision at odds with their history and self-conceptions. In the process, they would drive the creation of NATO, the European Union, and a Western identity that continues to shape world events.

Focusing on the critical years 1947 to 1949, Benn Steil’s thrilling account brings to life the seminal episodes marking the collapse of postwar US-Soviet relations—the Prague coup, the Berlin blockade, and the division of Germany. In each case, we see and understand like never before Stalin’s determination to crush the Marshall Plan and undermine American power in Europe.

Given current echoes of the Cold War, as Putin’s Russia rattles the world order, the tenuous balance of power and uncertain order of the late 1940s is as relevant as ever. The Marshall Plan provides critical context into understanding today’s international landscape. Bringing to bear fascinating new material from American, Russian, German, and other European archives, Steil’s account will forever change how we see the Marshall Plan and the birth of the Cold War. A polished and masterly work of historical narrative, this is an instant classic of Cold War literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Deeply Researched Narrative

  • By Jean on 10-18-18

Excellent history

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-18

A fine and important work... New York Times' review is an excellent summary of the book. Recommended.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Great and Terrible King

  • Edward I and the Forging of Britain
  • By: Marc Morris
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507

Edward I is familiar to millions as "Longshanks", conqueror of Scotland and nemesis of Sir William Wallace (in Braveheart). Yet this story forms only the final chapter of the king's action-packed life. Earlier, Edward had defeated and killed the famous Simon de Montfort, traveled to the Holy Land, and conquered Wales. He raised the greatest armies of the Middle Ages and summoned the largest parliaments. Notoriously, he expelled all the Jews from his kingdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly Entertaining

  • By muffie5450 on 05-18-15

A good, significant story

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-18

Good topic, well told, narrator fine, but...
A narrative biography of the better sort
Recommended

2 of 2 people found this review helpful