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  • 1861: The Civil War Awakening

  • By: Adam Goodheart
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 18 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 875

As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of our defining national drama, 1861 presents a gripping and original account of how the Civil War began. 1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents' faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected

  • By Sol on 07-01-11

Not what I expected

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-11

I was expecting another Civil War shoot-em up, with endless battle details. This book was terrific and dealt with the deeply rooted causes of this war. I have read and listened to many books on this conflict, but I learned many things I had never known. One of the most surprising was that Northern abolitionists loved the Declaration of Independence, yet felt totally betrayed by the Constitution.

The author traces the progress of ideas through the lives and writings of important historical figures who we seldom hear about.

44 of 44 people found this review helpful

  • Nixonland

  • The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America
  • By: Rick Perlstein
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 36 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617

From one of America's most talented historians and winner of a LA Times Book Prize comes a brilliant new account of Richard Nixon that reveals the riveting backstory to the red state/blue state resentments that divide our nation today. Told with urgency and sharp political insight, Nixonland recaptures America's turbulent 1960s and early 1970s and reveals how Richard Nixon rose from the political grave to seize and hold the presidency.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A 5-Star Book Injured by the Narrator

  • By Frank on 08-12-09

Excellent, inciteful story, jarring narration

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-09

This is an excellent analysis of the rise of Richard Nixon in the light of new documentation that has become available in recent years. It is also a great way to see the rise of current political and press figures in the context of their early careers.
The narration is well paced, but the Mr. Thorne has learn how to pronounce names and relatively simple English words. A number of prominent American journalists and politicians have had their names butchered and I even heard him pronounce the name of the feminist magazine, "Ms", as "miss". Common now, how come the producer didn't pick this up and do a re-take?
However, this shouldn't detract from the insight into the distorted and small mind of the man who was Richard Nixon.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful