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  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

  • By: Barbara Robinson
  • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 631

The six Herdman children are “absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world”. They lie and steal and smoke cigars. They even burned down Fred Shoemaker’s old toolhouse. Now they’re taking over the Christmas pageant. The Herdmans have never heard the Christmas story before, and they don’t know anything about shepherds or Wise Men. When Imogene hears about the swaddling clothes, she demands to know why anyone would tie up a baby and put him in a feedbox.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Christmas Story -

  • By Mary on 12-24-12

A staple of our family Christmas tradition

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Reviewed: 12-28-18

We absolutely love this book. the author and narrator do so well at capturing the perspective and voice of a child while making profound observations about life and people in general. I would put this right up there with A Christmas Carol for re-centering your holiday celebration on what matters most about Christmas.

  • The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass

  • Written by Himself
  • By: Frederick Douglass
  • Narrated by: Richard Allen
  • Length: 21 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
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    5 out of 5 stars 209

The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass was Douglass' third autobiography. In it he was able to go into greater detail about his life as a slave and his escape from slavery, as he and his family were no longer in any danger from the reception of his work. In this engrossing narrative he recounts early years of abuse; his dramatic escape to the North and eventual freedom, abolitionist campaigns, and his crusade for full civil rights for former slaves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent in so many ways...

  • By Your Old Pal Sisco on 06-24-14

ONE OF THE GIANTS ON WHOSE SHOULDERS WE NOW STAND

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Reviewed: 09-05-18

This is one of the best books on American history that I have read yet. FD was a man of absolutely towering intellect and soul. his account of his life will benefit ANYONE wishing to think of themselves as historically literate Americans. Everyone knows in their mind that slavery was wrong, but FD's personal telling of how it touched his life that add a spiritual and emotional depth to that understanding that cannot be gained elsewhere. It will dispel many myths about the past that still exist among Northerners and Southerners alike. I believe we cannot move on from our troubled past until we understand it better, and this book is an essential part of that journey.

With no formal education at all, FD shows tremendous aptitude as a philosopher, psychologist, sociologist, economist, and theologian. As a professional economist myself, I now believe FD was certainly one of the most gifted social scientists of his time though he is not recognized as such.

I feel I have profoundly benefitted from the perspective this book offers, and I encourage all to read it carefully.

  • Reconstruction

  • America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877
  • By: Eric Foner
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 30 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
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    4 out of 5 stars 185
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

The period following the Civil War was one of the most controversial eras in American history. This comprehensive account of the period captures the drama of those turbulent years that played such an important role in shaping modern America.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Outdated edition!!

  • By Bruce on 11-02-17

required reading for any American

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Reviewed: 05-03-18

This is an extremely important book. the narrator is a bit much at times, but you will learn to understand America much better by reading this book.

  • Eisenhower in War and Peace

  • By: Jean Edward Smith
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 28 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,415
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,269
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272

Author of the best-seller FDR, Jean Edward Smith is a master of the presidential biography. Setting his sights on Dwight D. Eisenhower, Smith delivers a rich account of Eisenhower’s life using previously untapped primary sources. From the military service in WWII that launched his career to the shrewd political decisions that kept America out of wars with the Soviet Union and China, Smith reveals a man who never faltered in his dedication to serving America, whether in times of war or peace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book to get to know Ike

  • By Keith Storrs on 09-25-12

WHERE HAVE ALL THE EISENHOWER REPUBLICANS GONE???

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Reviewed: 07-16-16

What made the experience of listening to Eisenhower in War and Peace the most enjoyable?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book for many reasons, partly because history is a hobby of mine and I have special interest in WWII and Cold War. BUT during the 2016 election cycle in particular, I think it will make for a very interesting read (at least the last third on Eisenhower's Presidency) for Republicans and Democrats alike, as it gives a needed window into a past where compromise, bipartisanship, and effective governance were easier to come by.

Eisenhower balanced the budget (no small task, post WWII!), was a foreign policy pro during the height of the Cold War, and he is the only President of the 20th Century to preside over 8 consecutive years of uninterrupted peace and prosperity.

These are hallmarks of what Republicans past and present claim they can do, but what sets him apart from today's Republicans (the vast majority anyway), is that He also: (1) was a staunch opposer of McCarthyite fear mongering, (2) he raised the federal minimum wage to over $9/hr (in 2016 dollars), and (3) he was the first president ever to attempt passage of universal healthcare for all Americans, based on healthcare available to military personnel [narrowly defeated, but believe it or not, this was a Republican undertaking first!!!].

He also commissioned the interstate highway system (to date the largest public works project in American history), appointed 5 judges to the Supreme Court (FIVE!!!), and was the first president to de-segregate the federal government and use Federal authority to oppose the States' rights crowd at the beginning of the Civil Rights movement (including using military force to de-segregate a high school in Little Rock, AR). And his work during a long and prominent previous military career is a whole other story... What a fascinating President!

I appreciated also how open and unflinching the author was about presenting his life as it was, both good and bad. EXCELLENT READ for anyone who is interested in modern American history. ABSOLUTE REQUIRED READING for anyone of either political party who has come to believe that crossing the aisle and cooperation in government are no longer possible.