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Robert Lee Hoffman

Saint Augustine, Florida
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  • The Half Has Never Been Told

  • Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
  • By: Edward E. Baptist
  • Narrated by: Ron Butler
  • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,441
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,299

In The Half Has Never Been Told, historian Edward E. Baptist reveals the alarming extent to which slavery shaped our country politically, morally, and most of all, economically. Until the Civil War, our chief form of innovation was slavery. Through forced migration and torture, slave owners extracted continual increases in efficiency from their slaves, giving the country a virtual monopoly on the production of cotton, a key raw material of the Industrial Revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most definitive history of American slavery;

  • By Robert Fullerton on 01-04-15

True 'American' history as it should be taught.

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Reviewed: 07-09-18

Superlatively researched, exquisitely delivered. This should be required reading for all Americans, all ages, all ethnicities.

  • A Land Remembered

  • By: Patrick D. Smith
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,080

In this best-selling novel, Patrick D. Smith tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from a dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons. The story opens in 1858, when Tobias MacIvey arrives in the Florida wilderness to start a new life, and ends in 1968 with Solomon MacIvey, who realizes that the land has been exploited far beyond human need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT BOOK!

  • By Betty on 04-08-12

Where did it all go?

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Reviewed: 08-28-16

One of the finest historical novels covering the settlement of Florida. Truly opens up the past and brings it alive.

  • Last Train to Paradise

  • Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean
  • By: Les Standiford
  • Narrated by: Del Roy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

The paths of the great American robber barons were paved with riches, and though ordinary citizens paid for them, they also profited. Les Standiford, author of the John Deal thrillers, tells how the man who turned Florida's swamps into the playgrounds of the rich performed the almost superhuman feat of building a railroad from the mainland to Key West at the turn of the century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Pleasant Surprise

  • By Roy on 04-05-09

Enduring Will!

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Reviewed: 08-25-16

A very Well told story of one of the most important men in American history!