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    • The History of the Sunni and Shia Split

    • Understanding the Divisions within Islam
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Different branches of the same religion are the exception more than the rule, and they have had a profound impact upon history. The schism between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches influenced relationships between nations across Europe, and religious intolerance based on different Christian faiths led to persecution and outright violence across the continent for centuries.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent preface to making sense of intl news.

    • By Jan on 07-16-15

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Weird Ireland

    • A History of Ancient Mysteries, Fantastic Folklore, and Urban Legends Across the Emerald Isle
    • By: Charles River Editors, Sean McLachlan
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 17
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    Ireland has a rich folklore. Everyone knows about the fairy folk and leprechauns and many have heard of the fearsome banshee. There are also the usual ghost stories found in every old land. The stranger side of the Emerald Isle goes much deeper than that, however, with tales of phantom armies marching through the sky, sea monsters swimming in the waters around the island, and stories of strange powers and dark magic.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Booooooring........

    • By Traci on 08-07-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Saint Nicholas of Myra

    • The Life and Legacy of the Ancient Christian Bishop Who Became the Inspiration for Santa Claus
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Christmas is the most important holiday of the year. After the corresponding days that exalt the national pride of each country, such as Independence Day in the US, Victory Day in Russia, or Bastille Day in France, it's December 25 that articulates the life, the work, and the economy in much of the world, including many non-Christian countries. Since ancient times, the beginning of winter has been the occasion for most people to eat, drink, dance, and get together to beat the drum and take a break.  

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    • The Nag Hammadi Library

    • The History and Legacy of the Ancient Gnostic Texts Rediscovered in the 20th Century
    • By: Charles River Editors, Gustavo Vazquez-Lozano
    • Narrated by: Jim D Johnston
    • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 15
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    Although all the titles of the Nag Hammadi library are not known, many people have heard about its most famous components: The Gospel of Thomas - at one time it was discussed whether it should be included in the New Testament - and The Gospel of Philip, which tried to revive the debate around the identity of Mary Magdalene: "Why do you love her more than all of us?" asks a disconcerted Peter to Jesus. Finally, the Nag Hammadi texts have led many scholars to reconsider the rigid canons imposed by the early Church, and the readers to find a more intimate religion that turned upside down many postulates of Christian orthodoxy.  

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Review of codices, but not the Nag Hammadi Codices

    • By Andrew Raimon Savage on 07-22-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Punjab

    • The History of the Punjabis and the Contested Region on the Border Between India and Pakistan
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Jim D Johnston
    • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Punjab is defined by the floodplains of the five rivers that give the area its name, and as a result, it is one of the most fertile regions of South Asia. However, since the 1947 partition of India, the “Land of Five Rivers” is something of a misnomer, as the partition not only divided India but also the Punjab. The eastern part of Punjab remained a province of India while the western section was ceded to the newly created Pakistan.

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    • The Ten Lost Tribes

    • The History and Mystery of the Lost Tribes of Israel
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Gordon Greenhill
    • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 73
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    In the eighth century BCE, one of the most important provinces within the Assyrian Empire was Samaria. Also known as Israel, Samaria repeatedly rebelled against their Assyrian overlords, but in 722, the Assyrians overran Samaria once and for all, killing countless numbers and sending most of the rest of its inhabitants into forced exile.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Eh.

    • By Jerry on 10-16-15

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    • The Five Good Emperors

    • The History of the Roman Empire During the Reigns of Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, and Marcus Aurelius
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Jim Johnston
    • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "The Five Good Emperors", a reference to the five emperors who ruled the Roman Empire between 96 and 180 CE (Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, and Marcus Aurelius), was a term first coined by Machiavelli and later adopted and popularized by historian Edward Gibbon. This period of 84 years is generally regarded as the high point of the Roman Empire, at least after Augustus. According to some academics, the success these rulers had in centralizing the empire's administration, while undoubtedly bringing huge benefits, also sowed the seeds for later problems.

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    • The Partition of Ireland and the Troubles: The History of Northern Ireland from the Irish Civil War to the Good Friday Agreement

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Partition of Ireland and the Troubles: The History of Northern Ireland from the Irish Civil War to the Good Friday Agreement analyzes the tumultuous events that marked the creation of Northern Ireland, and the conflicts fueled by the partition. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Northern Ireland like never before. 

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    • The Ghosts of Scotland: A Collection of Ghost Stories Across the Scottish Nation

    • By: Sean Mcloughlin, Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 17
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    Scotland is a fascinating and ancient land filled with history. Not everything in Scotland is as it appears, however. Some Scots say this is a land haunted by spirits, a place of strange disappearances and unexplained phenomena. The Ghosts of Scotland: A Collection of Ghost Stories Across the Scottish Nation is a collection of such tales, just a few among the thousands of local legends and modern sightings that make Scotland one of the most haunted countries in the world.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Nothing new

    • By Jay on 05-26-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Culper Ring

    • The History and Legacy of the Revolutionary War's Most Famous Spy Ring
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 38
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    After the siege of Boston forced the British to evacuate that city in March 1776, Continental Army commander George Washington suspected that the British would move by sea to New York City, the next logical target in an attempt to end a colonial insurrection. He thus rushed his army south to defend the city. Washington guessed correctly, but it would be to no avail.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent! Enjoyed the information provided.

    • By Soaring Eagle on 04-29-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Maori

    • The History and Legacy of New Zealand’s Indigenous People
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Dan Gallagher
    • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In 1769, Captain James Cook’s historic expedition in the region would lead to an English claim on Australia, but before he reached Australia, he sailed near New Zealand and spent weeks mapping part of New Zealand’s coast. Thus, he was also one of the first to observe and take note of the indigenous peoples of the two islands.  

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    • Fred Rogers: The Life and Legacy of the Legend Behind Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Jim D Johnston
    • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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    In an age where even the motives of Gandhi and Mother Teresa are questioned by the cynical and they are at times vilified as “frauds,” one would be hard-pressed to find a rational argument against the untouchable character of Mister Rogers. When one does happen upon such an abnormality, the public is quick to defend the gentle soul. “It takes a special kind of scum to hate Mister Rogers,” reads the top comment on the aforementioned video, posted by user Sergei Ivanovich Mosin. The video has been picked apart by multiple journalists from the likes of Huffington Post.

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    • Marcus Garvey: The Life and Legacy of the Jamaican Political Leader Who Championed Pan-Africanism

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Dan Gallagher
    • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
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    The most improbable approach toward American civil rights for black citizens blended the beliefs of Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois, and it was spearheaded by global activist Marcus Aurelius Garvey. The Jamaican began his career as an activist with a devotion to Washington’s path, but he subsequently leaned to the alternative and beyond. Beyond the worldview of both colleagues, Marcus Garvey’s bigger-than-life scheme was to establish a black-owned and managed shipping line to transport much of America’s black population back to Africa. 

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • very disappointed with this book

    • By monique warren on 12-06-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • American Legends: The Life of Tecumseh

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: James Weippert
    • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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    Tecumseh's reputation among Americans has been both the most unique and anomalous. As the leader of the Shawnee, Tecumseh was the most famous Native American of the early 19th century, and he attempted to peacefully establish a Native American nation east of the Mississippi River in the wake of the American Revolution.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Please hire narrators who graduated High School --

    • By Cyrus Nowrasteh on 06-08-15

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    • The Boer War: The History and Legacy of the Conflict That Solidified British Rule in South Africa

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Boer War was the defining conflict of South African history and one of the most important conflicts in the history of the British Empire. Naturally, complicated geopolitics underscored it. The European history of South Africa began with the 1652 arrival of a small Dutch flotilla in Table Bay, at the southern extremity of the African continent. The Boer War: The History and Legacy of the Conflict That Solidified British Rule in South Africa looks at the controversial fighting and the manner in which it affected the 20th century.

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    • The Santa Muerte

    • The Origins, History, and Secrets of the Mexican Folk Saint
    • By: Gustavo Vazquez-Lozano, Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This is the story of Santa Muerte, the so-called cult of crisis, a red-hot combo of a kermesse (Mexican carnival), Catholicism and New Age; a hedonist practice but involving bodily sacrifice too. It is an expression of economic, psychological and social forces, bigger than perhaps any of her acolytes suspect. This book looks at the folk saint and the manner in which her cult grew. You will learn about Santa Muerte like never before.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Sons of Liberty: The Lives and Legacies of John Adams, Samuel Adams, Paul Revere and John Hancock

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Chris Brinkley
    • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
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    For over 200 years, Americans have been fascinated by the Revolutionary period and the patriots who led the growing resistance movement against British authority. In particular, the clandestine activities of Boston's Sons of Liberty in the decade before the war continue to be a source of both intrigue and mystery. The Sons of Liberty chronicles the amazing lives and careers of the four most famous members of the Sons of Liberty, examines their relationships before and during the Revolution, and analyzes their lasting legacies. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Samuel Adams, John Adams, Paul Revere and John Hancock like you never have before.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • it should be required reading in our high schools.

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-05-17

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Gettysburg Address

    • The History and Legacy of President Abraham Lincoln's Greatest Speech
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Larry Earnhart
    • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Without question, the most famous battle of the American Civil War took place outside of the small town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, which happened to be a transportation hub, serving as the center of a wheel with several roads leading out to other Pennsylvanian towns.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • America’s most effective President

    • By Glen W. Stinnett on 08-22-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The CSS Shenandoah: The History of the Famous Confederate Raider That Surrendered over Half a Year After the Civil War Ended

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
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     The CSS Shenandoah: The History of the Famous Confederate Raider That Surrendered over Half a Year After the Civil War Ended examines how the legendary ship preyed on Union shipping across the globe during and after the war. You will learn about the CSS Shenandoah like never before. 

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire

    • The History of the Turkish Empire’s Creation and Its Destruction Over 600 Years Later
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Mark Norman
    • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In terms of geopolitics, perhaps the most seminal event of the Middle Ages was the successful Ottoman siege of Constantinople in 1453. The city had been an imperial capital as far back as the fourth century, when Constantine the Great shifted the power center of the Roman Empire there, effectively establishing two almost equally powerful halves of antiquity’s greatest empire. Constantinople would continue to serve as the capital of the Byzantine Empire even after the Western half of the Roman Empire collapsed in the late fifth century.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Helps to understand the area and it's rulers

    • By Eddy on 07-27-18

    Regular price: $14.95

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