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    • A History of the American People

    • By: Paul Johnson
    • Narrated by: Nadia May
    • Length: 47 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 424
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 263
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 264

    Johnson's monumental history of the United States, from the first settlers to the Clinton administration, covers every aspect of American culture: politics, business, art, literature, science, society and customs, complex traditions, and religious beliefs. The story is told in terms of the men and women who shaped and led the nation and the ordinary people who collectively created its unique character.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A British conservative's view of American history.

    • By Mike From Mesa on 06-17-09

    Regular price: $48.97

    • A History of the Jews

    • By: Paul Johnson
    • Narrated by: Nadia May
    • Length: 28 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 287
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 202
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205

    This historical magnum opus covers 4,000 years of the extraordinary history of the Jews as a people, a culture, and a nation. It shows the impact of Jewish character on the world: their genius, imagination, and, most of all, their ability to persevere despite severe persecutions. Compelling insights into events and individuals are chronologically detailed, from Moses and Jesus to Spinoza, Marx, Freud, the Rothschilds, and Golda Meir.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent History

    • By David on 06-06-09

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Modern Times

    • The World from the Twenties to the Nineties
    • By: Paul Johnson
    • Narrated by: Nadia May
    • Length: 37 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 258
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 150
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153

    Beginning with May 29, 1919, when photographs of the solar eclipse confirmed the truth of Einstein's theory of relativity, Johnson goes on to describe Freudianism, the establishment of the first Marxist state, the chaos of "Old Europe", the Arcadian 20s, and the new forces in China and Japan. Also discussed are Karl Marx, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Roosevelt, Gandhi, Castro, Kennedy, Nixon, the '29 crash, the Great Depression, Roosevelt's New Deal, and the massive conflict of World War II.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Anti-Howard Zinn

    • By Pork C. Fish on 05-22-12
    • The World from the Twenties to the Nineties
    • By: Paul Johnson
    • Narrated by: Nadia May
    • Length: 37 hrs and 53 mins
    • Release date: 11-29-06
    • 4 out of 5 stars 258 ratings

    Regular price: $48.97

    • Socrates

    • A Man for Our Times
    • By: Paul Johnson
    • Narrated by: John Curless
    • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    Acclaimed historian and best-selling author Paul Johnson’s books have been translated into dozens of languages. In Socrates: A Man for Our Times, Johnson draws from little-known resources to construct a fascinating account of one of history’s greatest thinkers. Socrates transcended class limitations in Athens during the fifth century B.C. to develop ideas that still shape the way we think about the human body and soul, including the workings of the human mind.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Plat-Soc-Paul

    • By Megasaurus on 11-17-12

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona

    • An O.K. Corral Obituary, A. C. Greene Series
    • By: Paul Lee Johnson
    • Narrated by: Claton Butcher
    • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15

    For the first time the events of the O.K. Corral gunfight are presented from the viewpoint of the McLaurys, two brothers who lost their lives and reputations, and a family who tried in vain to find restitution.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Deeper Look Into An Historic Icon

    • By A. Kessel on 10-27-14

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Ireland

    • A Concise History from the Twelfth Century to the Present Day
    • By: Paul Johnson
    • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 48

    Ireland is inarguably a beautiful, enchanted place. But its history is more turbulent, fascinating, and terrible than any other. From the first English presence in Ireland in the 12th century, through siege, rebellion, and civil war, to Irish ascendancy, home rule, and the present-day troubles, best-selling author Paul Johnson tells, with remarkable clarity and concision, the compelling story of this most remarkable island.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Helpful as an overview

    • By R. Smith on 05-02-16
    • A Concise History from the Twelfth Century to the Present Day
    • By: Paul Johnson
    • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
    • Release date: 09-01-11
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 56 ratings

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Intellectuals

    • By: Paul Johnson
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 156
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109

    Since the time of Voltaire and Rousseau, the secular intellectual has increasingly filled the vacuum left by the decline of the cleric and assumed the functions of moral mentor and critic of mankind. This fascinating portrait of the minds that have shaped the modern world examines the moral credentials of those whose thoughts have influenced humanity.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book. Well read (audible)

    • By EJ on 08-25-17

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Pitch the Perfect Investment

    • The Essential Guide to Winning on Wall Street
    • By: Paul D. Sonkin, Paul Johnson
    • Narrated by: Stephen McLaughlin
    • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Pitch the Perfect Investment combines investment analysis with persuasion and sales to teach you the "soft skill" so crucial to success in the financial markets. Written by the leading authorities in investment pitching, this book shows you how to develop and exploit the essential, career-advancing skill of pitching value-creating ideas to win over clients and investors. You'll gain world-class insight into search strategy, data collection and research, securities analysis, and risk assessment and management to help you uncover opportunities.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Awful

    • By Todd on 01-13-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Churchill

    • By: Paul Johnson
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 168
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101

    In Churchill, Johnson applies a wide lens and an unconventional approach to illuminate the various phases of Churchill's career. From his adventures as a young cavalry officer in the service of the Empire to his role as an elder statesman prophesying the advent of the Cold War, Johnson shows how Churchill's immense adaptability combined with his natural pugnacity to make him a formidable leader for the better part of a century.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superlative Account of Churchill

    • By Darrell on 12-08-09

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Eminent Lives

    • The Presidents Collection
    • By: Michael Korda, Paul Johnson, Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 180
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117

    A perfect gift for your favorite history buff, or for your own collection, this audio set from the acclaimed Eminent Lives series is a must for anyone interested in the story of America.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great history

    • By Michael on 11-23-07

    Regular price: $28.51

    • The Kingdom of Matthias

    • A Story of Sex and Salvation in 19th-Century America 
    • By: Paul E. Johnson, Sean Wilentz
    • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
    • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
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      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 15

    In the autumn of 1834, New York City was awash with rumors of a strange religious cult operating nearby, centered around a mysterious, self-styled prophet named Matthias. It was said that Matthias the Prophet was stealing money from one of his followers; then came reports of lascivious sexual relations, based on odd teachings of matched spirits, apostolic priesthoods, and the inferiority of women. At its climax, the rumors transformed into legal charges, as the Prophet was arrested for the murder of a once highly regarded Christian gentleman who had fallen under his sway.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • A History of Christianity

    • By: Paul Johnson
    • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
    • Length: 28 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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      4 out of 5 stars 28

    First published in 1976, Paul Johnson's exceptional study of Christianity has been loved and widely hailed for its intensive research, writing, and magnitude. Weaving a great range of material, the scholar and author Johnson creates an ambitious panoramic overview of the evolution of the Western world since the founding of a little-known "Jesus sect".

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An interesting and nuanced study of the topic.

    • By Frank H. on 02-22-17

    Regular price: $31.47

    • The Birth of the Modern

    • World Society 1815–1830
    • By: Paul Johnson
    • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
    • Length: 48 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    This is an extraordinary chronicle of the fifteen years, 1815–1830, that laid the foundations of modern society. It is a history of people, ideas, politics, manners, morals, economics, art, science and technology, diplomacy, business and commerce, literature, and revolution.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Surprised By a Negative Review

    • By Doug Smith on 09-01-13

    Regular price: $34.96

    • Eisenhower

    • A Life
    • By: Paul Johnson
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    Acclaimed historian Paul Johnson’s lively, succinct biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower explores how his legacy endures today In the rousing style he’s famous for, celebrated historian Paul Johnson offers a fascinating biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower, focusing particularly on his years as a five-star general and his two terms as president of the United States.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Quick and to the point!

    • By Grant Wentworth on 04-02-15

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Mozart

    • A Life
    • By: Paul Johnson
    • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 26

    Liszt once said that Mozart composed more bars than a trained copyist could write in a lifetime. Mozart's gift and skill with instruments was also remarkable as he mastered all of them except the harp. For example, no sooner had the clarinet been invented and introduced than Mozart began playing and composing for it. In addition to his many insights into Mozart's music, Johnson also challenges the many myths that have followed Mozart, including those about the composer's health, wealth, religion, and relationships.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • For a book about Mozart, not much Mozart.

    • By LZ on 04-15-15

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Stalin

    • The Kremlin Mountaineer
    • By: Paul Johnson
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    Paul Johnson, the most celebrated popular historian of our time, takes a scalpel to Stalin, whom he considers "one of the outstanding monsters of history." Johnson sets forth the essence of Stalin’s life, character, and career. "It has been a hateful task, which has caused me much pain and disgust," he writes with characteristic candor. "But it has been a duty I have performed not without a certain grim satisfaction."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Short but Valuable

    • By J D Williams on 10-18-17

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Heroes

    • From Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar to Churchill and de Gaulle
    • By: Paul Johnson
    • Narrated by: James Adams
    • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    In this enlightening and entertaining work, Johnson presents heroism through examples in history. From Alexander to Joan of Arc and George Washington to Marilyn Monroe, here are men and women from every age and corner of the world who have inspired and transformed their cultures and the world itself.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting, but deeply flawed

    • By Kennet on 12-27-07
    • From Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar to Churchill and de Gaulle
    • By: Paul Johnson
    • Narrated by: James Adams
    • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
    • Release date: 11-28-07
    • 4 out of 5 stars 40 ratings

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Darwin

    • Portrait of a Genius
    • By: Paul Johnson
    • Narrated by: John Curless
    • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
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      4 out of 5 stars 10

    Charles Darwin is arguably the most influential scientist of all time. His Origin of Species forever changed our concept of the world’s creation. Darwin’s revolutionary career is the perfect vehicle for historian Paul Johnson. Marked by the insightful observation, spectacular wit, and highly readable prose for which Johnson is so well regarded, Darwin brings the gentleman-scientist and his times brilliantly into focus. From Darwin’s birth into great fortune to his voyage aboard the Beagle, to the long-delayed publication of his masterpiece, Johnson delves into what made this Victorian gentleman into a visionary scientist.

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Jesus

    • A Biography, from a Believer
    • By: Paul Johnson
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    Few figures have had such an influence on history as Jesus of Nazareth. His teachings have inspired discussion, arguments, even war. Yet few have ever held forth as movingly as Jesus on the need for peace, forgiveness, and mercy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic

    • By Jonathan P. Parker on 10-10-10
    • A Biography, from a Believer
    • By: Paul Johnson
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
    • Release date: 03-04-10
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 47 ratings

    Regular price: $24.47

    • A History of the English People

    • By: Paul Johnson
    • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
    • Length: 19 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    This is a provocative and panoramic survey of 2,000 years of English history. Johnson tells the story of how a small nation, living in a geographical backwater, developed unique economic and political institutions, expanded its territory, and saddled upon it the frame of a modern industrial society.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Stirring and (sometimes) wrongheaded

    • By Tad Davis on 06-19-16

    Regular price: $28.00

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