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    • Democracy in America

    • By: Ralph Raico, Wendy McElroy
    • Narrated by: Craig Deitschmann
    • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 16
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      3 out of 5 stars 4
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      3 out of 5 stars 4

    Alexis de Tocqueville, a young French aristocrat, captured the essence of nineteenth-century America in his penetrating work, Democracy in America. The democratic concept of equality was emerging as a political reality in America, and it threatened the aristocracy of Europe; it produced a society of individualists hungry for self improvement. In this classic treatise, Tocqueville weighed the advantages of democracy against its dangers.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not bad, not great

    • By rubic on 09-01-06

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    • Nigeria and West Africa

    • By: Wendy McElroy
    • Narrated by: Richard C. Hottelet
    • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
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      4 out of 5 stars 20
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      4 out of 5 stars 20

    With a culture dating back to at least 700 B.C., West Africa has a long and rich history. British influence after the 16th century, and especially in the 18th century, changed the region's course. By 1967, Nigeria was at war with itself, with the "Republic of Biafra" produced in Nigeria's eastern region. Over a million people perished. This is the story of Nigeria's struggle, which typifies the history and outlook of the West African region.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting but out of date.

    • By amckiereads on 06-22-11

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    • Two Treatises of Government

    • By: George H. Smith, Wendy McElroy
    • Narrated by: Craig Deitschmann, a Full Cast
    • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    Two Treatises of Government is the most famous and influential defense of limited government ever published. Written during a period of increasing opposition to the restored English monarchy, this work was published anonymously in 1689. It is a classic account of natural rights, social contract, government by consent, and the right of revolution.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of my favourites

    • By Timoteo on 03-07-18

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    • Germany

    • By: Ralph Raico, Wendy McElroy
    • Narrated by: Harry Reasoner, Peter Hackes, Richard C. Hottelet
    • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 65
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      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 43

    Germany is historically one of the most important of all nations. Since emerging from its days as a Roman province, Germany (including Prussia) has had a central role in European affairs. It has reached the heights in art, music, literature, and political power, yet it's also reached the depths in humiliating military defeat and partition. This presentation reviews the broad sweep of German history.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good Overview

    • By Brian (aka: Brainwise) on 03-22-11

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    • Ireland

    • By: Wendy McElroy
    • Narrated by: Harry Reasoner, Peter Hackes, Richard C. Hottelet
    • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
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      4 out of 5 stars 7
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      4 out of 5 stars 5

    The "isle of poets and scholars" has known almost constant warfare for centuries. In 1920, it was divided into North and South; yet this purely political solution left a religious and cultural schism intact. This presentation follows Ireland's tragic course from St. Patrick to Britain's imposition of direct rule in 1974.

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    • Neither Bullets Nor Ballots: Essays on Voluntaryism

    • By: Carl Watner, George H. Smith, Wendy McElroy
    • Narrated by: Rodger Paxton
    • Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    The Voluntaryists are libertarians who have organized to promote non-political strategies to achieve a free society. We reject electoral politics, in theory and in practice as incompatible with libertarian goals. Governments must cloak their actions in an aura of moral legitimacy in order to sustain their power, and political methods invariably strengthen that legitimacy. Voluntarists seek instead to delegitimize the state through education, and we advocate withdrawal of the cooperation and tacit consent on which state power ultimately depends.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Intriguing

    • By Anonymous User on 10-14-18

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Middle East

    • By: Wendy McElroy
    • Narrated by: Harry Reasoner, Peter Hackes, Richard C. Hottelet
    • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 53
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      4 out of 5 stars 19
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    By the end of World War I, Britain had promised control of Palestine to both Arabs and Jews. Each of these peoples claimed a longstanding right to the same piece of land, and violence was inevitable. This presentation examines how and why this magical land has become a virtual war zone.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • outstanding slice of history and politics

    • By Anonymous User on 08-25-06

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    • The Korean War and The Vietnam War

    • The United States at War Series
    • By: Joseph Stromberg, Wendy McElroy
    • Narrated by: George C. Scott
    • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Following World War II, the United States and Soviet Russia vied for dominance around the world in an intense contest called the Cold War. Both Korea and Vietnam felt the full brunt of this conflict, and each was divided into two ideologically opposed sectors; to the north, the Communists dominated, while to the south, the United States prevailed. In both countries, America would face her worst nightmare: a land war in Asia. It began in Korea but continued in Vietnam, where more than 58 thousand Americans would die.

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    • Ethiopia

    • By: Wendy McElroy
    • Narrated by: Peter Hackes
    • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 28
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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      4 out of 5 stars 14

    This rich culture of East Africa, known in the Bible as Abyssinia, claims descent from King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Under a Marxist regime, however, this ancient people has suffered from famine and genocide. This presentation chronicles the heartbreak of Ethiopia, which mirrors many of the crises besieging the third-world countries of Africa.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Attempts at accents are cheesy and racist

    • By Rebecka on 05-29-18

    Regular price: $13.96

    • The Ratification Debates

    • By: Wendy McElroy
    • Narrated by: Walter Cronkite
    • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    In the fall of 1787, each of the 13 states assembled special conventions to consider ratification of a proposed Constitution of the United States. Without ratification by nine conventions, the Constitution would flounder: America would be a league of states, not one nation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it!

    • By Melanie Snyder on 12-18-16

    Regular price: $13.96

    • The Korean War-Vietnam, Part 1

    • By: Wendy McElroy
    • Narrated by: George C. Scott
    • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    After WWII, Korea was divided in half at the 38th parallel. To the north were the Communists; to the south were the United Nations peacekeeping forces. In June 1950, North Korean soldiers backed by Soviet-built tanks poured across the parallel. The Korean conflict became on of the first expressions of the Cold War between Russia and America. It was an attempt to balance the power that had been thrown so badly out of alignment by WWII. But Korea would bring victory to neither side.

    Regular price: $13.96

    • On Liberty & Vindication of the Rights of Women

    • By: David Gordon, George Smith, Wendy McElroy
    • Narrated by: Craig Deitschman
    • Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    In On Liberty, John Stuart Mill advocated individual liberty based on a philosophical concept called utilitarianism, or "the greatest happiness for the greater number". This intellectual tradition rejects natural rights, such as those in Jefferson's Declaration of Independence. Despite beginning with a different theoretical foundation than natural rights proponents, Mill reaches a similar conclusion, that diversity in individual thought and action ultimately benefits society.

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    • The Persian Gulf States

    • By: Wendy McElroy, Sheldon Richman
    • Narrated by: Peter Hackes
    • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 23
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 16
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      3 out of 5 stars 16

    More than half of the world's oil comes from Persian Gulf states. Political instability and religious strife here threaten to interrupt the world's economic routines. Two presentations examine the history of Persia, Iran's attempt to westernize, and the backlash of religiously fervent Moslems against the West and against each other.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • NOT a Persian Gulf states history!

    • By Kayvan on 08-03-14

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Civil Disobedience and the Liberator (Knowledge Products) Giants of Political Thought Series

    • By: Wendy McElroy, George H. Smith
    • Narrated by: Craig Deitschmann
    • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Civil Disobedience is Henry David Thoreau's argument for the deliberate violation of laws for reasons of conscience. Thoreau's concept is based on the belief that no law should command blind obedience, and that non-cooperation with unjust laws is both morally correct and socially beneficial.

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    • The Vietnam War, Part 2

    • By: Wendy McElroy
    • Narrated by: George C. Scott
    • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    After WWII, Korea was divided in half at the 38th parallel. To the north were the Communists; to the south were the United Nations peacekeeping forces. In June 1950, North Korean soldiers backed by Soviet-built tanks poured across the parallel. The Korean conflict became on of the first expressions of the Cold War between Russia and America. It was an attempt to balance the power that had been thrown so badly out of alignment by WWII. But Korea would bring victory to neither side.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow. Just wow.

    • By Logical Paradox on 05-07-15

    Regular price: $13.96