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    • The Portuguese Empire and Africa

    • The History and Legacy of Portugal's Exploration and Colonization of the West African Coast
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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    By the mid-15th century, the Byzantine Empire had collapsed and the various Crusades that had taken place in the region had largely disrupted the overland routes of the Silk Road and trade. Compounding the difficulties of trade was the rise of the Ottoman Empire in place of the Byzantines and the outbreak of the Black Death in Europe. This audiobook chronicles the early efforts by the Portuguese that helped initiate the Age of Exploration, and the ramifications the colonization had across the world.

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    • The Siege of Yorktown

    • The Greatest Revolutionary War Battles
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Yorktown was a former tobacco trading post now in decline, not much bigger than a large village. But Yorktown was tucked away on the northern edge of the York peninsula in rural Virginia, and in 1781 it became the site of a brief siege between two small armies, fought with all the decorum and formality of 18th century European warfare. About 5,000 British and Germans faced perhaps 18,000 Americans and French. After only three weeks the smaller garrison surrendered, tired and low on ammunition.

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    • Notre-Dame de Paris: The History and Legacy of France's Most Famous Cathedral

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Notre Dame de Paris, in particular, is a curious specimen of this variety. Every surface, every stone of this venerable pile, is a page of the history not only of the country, but of science and of art. Thus - to mention here only a few of the chief details - whereas the small Porte Rouge almost touches the limits of 15th century Gothic delicacy, the pillars of the nave, by their massiveness and great girth, reach back to the Carlovingian Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • It is a good primer

    • By Clifford Hayes on 04-17-19

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    • Gnosticism

    • The History and Legacy of the Mysterious Ancient Religion
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Gnosticism is one of the great mysteries in the history of Western religion. At its core is an ancient Greek word, gnosis, a word prominent in the writings of Plato which refers to a deep personal knowledge or understanding that often transcends the physical world. The Gnostics painted a picture of a fallen, broken world in which physicality was a product of a lesser deity. This deity was created in defiance of the One and in order to trap humans and blind them to the truths of their predicament and divine origins. 

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    • Harun al-Rashid: The Life and Legacy of the Abbasid Caliph During the Islamic Golden Age

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
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    Like many historical figures, Harun al-Rashid’s biography has become part reality and part myth. A real individual and the fourth caliph of the Abbasid Caliphate, Harun al-Rashid is best known to many individuals because of his role in famous literature like One Thousand and One Nights, not necessarily because of his policy decisions. This is unusual because Harun al-Rashid was perhaps the most influential of the Abbasid caliphs due to his role in bringing economic prosperity.

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    • Pirates and Privateers

    • The History of Piracy from Ancient Times to Today
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The people who have lived outside the boundaries of normal societies and refused to play by the rules have long fascinated the world, and nowhere is this more evident than the continuing interest in the pirates of centuries past. As the subjects of books, movies, and even theme park rides, people continue to let their imaginations go when it comes to pirates, with buried treasure, parrots, and walking the plank all ingrained in pop culture’s perception of them.  

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Nice short brief report on pirates and privateers.

    • By Theodore Peterson on 01-30-19

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    • Jedediah Smith: The Life and Legacy of the Famous Mountain Man

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Historians believe that even Jim Bridger’s prodigious travels were eclipsed by that of New York-born Jedediah Strong Smith, whose uncharacteristic personal life set him apart from the rough-edged mountain man reputation. Smith, who developed into a master cartographer through a regimen of self-study, left a legacy of surprisingly accurate maps of the western continent for military and immigrant groups, so accurate as to remain in use far beyond his death.

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    • The Yom Kippur War

    • The History and Legacy of the 1973 Arab-Israeli War and Its Impact on the Middle East Peace Process
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Welcome to the Middle East conflict, a conflict that is technically 63 years old and counting but has its roots in over 2,000 years of history. With so much time and history, the peace process has become laden with unique, politically sensitive concepts, like the right of return, contiguous borders, secure borders, demilitarized zones, and security requirements, with players like the Quartet, Palestinian Authority, Fatah, Hamas, the Arab League, and Israel. Over time, it has become exceedingly difficult for even sophisticated political pundits and followers to keep track of it all.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wish for more detail but good telling of history

    • By Joseph on 04-28-19
    • The History and Legacy of the 1973 Arab-Israeli War and Its Impact on the Middle East Peace Process
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
    • Release date: 08-10-17
    • 4 out of 5 stars 15 ratings

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    • Tadeusz Kościuszko

    • The Life and Legacy of Poland’s Most Famous General
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Today, streets, bridges, monuments, and even neighborhoods bear Tadeusz Kościuszko’s name across the country, and in Polish communities, he is often hailed as a hero equal to General Washington himself. Tadeusz Kościuszko: The Life and Legacy of Poland’s Most Famous General profiles one of the Revolutionary War’s most important figures.

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    • World War I at Sea: The History and Legacy of Naval Tactics and Operations During the Great War

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The most iconic images of the First World War are of the war on land. But part of that same generation faced a very different war, one that was just as important in deciding the fate of Europe. This was the war at sea. Here, events took place that would draw America into the war, providing the Allies with a new pool of manpower and so ensuring that the scales of the conflict tipped in their favor. At sea just as much as on land, this was a war that would shape the future of the world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • very good and factual

    • By Ed Mueller on 03-09-18

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    • The Popol Vuh

    • The History and Legacy of the Maya's Creation Myth and Epic Legends
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Many ancient civilizations have influenced and inspired people in the 21st century. The Greeks and Romans continue to fascinate the West today. But of all the world's civilizations, none have intrigued people more than the Mayans, whose culture, astronomy, language, and mysterious disappearance all continue to captivate people. In 2012 especially, there was a renewed focus on the Mayans, whose advanced calendar led many to speculate the world would end on the same date the Mayan calendar ends.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • This isn't the actual Popol Vuh!

    • By Dana on 02-27-19

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    • Flinders Petrie: The Life and Legacy of the Father of Modern Egyptology

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
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    Africa may have given rise to the first human beings, and Egypt probably gave rise to the first great civilizations, which continue to fascinate modern societies across the globe nearly 5,000 years later. From the library and Lighthouse of Alexandria to the great pyramid at Giza, the ancient Egyptians produced several wonders of the world, revolutionized architecture and construction, created some of the world’s first systems of mathematics and medicine, and established language and art that spread across the known world.

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    • Current Events

    • Decoding the Conflict Between Israel and the Palestinians
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Serving as both a glossary and primer of the history of the Middle East conflict and the peace process, Decoding the Conflict Between Israel and the Palestinians defines the terms, looks at the region’s history, discusses previous attempts at negotiations like Oslo and Taba, identifies important figures, and explains the arguments and mentalities of each side, showing why the conflict has proven so intractable. 

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    • The Constitutional Convention of 1787

    • The History and Legacy of the Drafting of the US Constitution
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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    By 1787, it became evident that the Articles of Confederation were inadequate for the new nation. With these problems hampering the national government under the Articles of Confederation and the threat of default on the nation's massive war debt looming, plans began being made to fix the problems of the Articles of Confederation. Thus, that summer, a Constitutional convention was called, and each state sent delegates to Philadelphia. Among the delegates were prominent patriots and former members of the Continental Congress, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.

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    • Jackie Robinson

    • The Life and Legacy of the Star Who Broke Major League Baseball’s Color Barrier
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
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    Along the way, listeners learn of a man once consumed by rage who learned, through time and practice, as well as the influence of several important mentors, to rein in his anger and use it to change the world. Though born in a sharecropper’s cabin, he corresponded with presidents. Growing up in the shadow of an Olympian older brother, he found his own place in the sun, and, more importantly, Jackie Robinson smoothed the journey to success for countless others.

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    • The Voynich Manuscript

    • The History of the Mysterious Renaissance Codex That Has Never Been Deciphered
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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    For as long as language and communication have existed, humans have invented ways to mask their messages from prying eyes. One could be forgiven for assuming there are no ciphers left unsolved. On the contrary, a diverse array of both ancient and modern cryptographic challenges, which have stumped even the most seasoned code crackers of today, exist, and may exist for generations to come. Among the most famous of these memorandums is a 600-year-old document that continues to mystify: the Voynich Manuscript.

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    • Nothing Here You Can't Get From Google Search

    • By Amazon Customer on 03-16-19

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    • The Portuguese Inquisition: The History of the Portuguese Empire’s Religious Persecution of Non-Christians in Portugal and Asia

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Portuguese Inquisition: The History of the Portuguese Empire’s Religious Persecution of Non-Christians in Portugal and Asia looks at how the Inquisition came to be and how people were persecuted by it over the course of several centuries. You will learn about the Portuguese Inquisition like never before.

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    • The Russian Revolution of 1917

    • The History of the Russian Empire’s Collapse and the Establishment of the Soviet Union
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The 17th century was marked by multiple pro-democratic revolutions exploding in both hemispheres. In Europe and its neighbors to the east, border-changing wars were fought incessantly. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the underlying premises of political, governmental and social structures within several European and Asian states were shaken to the core after centuries of royalty and one-family rule. By the onset of World War I, royal families began to experience a long, slow decline, with some quietly fading into the status of national symbols and others experiencing political overthrow. Some were horrified by the suddenness of a changing public, while others barely noticed.

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    • The Opium Wars

    • The History and Legacy of the 19th Century Conflicts Between Britain and China
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The 19th century saw the rise of one of the largest, most powerful empires of the modern era. The sun never set on the British Empire, whose holdings spanned the globe, in one form or another, and trade flowed east and west. An integral but underutilized part of a vast trade network included China. The Opium Wars: The History and Legacy of the 19th Century Conflicts Between Britain and China examines the way in which trade, colonialism, and illegal drug use culminated with one of the 19th century’s most controversial fights. 

    • The History and Legacy of the 19th Century Conflicts Between Britain and China
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
    • Release date: 05-18-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 12 ratings

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    • The Six Day War

    • The History and Legacy of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and Its Impact on the Middle East
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In early June 1967, the Israelis captured Jordanian intelligence that indicated an invasion was imminent, and at 08h10 on June 5, 1967, the Israel Broadcasting Authority aired an Israeli Defense Force communique. "Since the early hours of this morning", it read, "heavy fighting has been taking place on the southern front between Egyptian armored and aerial forces, which moved against Israel, and our forces, which went into action to check them."

    • The History and Legacy of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and Its Impact on the Middle East
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
    • Release date: 12-19-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 7 ratings

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