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    • Operation Barbarossa

    • The History of Nazi Germany's Invasion of the Soviet Union During World War II
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In the warm predawn darkness of June 22, 1941, three million men waited along a front hundreds of miles long, stretching from the Baltic coast of Poland to the Balkans. Ahead of them in the darkness lay the Soviet Union, its border guarded by millions of Red Army troops echeloned deep throughout the huge spaces of Russia.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not enough detail for me

    • By Preston on 03-17-18

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Tuskegee Airmen

    • The History and Legacy of America's First Black Fighter Pilots in World War II
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The United States has no shortage of famous military units, from the Civil War's Iron Brigade to the 101st Airborne, but one would be hard pressed to find one that had to go through as many hardships off the field as the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American fighter pilots who overcame Jim Crow at home and official segregation in the military to serve their country in the final years of World War II.

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    • True American Heroes of WW2.<br />

    • By Richard A. Flounoy on 02-12-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • All Roads Lead to Rome

    • The History of the Appian Way
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The modern world has the ancient Romans to thank for the origins of many modern technologies, conveniences, and ideas such as running water, baths, and republican style of government, but roads are another influence the Romans have had on the modern world that are often taken for granted. Although Roman roads may not have attained the glamorous status of other inventions, their influence is just as profound.

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    • Le Mont Saint-Michel

    • The History and Legacy of France's Most Famous Island Commune
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Fans of the Lord of the Rings franchise instantly fell in love with the brooding but majestic Minas Tirith, the mesmerizing entity boasting looming stone towers on every level. As with most brilliant works of art, a muse or source of inspiration was responsible. In this case, it is said that the magical city and circular fortress had been inspired by one very real island -- the legendary Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France.

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    • Kensington Palace

    • The History of One of the British Royal Family's Most Famous Residences
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When people think of the British Royal family, and more specifically where they live, the first image that often pops into mind is that of stately Buckingham Palace, with its changing of the guard and the occasional royal coach leaving or entering. Others may think of the royal country estate of Windsor Castle, a favorite of both Britain's longest-reigning and second longest-reigning monarchs. But there was a time when both royal residences played second fiddle to a much better known home.

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    • Frank Lloyd Wright

    • The Life and Buildings of America's Most Famous Architect
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Perhaps America's most innovative and prolific architect, the works of Frank Lloyd Wright are almost too vast and diverse to list. Recognized for designing unique churches and distinctive commercial buildings, and admired for his geometric style house designs, Wright has been widely imitated, and his work continues to influence architecture not only in the United States but around the world.

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    • The Life and Legacy of Salvador Dali

    • History's Greatest Artists
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In his review of Salvador Dali's first autobiography, George Orwell declared that "One ought to be able to hold in one's head simultaneously the two facts that Dali is a good draughtsman and a disgusting human being." Whether or not one agrees with the famous author's assessment, Orwell captures the polarizing nature of Salvador Dali, and the extent to which his undeniable technical virtuosity often brushed against his penchant for provoking his audiences (not to mention provoking long-entrenched standards of "proper" taste).

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    • The Greatest Civil War Battles: The Vicksburg Campaign

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In any telling of military history, people can be easily seduced by straightforward explanations that say why one side won and the other was doomed, but in the Civil War, no greater epic of war tests that like the Vicksburg campaign. The Greatest Civil War Battles: The Vicksburg Campaign comprehensively covers the events that led up to the siege, the fighting itself, and the aftermath of the campaign.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Just right

    • By William on 09-16-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Spanish Inquisition

    • The History and Legacy of the Catholic Church's Notorious Persecution of Heretics
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The road to the modern age of cultural harmony and acceptance is one of the finest feats of human progress, but having said that, there was once a time when the mere doubt of a religious figure's existence was not only punishable by law, it could very well cost a man his life. This was the crime of heresy.

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    • Awful

    • By Andres Slack on 11-25-17

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Nippur

    • The History and Legacy of One of the Ancient Sumerians' Oldest Cities
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In southern Iraq, a crushing silence hangs over the dunes. For nearly 5000 years, the sands of the Iraqi desert have held the remains of the oldest known civilization: the Sumerians. When American archaeologists discovered a collection of cuneiform tablets in Iraq in the late 19th century, they were confronted with a language and a people who were at the time only scarcely known to even the most knowledgeable scholars of ancient Mesopotamia.

    • The History and Legacy of One of the Ancient Sumerians' Oldest Cities
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
    • Release date: 04-24-17
    • 5 out of 5 stars 3 ratings

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Captain John Franklin's Lost Expedition

    • The History of the British Explorer's Arctic Voyage in Search of the Northwest Passage
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Most anyone who has received a basic education in world history knows the story of how "in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue." Most also know that Christopher Columbus made first contact with the Americas while searching for a water route to Asia. However, far fewer people remember that the search for such a route continued for centuries after Columbus' death.

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    • Buckingham Palace

    • The History of the British Royal Family's Most Famous Residence
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When people think of the British Royal family, and more specifically where they live, the first image that often pops into mind is that of stately Buckingham Palace, with its changing of the guard and the occasional royal coach leaving or entering. Others may think of the royal country estate of Windsor Castle, a favorite of both Britain's longest-reigning and second longest-reigning monarchs.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Zoot Suit Riots

    • The History of the Racial Attacks in Los Angeles During World War II
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Even enemies will agree that the United States is a unique nation, in that its culture has been developed almost entirely by immigrants—people who have come to the country from other places and carved their way into society. Sometimes called a melting pot, sometimes a tossed salad, the nation has been shaped by all that is good and bad of the people who live here. Sadly, history has taught that where there is immigration, there will always be conflict.

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    • The Eleusinian Mysteries

    • The History of Ancient Greece's Most Famous Religious Rites
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Ancient Greece and its mythology has fascinated people for thousands of years, and few elements have intrigued people quite like the Eleusinian Mysteries, which the Greeks believed transformed the initiates and gave them knowledge that eased both the living of life on earth and allayed fears of death, allowing an acceptance of their ultimate fate. The influence of the Eleusinian Mysteries was also far-reaching.

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    • Great study

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-17

    Regular price: $6.95

    • History for Kids: A History of Ancient Athens for Children

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In Charles River Editors' History for Kids series, your children can learn about history's most important people and events in an easy, entertaining, and educational way. This concise but comprehensive book will keep your kid's attention all the way to the end.

    Regular price: $3.95

    • The Church of the Holy Sepulchre

    • The History of Christianity in Jerusalem and the Holy City's Most Important Church
    • By: Charles River Editors, Kosta Kafarakis
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The most famous church in Jerusalem for nearly 2,000 years, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, often called the Church of the Resurrection, was built in the era of St. Constantine, and the church as a structure has no history separable from the city of Jerusalem and its environs. It is venerated as being on the site where Jesus was crucified and buried, and naturally, making it a crucial pilgrimage site for Christians, and it is now the home of the Greek Orthodox Jerusalem Patriarchate.

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    • The Black Dahlia Case

    • The History of the Unsolved Murder of Elizabeth Short
    • By: Charles River Editors, Zed Simpson
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The latter half of the 1940s found the major cities of post-war America in a precarious position. On the one hand, population centers were reabsorbing many thousands of returning veterans into the work force, and into a social system they had not experienced for some years. Previous relationships had changed during their absence, and many were starved for female company. While making the necessary readjustments to the war's end, major cities such as New York, Chicago, Cleveland, and Los Angeles, were plagued by regionalized mob rule.

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    • Augusto Pinochet

    • The Life and Legacy of Chile's Controversial Dictator
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
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    For much of the 20th century, South American governments in large part lived under a system of military junta governments. The mixture of indigenous peoples, foreign settlers and European colonial superpowers produced cultural and social imbalances into which military forces intervened as a stabilizing influence. The proactive personalities of military heads and the rigid structures of such a hierarchy guaranteed the "strong man" commanding officer an abiding presence in the form of executive dictator.

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    • Author with Axe to Grind

    • By Brian on 11-02-17

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    • Dr. David Livingstone

    • The Life and Legacy of the Victorian Era's Most Famous Explorer and Pioneer
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
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    Modern society tends to portray men of history to be great saints or great sinners. In fact, biographers are often inclined, depending on their personal predilections, to portray their subjects as one of these two extremes, especially when someone is seen by a certain group as an example of religious ideals or values. Writers are often afraid that if any of the person's mistakes come to light, it will somehow disqualify them from being admired.

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    • Cryptozoology

    • The History of Attempts to Discover and Study Legendary and Mythological Creatures
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Mankind has always been fascinated with the hidden, the mysterious, and the unexplained. Every society has its tall tales and ghost stories, its odd legends and heroes. Also, every society has its stories of strange beasts, dangerous or benign, that live in the twilight world between the everyday and the legendary. Through most of our history we have been closely tied to nature, hunting in forests and having an intimate knowledge of the animals in our region.

    • The History of Attempts to Discover and Study Legendary and Mythological Creatures
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
    • Release date: 12-13-16
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 6 ratings

    Regular price: $6.95

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