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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
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great study

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-17

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Important listen !

    • By Kindle Customer on 04-26-18

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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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    • 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • True American Heroes of WW2.<br />

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

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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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    • 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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    • Theseus and the Minotaur

    • The History of One of Greek Mythology's Most Famous Legends
    • By: Charles River Editors, Andrew Scott
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Countless civilizations have come and gone over the course of time, but interest in mythology is one of the great constants. People have approached myths from countless angles, some denigrating and self-righteous, others earnest and open-minded, but there is something mystical and universal in all myths that speaks to the reader across the years, regardless of what they know of historiography or "schools of thought".

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    • The Gallipoli Campaign of World War I

    • The History and Legacy of the Ottoman Empire's Lone Victory During the Great War
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Early in the war, the Ottomans knew the Dardanelles strait would most certainly be attacked and had prepared significant defenses. The plan drafted by the then First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, was meant to destroy Ottoman defenses along the Dardanelles. However, Allied forces comprised of British, Irish, Australian, and New Zealand troops were unable to penetrate the Ottoman defenses, advancing only about 100 meters from the shores. The Ottomans, led by German General Liman von Sanders, further reinforced their positions.

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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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    • 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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    • 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.

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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.

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    • Not enough detail for me

    • By Preston on 03-17-18

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    • The Young Napoleon: The Life and Legacy of George B. McClellan

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
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    Over the last 150 years, historians and Americans have endlessly debated over the Civil War, including its causes and the best and worst generals. Nowhere has there been a sharper debate than over the career and legacy of George McClellan, with a majority viewing him as the North's biggest goat and a small but vocal minority insisting that McClellan was a very good general who was made a scapegoat by the Lincoln Administration and its supporters.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Andrew Carnegie

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Gilded Age and the dawn of the 20th century are often remembered as an era full of monopolies, trusts, and economic giants in heavy industries like oil and steel. Men like John Rockefeller built empires and financiers like J.P. Morgan merged and consolidated them. The era also made names like Astor, Cooke, and Vanderbilt instantly recognizable across the globe. Over time, the unfathomable wealth generated by the businesses made the individuals on top incredibly rich.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • did not talk much about his rise in business

    • By Anonymous User on 08-19-17

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    • 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
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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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    • Francis Scott Key

    • The Life and Legacy of the Man Who Wrote America's National Anthem
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
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    And what of Francis Scott Key, this brilliant lawyer who was born into slave-holding Maryland and himself held slaves even as he wrote of "the land of the free"? He was, to say the least, complex, as he at times fought in court both for and against slaves seeking their freedom. He was a founding member of an organization seeking to return captured slaves to their homelands, yet he also fought abolition tooth and claw. He seems to have been, like many men of his age, torn nearly to pieces by these contradictions.

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    • The Al-Nusra Front

    • The History of the Syrian Rebel Group Formerly Affiliated with Al-Qaeda
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Since the Arab Spring uprising of 2011, reports of terrorist attacks around the world have flooded international media. Syria has become the central battleground for many terrorist groups; those the world often focuses on and has heard much of - such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (also known as ISIS and Da'ash, but from here on referred to as ISIL) - and those the world rarely hears about and is unable to make distinctions between others - such as Jabhat Al-Nusra.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Short, concise, well written

    • By kp on 07-20-17

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