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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
    • Unabridged
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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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    • 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

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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 Amazing Salvador Dali

    • By Lowball on 02-14-19

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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 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
    • THE SHORT VERSION OF AN IMPORTANT CIVIL WAR BATTLE

    • By AJC on 02-13-19

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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great study

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-17

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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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    • 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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    • 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
    • Thank you

    • By Melvin Drayton Jr on 06-05-19

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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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    • 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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    • 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 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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    • 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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    • 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
    • Unabridged
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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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    • 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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    • American Legends: The Life of Rod Serling

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The "Golden Age" of television was in part so named because it was the era in which new technology was pioneered and industry rules were still being written. Here was a fascinating new medium, founded by executives with no previous body of experience, and a myriad of directions in which to proceed. Numerous factions spent the next generation wresting control over content and the content/product relationship.

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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.

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    • Awful

    • By Andres Slack on 11-25-17

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    • The Mystery of the Lady Be Good

    • The History of the World War II Plane's Disappearance and Discovery
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Nazi Germany's North African defeat opened up the possibility of taking the war in the West to the European continent for the first time since France's lightning conquest by the Wehrmacht in 1940. The British chose Sicily as the target for military operations in the summer of 1943. The preparations included bombing missions over Italy ahead of an amphibious landing, and on April 4, 1943, one of the planes that took off from Libya to bomb Naples was the Lady Be Good, a B-24D Liberator bomber with a crew that had never flown a combat mission.

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