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    • Chile and Argentina

    • By: Mark Szuchman
    • Narrated by: Richard C. Hottelet
    • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 27

    The "southern cone" of South America has a vibrant yet checkered history. Argentina in 1920 was a productive and wealthy nation, yet by the 1980s was reduced to virtual third world status. Chile has a long history of internal strife, usually with representative politics until authoritarians seized power in 1973. Chile was influenced by Spanish conquerors; Argentina's Italian and German immigrants made it the most "European" of any South American country.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Important History, No Better Audiobook

    • By Theo Horesh on 02-28-13

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Central America

    • By: Joseph Stromberg
    • Narrated by: Harry Reasoner, Peter Hackes, Richard C. Hottelet
    • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 38

    A cluster of five countries, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica, are commonly referred to as Central America. Although these nations differ in their histories and politics, they share at least one factor; they have been caught up in the turmoil of America's foreign policy in this region. This audiobook depicts the chain of events that have led to the Central America we view on television.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Struggling Central America

    • By Phil on 01-17-09

    Regular price: $13.96

    • 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
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      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

    Regular price: $13.96

    • The Golden Triangle

    • By: Bertil Lintner
    • Narrated by: Richard C. Hottelet
    • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 26

    Thailand, Laos, and Burma have been known as the "Golden Triangle" because of their historically prominent role in the drug trade. For centuries, these countries have produced the opium that has attracted traders from Europe and elsewhere. Economics, religion, and politics combine to make this area not only important but also, to the western mind, exotic.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • engaging

    • By Carolyn Iga on 01-02-13

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Central Europe

    • By: Ralph Racio
    • Narrated by: Richard C. Hottelet
    • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 26

    Central Europe's ancient civilizations have long been dominated by empires: The Roman Empire; the Habsburg Empire, based in Austria; and more recently, the Soviet Communists. But the decline of communism in the late twentieth century has unleashed old resentments, rivalries, and ambitions that have caused yet more war in this troubled region.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing

    • By J on 04-20-11

    Regular price: $13.96

    • The Philippines

    • By: Joseph Stromberg
    • Narrated by: Harry Reasoner, Peter Hackes, Richard C. Hottelet
    • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 25

    Strategically located, the Philippine Islands have been one of the keys to American policy in the Pacific. But this loose island chain has a better history, vacillating between oppression and rebellion. America's military installations here ensure that she will be caught in any Filipino conflict.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • not about the Philippines exactly

    • By Eris on 03-26-16

    Regular price: $13.96

    • 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
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      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.

    Regular price: $13.96

    • 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
    • Performance
      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

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Colombia and Panama

    • By: Joseph Stromberg
    • Narrated by: Richard C. Hottelet
    • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13

    Colombia in the 1980s became known for its role in the illegal drug trade, and for political instability and violence caused by this problem. But much of this is a recent development in Colombia's history that began in the 1530s, when Spain conquered local Indian kingdoms. This is the story of how Spain's "new Granada" evolved into Venezuela, Ecuador, Panama, and modern Colombia.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A good outline for further study

    • By Timothy Chen Allen on 08-26-14

    Regular price: $13.96

    • 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
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      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

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Cuba

    • By: Joseph Stromberg
    • Narrated by: Harry Reasoner, Peter Hackes, Richard C. Hottelet
    • Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    This island was once a clearinghouse for importing slaves into the New World. It later became one of the world's few remaining bastions of Marxism, proclaiming socio-economic equality. In both forms, Cuba has played a unique and dramatic role in American affairs. This presentation focuses on Cuba's economic and social upheaval, with special attention to how this has affected the United States.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not so hot

    • By Noel Holmes on 09-12-06

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Russia and the Soviet Union

    • By: Ralph Raico
    • Narrated by: Harry Reasoner, Peter Hackes, Richard C. Hottelet
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Recent events have made it clear that the Soviet Union is not a monolith; it's a collection of nationalities, many with serious objections to union. The demise of communism holds great promise and great danger not only for the Soviets, but for the world. This audiobook examines how the region's long history led to modern reality.

    Regular price: $13.96

    • The Mediterranean Basin

    • By: Ralph Racio
    • Narrated by: Richard C. Hottelet
    • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    The lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea contain some of the oldest cultures on Earth. Italy and the other countries of Europe and North Africa have played a central role in various expanding empires, and also in shrinking fortunes. This presentation explores the broad sweep of history in one of the cradles of civilization.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved It

    • By Logical Paradox on 05-23-14

    Regular price: $13.96

    • China

    • By: Murray Sayle
    • Narrated by: Richard C. Hottelet
    • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Since Marco Polo, the fabled markets of China have drawn the West like a magnet. This ancient culture has been colonized by foreign powers, buffeted by war and revolution, yet China remains one of the most constant of international influences. It is a sleeping giant. Many fear, and some welcome, its awakening. This presentation examines both the changing and constant face that China has offered to the world.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent summary of China's history

    • By Peter on 01-06-07

    Regular price: $13.96