Summary: “Man was born free, but everywhere he is in chains.” Thus begins Jean-Jacques....+
“Man was born free, but everywhere he is in chains.” Thus begins Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s influential 1762 work, On the Social Contract, a milestone of political science, and essential reading for students of history, philosophy, and social science. A progressive work, it inspired world-wide political reforms, most notably the American and French Revolutions, because it argued that monarchs were not divinely empowered to legislate. Rousseau asserts that only the people, in the form of the sovereign, have that all powerful right. On the Social Contract’s appeal and influence has been wide-ranging and continuous. It has been called an encomium to democracy and, at the same time, a blueprint for totalitarianism. Individualists, collectivists, anarchists, and socialists have all taken courage from Rousseau’s controversial masterpiece.
Summary: This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For over sixty years, the....+
This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For over sixty years, the CIA has maintained a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, never disclosing its blunders to the American public. It spun its own truth to the nation while reality lay buried in classified archives. Now, Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner offers a stunning indictment of the CIA, a deeply flawed organization that has never deserved America’s confidence.
Legacy of Ashes is based on more than fifty thousand documents, primarily from the archives of the CIA. Everything is on the record. There are no anonymous sources, no blind quotations. With shocking revelations that will make headlines, Tim Weiner gets at the truth and tells how the CIA’s failures have profoundly jeopardized our national security.
Summary: Stephen Dando-Collins paints a vivid and definitive portrait of daily life....+
Stephen Dando-Collins paints a vivid and definitive portrait of daily life in the Tenth Legion, following Caesar and his men along the blood-soaked fringes of the Empire. This unprecedented regimental history reveals countless previously unknown details about Roman military practices, Caesar’s conduct as a commander and his relationships with officers and legionnaires, and the daily routine and discipline of the Legion.
From penetrating insights into the mind of history’s greatest general to a grunt’s-eye view of the gruesome realities of war in the Classical Age, this riveting true account sets a new standard of excellence and detail to which all authors of ancient military history will now aspire.
Summary: The life of John Hancock, contemporary of Samuel Adams and Paul Revere and....+
The life of John Hancock, contemporary of Samuel Adams and Paul Revere and first to sign the Declaration of Independence is featured in this volume of the Young Patriots series. Detailing Hancock's early years, this work focuses on his relationship with boyhood friend John Adams and his academic struggles with what he would later become most famous for--his writings. Hancock's famous achievements later in life are also chronicled, from attending the Boston Tea Party to becoming president of the Continental Congress. The entirety of his life is colorfully illustrated with renderings that convey the drama of the birth of the United States.
Summary: In 1895 two young men destined to make their mark on American life--Theodore....+
In 1895 two young men destined to make their mark on American life--Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge--discovered they shared a common interest in the remarkable way ordinary Americans demonstrated the real character of the young nation. They were convinced that the brilliance of American liberty could best be found in the lives of everyday people, rather than in the traditional accounts of the famous and powerful. Somehow the two men found time to research and write the twenty-six amazing stories in Hero Tales.
Summary: It’s amateur hour at the White House. So says New York Times bestselling....+
It’s amateur hour at the White House. So says New York Times bestselling author Edward Klein in his political exposé The Amateur. Tapping into the public’s growing sentiment that President Obama is in over his head, The Amateur argues that Obama’s toxic combination of incompetence and arrogance has run our nation and his presidency off the rails. “Obama was both completely inexperienced and ideologically far to the left of most Americans when he entered the White House,” says Klein. “And he was so arrogant that he didn’t even know what he didn’t know.” Klein, who is known for getting the inside scoop on everyone from the Kennedys to the Clintons, reveals never-before-published details about the Obama administration’s political inner workings, as well as Barack and Michelle’s personal lives, including the inordinate influence Michelle wields over Barack and her feud with a high-profile celebrity; the real reason Rahm Emanuel left the White House (it wasn’t for family reasons); why Valerie Jarrett’s role is closer to that of Rasputin than impartial senior advisor; how Obama has purposefully forgotten and ignored those who put him in power, including the Kennedys and the Jewish and African American communities in Chicago. From Obama’s conceited and detached demeanor, to his detrimental reliance on Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett’s advice, to the Obamas’ extravagant and out-of-touch lifestyle, The Amateur reveals a president whose ignorance and incompetence are sabotaging himself, his presidency, and America.
Summary: It's time to answer the call. The United States of America was founded by ordinary....+
It's time to answer the call. The United States of America was founded by ordinary citizens who willingly sacrificed their lives and fortunes in order to hand down the precious legacy of freedom we enjoy today. In American Patriots, Rick Santorum shares the true-life accounts of 25 unsung heroic men and women from the Revolutionary War era. These citizen patriots fought valiantly and made significant sacrifices to secure our God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness -- not only for themselves, but also for countless future generations. Their stories provide stirring reminders of the extraordinary faith, courage, and determination that set this country on the path to greatness centuries ago, as well as continued inspiration for generations of American patriots to come.
Summary: America, in so many ways, has forgotten. Its roots, its purpose, its identity--all....+
America, in so many ways, has forgotten. Its roots, its purpose, its identity--all have become shrouded behind a veil of political correctness bent on twisting the nation’s founding, and its founders, to fit within a misshapen modern mold. The time has come to remember again. In The Jefferson Lies, prominent historian David Barton sets out to correct the distorted image of a once-beloved founding father, Thomas Jefferson. To do so, Barton tackles seven myths head-on, including: Did Thomas Jefferson really have a child by his young slave girl, Sally Hemings? Did he write his own Bible, excluding the parts of Christianity with which he disagreed? Was he a racist who opposed civil rights and equality for black Americans? Did he, in his pursuit of separation of church and state, advocate the secularizing of public life? Through Jefferson’s own words and the eyewitness testimony of contemporaries, Barton repaints a portrait of the man from Monticello as a visionary, an innovator, a man who revered Jesus, a classical Renaissance man--and a man whose pioneering stand for liberty and God-given inalienable rights fostered a better world for this nation and its posterity. For America, the time to remember these truths again is now.
Summary: You've been lied to by the government. We shrug off this fact as an unfortunate....+
You've been lied to by the government. We shrug off this fact as an unfortunate reality. America is the land of the free, after all. Does it really matter whether our politicians bend the truth here and there? When the truth is traded for lies, our freedoms are diminished and don’t return. In Lies the Government Told You, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano reveals how America’s freedom, as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, has been forfeited by a government more protective of its own power than its obligations to preserve our individual liberties. About the Author: Andrew P. Napolitano serves as the Senior Judicial Analyst for Fox News Channel (FNC). He provides on-air legal analysis on both FNC and Fox Business Network (FBN) throughout the day on weekdays. He is the host of FreedomWatch on Foxnews.com weekdays, and on FBN on weekends, and he is the regular fill-in host on The Glenn Beck Program. Judge Napolitano is the author of five books on the U.S. Constitution: Constitutional Chaos; The Constitution in Exile; A Nation of Sheep; Dred Scott’s Revenge; and Lies the Government Told You. Napolitano’s writings have also been published in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications. As a nationally recognized expert on the U.S. Constitution, he lectures frequently on the Constitution and human freedom.
Summary: In 1989, Robert B. Oxnam, the successful China scholar and president of the....+
In 1989, Robert B. Oxnam, the successful China scholar and president of the Asia Society, faced up to what he thought was his biggest personal challenge: alcoholism. But this dependency masked a problem far more serious: Multiple Personality Disorder. At the peak of his professional career, after having led the Asia Society for nearly a decade, Oxnam was haunted by periodic blackouts and episodic rages. After his family and friends intervened, Oxnam received help from a psychiatrist, Dr. Jeffery Smith, and entered a rehab center. It wasn’t until 1990 during a session with Dr. Smith that the first of Oxnam’s eleven alternate personalities - an angry young boy named Tommy - suddenly emerged. With Dr. Smith’s help, Oxnam began the exhausting and fascinating process of uncovering his many personalities and the childhood trauma that caused his condition. A Fractured Mind is the powerful and moving story of one person’s struggle with this terrifying illness. The audiobook includes an epilogue by Dr. Smith in which he describes Oxnam’s case, the treatment, and the nature of multiple personality disorder. Oxnam’s courage in facing his situation and overcoming his painful past makes for a dramatic and inspiring book. About the Author: Robert B. Oxnam is internationally recognized as an outstanding Asia specialist and dynamic speaker. He often accompanies prominent Americans such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, former President George H. W. Bush, and Barbara Bush as they seek in-depth, firsthand knowledge of China. He was president of the Asia Society for over a decade, which has headquarters in New York, across the U.S., and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. He has hosted MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour specials on Asia. He lives in New York with his wife, Vishakha Desai. About the Narrator: William Dufris began his audio career in London narrating for radio plays, film, animation and audiobooks. In addition, Dufris has acted on stage and television in the US, UK and Germany. His work has been nominated for three AUDIE Awards and has garnered thirteen Earphones Awards. He lives in Maine with his wife and three children.
Summary: As a former three-term Republican U.S. senator from Missouri and an ordained....+
As a former three-term Republican U.S. senator from Missouri and an ordained Episcopal priest, John Danforth has watched the changes in his party and the church with growing alarm. Now he wants to voice his concerns and call for change. Danforth speaks out clearly against the religious right’s conflation of their political agenda with a religious agenda. He argues that no one should presume to embody God’s truth. He castigates the religious right for their focus on wedge issues that drive people apart and that create “tests” for religious orthodoxy. In fact, Danforth looks closely at many of the major wedge issues of our day: abortion, stem cell research, gay marriage, the Schiavo case, and public displays of religion. In Faith and Politics, Danforth provides a blueprint for moving forward that is based on years of hard-won political experience and a life of religious service by calling for Christians to look to the Bible and Christian teachings for ways in which they can practice their faith day to day so as to inspire a trust and focus on common ground, not fringe issues. As a respected former senator, ambassador to Sudan, priest, and especially here as an author who writes openly about political life, and ambition, humbly about his achievements, and above all with clarity and reason that both Republicans and Democrats hear all too little of, Senator Danforth is uniquely qualified to call for the change we so desperately need. About the Author: John Danforth is an ordained Episcopal priest and former U.S. senator (R-MO). In 2001, President Bush appointed Danforth as special envoy to Sudan, where he worked to broker a peace agreement that ultimately ended the twenty-year north/south civil war in 2005.
Summary: The Civil War, the most dramatic moment in this nation's history, also produced....+
The Civil War, the most dramatic moment in this nation's history, also produced some of our greatest literature. From tragic charges to prison escapes to the desolation wrought on those who stayed behind, Blood is an extraordinary collection of reminiscences, fiction, and excerpts from diaries and letters by an array of soldiers, writers and observers that includes Abraham Lincoln, General George Pickett, Walt Whitman, Ulysses S. Grant and Stephen Crane. About the Author: Clint Willis, Adrenaline Series editor, has been a climber and an armchair mountaineer since he was ten years old. His writing about technology, finance and the outdoors has appeared in more than 100 publications, including Men's Journal, Outside, Rock & Ice and The New York Times, and he is a contributing editor of Forbes ASAP and Worth magazines. He lives with his wife and two sons in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. About the Narrator: Christopher Graybill has performed numerous audio books ranging from classic westerns to science fiction, as well as hundreds of commercials and corporate audio narrations. He has also written two short plays, "Eye to Eye" and "Go Look," published by Samuel French.
Barrett Whitener has been featured in a variety of instructional and entertainment programs. His recordings have received numerous awards, and he was cited as a "Voice of the Century" in Audiofile Magazine. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Colleen Delany has narrated numerous bestselling audiobooks. An accomplished stage and television actress, she has appeared in "Homicide: Life On The Streets," as well as on the highly successful CD Rom game "Wheel of Time."
Delores King Williams is an actress and vocalist from the Washington, D.C. area. She has read several audiobooks and has provided narration and musical accompaniment for programs on the Discovery Channel.
Grover Gardner has recorded over 500 audiobooks, and was named one of Audiofile Magazine's Golden Voices. He is a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, Resident Director at Everyman Theatre in Baltimore and has received 5 Helen Hayes Award nominations for his work.
Summary: Depicting American justice at its best and worst, The Prosecutors lifts the....+
Depicting American justice at its best and worst, The Prosecutors lifts the lid off today’s legal system with details that are more shocking and graphic than any television show or bestselling novel.
Allowed unprecedented access inside an urban prosecutors’ office, Gary Delsohn provides a riveting, behind-the-scenes look at how America’s increasingly overburdened judicial system really functions. Seen throught the eyes of John O’Mara, a tough, jaded homicide chief and Jan Scully, an accomplished former sex-crimes prosecutor who is now the D.A., The Prosecutors shows us these dedicated public servants at work. About the Author: Gary Delsohn is a senior writer for the Sacramento Bee. A recipient of the Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship, he is a past Knight Fellow at Stanford University. His work has been featured in Salon.com, the Denver Post and the Denver Rocky Mountain News. Mr. Delsohn lives in Sacramento, California. This is his first book.
Summary: During the Civil War, Union supporters in President Abraham Lincoln's hometown....+
During the Civil War, Union supporters in President Abraham Lincoln's hometown of Springfield, Illinois, asked him to speak at a rally on September 3, 1863. Lincoln could not attend but wrote this letter to be read at the gathering by his long-time friend, James C. Conkling. The letter was accompanied by a brief note which read, "I cannot leave here now. Herewith is a letter instead. You are one of the best public readers. I have but one suggestion. Read it very slowly. And now God bless you, and all good Union-men." Shortly after the rally, John Murray Forbes wrote to Lincoln, referring to the letter and the Emancipation Proclamation issued on January 1, 1863. Forbes declared that the letter "will live in history side by side with your proclamation." He noted, "It meets the fears of the timid and the doubts of the reformer. It proves that the Proclamation and the policy resulting from it are the most conservative, both of liberty and of our form of government." About the Author: Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 - April 15, 1865) was the sixteenth President of the United States, March 4, 1861 to April 15, 1865. As an outspoken opponent of the expansion of slavery and a political leader in the western states, he won the Republican Party nomination in 1860 and was elected president later that year. During his term, he helped preserve the United States by leading the defeat of the secessionist Confederate States of America in the American Civil War. He introduced measures that resulted in the abolition of slavery, issuing his Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and promoting the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1865. About the Narrator: Narrator Barrett Whitener, named a 'Voice of the Century' by AudioFile Magazine, has recorded numerous award-winning audiobooks. In addition, his voice has been featured in a variety of instructional and entertainment programs. He currently lives in Washington, DC.
Summary: Haile Selassie ("Power of the Trinity"), born Tafari Makonnen on July 23, 1892,....+
Haile Selassie ("Power of the Trinity"), born Tafari Makonnen on July 23, 1892, was Ethiopia's regent from 1916 to 1930 and Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. The heir to a dynasty that traced its origins to the 13th century, and from there by tradition back to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, Haile Selassie is a prominent figure in Ethiopian and African history. To the Rastafari movement, which has a million adherents worldwide, he is considered to be the religious symbol of God incarnate. He died on August 27, 1975. Recording obtained and published by Rick Sheridan. About the Author: Being born from parents of the three main Ethiopian ethnicities of Oromo, Amhara and Gurage, and after having played a leading role in the formation of the African Union, Haile Selassie (July 23, 1892 - August 27, 1975) was known as a uniting figure both inside Ethiopia and around Africa.
Summary: Bertrand Russell (May 18, 1872 - February 2, 1970) was born in Monmouthshire,....+
Bertrand Russell (May 18, 1872 - February 2, 1970) was born in Monmouthshire, into one of the most prominent aristocratic families in Britain. Russell was a philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, prominent anti-war activist, and an outspoken opponent of nuclear weapons. In 1950, Russell was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. The following is a 1959 speech on nuclear disarmament.
Summary: James Ramsay MacDonald, (October 12, 1866 - November 9, 1937) was a British statesman who....+
James Ramsay MacDonald, (October 12, 1866 - November 9, 1937) was a British statesman who was the first ever Labour Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, leading a Labour Government in 1924, and from 1929 to 1931, and a National Government from 1931 to 1935. The following is a 1929 political broadcast discussing peace and unemployment. George V, born on June 3, 1865, was the King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, from May 6, 1910, until his death on January 20, 1936. The following 1932 recording is the first royal Christmas Day broadcast, which started an annual tradition. Edward VIII (June 23, 1894 - May 28, 1972) was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth, and Emperor of India, from January 20 to December 11, 1936. The following is the December 11, 1936 broadcast to the nation and the Empire, explaining his decision to abdicate the throne so that he might marry his love, Wallis Simpson, an American. Stanley Baldwin (August 3, 1867 - December 14, 1947) was a British Conservative politician, who dominated the government in his country between the two world wars. The following is from a 1937 speech extolling the virtues of British life versus German Nazi life. Neville Chamberlain (March 18, 1869 - November 9, 1940) was a British Conservative politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from May 1937 to May 1940. Chamberlain is best known for his appeasement foreign policy, and in particular for his signing of the Munich Agreement in 1938, conceding the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia to Germany. When Adolf Hitler continued his aggression by invading Poland, Britain declared war on Germany on 3 September 1939, and Chamberlain led Britain through the first eight months of the Second World War. The following is a September 1938 recording regarding the Munich Agreement. George VI (December 14, 1895 - February 6, 1952) was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death. He was the last Emperor of India, and the first Head of the Commonwealth. His life is the basis for the Academy Award winning movie, “The King’s Speech,” featuring actors Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush. The following is a broadcast on D-day, June 6, 1944.
Summary: Vladimir Lenin (speaking Russian) was the main theoretician and practical leader....+
Vladimir Lenin (speaking Russian) was the main theoretician and practical leader of the Bolsheviks. He was voted the Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars of the USSR. Leon Trotsky was a Communist theorist, prolific writer, and leader in the 1917 Russian Revolution. Josef Stalin (speaking Russian) was the General Secretary of the Russian Communist Party and a key leader in World War II.
Summary: Narrated by Chris Couch, this is a rare recording of a December 16, 1964, interview....+
Narrated by Chris Couch, this is a rare recording of a December 16, 1964, interview of Che Guevara by journalists at the Cuban Mission headquarters in New York City. Recording obtained and published by Rick Sheridan. About the Author: Che Guevara was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, ruthless executioner, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, military theorist, and major figure of the Cuban Revolution. Since his death in 1967, a stylized photograph of him has become a ubiquitous countercultural symbol.
Summary: Mahatma Gandhi was a major political and spiritual leader of India. His ideas....+
Mahatma Gandhi was a major political and spiritual leader of India. His ideas and strategies of nonviolent civil disobedience led to India ’s independence. This is a rare actual voice recording of Mahatma Gandhi from 1931 where he speaks on spiritual topics, especially Hinduism. Recording obtained and published by Rick Sheridan.