Calvin Coolidge is one of the most underrated presidents America ever had. Rather than reckon with his own words and on his own terms, however, it has become easier to caricature and dismiss him. The real record Coolidge achieved reveals a far more successful administrator, a principled constitutionalist, a much better leader than usually recognized, and a methodically independent - even non-conventional - thinker. The power of his ideas and practical experience over a lifetime in politics, holding nearly every office from city council to the White House, exemplifies not merely a great example of public service but also a stirring call to higher citizenship from each of us. As the 2016 elections approach, America needs the benefit of his many insights, the guidance of his solid grasp of human nature, and the strength of his moral example. This audiobook is not only for candidates and those who already hold office in the public trust, but also for voters to examine every campaign, test its participants. It´s for those who want to see past the empty promises, campaign posturing, and good intentions so often masking the true from the false, the vapid from the substantive, and the opportunist from the statesman or woman. Calvin Coolidge, anything but ´´silent,´´ has much to teach, if we are ready to learn. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daniel L. Wright, Mary Jefford Wright, Emily Jefford. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/042094/bk_acx0_042094_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Cliff Hardy signs on as a bodyguard for charismatic populist Rory O’Hara, who is about to embark on a campaign of social and political renewal, it looks like a tricky job; O’Hara has enemies. Sure enough, a murder and a kidnapping soon cause the campaign to fall apart. Hired to investigate the murder, Hardy uncovers hidden agendas among O’Hara’s staff and powerful political and commercial forces at work. His investigation takes him from the pubs and brothels of Sydney, to the heart of power in Canberra, and the outskirts of Darwin. There he teams up with a resourceful indigenous private detective and forms an uneasy alliance with the beautiful Penelope Marinos, formerly O’Hara’s PA. A rogue intelligence agent becomes his target and Hardy stumbles upon a terrible secret that draws them into a violent and disturbing confrontation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dino Marnika. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/002092/bk_boli_002092_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the critically acclaimed author of The Memory Cathedral comes perhaps the most powerful, haunting, and unforgettable novel of the Civil War - or any war - ever written. Provocative, poetic, and disturbing, it introduces us to a young narrator, Mundy McDowell, whose voice rivals any in literature, bringing poignantly to life the surreal horrors of battle and its spiritual cost to human survival.I was scarce twelve the day the damn Yankees invaded the valley. I seen a lot that day I ain´t never gonna forget. Men blown apart, screamin´ and dyin´ all around me. I was wandering in the woods like I wasn´t supposed to and wound up right in the middle of the battle. And that´s what I suppose saved me.When I got back home the main house was burning to the ground. I saw two men wearin´ bits and pieces of ´Federate and Yank uniforms. They killed Poppa right off, and Mother they dragged into the front yard before they killed her too. I reckon that was the day I first got the knack of being invisible. The spirit dog seen me right off, though. He was big and black and smelled like burning. His eyes were like red coals and everywhere he went, it seemed death followed. Him and me, we mostly traveled together after that. I passed through midnight fields of dead and dying soldiers, reeking makeshift field hospitals worse than hell itself; climbed into the mountains where the runaway slaves hid; and walked through towns shattered by the passage of the war. I met a lot of people, some of them living and some of them just memories. There was Jimmadasin, the slave who died on my account, and Mammy Jack, who taught me to see visions; the gallant Colonel Ashby, who let me ride by his side, and, of course, the mulatto whore Lucy, who saved my life twice. Last but not least, there was mad but brilliant General Jackson, who was probably responsible for putting more men in their graves than any other during the Shenandoah campaign. Whether he was a he 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Kipiniak. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013195/bk_adbl_013195_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When the 1944 presidential election campaign geared up late that spring, Franklin D. Roosevelt had already been in office longer than any other president. Sensing likely weakness, the Republicans mounted an energetic and expensive campaign, hitting hard at FDR’s liberal domestic policies and the ongoing cost of World War II. Despite gravely deteriorating health, FDR and his feisty running mate, the unexpected Harry Truman, campaigned vigorously against young governor Thomas E. Dewey of New York and old-line Ohio governor John Bricker. Roosevelt’s charm and wit, as well as the military successes in Europe and the Pacific, contributed to his sweeping electoral victory. But the hard-fought campaign would soon take its toll on America’s only four-term president. Preeminent historian and biographer Stanley Weintraub recaptures FDR’s striking last campaign and the year’s momentous events, from the rainy city streets where Roosevelt, his legs paralyzed by polio since 1922, rode in an open car, to the battlefronts where the commander-in-chief’s forces were closing in on Hitler and Hirohito. Weintraub, as he has done in all his biographies, brings to life the man and his times, capturing those small but telling details that inform and delight. The result is unforgettable. About the author: Stanley Weintraub is a National Book Award finalist, professor emeritus of arts and humanities at Penn State University, and the author of numerous histories and biographies, including Silent Night and 11 Days in December. Editor of a 10-volume edition on the works of George Bernard Shaw, he lives in Newark, Delaware. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Kramer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/005056/bk_blak_005056_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hans Fallada´s Alone in Berlin begins in Berlin, 1940, and the city is filled with fear. At the house on 55 Jablonski Strasse, its various occupants try to live under Nazi rule in their different ways: the bullying Hitler loyalists the Persickes, the retired judge Fromm and the unassuming couple Otto and Anna Quangel. Then the Quangels receive the news that their beloved son has been killed fighting in France. Shocked out of their quiet existence, they begin a silent campaign of defiance, and a deadly game of cat and mouse develops between the Quangels and the ambitious Gestapo inspector Escherich. When petty criminals Kluge and Borkhausen also become involved, deception, betrayal and murder ensue, tightening the noose around the Quangels´ necks...
Berlin, 1940. The city is paralysed by fear. But one man refuses to be scared. Otto, an ordinary German living in a shabby apartment block, tries to stay out of trouble under Nazi rule. But when he discovers his only son has been killed fighting at the front he´s shocked into an extraordinary act of resistance and starts to drop anonymous postcards attacking Hitler across the city. If caught, he will be executed. Soon this silent campaign comes to the attention of ambitious Gestapo inspector Escherich, and a murderous game of cat-and-mouse begins. Whoever loses, pays with their life. Every Man Dies Alone was published in the UK as Alone in Berlin. English edition copyright 2009 Melville House Publishing; Translation copyright 2009 Michael Hofmann. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Telfer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/twuk/000318/bk_twuk_000318_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Upon Silence sets Long-legged Fly, a late poem of Yeats which portrays three momentous figures in history absorbed in silent contemplation: Julius Caesar planning a crucial military campaign, Helen of Troy as an adolescent in Sparta and Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel.The verses are set in a syllabic manner, while each successive chorus is set to increasingly lengthy melismas as, like the long-legged fly above water, the voice hovers above the strings´.
This program is read by the author. Americans didn´t just go to the polls in 2016. They joined a movement that swept the unlikeliest of candidates, Donald Trump, into the Oval Office. Can he complete his agenda? Or will his opponents in the media, protester class, and political establishment block his efforts and choke off the movement he represents? In Billionaire at the Barricades, Laura Ingraham gives listeners a front row seat to the populist revolution as she witnessed it. She reveals the origins of this movement and its connection to the Trump presidency. She unmasks the opposition, forecasts the future of the Make America Great Again agenda and offers her own prescriptions for bringing real change to the swamp of Washington. Unlike most of her media colleagues, Ingraham understood Trump´s appeal and defied those who wrote his political obituary. Now she confronts the president´s critics and responds to those who deny the importance of his America First agenda. With sharp humor and insight she traces the DNA of the populist movement: from Goldwater´s 1964 campaign, to Nixon´s Silent Majority, to Reagan´s smashing electoral victories. Populism fueled the insurgency campaigns of Buchanan and Perot, the election of George W. Bush, and the Tea Party rallies of the Obama presidency. But a political novice - a Manhattan billionaire - proved to be the movement´s most vocal champion. This is the inside story of his victory and the fitful struggle to enact his agenda. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Laura Ingraham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/002512/bk_aren_002512_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is a revelatory account of three un-tabulated special forces operations, PLUM DUFF, MIKADO and KETTLEDRUM, that were tasked to destroy Argentina´s Exocet missiles during the 1982 Falkland´s campaign. In that context alone this book is of international military importance. *Using previously unknown material and through interviewing key players who have remained silent for 30 years, Ewen Southby-Tailyour has finally established the truth: that it has taken so long reflects the sensitivities, both military and personal, involved. *Interviews with the SAS officer commanding Operation PLUM DUFF, members of the reconnaissance patrol for Operation MIKADO, plus the navigator of the helicopter that flew eight troopers into Tierra del Fuego, has allowed the author to describe the tortuous events that led, instead, to a significant survival story. *The RAF pilots ordered to conduct an ´assault-landing´ of two Hercules onto Rio Grande air base during Operation MIKADO have spoken of the extraordinary procedures they developed: so have the commander of the SBS and the captain of the British submarine involved in Operation KETTLEDRUM. *The Super Etendard pilots who sank HMS Sheffield and MV Atlantic Conveyor and then ´attacked´ HMS Invincible, plus a key member of the Argentine special forces and the brigadier defending Rio Grande, add credence, depth and gravitas to the saga: as does an equally revealing interview with the SIS (MI6) officer who led the world-wide search for Exocets on the black market. *Disturbing over-confidence by commanders at home was finely counter-balanced by stirring accounts of inspiring physical and moral courage across the South Atlantic. *Exocet Falklands is a ground-breaking work of investigative military history from which many salutary lessons can be learned.**As featured in the Daily Record, Western Morning News, Plymouth Herald and on BBC Radio Wiltshire.
Speeding through the silent blackness of the night, a long freight train was laden with a cargo more precious than fine gold - wheat! Then suddenly the hirelings of Apocryphos unleashed red destruction, and the great machine lay wrecked, its cars of priceless grain afire...another blow in the ruthless campaign that was driving a proud people, whimpering, to slavery - overwhelmed by the cruel pangs of hunger! The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse thundered sharp-hoofed over the sterile reaches of a famine-wasted continent while only one man - Operator #5 - realized the ghastly extent of the diabolical plot. And only he could hope to bring the canny schemer to the justice he deserved! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Milton Bagby. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/drms/001155/bk_drms_001155_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.