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Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies by Lawrence Goldstone
Read by Patrick Downer. Reading time: 16 hours, 44 minutes.
Profiles of early aviators, including "Cap't Tom" Baldwin, John Moisant, and Harriet Quimby, and focusing on the Wright brothers and their feud with Glenn Curtiss. Discusses the development of the aviation industry through legal fights, patent filings, infringements, and air shows. 2014.
Bridge of Spies: A True Story of the Cold War by Giles Whittell
Read by Johnathan Keeble. Reading time: 10 hours, 57 minutes.
Recounts events surrounding the United States and Soviet Union exchange of three prisoners in 1962. Examines the lives of the men imprisoned--one of whom was only mistaken as a spy--the surrounding political tensions, and the exchange itself. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Originally recorded in 2010; converted by the National Library Service in 2015.
The Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year by Travis Smiley
Read by Travis Smiley. Reading time: 6 hours, 17 minutes.
LP 30128; 335 pages.
Author of The Covenant with Black America (DB 62404) examines the twelve months leading up to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968. Discusses attacks on his message by the press and his rejection by the black middle class, militants, and politicians. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2014.
Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice by Adam Makos
Read by Dominic Hoffman. Reading time: 14 hours, 46 minutes.
Recounts the story of U. S. Navy aviation duo Lieutenant Tom Hudner and Ensign Jesse Brown, the first black carrier pilot. While much of America remained segregated, these two pilots joined forces and remained a team through the Korean War. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents by Ronald Kessler
Read by Michael Bybee. Reading time: 6 hours, 54 minutes.
LP 30131; 361 pages.
Author of In the President's Secret Service (DB 69581) expands on his previous work to include scandals during the Obama presidency; protection of presidential candidates, former presidents, and their families; and providing security while enabling illicit behavior such as extramarital affairs. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2014.
Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans by Gary Krist
Read by Peter Johnson. Reading time: 12 hours, 13 minutes.
Author of City of Scoundrels (DB 75108) examines the development of New Orleans between 1890 and 1920 through the lens of vice. Discusses criminals, policemen, and reformers. Depicts the intersections of race and class in the city, and the burgeoning jazz scene. Violence. 2014.
Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad by Eric Foner
Read by Mark Delgado. Reading time: 7 hours, 37 minutes.
Historian Eric Foner explores primary sources to revisit this largely mysterious aspect of the history of American slavery, including detailed records of slave escapes kept by one of the Underground Railroad's organizers. Introduces many largely unknown figures and discusses the controversy surrounding the sectional crisis of the 1850s. 2015
An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by Todd S. Purdum
Read by Jack Fox. Reading time: 12 hours, 54 minutes.
Describes bipartisan legislative efforts to bar racial discrimination in employment, education, and public accommodations in the United States. Discusses President John Kennedy, who sent the Civil Rights Act to Congress as a bill; President Lyndon Johnson, who signed it into law; and other individuals who made its passage possible. 2014.
In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides
Read by Arthur Morey. Reading time: 17 hours, 31 minutes.
Author of Hellhound on His Trail (DB 71357) chronicles the travels of the USS Jeannette, sent to the Arctic Circle in 1879. Details the entrapment of the ship by pack ice, its eventual sinking, and the crew's journey across the Arctic. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2014.
Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab by Steve Inskeep
Read by Steve Inskeep. Reading time 11 hours, 50 minutes.
NPR broadcast journalist describes the forced removal of Cherokee Indians from their ancestral homeland in the 1830s. Inskeep documents the conflict between President Andrew Jackson, who eventually prevailed, and John Ross, Cherokee chief, diplomat, and advocate, that culminated in the infamous Trail of Tears. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
One Nation, Under Gods: A New American History by Peter Manseau
Read by Kevin Stillwell. Reading time: 17 hours, 47 minutes.
Author of Rag and Bone (DB 71097) examines the religious history of the United States, emphasizing diversity, conflict, and interaction among adherents of varied traditions, including Native American, Norse, and Abrahamic. Also explores the influence of later arrivals such as Buddhism and Sikhism, and domestic latecomers like Mormonism and Scientology. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 by Joseph J. Ellis
Read by Dean Robertson. Reading time: 8 hours, 27 minutes.
Winning the American Revolution was no guarantee that the colonies would accept a new federal government. Ellis recounts the history of the second American founding and the men responsible--Washington, Hamilton, Jay, and Madison, along with other key players. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
The Secret Game: A Wartime Story of Courage, Change, and Basketball’s Lost Triumph by Scott Ellsworth
Read by Scott Ellsworth. Reading time: 11 hours, 3 minutes.
The first racially integrated basketball game in the South happened in 1944, during WWII and the Jim Crow era. The Eagles of North Carolina College for Negroes challenged Duke University's military team from the School of Medicine to a secret game that helped usher in a new era for basketball. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David by Lawrence Wright
Read by Mark Bramhall. Reading time: 11 hours, 58 minutes.
Author of Going Clear (DB 76200) examines the religious, political, and cultural determinants of the negotiations that led to 1978's Camp David Accords. Profiles U.S. president Jimmy Carter, Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. Details the events of each day of the conference. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2014.
West of Eden: An American Place by Jean Stein
Read by Paul Boehmer. Reading time: 11 hours, 19 minutes.
Los Angeles native's oral history follows several famous Tinseltown families and looks at how they changed Hollywood. Families examined include those of studio executive Jack Warner, stars Judy Garland and Jennifer Jones, and Stein's own father, who started the talent-agency-turned-empire Music Corporation of America (MCA). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
Read by Scott Brick. Reading time: 13 hours, 6 minutes.
In 1915 the Lusitania, a luxury ocean liner, left New York for Liverpool. The captain assumed that the Germans would follow gentlemanly strictures of warfare, keeping civilian ships safe from attack. Larson recounts what happened when Germany violated that code and that choice's wider repercussions. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran by Laura Secor
Read by Mozhan Marno. Reading time 17 hours, 43 minutes.
Journalist provides a portrait of Iran, beginning with Iran's sudden shift to a revolutionary theocracy in 1979. Examines the internal drama that has taken place in the interim and details the never-ending struggle for change among its people. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.
The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East by Eugene L. Rogan
Read by Mark Ashby. Reading time: 18 hours, 41 minutes.
In 1914, the Ottoman Empire was depleted of men and resources after years of war. But not even the Middle East could escape the Great War, which spelled the end for the Ottomans. Rogan depicts the aftermath of the war and its effects on the empire. 2015
Flashpoints by George Friedman
Read by Bruce Turk. Reading time: 11 hours, 43 minutes.
Author of The Next 100 Years (DB 68611) examines the state of Europe in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Discusses the impacts of World Wars I and II, the Cold War, and the formation of the European Union. Theorizes about its coming future. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
Guantanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi and Larry Siems
Read by Peter Ganim. Reading time: 14 hours, 31 minutes.
Diary kept by Slahi, a prisoner at the Guantánamo Bay detainee camp since 2002. Started in 2005, Slahi details his life growing up, fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan with al-Qaeda, his detention, his 2010 case to be released--ordered by a federal judge--and his continued imprisonment. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2015.
Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World it Made by Richard Rhodes
Read by Bill Burton. Reading time: 11 hours, 16 minutes.
BR 20761; 5 volumes of braille.
Presentation of the story of the Spanish Civil War through the eyes of the reporters, writers, artists, doctors, and nurses who witnessed it. The author enters battlefields, bomb shelters, artists' studios, and war hospitals to demonstrate the ideological, aesthetic, and technological developments that emerged from this tumultuous period. 2015
How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson
Read by George Newbern. Reading time: 6 hours, 13 minutes.
Author of The Invention of Air (DB 70847) and Where Good Ideas Come From (DB 72839) surveys the history of science and presents six technical and scientific innovations that changed the world but are currently taken for granted. Companion to 2014 PBS television series. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2014.
A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator’s Rise to Power by Paul Fischer
Read by Stephen Park. Reading time: 12 hours, 28 minutes.
LP 30057; 642 pages.
Chronicle of the lives of South Korean actress Choi Eun-Hee and her ex-husband, director Shin Sang-Ok, who were kidnapped from Hong Kong in 1978 at the direction of Kim Jong-Il, the future dictator of North Korea. Describes their time in captivity, remarriage at Kim's direction, and eventual escape in 1986. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
Liberalism: The Life of an Idea by Edmund Fawcett
Read by Bill Burton. Reading time: 20 hours, 10 minutes.
Journalist examines the history and development of liberal principles in the political sphere. Details liberalism's early years in Europe through the thinking of Guizot, Tocqueville, and Spencer. Discusses its maturation, from the late 1800s through the mid-twentieth century, and assesses its standing in the early twenty-first century. 2014.
Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty by Dan Jones
Read by Dan Jones. Reading time: 7 hours, 14 minutes.
Examination of the events surrounding the creation of the Magna Carta in 1215 by King John of England, its failure, and the war that subsequently engulfed England. Discusses the document's principles, its influence on America's Bill of Rights, and how it gained legendary status. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
The Porcelain Thief: Searching the Middle Kingdom for Buried China by Huan Hsu
Read by Huan Hsu. Reading time: 11 hours, 36 minutes.
Journalist Hsu chronicles his trip to China to search out family treasure buried by his great-great-grandfather in 1938, when the Japanese invaded. Discusses Chinese history, ancient porcelain, and coming to grips with linguistic and cultural heritage as a Chinese American who grew up in the United States. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
The Rival Queens: Catherin de ’Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal That Ignited a Kingdom by Nancy Bazelon Goldstone
Read by Suzann Toren. Reading time: 16 hours, 3 minutes.
An examination of the turbulent relationship between mother-and-daughter queens Catherine de' Medici and Marguerite de Valois in Renaissance France. Particular attention is paid to ongoing court politics, espionage, and the consequences of Catherine's using Marguerite's forced marriage to kill her husband's followers. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
Secret Warriors: The Spies, Scientists, and Code Breakers of World War I by Taylor Downing
Read by Peter Johnson. Reading time: 15 hours, 30 minutes.
Behind the physical fighting of World War I, an intellectual war was fought between engineers, chemists, code-breakers, physicists, doctors, mathematicians, and intelligence gatherers. Downing profiles key incidents and figures who played significant roles in the war as well as in the progress of the twentieth century. 2014
Seventeen Carnations: The Royals, the Nazis and the Biggest Cover-Up in History by Andrew Morton
Read by James Langton. Reading time: 11 hours, 8 minutes.
Journalist Morton details an affair conducted by the wife of Edward VIII--later Duke of Windsor--with Joachim von Ribbentrop, embroiling Edward in a German plot to use him as a puppet king. Reveals the story of the cover-up of the duke's correspondence with Hitler, starting with a daring heist. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard
Read by Phyllida Nash. Reading Time: 18 hours, 30 minutes.
Historian explores Roman history, examining, among other topics, how the Romans challenged imperial rule, responded to terrorism and revolution, and invented a new idea of citizenship. Also details the gaps between the historical record and the many fictions and myths. Both familiar historical figures and the obscure are portrayed. Bestseller. 2015.