Uneven Ground: Appalachia Since 1945 [Audiobook]

Uneven Ground: Appalachia Since 1945 [Audiobook]
Uneven Ground: Appalachia Since 1945 [Audiobook] by Ronald D Eller, read by Neil Holmes
2017 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 22 mins | 310.04MB

Appalachia has played a complex and often contradictory role in the unfolding of American history. Created by urban journalists in the years following the Civil War, the idea of Appalachia provided a counterpoint to emerging definitions of progress. Early 20th-century critics of modernity saw the region as a remnant of frontier life, a reflection of simpler times that should be preserved and protected. However, supporters of development and of the growth of material production, consumption, and technology decried what they perceived as the isolation and backwardness of the place and sought to "uplift" the mountain people through education and industrialization.

Ronald D Eller has worked with local leaders, state policymakers, and national planners to translate the lessons of private industrial-development history into public policy affecting the region. In Uneven Ground: Appalachia Since 1945, Eller examines the politics of development in Appalachia since World War II with an eye toward exploring the idea of progress as it has evolved in modern America. Appalachia's struggle to overcome poverty, to live in harmony with the land, and to respect the diversity of cultures and the value of community is also an American story. In the end, Eller concludes, "Appalachia was not different from the rest of America; it was in fact a mirror of what the nation was becoming."

The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present [Audiobook]

The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present [Audiobook]
The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present [Audiobook] by John Pomfret, read by Tom Perkins
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 30 hrs 4 mins | 826.17MB

A remarkable history of the two-centuries-old relationship between the United States and China, from the Revolutionary War to the present day

From the clipper ships that ventured to Canton hauling cargos of American ginseng to swap Chinese tea, to the US warships facing off against China's growing navy in the South China Sea, from the Yankee missionaries who brought Christianity and education to China, to the Chinese who built the American West, the United States and China have always been dramatically intertwined. For more than two centuries, American and Chinese statesmen, merchants, missionaries, and adventurers, men and women, have profoundly influenced the fate of these nations. While we tend to think of America's ties with China as starting in 1972 with the visit of President Richard Nixon to China, the patterns—rapturous enchantment followed by angry disillusionment—were set in motion hundreds of years earlier.

Drawing on personal letters, diaries, memoirs, government documents, and contemporary news reports, John Pomfret reconstructs the surprising, tragic, and marvelous ways Americans and Chinese have engaged with one another through the centuries. A fascinating and thrilling account, The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom is also an indispensable book for understanding the most important—and often the most perplexing—relationship between any two countries in the world.

Target: JFK: The Spy Who Killed Kennedy? [Audiobook]

Target: JFK: The Spy Who Killed Kennedy? [Audiobook]
Target: JFK: The Spy Who Killed Kennedy [Audiobook] by Robert K Wilcox, read by Paul Heitsch
2016 | MP3@64 kbps | 11 hrs 58 mins | 329.36MB

For years conspiracy theories have swirled around the Kennedy assassination. While most are easily dismissed, and some have been debunked thanks to diligent research, serious questions have remained.

And those serious questions just got a whole lot more serious.

In his stunning new book, Target: JFK, acclaimed investigative reporter Robert Wilcox presents shocking new information that casts the Kennedy assassination in an entirely new light.

The key figure, as revealed by Wilcox, is René A. Dussaq—a mysterious, dashing, stuntman-turned-spy—who might have been behind John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Indeed, a trained assassin, he might even have been the triggerman.

Born in Buenos Aires and educated in Geneva and Cuba, Dussaq became an American citizen, worked for the OSS (the precursor of the CIA), and parachuted behind enemy lines before D-Day. He was a handsome, charming man who briefly worked in Hollywood as a stuntman before settling down to work for an insurance company. But also, it appears, he worked for the FBI, the CIA, and was engaged in other shadowy activities.

In page after page of never-before-reported evidence, Wilcox reveals how this mysterious Argentine with a stranger-than-fiction life story is the missing link in the assassination mystery. In Target: JFK you’ll learn:

  • How a fellow veteran of the OSS implicated Dussaq in the assassination
  • How Dussaq brings the most important suspects in the Kennedy assassination— domestic communists like Lee Harvey Oswald, Fidel Castro, and the Mafia—all together
  • Why the United States government destroyed evidence on the most likely suspect in the assassination

Thoroughly documented and researched, responsible in its conclusions, and superbly told, Target: JFK is a must read for anyone interested in the Kennedy assassination, modern American history, and great unsolved mysteries.

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