A Cool and Lonely Courage: The Untold Story of Sister Spies in Occupied France [Audiobook]

A Cool and Lonely Courage: The Untold Story of Sister Spies in Occupied France [Audiobook]
A Cool and Lonely Courage: The Untold Story of Sister Spies in Occupied France [Audiobook] by Susan Ottaway, read by Catherine Harvey
2014 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 4 mins | 247.16MB

The incredible true story of British special agents Eileen and Jacqueline Nearne, sisters who risked everything to fight for freedom during the Second World War.

When elderly recluse Eileen Nearne died, few suspected that the quiet little old lady was a decorated WW II war hero. Volunteering to serve for British intelligence at age 21, Eileen was posted to Nazi-occupied France to send encoded messages of crucial importance for the Allies, until her capture by the Gestapo.

Eileen was not the only agent in her family - her sister Jacqueline was a courier for the French resistance. While Jacqueline narrowly avoided arrest, Eileen was tortured by the Nazis, then sent to the infamous Ravensbrück women's concentration camp. Astonishingly, this resourceful young woman eventually escaped her captors and found her way to the advancing American army.

In this amazing true story of triumph and tragedy, Susan Ottaway unveils the secret lives of two sisters who sacrificed themselves to defend their country.

Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World [Audiobook]

Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World [Audiobook]
Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World [Audiobook] by Aja Raden, read by Justine Eyre
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 56 mins | 298.0MB

What makes a stone a jewel? What makes a jewel priceless? And why do we covet beautiful things? In this brilliant account of how eight jewels shaped the course of history, jeweler and scientist Aja Raden tells an original and often startling story about our unshakeable addiction to beauty and the darker side of human desire.

What moves the world is what moves each of us: desire. Jewelry - which has long served as a stand-in for wealth and power, glamour and success - has birthed cultural movements, launched political dynasties, and started wars. Masterfully weaving together pop science and history, Stoned breaks history into three categories - want, take, and have - and explains what the diamond on your finger has to do with the GI Bill, why green-tinted jewelry has been exalted by so many cultures, why the glass beads that bought Manhattan for the Dutch were initially considered a fair trade, and how the French Revolution started over a coveted necklace. Studded with lively personalities and fascinating details, Stoned tells the remarkable story of our abiding desire for the rare and extraordinary.

Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany [Audiobook]

Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany [Audiobook]
Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany [Audiobook] by Norman Ohler, read by Jonathan Keeble
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + AZW3 | 7 hrs 46 mins | 212.02MB

The sensational German bestseller on the overwhelming role of drug-taking in the Third Reich, from Hitler to housewives.

The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler's gripping bestseller reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from factory workers to housewives, and crucial to troops' resilience - even partly explaining German victory in 1940.

The promiscuous use of drugs at the very highest levels also impaired and confused decision-making, with Hitler and his entourage taking refuge in potentially lethal cocktails of stimulants administered by the physician Dr Morell as the war turned against Germany. While drugs cannot on their own explain the events of the Second World War or its outcome, Ohler shows, they change our understanding of it. Blitzed forms a crucial missing piece of the story.

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