Bitter Freedom: Ireland in a Revolutionary World 1918-1923 [Audiobook]

Bitter Freedom: Ireland in a Revolutionary World 1918-1923 [Audiobook]
Bitter Freedom: Ireland in a Revolutionary World 1918-1923 [Audiobook] by Maurice Walsh, read by Michael Healy
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 15 hrs 9 mins | 417.97MB

The Irish Revolution has long been mythologized in American culture but seldom understood. For too long the story of Irish independence and its aftermath has been told only within an Anglo-Irish context.

Now, in the critically acclaimed Bitter Freedom, journalist Maurice Walsh, with "a novelist's eye for the illuminating detail of everyday lives in extremis" (Prospect), places revolutionary Ireland in the panorama of the global disorder born of the terrible slaughter of World War I and provides a kaleidoscopic portrait of the human face of the conflict.

In this "invigorating account" (Spectator), Walsh demonstrates how this national revolution, which captured worldwide attention from India to Argentina, was itself shaped by international events, political, economic, and cultural. In the era of Russian Bolshevism and American jazz, developments in Europe and America had a profound effect on Ireland.

Bitter Freedom is "the most vivid and dramatic account of this epoch to date" (Literary Review).

Doubt: A History [Audiobook]

Doubt: A History [Audiobook]
Doubt: A History: the Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson [Audiobook] by Jennifer Michael Hecht, read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2009 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 24 hrs 41 mins | 695.21MB

In this sweeping history, Jennifer Michael Hecht celebrates doubt as an engine of creativity and as an alternative to the political and intellectual dangers of certainty. Just as belief has its own history featuring people whose unique expressions of faith forever changed the world, doubt has a vibrant story and tradition with its own saints, martyrs, and sages. Hecht shows that the great doubters ponder the same issues as the great believers. She celebrates such heroes of doubt as Confucius, Socrates, Jesus, Wang Ch ung, Hypatia, Maimonides, Galileo, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Charles Darwin, Marie Curie, Emily Dickinson, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Margaret Sanger people who drove history forward by challenging the powers and conventional wisdom of their time and heritage.

Churchill and the Bomb in War and Cold War [Audiobook]

Churchill and the Bomb in War and Cold War [Audiobook]
Churchill and the Bomb in War and Cold War [Audiobook] by Kevin Ruane, read by Barnaby Edwards
2016 | M4B@64 kbps | 21 hrs 14 mins | 579.31MB

Covering the development of the atomic bomb during the Second World War, the origins and early course of the Cold War and the advent of the hydrogen bomb in the early 1950s, Churchill and the Bomb in War and Cold War explores a still neglected aspect of Winston Churchill's career: his relationship with and thinking on nuclear weapons.

Kevin Ruane shows how Churchill went from regarding the bomb as a weapon of war in the struggle with Nazi Germany to viewing it as a weapon of Communist containment (and even punishment) in the early Cold War before, in the 1950s, advocating and arguably pioneering what would become known as mutually assured destruction as the key to preventing the Cold War flaring into a calamitous nuclear war.

While other studies of Churchill have touched on his evolving views on nuclear weapons, few historians have given this hugely important issue the kind of dedicated and sustained treatment it deserves.

In Churchill and the Bomb in War and Cold War, however, Kevin Ruane has undertaken extensive primary research in Britain, the United States and Europe and accessed a wide array of secondary literature in producing an immensely digestible yet detailed, insightful and provocative account of Churchill's nuclear hopes and fears.

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