My Lai: Vietnam, 1968, and the Descent into Darkness [Audiobook]

My Lai: Vietnam, 1968, and the Descent into Darkness [Audiobook]
My Lai: Vietnam, 1968, and the Descent into Darkness [Audiobook] by Howard Jones, read by James Patrick Cronin
2017 | M4B@64 kbps + PDF | 17 hrs 2 mins | 476.73MB

On the early morning of March 16, 1968, American soldiers from three platoons of Charlie Company entered a group of hamlets located in the Son Tinh district of South Vietnam, located near the Demilitarized Zone and known as "Pinkville" because of the high level of Vietcong infiltration. The soldiers, many still teenagers who had been in the country for three months, were on a "search and destroy" mission. Three hours after the GIs entered the hamlets, more than 500 unarmed villagers lay dead, killed in cold blood. The atrocity took its name from one of the hamlets, known by the Americans as My Lai Four.

Military authorities attempted to suppress the news of My Lai until some who had been there, in particular a helicopter pilot named Hugh Thompson and a door gunner named Lawrence Colburn, spoke up about what they had seen. The official line was that the villagers had been killed by artillery and gunship fire rather than by small arms. That line soon began to fray. Lieutenant William Calley, one of the platoon leaders, admitted to shooting the villagers but insisted that he had acted upon orders. An exposé of the massacre and cover-up by journalist Seymour Hersh incited international outrage, and Congressional and US Army inquiries began.

A People's History of the Russian Revolution [Audiobook]

A People's History of the Russian Revolution [Audiobook]
A People's History of the Russian Revolution [Audiobook] by Neil Faulkner, read by Douglas Storm
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + AZW3 | 6 hrs 36 mins | 182.48MB

The Russian Revolution may be the most misunderstood and misrepresented event in modern history, its history told in a mix of legends and anecdotes. In A People's History of the Russian Revolution, Neil Faulkner sets out to debunk the myths and pry fact from fiction, putting at the heart of the story the Russian people who are the true heroes of this tumultuous tale. In this fast-paced introduction, Faulkner tells the powerful narrative of how millions of people came together in a mass movement, organized democratic assemblies, mobilized for militant action, and overturned a vast regime of landlords, profiteers, and warmongers.

Faulkner rejects caricatures of Lenin and the Bolsheviks as authoritarian conspirators or the progenitors of Stalinist dictatorship and forcefully argues that the Russian Revolution was an explosion of democracy and creativity - and that it was crushed by bloody counterrevolution and replaced with a form of bureaucratic state-capitalism.

Grounded by powerful firsthand testimony, this history marks the centenary of the revolution by restoring the democratic essence of the revolution, offering a perfect primer for the modern listener.

City of Fortune: How Venice Rule the Seas [Audiobook]

City of Fortune: How Venice Rule the Seas [Audiobook]
City of Fortune: How Venice Rule the Seas [Audiobook] by Roger Crowley, read by Edoardo Ballerini
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 14 hrs 10 mins | 390.82MB

The rise and fall of the Venetian empire stands unrivaled for drama, intrigue, and sheer opulent majesty. In City of Fortune, Roger Crowley, acclaimed historian and New York Times bestselling author of Empires of the Sea, applies his narrative skill to chronicling the astounding five-hundred-year voyage of Venice to the pinnacle of power. Tracing the full arc of the Venetian imperial saga for the first time, City of Fortune is framed around two of the great collisions of world history: The ill-fated Fourth Crusade, which culminated in the sacking of Constantinople and the carve-up of the Byzantine Empire in 1204, and the Ottoman-Venetian War of 1499-1503, which saw the Ottoman Turks supplant the Venetians as the preeminent naval power in the Mediterranean. In between were three centuries of Venetian maritime dominance-years of plunder and plague, conquest and piracy-during which a tiny city of "lagoon dwellers" grew into the richest place on earth.

Drawing on firsthand accounts of pitched sea battles, skillful negotiations, and diplomatic maneuvers, Crowley paints a vivid picture of this avaricious, enterprising people and the bountiful lands that came under their dominion. Defiant of emperors, indifferent to popes, the Venetians saw themselves as reluctant freebooters, compelled to take to the open seas "because we cannot live otherwise and know not how except by trade." From the opening of the spice routes to the clash between Christianity and Islam, Venice played a leading role in the defining conflicts of its time-the reverberations of which are still being felt today. Only an author with Roger Crowley's deep knowledge of post-Crusade history could put these iconic events into their proper context. Epic in scope, magisterial in its understanding of the period, City of Fortune is narrative history at its most engrossing.

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