The Pirate World: A History of the Most Notorious Sea Robbers [Audiobook]

The Pirate World: A History of the Most Notorious Sea Robbers [Audiobook]
The Pirate World: A History of the Most Notorious Sea Robbers [Audiobook] by Angus Konstam, read by Jonathan Cowley
2019 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 9h 43m | 268.8MB

Often romanticized in print and on the silver screen, real-life pirates were a brutal menace that plagued the high seas. In this book, Angus Konstam separates myth from reality, tracing the history of piracy through the centuries, from the pirates who plagued the Ancient Egyptians to the Viking raids and on to the era of privateers. He discusses the so-called "Golden Age of Piracy" and colorful characters such as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd, before examining the West's initial encounters with Eastern pirates off the Chinese coast and the phenomenon of the modern pirate.

An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power [Audiobook]

An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power [Audiobook]
An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power [Audiobook] by John Steele Gordon, read by Bob Souer
2019 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 14h 24m | 785.65MB

Throughout time, from ancient Rome to modern Britain, the great empires built and maintained their domination through force of arms and political power.

But not the United States.

America has dominated the world in a new, peaceful, and pervasive way - through the continued creation of staggering wealth. In this authoritative, engrossing history, John Steele Gordon captures as never before the true source of our nation's global influence: wealth and the capacity to create more of it.

Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler [Audiobook]

Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler [Audiobook]
Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler [Audiobook] by Lynne Olson, read by Kimberly Farr
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 16h 9m | 443.79MB

The little-known true story of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, the woman who headed the largest spy network in occupied France during World War II, from the best-selling author of Citizens of London and Last Hope Island

"Brava to Lynne Olson for a biography that should challenge any outdated assumptions about who deserves to be called a hero." (The Washington Post)

In 1941 a 31-year-old Frenchwoman, a young mother born to privilege and known for her beauty and glamour, became the leader of a vast intelligence organization - the only woman to serve as a chef de résistance during the war. Strong-willed, independent, and a lifelong rebel against her country's conservative, patriarchal society, Marie-Madeleine Fourcade was temperamentally made for the job. Her group's name was Alliance, but the Gestapo dubbed it Noah's Ark because its agents used the names of animals as their aliases. The name Marie-Madeleine chose for herself was Hedgehog: a tough little animal, unthreatening in appearance, that, as a colleague of hers put it, "even a lion would hesitate to bite."

No other French spy network lasted as long or supplied as much crucial intelligence - including providing American and British military commanders with a 55-foot-long map of the beaches and roads on which the Allies would land on D-Day - as Alliance. The Gestapo pursued them relentlessly, capturing, torturing, and executing hundreds of its 3,000 agents, including Fourcade's own lover and many of her key spies. Although Fourcade, the mother of two young children, moved her headquarters every few weeks, constantly changing her hair color, clothing, and identity, she was captured twice by the Nazis. Both times she managed to escape - once by slipping naked through the bars of her jail cell - and continued to hold her network together even as it repeatedly threatened to crumble around her.

Now, in this dramatic account of the war that split France in two and forced its people to live side by side with their hated German occupiers, Lynne Olson tells the fascinating story of a woman who stood up for her nation, her fellow citizens, and herself.

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