When the Center Held: Gerald Ford and the Rescue of the American Presidency [Audiobook]
15 May 2018, 11:28
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hours and 5 minutes | 278.27MB
A revealing political memoir of the presidency of Gerald Ford as seen through the eyes of Donald Rumsfeld - the New York Times best-selling author, and Ford's former Secretary of Defense and Chief of Staff, and longtime personal confidant.
In the wake of Watergate, it seemed the United States was coming apart. America had experienced a decade of horrifying assassinations; the unprecedented resignation of first a vice president and then a president of the United States; intense cultural and social change; and a new mood of cynicism sweeping the country - a mood that, in some ways, lingers today.
Into that divided atmosphere stepped an unexpected, unelected, and largely unknown American - Gerald R. Ford. In contrast to every other individual who had ever occupied the Oval Office, he had never appeared on any ballot either for the presidency or the vice presidency; he had issued no policy statements nor had he ever run for national office. Now, he was being thrust into a chaotic environment in which our very future as a functioning democracy was being seriously questioned.
Gerald Ford simply and humbly performed his duty to the best of his considerable ability. By the end of his 895 days as president, he would in fact have restored balance to our country, steadied the ship of state, and led his fellow Americans out of the national trauma of Watergate. And yet, Gerald Ford remains one of the least studied and least understood individuals to have held the office of the President of the United States. In turn, his legacy also remains severely underappreciated.
In When the Center Held, Ford's Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld candidly shares his personal observations of the man himself, and provides a sweeping examination of his crucial years in office. It is a rare and fascinating look behind the closed doors of the Oval Office, including never-before-heard memos and anecdotes, from a unique insider's perspective - essential listening for any fan of presidential history.
The Road to Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story That Sparked the Civil War [Audiobook]
15 May 2018, 11:23
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hours and 46 minutes | 268.83MB
This sweeping biography about the man who was the inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin is an epic tale of courage and bravery in the face of unimaginable trials.
The Road to Dawn tells the improbable story of Josiah Henson - a dynamic, driven man with exceptional intelligence and unyielding principles, who overcame incredible odds to escape from slavery and improve the lives of hundreds of freedmen throughout his long life. He was immortalized by Harriet Beecher Stowe in her 1852 novel Uncle Tom's Cabin and catapulted to international fame, though his story has been lost to history. Until now.
The book chronicles Henson's 42 years spent in bondage and his eventual escape with his wife and four young children, carrying the youngest two on his broken shoulders for 600 miles, eventually settling with his family as a free man across the border in Canada. Once there, Henson rescued 118 more slaves, including his own brother, and purchased land to build what would become one of the final stops on the Underground Railroad, a 500-person freeman settlement called Dawn.
The Road to Dawn retraces Henson's path from slavery to freedom and restores a hero of the abolitionist movement to his rightful place in history.
Rig Ship for Ultra Quiet [Audiobook]
15 May 2018, 11:15
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + AZW3 | 13 hours and 28 minutes | 372.81MB
There are a lot of audiobooks about submarines but not many have been written by submariners.
Join veteran submariner Andrew Karam and the crew of the USS Plunger (SSN 595) as it goes up against the best of the Soviet Navy on an extended "special operation" in the waning days of the Cold War and find out what life at sea is really like.
What makes Karam's audiobook unique is the authenticity that comes from an author who is a decorated veteran of the submarine service, coupled with the viewpoint of a fairly senior enlisted man who, with no particular ax to grind, simply calls it like he saw it.
This is an audiobook about living and working on a submarine. If you want to hear about submarine operations, tactics, and the sort of routine intelligence-gathering that every attack boat conducted every year, then this is the audiobook for you. And if you want to know what happens before and after the intelligence is gathered; what the meals are like; how submariners personalize their own minute corner of the boat; how a reactor is started up; and how to flush a submarine toilet, then this is still the audiobook for you!