Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863 - 1877 [Audiobook]

Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863 - 1877 [Audiobook]
Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863 - 1877 [Audiobook] by Eric Foner, read by Norman Dietz
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 30 hrs 43 mins | 845.25MB

The period following the Civil War was one of the most controversial eras in American history. This comprehensive account of the period captures the drama of those turbulent years that played such an important role in shaping modern America.

Eric Foner brilliantly chronicles how Americans, black and white, responded to the unprecedented changes unleashed by the Civil War and the end of slavery. He provides fresh insights on a host of other issues, including

  • the ways in which the emancipated slave's quest for economic autonomy and equal citizenship shaped the political agenda of Reconstruction;
  • the remodeling of Southern society and the place of planters, merchants, and small farmers within it;
  • the evolution of racial attitudes and patterns of race relations;
  • Abraham Lincoln's attitude toward Reconstruction;
  • the role of ''carpet-baggers'' and ''scalawags;'' and
  • the role of violence in the period.

This ''smart book of enormous strengths'' (Boston Globe) has become the classic work on the wrenching post-Civil War period, an era whose legacy reverberates in the United States to this day.

Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 [Audiobook]

Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 [Audiobook]
Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 [Audiobook] by Adam Hochschild, read by Andrew Garman
2016 | M4B@64 kbps | 15 hrs 27 mins | 423.89MB

From acclaimed best-selling author Adam Hochschild, a sweeping history of the Spanish Civil War told through a dozen characters, including Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell: a tale of idealism, heartbreaking suffering, and a noble cause that failed.

For three crucial years in the 1930s, the Spanish Civil War dominated headlines in America and around the world as volunteers flooded to Spain to help its democratic government fight off a fascist uprising led by Francisco Franco and aided by Hitler and Mussolini. Today we're accustomed to remembering the war through Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls and Robert Capa's photographs. But Adam Hochschild has discovered some less familiar yet far more compelling characters who reveal the full tragedy and importance of the war: a fiery 19-year-old Kentucky woman who went to wartime Spain on her honeymoon; a Swarthmore College senior who was the first American casualty in the battle for Madrid; a pair of fiercely partisan, rivalrous New York Times reporters who covered the war from opposites sides; and a swashbuckling Texas oilman with Nazi sympathies who sold Franco almost all his oil - at reduced prices and on credit.

It was in many ways the opening battle of World War II, and we still have much to learn from it. Spain in Our Hearts is Adam Hochschild at his very best.

Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II [Audiobook]

Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II [Audiobook]
Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II [Audiobook] by Vicki Constantine Croke, read by Simon Prebble
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 43 mins | 268.69MB

J. H. "Billy" Williams always had an affinity for animals. So, when he responded to a job offer with the East India Company to work with logging elephants his family wasn't surprised, though they were worried. He had already come back from World War I in one piece; would he be so lucky with India? Not only did he find his calling with the elephants in India, Billy and his elephants became war heroes.

At the onset of World War II, Williams formed Elephant Company and was instrumental in defeating the Japanese in Burma and saving refugees, including on his own "Hannibal Trek". Billy Williams became a media sensation during the war, telling reporters that the elephants did more for him than he was ever able to do for them, but his story has since been forgotten. Part biography, part war story, and part wildlife adventure, Croke delivers an utterly charming narrative and an important, little-known piece of the legacy of World War II.