Autumn 1945 saw the start of the Nuremberg trials, in which high ranking representatives of the Nazi government were called to account for their war crimes. In a curious yet fascinating twist, witnesses for the prosecution and the defense were housed together in a villa on the outskirts of town. In this so-called Witness House, perpetrators and victims confronted each other in a microcosm that reflected the events of the high court. Presiding over the affair was the beautiful Countess Ingeborg Klnoky (a woman so blond and enticing that she was described as a Jean Harlowe look-alike) who took great pride in her ability to keep the household civil and the communal dinners pleasant. A comedy of manners arose among the guests as the urge to continue battle was checked by a sudden and uncomfortable return to civilized life.The trial atmosphere extends to the small group in the villa. Agitated victims confront and avoid perpetrators and sympathizers, and high-ranking officers in the German armed forces struggle to keep their composure. This highly explosive mixture is seasoned with vivid, often humorous, anecdotes of those who had basked in the glory of the inner circles of power. Christiane Kohl focuses on the guilty, the sympathizers, the undecided, and those who always manage to make themselves fit in. The Witness House reveals the social structures that allowed a cruel and unjust regime to flourish and serves as a symbol of the blurred boundaries between accuser and accused that would come to form the basis of postwar Germany. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kathleen Godwin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/017715/bk_adbl_017715_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The 100 year anniversary of the official use of American military personal identity tags, affectionately known as Dog Tags, recently passed without fanfare. We are currently in a war where the Dog Tag is once again a highly personal item to warriors in every service and their families. Each Dog Tag carries its own human interest story. Receiving it, hanging it around the neck, and feeling it is at once a silent statement of commitment. The tag itself individualizes the human being who wears it within a huge and faceless organization. The armed forces demand obedience, commitment, and duty to a higher cause, but the Dog Tag which hangs privately within their shirts, close to their chests, becomes a part of them. In a way it brings comfort to that fear of every Soldier facing death: I do not want to be forgotten; I will not be unknown. Understanding and sharing the history of Dog Tags , the stories shared with me from personal accounts, the cultural impact on merchandising, and the future within our Armed Services. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ginger Cucolo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/005204/bk_acx0_005204_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The English-speaking peoples comprise perhaps the greatest number of human beings sharing a common language in the world today. These people also share a common heritage. For his four-volume work, Sir Winston Churchill took as his subject these great elements in world history. Volume 1 commences in 55 BC, when Julius Caesar famously ´´turned his gaze upon Britain´´ and concludes with the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christian Rodska. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/000925/bk_bbcw_000925_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
World War I did not end neatly with the Germans´ surrender. After a dramatic week of negotiations, military offensives, and the beginning of a Communist revolution, the German Imperial regime collapsed. The Allies eventually granted an armistice to a new German government, and at 11:00 on November 11, the guns officially ceased fire - but only after 11,000 more casualties had been sustained. The London Daily Express proclaimed it ´´the greatest day in history´´. Nicholas Best tells the story in sweeping, cinematic style, following a set of key participants through the twists and turns of these climactic events, and sharing the impressions of eyewitnesses, including Adolf Hitler, Charles de Gaulle, Harry S. Truman, Anthony Eden, and future famous generals MacArthur, Patton, and Montgomery. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Haag. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/001090/bk_adbl_001090_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This comprehensive series of 84 lectures features three award-winning historians sharing their insights into this nation´s past - from the European settlement and the Revolutionary War through the Civil War, 19th-century industrialization, two world wars, and the present day. While American history spans not much more than two centuries, it is filled with a wealth of leaders, wars, movements, inventions, and ideas - each of which contributed in its own unique way to America´s transformation from 13 disparate colonies on the east coast of North America into a global superpower. These lectures give you the opportunity to grasp the different aspects of our past that combine to make us distinctly American, and to gain the knowledge so essential to recognizing not only what makes this country such a noteworthy part of world history, but the varying degrees to which it has lived up to its ideals. The lectures chart the five predominant themes that run throughout the chronicle of U.S. history: The American passion for freedom-including religious, political, and economic freedom. The pursuit of education, which has been the quintessential way for Americans to invent (and reinvent) themselves. The unquestioned faith in the value of popular government. The willingness of Americans to experiment with and adapt to new environments and situations. The belief that the United States is a ´´city on the hill,´´ a country the likes of which the world has never seen before. Placing familiar historical events in the context of these overarching themes will help you see American history less as a series of separate events and more as a mosaic in which everything is interconnected. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Allen C. Guelzo, Gary W. Gallagher, Patrick N. Allitt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000302/bk_tcco_000302_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Integrated approaches to teaching Greek and Roman history are a rarity in academia. Most scholars are historians of either Greek or Roman history and perform research solely in that specific field, an approach that author and award-winning Professor Robert Garland considers questionable. In these 36 passionate lectures, he provides an impressive and rare opportunity to understand the two dominant cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world in relation to one another - a relationship that has virtually no parallel in world history. He shows you how these two very different cultures intersected, coincided, and at times, collided. You´ll discover the extraordinary culture that we call Greco-Roman: a unique fusion of civilizations that encompasses statecraft, mythology, language, philosophy, fine arts, architecture, science, and much else. Who were the Greeks and the Romans? How did they organize their societies? How did they interact? In this unique integrated historical approach, you´ll see how Greece and Rome´s relationship resembled a marriage: two distinct personalities competing in some areas, sharing in others, and sometimes creating a new synthesis of the two civilizations. And you´ll consider their more substantive cultural differences, including religion, their views of foreigners, and their ways of thinking. You´ll delight in the variety of sources - literature, archaeology, the visual arts, coinage, inscriptions - that Professor Garland draws upon to assemble a fascinating and complex picture of these two great civilizations. And you´ll appreciate how he keeps Greece and Rome focused on how this material affects us today. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Garland. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000138/bk_tcco_000138_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Brooklyn Italian: Remembering Williamsburg will take you on a journey back in time. To a neighborhood in the borough of Brooklyn, New York, called Williamsburg. From the beginning of its existence in 1638 to present day, through the rise of industry, two world wars, the Depression of the late 1920s, the rise of the mafia and the immigrants who settled there in search for a better life. In their own words, long-time residents tell their stories of a time when on summer evenings, family and friends gathered on stoops to talk about the happenings of the day or just to share a cup of coffee, when children played stick ball, jacks, and hopscotch till the street lamps came on.... When a handshake meant trust and respect was earned. They came for a better life for themselves and their children. Many enclaves with cultural differences, yet sharing one vision: to pursue the American dream. The freedom to choose, to become, to survive. While notables such as Corning Ware, Standard Oil, and Domino Sugar found Williamsburg to be a profitable place to call home, other notables were making their mark in Williamsburg as well such as the Bonanno family underboss Carmine Galante and the infamous Bugsy Siegel and Alfonse Capone. In their own words, long-time residents of Williamsburg Brooklyn share their life history in letters telling the world what it was like living during the Great Depression, WWII, poverty, and survival. As with each generation change is inevitable and it’s change that allows us to pass on the stories of the generations before, preserving the past to become an integrated part of our future. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pamela Wolken. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/127405/bk_acx0_127405_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
New York Times best-selling author and star of A&E´s Duck Dynasty, Willie Robertson, teams up with William Doyle, the best-selling author of American Gun, to share the history of America´s most well-known hunters. America was created by hunters, trappers, and mountain men. As Teddy Roosevelt put it: ´´The virility, clear-sighted common sense, and resourcefulness of the American people is due to the fact that we have been a nation of hunters and frequenters of the forest, plains, and waters.´´ And Willie Robertson and William Doyle think it´s about time we honor American hunters by telling their incredible stories of skill, courage, survival, and downright bodaciousness. Perfect for anyone who loves hunting, sport shooting, and wide-open spaces and is interested in the amazing tales that are part of the history of America, this rip-roaring collection of true stories is perfect for sharing around the campfire after a long day´s hunt. Chronicling the great hunters of America - beginning with the Plains Indians and moving through legendary hunters like Daniel Boone, Davey Crockett, Kit Carson, Buffalo Bill, Teddy Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, Lyndon Johnson, and more - American Hunter honors the heroes and traditions that have built America. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alan Robertson, Willie Robertson – introduction. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/007262/bk_sans_007262_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.