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THE ACCIDENTAL PRESIDENT

THE ACCIDENTAL PRESIDENT Harry S. Truman and the Four Months that Changed the World

by A.J. Baime | Read by Tony Messano

Audible, Inc./ Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
History

This fine audiobook focuses on the crucial first months of Truman's presidency, from April through August of 1945. Tony Messano, an experienced commercial voice relatively new to audiobooks, delivers an effectively restrained reading that both tames and heightens the high drama of those transformative months, and highlights the crucial role of Truman's judgment and common... Read More

THE AGE OF EISENHOWER

THE AGE OF EISENHOWER America and the World in the 1950s

by William I. Hitchcock | Read by Arthue Morey

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
History

This audiobook, narrated by Arthur Morey, continues a recent trend that sees Eisenhower's presidency as far more important than it looked when he left Washington in 1961. Historians now place him among the top 10 presidents, putting his accomplishments in context and comparing the endurance of his policies with the men who have served since. Morey guides us through this... Read More

AMERICANA

AMERICANA A 400-Year History of American Capitalism

by Bhu Srinivasan | Read by Scott Brick, Bhu Srinivasan [Intro]

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
History

Author Bhu Srinivasan, founder of a media company focused on sharing U.S. economic history, reads a charming personal introduction before the resonant Scott Brick narrates the remaining 21 hours of this informative audiobook. From the Pilgrims of 1620 to Silicon Valley is a lot of ground to cover, and Brick's phrasing artistry and sensitivity to the material help the author's... Read More

THE BALFOUR DECLARATION

THE BALFOUR DECLARATION The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

by Jonathan Schneer | Read by Nicholas Guy Smith

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

This informative audiobook, subtitled "The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict," recounts the causes of hostilities that harken back more than a century. Since it paints the British as the main cause of the conflict, it's appropriate that narrator Nicholas Guy Smith is British. In simplest terms, the 1917 Balfour Declaration committed Britain to supporting a homeland for the... Read More

BARRACOON

BARRACOON The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"

Earphones Award Winner

by Zora Neale Hurston, Deborah G. Plant [Ed.] | Read by Robin Miles

Harper Audio | Unabridged
History

Zora Neale Hurston's previously unreleased work offers a rare glimpse of the experiences of the last surviving person to have been taken from Africa, brought to the United States as a slave, and then freed. Capturing the dialect, accent, and intonation of Cudjo Lewis, then living in Alabama, presents a challenging task for narrator Robin Miles, who must deliver one of the... Read More

BLACK FORTUNES

BLACK FORTUNES The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires

by Shomari Wills | Read by Ron Butler

Harper Audio | Unabridged
History

Ron Butler narrates this fascinating biography of the first six blacks who escaped slavery and became millionaires. They were born in the Jacksonian period, survived slavery, and became successful business men and women, each accumulating more than a million dollars by the Roaring Twenties. Most made their fortunes in real estate and invested their money soundly in their... Read More

BUILDING THE GREAT SOCIETY

BUILDING THE GREAT SOCIETY Inside Lyndon Johnson's White House

by Joshua Zeitz | Read by Dan Woren

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
History

Dan Woren provides a clear, authoritative tone in his performance of Zeitz's meticulous audiobook on the political maneuverings of the Johnson presidency. Listeners expecting a sweeping overview of LBJ's life and career should note that this work focuses on Johnson's efforts to build coalitions to enact the programs that comprised the sweeping policy changes of the 1960s,... Read More

THE BUTCHERING ART

THE BUTCHERING ART Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine

by Lindsey Fitzharris | Read by Ralph Lister

Audible, Inc./ Brilliance | Unabridged
History

Narrator Ralph Lister is working from an excellent text, and this history of the discovery of antiseptic in the latter 1800s can be recommended to a general audience on a number of points. But the horrors of Victorian surgery haven't dimmed in 200 years, and what Joseph Lister did to a dog in the name of science may stop many listeners cold. Ralph Lister is a capable and... Read More

COMMANDER IN CHIEF

COMMANDER IN CHIEF FDR's Battle with Churchill, 1943

by Nigel Hamilton | Read by Shaun Grindell

Recorded Books | Unabridged
History

Narrator Shaun Grindell's subtle British accent immediately lets the listener know that this work will offer a different perspective on the friendship of FDR and Churchill--the two world leaders of the Allies during WWII. While this second of three books in Hamilton's trilogy will more than likely be read only by history and WWII enthusiasts, that is no fault of the narrator.... Read More

CUBA LIBRE

CUBA LIBRE A 500-Year Quest for Independence

by Philip Brenner, Peter Eisner | Read by Robert Fass

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

Narrator Robert Fass reads this audiobook with a straightforward informational approach. Cuba looms large to Americans because of its role in the last century of U.S. history. This audiobook provides listeners with a history of the nation that most Americans do not get in school. Using personal stories and historical research, the authors impart a great deal about the Cuban... Read More

DARKEST HOUR

DARKEST HOUR How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink

Earphones Award Winner

by Anthony McCarten | Read by John Lee

Harper Audio | Unabridged
History

Detail-rich and utterly fascinating, this audiobook delves into the personality of Winston Churchill and analyzes how he became one of the most influential leaders in history. He became prime minister of England on the eve of Hitler's invasion of Belgium, the Netherlands, and France. Narrator John Lee performs Churchill's voice and speech patterns perfectly. Lee further... Read More

AN EXTRAORDINARY TIME

AN EXTRAORDINARY TIME The End of the Postwar Boom and the Return of the Ordinary Economy

by Marc Levinson | Read by James Anderson Foster

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
History

With his palette of subtle tones and sensitive phrasing, narrator James Foster illuminates every broad idea and all the drama surrounding the end of the postwar economic boom in 1973. His comprehension of economics and politics makes this a riveting discussion for anyone interested in international finance and the capacity of government to influence society. Marc Levinson has a... Read More

FRANCIS I

FRANCIS I The Maker of Modern France

by Leonie Frieda | Read by Carole Boyd

Harper Audio | Unabridged
History

Most Americans are not so familiar with French history; if they know Francis I at all, it's as the patron of Leonardo da Vinci. But this audiobook shows how he deliberately moved France into the Renaissance, setting it on the road to modernity. In an era of great leaders--his contemporaries were Henry VIII of England and Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire--Francis held his own.... Read More

GIBRALTAR

GIBRALTAR The Greatest Siege in British History

Earphones Award Winner

by Roy Adkins, Lesley Adkins | Read by John Telfer

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
History

John Telfer's masterful reading of Roy and Lesley Adkins's history of the 1779-83 Spanish siege of British-held Gibraltar is a model of audiobook technique. The Adkins's account relies heavily on historical journals and first-person reports, many in the more elevated diction and formal syntax of that time. Telfer enhances rather than subdues these passages, setting them off... Read More

THE GREAT STAIN

THE GREAT STAIN Witnessing American Slavery

by Noel Rae | Read by Steven Crossley

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
History

Rae explores centuries of writings by those personally involved with or impacted by the slave trade, providing a powerful and palpable tapestry of the problems and horrors of slavery. Narrator Steven Crossley's deep, slightly raspy voice and English accent are instilled with a tone that evokes the voice-over of the classic British documentary. While enjoyable, the... Read More

HADRIAN'S WALL

HADRIAN'S WALL

by Adrian Goldsworthy | Read by Derek Perkins

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

Derek Perkins has narrated nearly all of Goldsworthy's popular histories of ancient Rome. This author-narrator match is particularly fortuitous in this case in which the material lacks a central action or compelling historical figure. In just four hours we learn everything we would ever need to know about Hadrian's Wall and the Romans who built and maintained it. Much of that... Read More

HELLFIRE BOYS

HELLFIRE BOYS The Untold History of Soldiers, Scientists, and America's First Race for Weapons of Mass Destruction

by Theo Emery | Read by Allan Robertson

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
History

Allan Robertson ably narrates this detailed account of how the U.S. Army quickly advanced from having no gas warfare capability to having lethal capability during WWI. Emery's history of the birth of what is now the Army's Chemical Corps describes combat action in France, espionage, research, production of lethal gas throughout the United States, and political games played... Read More

HITLER IN LOS ANGELES

HITLER IN LOS ANGELES How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America

by Steven J. Ross | Read by Peter Berkrot

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
History

Just when you thought every story of the Nazi resistance had been written, this audiobook confirms that there are more. And this book is among the best of the genre. Narrated with intensity by Peter Berkrot, historian Steven Ross's book highlights the efforts of Hollywood attorney Leon Lewis, who organized rings of spies to infiltrate Nazi and fascist groups in Los Angeles.... Read More

IMPERIAL TWILIGHT

IMPERIAL TWILIGHT The Opium War and the End of China's Last Golden Age

Earphones Award Winner

by Stephen R. Platt | Read by Mark Deakins

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

At nearly 18 listening hours, this history of China's relationships with Britain and the United States in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries might seem a bit esoteric, intended only for history buffs. But Mark Deakins's flawless narration of Platt's epic story deserves the widest possible audience, if for no other reason than it makes perfectly clear why the... Read More

IN THE ENEMY'S HOUSE

IN THE ENEMY'S HOUSE The Secret Saga of the FBI Agent and the Code Breaker Who Caught the Russian Spies

by Howard Blum | Read by David Colacci

Harper Audio | Unabridged
History

David Colacci gives a superb performance as he narrates Blum's account of how U.S. intelligence and counterintelligence agencies, along with some fortuitous assists from allies, unmasked the massive Soviet penetration of the U.S. government in what is now known as "Venona." In the 1940s, the Soviets were after U.S. atomic secrets and called their effort Operation Enormoz, which... Read More

IN THE SHADOW OF STATUES

IN THE SHADOW OF STATUES A White Southerner Confronts History

by Mitch Landrieu | Read by Mitch Landrieu

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
History

Landrieu retraces his own political and personal life from the days when his father was mayor of New Orleans to his own ascendance to the mayorship and his decision to take down Confederate statues in the city. Landrieu narrates with a steady and consistent cadence throughout the production. His raspy timbre and friendly tone invite listeners in as he comes to grapple with the... Read More

IN THE SHADOWS OF THE AMERICAN CENTURY

IN THE SHADOWS OF THE AMERICAN CENTURY The Rise and Decline of US Global Power

by Alfred W. McCoy | Read by Arthur Morey

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
History

Narrator Arthur Morey's voice has a ring of knowledgeable world-weariness as he provides listeners a history of U.S. hegemony. The titular American Century refers to that period of increasing U.S. influence, starting in the 1940s. This audiobook is McCoy's requiem to America's standing, an in-depth overview of U.S. strengths giving way to failed international policies from the... Read More

ISTANBUL

ISTANBUL A Tale of Three Cities

by Bettany Hughes | Read by Bettany Hughes

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
History

Whether you call it Byzantium, Constantinople, or Istanbul, the city that straddles Europe and Asia has a long and storied past. Author/narrator Bettany Hughes hits every high point and tiny detail of that story. She has created and narrated several BBC documentaries, experiences that serve her well in this project. Her writing has a personality all its own, and her lively,... Read More

JEWISH NEW YORK

JEWISH NEW YORK The Remarkable Story of a City and a People

by Deborah Dash Moore | Read by Suzanne Toren

Recorded Books | Unabridged
History

This historical overview of the Jewish influence on one of the world's greatest cities charts the dramatic contributions of this important ethnic group. Narrator Suzanne Toren's intelligent performance brings just the right objectivity to the work. Covering three centuries, the story begins as the Jews are forced out of Spain during the Inquisition. The diaspora sees the Jewish... Read More

LEFTOVER IN CHINA

LEFTOVER IN CHINA The Women Shaping the World's Next Superpower

by Roseann Lake | Read by Janet Song

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
History

Janet Song narrates the author's explanation of a unique Chinese social phenomenon--significant numbers of educated, single Chinese women who are choosing independence over marriages defined by traditional gender roles. The Chinese government's one-child policy created long-standing gender inequality. As this imbalance grew, so did, for the first time, the number of only female... Read More

LEXINGTON AND CONCORD

LEXINGTON AND CONCORD The Battle Heard Round the World

by George C. Daughan | Read by Mike Chamberlain

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
History

This audiobook history of the first shots of the American Revolution will stir you to your patriotic roots. Author Daughan is anything but impartial, and his account of British intransigence and miscalculation is tempered by Mike Chamberlain's steady, evenly paced delivery. Chamberlain tends to parcel out his sentences, a little like reciting Anglo-Saxon poetry. But his... Read More

LINCOLN'S LIEUTENANTS

LINCOLN'S LIEUTENANTS The High Command of the Army of the Potomac

by Stephen W. Sears | Read by George Guidall

Recorded Books | Unabridged
History

George Guidall is the consummate professional in the performance of this extremely long production. Sears's work focuses on the so often dysfunctional leadership of the main Federal Army in the eastern theater of the Civil War, known as the Army of the Potomac. In describing what happened between Washington and Richmond during the Civil War from the federal side, Sears focuses... Read More

THE LOST FOUNDING FATHER

THE LOST FOUNDING FATHER John Quincy Adams and the Transformation of American Politics

by William J. Cooper | Read by Richard Poe

Recorded Books | Unabridged
History

Richard Poe's straightforward narration of this fresh new look at John Quincy Adams will resonate with history enthusiasts. Listeners can hear the excitement of solving an age-old mystery hinted at by the author throughout. By the end of the audiobook, listeners realize that one of history's most unexceptional presidents was, in fact, one of the more groundbreaking. Poe's... Read More

THE MARSHALL PLAN

THE MARSHALL PLAN Dawn of the Cold War

by Benn Steil | Read by Arthur Morey

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
History

Arthur Morey's steady baritone works well as he narrates this detailed account of how the Marshall Plan came into being. Focusing on the years 1947-49, this work details numerous incidents that undercut Soviet-U.S. cooperation in occupied Germany, the devastation of Europe in the aftermath of WWII, and other events that led to what we call the Cold War and the eventual... Read More

THE MAYFLOWER

THE MAYFLOWER The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America

by Rebecca Fraser | Read by Kate Reading

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
History

The story of the English Nonconformists who sailed to the New World in the Mayflower and founded Plymouth is given a more personalized treatment than usual, with the Winslow family as its focus. Narrator Kate Reading uses a comfortable, homely British accent appropriate to the people and surroundings described. Her exaggerated delivery of the many Native American personal and... Read More

THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA

THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD

by Bill Minutaglio, Steven L. Davis | Read by Peter Ganim

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
History

In 1970, ex-Harvard professor Timothy Leary, who was made famous by advocating that everyone should take LSD, escaped from prison and threatened to burn down the White House and take over the government. His escape was facilitated by the Weather Underground, the FBI's most wanted domestic terrorist group. Narrator Peter Ganim uses his bass voice and jaunty pacing to propel this... Read More

NO TURNING BACK

NO TURNING BACK Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria

by Rania Abouzeid | Read by Susan Nezami

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
History

Narrator Susan Nezami moves listeners through images of the conflict in Syria that may have numbed us on the nightly news. She begins somberly with the unrest that grew in 2011, telling listeners in precise detail how the nation was turned upside down. Nezami is a strong narrator who recounts current events through the lives of four real-life people, used as main characters.... Read More

ON GRAND STRATEGY

ON GRAND STRATEGY

by John Lewis Gaddis | Read by Mike Chamberlain

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
History

The title of this audiobook sounds as though it should be about war or global politics or something else grand. But while Gaddis draws his examples from war and great political issues, the conclusions he draws about how to plan strategically can be applied to everyday life. As Gaddis is discussing such noteworthies as the Greek general and statesman Pericles, narrator Mike... Read More

RAMP HOLLOW

RAMP HOLLOW The Ordeal of Appalachia

by Steven Stoll | Read by Brian Sutherland

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
History

Stoll's analysis of what ails Appalachia is given an unremarkable narration by Brian Sutherland. Stoll, a professor of history at Fordham University, has written both a history of the factors that have led to Appalachia--and more specifically, West Virginia--being what it is, as well as his ideas for how its predicament can be improved. Some have seen this work as a response to... Read More

RFK

RFK His Words for Our Times

Earphones Award Winner

by Robert F. Kennedy, C. Richard Allen, Edwin O. Guthman | Read by James Lurie, Jim Meskimen

Harper Audio | Unabridged
History

Don't you wish you could hear RFK deliver one of his speeches today? Wouldn't it be even better if you understood the context of his words on a national or international scale? With this audiobook, you can. James Lurie narrates this collection of Kennedy's speeches, augmented by commentary from other historians and public figures, published upon the 50th anniversary of his... Read More

THE RIGHT STUFF

THE RIGHT STUFF

by Tom Wolfe | Read by Dennis Quaid

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
History

Actor Dennis Quaid turns on the Texas charm as he narrates the quintessential nonfiction story of the origin of the nation's space program. Wolfe's narrative focuses on the pilots who tested the theories of supersonic flight. While there's little dramatization, the plot is riveting and still enjoyable after all these years. Quaid has a sure hand with dramatic pacing,... Read More

THE RISE AND FALL OF ANCIENT EGYPT

THE RISE AND FALL OF ANCIENT EGYPT

by Toby Wilkinson | Read by Michael Page

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

Wilkinson lays out ancient Egyptian history to the death of Cleopatra as a long narrative, though one sometimes heavy with detail. Michael Page's narration flows with some of the sweep of storytelling but without diverting attention from the text to the performance. He has a deep, resonant voice, a likable English accent, and a serious but amiable manner. Given the density of... Read More

RISE AND KILL FIRST

RISE AND KILL FIRST The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations

by Ronen Bergman | Read by Rob Shapiro

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

With a tone of gravitas, Rob Shapiro narrates this detailed critical history of Israel's seventy-year clandestine war against state-supported terrorism, suicide bombings, and tangled Middle Eastern politics. Based on hundreds of on-the-record interviews, exclusive access to secret files, and years of frontline journalism, the audiobook takes listeners behind the scenes to the... Read More

THE TIME TRAVELER'S GUIDE TO RESTORATION BRITAIN

THE TIME TRAVELER'S GUIDE TO RESTORATION BRITAIN A Handbook for Visitors to the Seventeenth Century: 1660- 1699

by Ian Mortimer | Read by Roger Clark

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

Mortimer's guide to Britain in the late 1600s, while dense with information, mostly avoids dryness or dullness, strongly assisted here by Clark's personable and intelligent reading. Clark's British-accented voice is deep, craggily resonant, and likeable. He takes on the role of the time traveler's amiable companion, conveying the sense of strangeness that a real time-traveler... Read More

VICTORIOUS CENTURY

VICTORIOUS CENTURY The United Kingdom, 1800-1906

by David Cannadine | Read by Kris Dyer

Audible, Inc./ Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
History

In return for 25 hours of your life, this fine audiobook will give you all the background you need about Great Britain in the nineteenth century. Kris Dyer is an accomplished narrator, especially effective in holding together a history so long and so expansive. His accent is pure British, and pure nineteenth century. This audiobook is ideal for students and fans of Victorian... Read More

THE WATERGATE

THE WATERGATE Inside America's Most Infamous Address

by Joseph Rodota | Read by Bronson Pinchot

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
History

The Watergate, a multi-building site that includes a hotel, an office building, and an apartment complex, played a role in two presidential impeachment dramas. It was the site of the infamous Democratic headquarters break-in in 1972, and it was home to Monica Lewinsky in 1998. Narrator Bronson Pinchot delivers a low-key reading that lets this heady mixture of Washington gossip,... Read More

WHEN MONTEZUMA MET CORTES

WHEN MONTEZUMA MET CORTES The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History

by Matthew Restall | Read by Steven Crossley

Harper Audio | Unabridged
History

Why is a British voice narrating the history of the Spanish conquest of Aztec Mexico? That's just one of the questions this fascinating revisionist history leaves behind. The author believes every other historian got it wrong, and that after 499 years he has the real story. But it's often hard to tell what he's getting at or exactly where the differences lie. Steven Crossley is... Read More

THE WOMAN'S HOUR

THE WOMAN'S HOUR The Great Fight to Win the Vote

by Elaine Weiss | Read by Tavia Gilbert, Elaine Weiss [Intro.]

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
History

In her introduction, author Elaine Weiss frames a pivotal moment in the tumultuous saga of American women's suffrage in the early twentieth century. In 1920, Tennessee sits poised to become the majority state needed for federal ratification of the 19th amendment. Narrator Tavia Gilbert's portrayals of opposition activists, politicians, and proponents of universal voting rights... Read More

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