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  3. The Gates of Athens: Book One of Athenian Audiobook The Gates of Athens: Book One of Athenian
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  8. How Do We Know We're Doing It Right?: Essays on Modern Life Audiobook How Do We Know We're Doing It Right?: Essays on Modern Life
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Roma, The: The History of the Romani People and the Controversial Persecutions of Them across Europe Audiobook

Roma, The: The History of the Romani People and the Controversial Persecutions of Them across Europe

Author: Charles River Editors Narrator: Bill Hare Release Date: October 2019

More often than not, the Romani are branded by even those who fancy themselves liberals as "pikeys," "gyppos," and "gips." There's also a regrettably common term, "gypped," meaning "to cheat, or swindle," which perpetuates the damaging stereotype that the Roma are dishonest nuisances and societal pests. Even well-intentioned attempts to shine the spotlight on the community have sometimes been counterproductive, for they are often reduced to no more than exotic, whimsical entertainers for the privileged. According to a shocking email authored by an anonymous whistleblower in 2012, the staff at the Laurieston Job Center in Glasgow's Southside regularly referred to their Romani customers as "gypos, scum, beggars, suicide bombers, thieves, and [pedophiles]." The whistleblower cited the staff's disturbing comments regarding an unnamed Romani woman, who had brought her two children along to the job center: "The staff were all joking and saying they should sanction her for claiming whilst pimping out her kids. They then went on to make horrible remarks about the children, saying they were 'mongs.'" The dangerous blanket statements issued by various European politicians in recent years are also a cause for concern. In 1992, Bert Karlsson, a prominent member of the Swedish New Democracy Party, claimed that "Gypsies [were] responsible for 90% of crime against senior citizens." In June 2008, the conservative Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi ordered the fingerprinting of the 150,000 Romani, children included, as a way to crack down on street crime. In France, political parties from either end of the spectrum have blamed the Romani for the nation's problems, economic and otherwise. The Gypsies, asserted one interior minister, were responsible for one in every 10 crimes. It's fair to wonder why the abhorrent treatment of the Romani continues to slip below the radar of many social justice warriors, particularly in this age of globalization.

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Revenants of the German Empire: Colonial Germans, Imperialism, and the League of Nations Audiobook

Revenants of the German Empire: Colonial Germans, Imperialism, and the League of Nations

Author: Sean Andrew Wempe Narrator: David De Vries Release Date: October 2019

In 1919 the Treaty of Versailles stripped Germany of its overseas colonies. This sudden transition to a post-colonial nation left the men and women invested in German imperialism to rebuild their status on the international stage. Remnants of an earlier era, these Kolonialdeutsche (Colonial Germans) exploited any opportunities they could to recover, renovate, and market their understandings of German and European colonial aims in order to reestablish themselves as 'experts' and 'fellow civilizers' in discourses on nationalism and imperialism. Revenants of the German Empire tracks the difficulties this diverse group of Colonial Germans encountered while they adjusted to their new circumstances, as repatriates to Weimar Germany or as subjects of the War's victors in the new African Mandates. Faced with novel systems of international law, Colonial Germans re-situated their notions of imperial power and group identity to fit in a world of colonial empires that were not their own. This book examines how former colonial officials, settlers, and colonial lobbies made use of the League of Nations framework to influence diplomatic flashpoints including the Naturalization Controversy in Southwest Africa, the Locarno Conference, and the Permanent Mandates Commission from 1927-1933.

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Double Agent: My Secret Life Undercover in the IRA Audiobook

Double Agent: My Secret Life Undercover in the IRA

Author: Kevin Fulton Narrator: Stephen Armstrong Release Date: September 2019

''I am a British soldier,' I told my reflection. 'I am a British soldier and I'm saving lives. I'm saving lives. I'm a British soldier and I'm saving lives...'' Kevin Fulton was one of the British Army's most successful intelligence agents. Having been recruited to infiltrate the Provisional IRA at the height of The Troubles, he rose its ranks to an unprecedented level. Living and working undercover, he had no option other than to take part in heinous criminal activities, including the production of bombs which he knew would later kill. So highly was he valued by IRA leaders that he was promoted to serve in its infamous internal police - ironically, his job was now to root out and kill informers. Until one day in 1994, when it all went wrong. . . Fleeing Northern Ireland, Kevin was abandoned by the security services he had served so courageously and left to live as a fugitive. The life of a double agent requires constant vigilance, for danger is always just a heartbeat away. For a double agent within the highest ranks of the IRA, that danger was doubled. In this remarkable account, Kevin Fulton - former intelligence agent, ex-member of the IRA - tells a truth that is as uncomfortable as it is gripping.

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Crusaders Audiobook

Crusaders

Author: Dan Jones Narrator: Dan Jones Release Date: September 2019

Dan Jones, best-selling chronicler of the Middle Ages, turns his attention to the history of the Crusades - the sequence of religious wars fought between the late eleventh century and late medieval periods, in which armies from European Christian states attempted to wrest the Holy Land from Islamic rule, and which have left an enduring imprint on relations between the Muslim world and the West. From the preaching of the First Crusade by Pope Urban II in 1095 to the loss of the last crusader outpost in the Levant in 1302-03, and from the taking of Jerusalem from the Fatimids in 1099 to the fall of Acre to the Mamluks in 1291, Crusaders tells a tale soaked in Islamic, Christian and Jewish blood, peopled by extraordinary characters, and characterised by both low ambition and high principle. Dan Jones is a master of popular narrative history, with the priceless ability to write page-turning narrative history underpinned by authoritative scholarship. Never before has the era of the Crusades been depicted in such bright and striking colours, or their story told with such gusto.

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The Chastise: The Dambusters Story 1943 Audiobook

The Chastise: The Dambusters Story 1943

Author: Max Hastings Narrator: Peter Noble Release Date: September 2019

A masterly history of the Dambusters raid from bestselling and critically acclaimed Max Hastings. Operation Chastise, the overnight destruction of the Möhne and Eder dams in north-west Germany by the RAF's 617 Squadron, was an epic that has passed into Britain's national legend. Max Hastings grew up embracing the story, the classic 1955 movie and the memory of Guy Gibson, the 24-year-old wing-commander who won the VC leading the raid. In the 21st Century, however, Hastings urges that we should review the Dambusters in much more complex shades. The aircrew's heroism was wholly authentic, as was the brilliance of Barnes Wallis, who invented the 'bouncing bombs'. But commanders who promised their young fliers that success could shorten the war fantasised wildly. What Germans call the Möhnekatastrophe imposed on the Nazi war machine temporary disruption, rather than a crippling blow. Hastings vividly describes the evolution of Wallis' bomb, and of the squadron which broke the dams at the cost of devastating losses. But he also portrays in harrowing detail those swept away by the torrents. Some 1,400 civilians perished in the biblical floods that swept through the Möhne valley, more than half of them Russian and Polish women, slave labourers under Hitler. Ironically, Air Marshal Sir Arthur 'Bomber' Harris gained much of the credit, though he opposed Chastise as a distraction from his city-burning blitz. He also made what the author describes as the operation's biggest mistake - the failure to launch a conventional attack on the Nazis' huge post-raid repair operation, which could have transformed the impact of the dam breaches upon Ruhr industry. Chastise offers a fascinating retake on legend by a master of the art. Hastings sets the dams raid in the big picture of the bomber offensive and of the Second World War, with moving portraits of the young airmen, so many of whom died; of Barnes Wallis; the monstrous Harris; the tragic Guy Gibson, together with superb narrative of the action of one of the most extraordinary episodes in British history.

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Hitler's Last Hostages: Looted Art and the Soul of the Third Reich Audiobook

Hitler's Last Hostages: Looted Art and the Soul of the Third Reich

Author: Mary M. Lane Narrator: Mary M. Lane Release Date: September 2019

Adolf Hitler's obsession with art not only fueled his vision of a purified Nazi state--it was the core of his fascist ideology. Its aftermath lives on to this day. Nazism ascended by brute force and by cultural tyranny. Weimar Germany was a society in turmoil, and Hitler's rise was achieved not only by harnessing the military but also by restricting artistic expression. Hitler, an artist himself, promised the dejected citizens of postwar Germany a purified Reich, purged of 'degenerate' influences. When Hitler came to power in 1933, he removed so-called 'degenerate' art from German society and promoted artists whom he considered the embodiment of the 'Aryan ideal.' Artists who had produced challenging and provocative work fled the country. Curators and art dealers organized their stock. Thousands of great artworks disappeared--and only a fraction of them were rediscovered after World War II. In 2013, the German government confiscated roughly 1,300 works by Henri Matisse, George Grosz, Claude Monet, and other masters from the apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt, the reclusive son of one of Hitler's primary art dealers. For two years, the government kept the discovery a secret. In Hitler's Last Hostages, Mary M. Lane reveals the fate of those works and tells the definitive story of art in the Third Reich and Germany's ongoing struggle to right the wrongs of the past.

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La ruta del conocimiento Audiobook

La ruta del conocimiento

Author: Violet Moller Narrator: Elsa Veiga Release Date: September 2019

El relato evocador y vibrante de cómo se rescataron las ideas del mundo clásico, el origen de nuestra herencia intelectual común. Tras la caída de Roma, muchas de las grandes ideas del mundo clásico, base del conocimiento moderno, se perdieron para siempre. Innumerables libros fueron destruidos por los cristianos, y la biblioteca de Alejandría, el mayor depósito de saber del mundo, fue arrasada. Pero tres manuscritos cruciales sobrevivieron a esa edad de la penumbra e impulsaron la llegada del Renacimiento. En este sorprendente debut, la historiadora Violet Moller rastrea los caminos que tomaron las ideas de tres de los más grandes científicos de la Antigüedad -Euclides, Galeno y Ptolomeo- a lo largo de más de mil años y a través de siete ciudades, centros de conocimiento excepcionales, donde una serie de personajes curiosos y eruditos, apoyados por un puñado de jefes de Estado ilustrados, rescatarony difundieron sus obras. Al explorar estas rutas del conocimiento, Moller revela la red de conexiones entre el mundo islámico y la cristiandad que preservaría y transformaría la astronomía, las matemáticas y la medicina: de la Alejandría del siglo VI al Bagdad del siglo IX, y de ahí a la Córdoba musulmana, al Toledo católico, a la facultad de medicina medieval de Salerno, luego a Palermo, con su vibrante mezcla de culturas y, finalmente, a Venecia, donde las imprentas permitieron que el saber se difundiera ampliamente y el Renacimiento echara raíces. La ruta del conocimiento es un relato emocionante, evocador y vibrante de nuestra herencia intelectual común. La crítica ha dicho: «Espléndido, deslumbrante, cautivador, escrito con pasión, entusiasmo y sentido del humor.» Catherine Nixey, autora de La edad de la penumbra «Estupendo debut de una autora joven y talentosa. Violet Moller recorre vívidamente los caminos por los que la sabiduría de la Antigüedad llegó hasta nosotros en un libro delicioso y ameno.» Peter Frankopan, autor de El corazón del mundo «Deslumbrante.» James Marriott, The Times «Moller rastrea con pasión las vicisitudes y la supervivencia de la palabra escrita. La historia es cautivadora, y está salpicada de ejemplos de empeño humano fuera de lo común.» Daisy Dunn, The Sunday Times «Un relato rico y vibrante, repleto de coloridas imágenes de Oriente y Occidente. Al igual que los manuscritos cuyos viajes rastrea, es iluminador.» Francesca Carrington, Tatler «Un libro inagotablemente fascinante, rico en detalles, amplio de miras y de enfoque humano.» Stephen Greenblatt, autor de El giro «Espléndido. Ambicioso pero conciso, profundamente investigado pero elegantemente escrito, y de lo más entretenido.» Tim Smith-Laing, The Telegraph «Un fascinante y meticuloso relato. Qué aventura.» Marcus Du Sautoy, autor de La música de los números primos «Meticulosa y entusiasta, Moller aviva su relato con las historias de jóvenes sabios que dedicaron su vida a preservar estos valiosos textos. La impresionante narración de cómo la civilización fue transmitida y preservada.» Kirkus Reviews

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Catacombs of Paris, The: The History of the City's Underground Ossuaries and Burial Network Audiobook

Catacombs of Paris, The: The History of the City's Underground Ossuaries and Burial Network

Author: Charles River Editors Narrator: Scott Clem Release Date: September 2019

In the late 18th century, as political unrest stirred in the heart of Paris, local residents of the neighborhoods surrounding the city's urban cemeteries faced a pressing crisis: the putrefying stink of rotting corpses, many of which were likely friends and family members, crept into every house and business due to overflowing burial grounds. The city's population had long since outgrown its centuries-old cemeteries, and mass graves packed tightly with corpses lay open for months at a time, sometimes upwards of a year, as they waited for more bodies to join. Before long, over-filled charnel houses spilled bones into their neighboring churches. During and after the Enlightenment, science was a popular tool, and many began to question the potential health detriments that such ongoing decay might bring. With growing concerns and rising complaints, the anciens regime of France took steps to begin the long process of transferring old bones from charnel houses and old graves into the miles of tunnels beneath the city streets, now known as the Paris Catacombs. As the French government engaged in this initial step, however, a revolution broke out across the country, initially bringing moderate change before transitioning into a brutal Reign of Terror by the revolutionaries. The chaos would witness a frightened return to a more moderate republic, and finally the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte, yet throughout all of this upheaval, the topic of burial reform in Paris remained pressing and the conversation began to shift from merely a practical issue of space and health to a discussion that included legislators, priests, moralists, and everyday citizens. Put simply, the newly formed government had to decide what to do with the dead, no matter the politics. 

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Upstairs & Downstairs: My Life In Service as a Lady's Maid Audiobook

Upstairs & Downstairs: My Life In Service as a Lady's Maid

Author: Hilda Newman, Martyn Newman, Tim Tate Narrator: Helen Lloyd Release Date: September 2019

The year was 1935: the twilight of the English aristocracy. It was a time of wealth and glamour; of lavish balls and evening gowns; of tiaras and a coronation. As personal maid to Lady Coventry, Hilda Newman had a unique insight into the leisured life of one of Britain's most noble families. In her fascinating memoir of life upstairs and down, Hilda takes us back to this period between the wars; a gilded era which would soon be dramatically changed by the Second World War. Transplanted from a tiny house with no bath or hot water to an eighteenth-century Neo-Palladian mansion, Hilda's life changed beyond recognition. But in a time when the very foundations of British society were being shaken to their core, the luxurious life of the country nobility couldn't last. The Second World War brought more turbulence with it, and Croome Court, where Hilda had lived and worked, became a haven for the Dutch Royal Family fleeing Nazi occupation, whilst also home to a top-secret RAF base. The lavish banquets and decadent parties had become a thing of the past. Hilda's story takes us back to a bygone era, showing us what life was really like in England's classic country manors of old - and uncovers the real lives of the people who occupied them, from wealthy lord to lowly servant.

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Hollow Places: An Unusual History of Land and Legend Audiobook

Hollow Places: An Unusual History of Land and Legend

Author: Christopher Hadley Narrator: Nicholas Camm Release Date: August 2019

In the Middle Ages a remarkable tomb was carved to cover the bones of an English hero. For centuries the grave spawned tales about dragons and devils, giants and winged hounds. To understand why this happened, Christopher Hadley takes us on a journey through 1,000 years of history. Hollow Places begins with a Hertfordshire dragon-slayer named Piers Shonks but soon draws us into the company of outlaws and stonemasons, antiquaries and champions. Full of wonder and always surprising, the story takes us to the margins of the Bayeux Tapestry where strange creatures gather, to ancient woodland where hollow trees hide secrets, and to the scribbled clues about folk heroes in eighteenth-century manuscripts. Hadley leads us back shivering to a church in Georgian England to sketch the dragon on a tomb, to stand atop its tower triangulating the Elizabethan countryside, and to confront the zealous Mr Dowsing and his thugs looting brasses and smashing masonry during the Civil War. Along the way, we discover how long bones will last in a crypt and where medieval stonemasons found inspiration.   The story of Piers Shonks is the survivor of an 800-year battle between storytellers and those who would mock or silence them. It stands for all those thousands of seemingly forgotten tales that used to belong to every village. It is an adventure into the past by a talented and original new writer, and a meditation on memory and belief that underlines the importance and the power of the folk legends we used to tell and why they still matter.

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The Borgias: Power and Depravity in Renaissance Italy Audiobook

The Borgias: Power and Depravity in Renaissance Italy

Author: Paul Strathern Narrator: Julian Elfer Release Date: August 2019

The Borgia family have become a byword for evil. Corruption, incest, ruthless megalomania, avarice, and vicious cruelty-all have been associated with their name. And yet, paradoxically, this family lived when the Renaissance was coming into its full flowering in Italy. Examples of infamy flourished alongside some of the finest art produced in western history. This is but one of several paradoxes associated with the Borgia family. For the family which produced corrupt popes, depraved princes, and poisoners, would also produce a saint. These paradoxes which so characterize the Borgias have seldom been examined in great detail. Previously history has tended to condemn, or attempt in part to exonerate, this remarkable family. Yet in order to understand the Borgias, much more is needed than evidence for and against. The Borgias must be related to their time, together with the world which enabled them to flourish. Within this context the Renaissance itself takes on a very different aspect. Was the corruption part of the creation, or vice versa? The primitive psychological forces which first played out in the amphitheaters of ancient Greece are all here. Along with the final, tragic downfall.

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Summer of Blood: The Peasants' Revolt of 1381 Audiobook

Summer of Blood: The Peasants' Revolt of 1381

Author: Dan Jones Narrator: Kris Dyer Release Date: August 2019

Revolt and upheaval in medieval Britain by a brilliant new narrative historian, 'Summer of Blood' breaks new ground in its portrayal of the personalities and politics of the bloody days of June 1381. The Peasants' Revolt of 1381 is one of the most dramatic and bloody events in English history. Starting with village riots in the Essex countryside, chaos rapidly spread across much of the south-east of England, as tens of thousands of ordinary men and women marched in fury to London, torching houses, slaughtering their social superiors and terrifying the life out of those who got in their way. The burning down of Savoy Palace, home to the most powerful magnate in the realm, marked one of the Revolt's most violent episodes. The Peasants' Revolt has remained an underexplored period of history. In revisiting the bloody events of 1381, Dan Jones has brought back to glorious life the squalor, drama and complex hierarchies of a society that until now seemed almost too distant to imagine. His examination of village life and the failings of government from the perspective of the Revolt's key players is both intellectually stimulating and compulsively readable. Vivid, atmospheric and beautifully written, this is historical writing of the highest quality.

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