From debut-author and filmmaker K.C. Bryce Fitzgerald, The Lines of Union is a powerfully written and starkly honest novel that captures America´s cultural zeitgeist with a bold, fresh vision that is at once grand, intimate, and heartbreaking. The United States is on the brink of war. It´s August, 2023, and political unrest is sweeping the nation. Banking giant Citi-Chase-Capitol-Morgan has bought out the government, the Internet is censored, and hardcore conservatives have joined the New Secession Coalition. It is a dark time for America. However, somewhere in the Mojave Desert, once voice has dared to stand up to corruption. His name is John Herald, and his wildly popular Internet talk show ´´The Herald´´ has become a rallying cry for progressive reformists nationwide. Together with a motley crew of hacktivists, volunteers, and a crazy one-legged Iraq veteran named Harry ´´The Lieutenant´´ Harper, John leads a growing movement to fix the broken government. But John´s whole world changes the day he meets Christina Freidman, a beautiful enigma who unwittingly reunites him with his formed best friend turned nemesis Alexander Avalon: the handsome heir to Citi-Chase-Capitol-Morgan. Alex has returned to proclaim loyalty to John and his movement...but there´s just one problem. Alex is in love with Christina. And so is John. Torn between a man he doesn´t trust, the woman he loves, and the revolutionaries he inspired, John is forced to choose between friend, lover, and country. The price? One wrong choice could plunge America into its second Civil War. 1. Language: English. Narrator: K.C. Bryce Fitzgerald. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/074140/bk_acx0_074140_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Founding father Alexander Hamilton led a passionate and meaningful life. Nicknamed Little Lion for his short stature and bold ideas, Hamilton played an integral role in the founding of America´s union after the Revolutionary War as well the drafting and executing of America´s Constitution. His life, chronicled in Charles Arthur Conant´s biography of him, exemplifies hard work and accomplishment. Along with fighting in the Revolutionary War, he became America´s first secretary of the Treasury under Washington´s administration, where he set up the nation´s first financial system. This biographical account of Hamilton´s life shows how important he was to the birth and eventual administration of the young American nation. The life of Alexander Hamilton, as recently performed in the Broadway musical. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Pruden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/drms/000787/bk_drms_000787_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The title of Iron Brigade has been given to a number of different US Army brigades over the last century and a half, but it has become almost entirely synonymous with the Civil War soldiers who fought in the brigade for the Army of the Potomac. Also known as the Iron Brigade of the West, Rufus King’s Brigade and the Black Hat Brigade, the Iron Brigade was comprised of the 2nd, 6th, and 7th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiments, the 19th Indiana, Battery B of the 4th US Light Artillery, and later, the 24th Michigan. Wisconsin governor Alexander William Randall had hoped to organize an all-Wisconsin brigade to contribute to the Union´s Civil War effort, but the US Army dispersed Wisconsin regiments to different areas as needs arose. Nevertheless, Wisconsin regiments comprised a majority of the brigade, and it would distinguish itself as the only all-Western brigade in the Army of the Potomac. It would come to be recognized for its unique uniforms, strong discipline, and iron disposition, earning the name during the Maryland Campaign both for its tenacity and for the costs paid by fighting so hard. Naturally, historians have focused on the battles where the Iron Brigade earned its name and demonstrated its reputation. Renowned Civil War historian Alan T. Nolan wrote and published the most complete military history of the Iron Brigade in 1961, tracing the brigade´s activity in the Civil War from the first mustering of Wisconsin regiments to the battle of Gettysburg. Nolan´s The Iron Brigade: A Military History served as the authority on Iron Brigade history for decades and called Gettysburg the Iron Brigade´s last stand, arguing that the battle was where the brigade lost its Western character. Since the publication of Nolan’s book in 1961, however, new sources - including letters and journals of men in the brigade - have been discovered, providing new depth to the history of the Iron Brigade. Thus, scholars in more recent years have con... 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Zarbock. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/075158/bk_acx0_075158_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
At 01:23:40 on April 26th 1986, Alexander Akimov pressed the emergency shutdown button at Chernobyl´s fourth nuclear reactor. It was an act that forced the permanent evacuation of a city, killed thousands, and crippled the Soviet Union. The event spawned decades of conflicting, exaggerated, and inaccurate stories. This book, the result of five years of research, presents an accessible but comprehensive account of what really happened - from the desperate fight to prevent a burning reactor core from irradiating eastern Europe, to the self-sacrifice of the heroic men who entered fields of radiation so strong that machines wouldn´t work, to the surprising truth about the legendary ´´Chernobyl diver´´, all the way through to the USSR´s final show-trial. The historical narrative is interwoven with a story of the author´s own spontaneous journey to Ukraine´s still-abandoned city of Pripyat and the wider Chernobyl Zone. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Page. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/006624/bk_tant_006624_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the narrative of the Civil War, Edward Porter Alexander has loomed larger in death than in life. Just 25 years old when the war broke out, Porter Alexander had already served as an engineer and officer in the US Army, but the native Georgian resigned his commission in May 1861 and joined the Confederacy after his home state seceded. Porter Alexander spent 1861 as an intelligence officer, and he served as part of a signal guard, but he soon became chief of ordnance for Joseph Johnston´s army near Richmond. Half a year later, Johnston would be injured during the Peninsula Campaign at the Battle of Seven Pines, after which he was replaced by Robert E. Lee. Over the course of 1862, Porter Alexander took on more roles in the Army of Northern Virginia´s artillery branch, particularly under James Longstreet´s 1st Corps. Though he participated in several battles, he played his biggest role at the Battle of Gettysburg. On the third day, Lee decided to make a thrust at the center of the Union´s line with about 15,000 men spread out over three divisions. Though it is now known as Pickett´s Charge, named after division commander George Pickett, the assignment for the charge was given to Longstreet, whose 1st Corps included Pickett´s division. Lee´s decision necessitated a heavy artillery bombardment of the Union line in an attempt to knock out the Union´s own artillery before beginning the charge that would cover nearly a mile of open space from Seminary Ridge to the Union line on Cemetery Ridge. Lee tasked Porter Alexander, in charge of the 1st Corps´ guns, to conduct the artillery bombardment. What resulted was the largest sustained bombardment of the Civil War, with over 150 Confederate cannons across the line firing incessantly at the Union line, for nearly 2 hours. Unfortunately for Porter Alexander and the Confederates, the sheer number of cannons belched so much smoke, that they had trouble gauging how effective the shells were. As it ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Zarbock. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/092331/bk_acx0_092331_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Summary of Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow | Includes Analysis Preview: Alexander Hamilton (2004) is a sprawling biography of one of the most important figures in American history. It is based on copious original research, especially into Hamilton´s early years. As a political theorist, a polemicist, and the first Treasury secretary, Hamilton dedicated his life, his intellect, and a seemingly limitless stream of words to the cause of unifying and strengthening the United States. He did perhaps more than any other one person to ensure the strength of the American union, even as his pride and hotheadedness kept him from the presidency and led to his early death. Hamilton claimed to have been born on the island of Nevis in the British West Indies, probably in 1755. Orphaned and illegitimate, Hamilton had perhaps the least advantageous childhood of all the founders. He apprenticed as a clerk with merchant trader Thomas Stevens, a man who may have been his biological father…. PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary and analysis of the book and not the original book. Inside this Instaread summary of Alexander Hamilton: Summary of the book Important people Character analyses Analysis of the themes and author´s style 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Gilboe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/054300/bk_acx0_054300_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Uli Klinke, junger Verteidiger beim Fußball-Regionalligisten Union Stuttgart, bricht mitten in einem Spiel tot zusammen. Herzversagen infolge von Doping. Bei ihren Ermittlungen stoßen Nina Brändle und Xaver Finkbeiner auf ahnungslose Eltern, eine verlassene Freundin, einen Trainer, der fest daran glaubt, dass der Fußball sauber ist, einen Arzt, der schon mehrfach mit Doping-Fällen in Verbindung gebracht wurde und einen Staatsanwalt, der die Ermittlungen nicht unbedingt erleichtert. Der Fall nimmt eine überraschende Wendung, als ein zwielichtiger Sportjournalist ankündigt, in seinem Internet-Blog noch ganz andere betrügerische Machenschaften im Fußball zu enthüllen. Natürlich wollen Finkbeiner und Brändle den Mann umgehend sprechen, ein Telefonat mit ihm führt über Andeutungen indes nicht hinaus. Dann reißt die Verbindung ab. Welche Infos hat der Journalist gesammelt? Können sie den Tod des Fußballers aufklären? Oder handelt es sich doch nur um einen notorischen Verschwörungstheoretiker, dessen Recherchen ihm bisher vor allem Verleumdungsklagen einbrachten? Regie: Alexander Schuhmacher, Musik: Peter Kaizar. 1. Sprache: Deutsch. Erzähler: Ueli Jäggi, Karoline Eichhorn, Matti Krause, Jo Jung, Christian Koerner. Hörprobe: http://samples.audible.de/bk/swrm/001532/bk_swrm_001532_sample.mp3. Digitales Hörbuch im AAX Format.
Mit Göttern, Helden und Philosophen, mit prachtvollen Tempeln, Theatern und Klöstern hat sich Griechenland für Jahrhunderte ins Zentrum der Welt katapultiert. Vor rund 5000 Jahren begründeten die Minoer auf Kreta die erste europäische Hochkultur. Zu Zeiten Homers entwickelten die Griechen erstmals eine gemeinsame Sprache und Identität. Die ARD-Kulturjournalistin Antje Hinz geht den kulturellen Leistungen und Errungenschaften der Griechen nach: ihrer Begeisterung für den Wettbewerb, den sie auf Musik- und Theaterbühnen, in Symposien und Stadien austrugen, ihrem Ringen um Demokratie, Individualität und Freiheit, die sie stets unerschrocken verteidigten. Der charismatische Schauspieler Rolf Becker erzählt von Vordenkern wie Sokrates und Platon, von visionären Staatsmännern wie Solon und Perikles und von Alexander dem Großen, der den Hellenismus begründete. Becker taucht ein in das neue ´´Griechenland ohne Säulen´´, besucht christlich-byzantinische Kirchen, Klöster auf dem heiligen Athos-Berg, mittelalterliche Stadtfestungen und das neue Athen, in dem das Proletariat eine eigene Subkultur schuf und in dem heute zeitgenössische Kunst, Literatur und Musik facettenreich blühen. Der Sprecher: Rolf Becker, in Leipzig geboren und in Norddeutschland aufgewachsen, studierte nach dem Abitur Schauspiel und avancierte rasch zu einem der gefragtesten Theaterschauspieler Deutschlands. In seiner Wahlheimat Hamburg war er u.a. als Ensemblemitglied des Deutschen Schauspielhauses und des Thalia Theaters zu erleben. Als alter Fritz in Umgelters Trenk-Serie von 1971 sorgte Rolf Becker für einen der ersten Serien-Blockbuster der Fernsehgeschichte. Zu seinen bekanntesten Kinofilmen gehört Schlöndorffs Böll-Verfilmung ´´Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum´´. 1. Sprache: Deutsch. Erzähler: Rolf Becker. Hörprobe: http://samples.audible.de/bk/silb/000016/bk_silb_000016_sample.mp3. Digitales Hörbuch im AAX Format.
When the Confederates emerged as victors in the Chickamauga Campaign, the Union Army of the Cumberland lay under siege in Chattanooga, with Braxton Bragg´s Army of Tennessee on nearby high ground at Missionary Ridge and Lookout Mountain. A win at Chattanooga was essential for the Confederates, both to capitalize on the victory at Chickamauga and to keep control of the gateway to the lower South. Should the Federal troops wrest control of that linchpin, they would cement their control of eastern Tennessee and gain access to the Deep South. In the fall 1863 Chattanooga Campaign, the new head of the western Union armies, Ulysses S. Grant, sought to break the Confederate siege. His success created the opportunity for the Union to start a campaign to capture Atlanta the following spring. Woodworth´s introduction sets the stage for 10 insightful essays that provide new analysis of this crucial campaign. From the Battle of Wauhatchie to the Battle of Chattanooga, the contributors´ well-researched and vividly written assessments of both Union and Confederate actions offer a balanced discussion of the complex nature of the campaign and its aftermath. Other essays give fascinating examinations of the reactions to the campaign in northern newspapers and by Confederate soldiers from west of the Mississippi River. Authors include Steven E. Woodworth, Charles D. Grear, Stewart L. Bennett, Sam Davis Elliott, Alexander Mendoza, Brooks D. Simpson, Timothy B. Smith, Ethan S. Rafuse, John R. Lundberg, and Justin S. Skolnick. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Don Coltrane. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/018044/bk_acx0_018044_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Federalist Papers are a series of 85 articles, written between 1897 and 1888, advocating for the ratification of the United States Constitution. They serve as a primary source for interpretation of the Constitution, as they outline the philosophy and motivation of the proposed system of government. The articles were written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, under the pseudonym ´´Publius´´. James Madison is generally credited as the father of the Constitution and became the fourth president of the United States. Alexander Hamilton was an active delegate at the Constitutional Convention, and became the first Secretary of the Treasury. John Jay became the first Chief Justice of the United States. The following representative essays are included in this collection as well as the United States Constitution and the Amendments: ´´Introduction´´, by Alexander Hamilton; ´´Concerning Dangers from Foreign Force and Influence´´, by John Jay (in four parts); ´´Concerning Dangers from Dissensions Between the States, by Alexander Hamilton; ´´The Consequences of Hostilities Between the States´´, by Alexander Hamilton; ´´The Utility of the Union as a Safeguard Against Domestic Faction and Insurrection´´, by Alexander Hamilton and James Madison; and more. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Killavey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/jimc/000267/bk_jimc_000267_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.