Here are the two most treasured documents of American freedom together on one audiobook. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.... Drafted by Thomas Jefferson in 1776 as an act of rebellion, the Declaration of Independence powerfully expresses the political principles of an emerging nation. As justification for severing ties with England, The Declaration presented a list of grievances against the king and declared the colonies to be sovereign states. We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. Ratified in 1788, the Constitution for the United States of America remains a shining example of patriotism and compromise. In outlining the power of the three branches of government and establishing the rights of all Americans, the Constitution united the 13 independent states and set forth the official viewpoint of a newly unified nation. Its most significant and insightful feature is that it can always be amended. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Frank Langella, Boyd Gaines. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/001222/bk_rand_001222_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this issue:´´Twinkie´s Miracle Comeback: The Untold, Inside Story of a $2 Billion Feast´´ by Steve Bertoni. ´´Meet Tanium, The Secret Cybersecurity Weapon of Target, Visa and Amazon´´ by Brian Solomon.´´Innovation Factory: How Parker Hannifin Pumps Out Breakthrough Products´´ by Dan Alexander.´´The Tesla of Scooters Is Driving Asia´s Two Wheel Revolution´´ by Aaron Tilley. ´´The Great Getty Curse´´ by Augustino Fontevecchia.´´Luxury Lineage: A Brief History of the Lincoln Continental´´ by Michael Solomon. ´´The European Union -- Will It Die?´´ by Steve Forbes. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Borgers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/forb/150420/pe_forb_150420_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The European Union is an international organization dedicated to European peace, freedom, and prosperity. So why would any country want to leave it? On June 23rd of 2016, British citizens will have the chance to grab hold of their country´s future and decide whether they should remain in the EU or if their nation should stand apart from their continental neighbors. The Quick and Dirty Guide to the Brexit Vote answers the fundamental questions of what the EU is to Britain, why the UK has always had a contentious relationship with the EU, and what the main arguments are for staying and leaving. Don´t be left out of the conversation as one of the innovators of democracy gives its citizens the chance to determine their country´s future. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ian Russell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/061419/bk_acx0_061419_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
William Frederick ´´Buffalo Bill´´ Cody (February 26, 1846 - January 10, 1917) was an American scout, bison hunter, and showman. He was born in Le Claire, Iowa Territory (now the US state of Iowa), but he lived for several years in his father´s hometown in Toronto Township, Ontario, Canada, before the family returned to the Midwest and settled in the Kansas Territory.Buffalo Bill started working at the age of 11, after his father´s death, and became a rider for the Pony Express at age 15. During the American Civil War, he served the Union from 1863 to the end of the war in 1865. Later he served as a civilian scout for the US Army during the Indian Wars, receiving the Medal of Honor in 1872.One of the most colorful figures of the American Old West, Buffalo Bill´s legend began to spread when he was only 23. Shortly thereafter, he started performing in shows that displayed cowboy themes and episodes from the frontier and Indian Wars. He founded Buffalo Bill´s Wild West in 1883, taking his large company on tours in the United States, and beginning in 1887, Great Britain, and continental Europe. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gregg Rizzo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/149109/bk_acx0_149109_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When President Thomas Jefferson went ahead with the Louisiana Purchase, he wasn´t entirely sure what was on the land he was buying, or whether the purchase was even constitutional. Ultimately, the Louisiana Purchase encompassed all or part of 15 current US states and two Canadian provinces, including Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, parts of Minnesota that were west of the Mississippi River, most of North Dakota, nearly all of South Dakota, northeastern New Mexico, Northern Texas, the portions of Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado east of the Continental Divide, and Louisiana west of the Mississippi River, including the city of New Orleans. In addition, the Purchase contained small portions of land that would eventually become part of the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. The purchase, which immediately doubled the size of the United States at the time, still comprises around 23 percent of current American territory. With so much new territory to carve into states, the balance of Congressional power became a hot topic in the decade after the purchase, especially when the people of Missouri sought to be admitted to the Union in 1819 with slavery being legal in the new state. While Congress was dealing with that, Alabama was admitted in December 1819, creating an equal number of free states and slave states. Thus, allowing Missouri to enter the Union as a slave state would disrupt the balance. The Senate ultimately got around this issue by establishing what became known as the Missouri Compromise. Legislation was passed that admitted Maine as a free state, thus balancing the number once Missouri joined as a slave state. Moreover, slavery would be excluded from the Missouri Territory north of the parallel 36 30 north, which was the Southern border of Missouri itself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/085830/bk_acx0_085830_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Even as the young United States successfully secured its independence, the new nation was beset by problems. The drafters of the Articles of Confederation had deliberately avoided giving the national legislature the power to tax, because Parliament had so abused that authority against the colonies, but this proved to be a severe limitation on the national government. Besides hampering the Continental Army, the inability of the national government to raise revenue made foreign policy difficult. Under the Articles of Confederation, the Congress was also completely unable to pay any of the debts it incurred to foreign powers during the Revolutionary War. Though allied powers had lent to the American government on favorable terms and no repayment was expected until the end of hostilities, the hope of ever paying national debts without a national government that could tax was slim. In particular, the prospect of the new nation defaulting on its loans from France led to the end of the Articles of Confederation. To top it all off, the Articles of Confederation also had no judiciary or executive branch. Therefore, laws passed by the Congress could not be enforced by the national government: the enforcement of laws was left to the mercy of the states. Likewise, there was no national judiciary to decide disputes over national law. Fueled at least in part by the weakness of the federal government to respond to military threats, the young country quickly faced a problem in the form of a rebellion led in New England by former Revolutionary War veteran Daniel Shays. On December 27, 1786, Samuel Lyman of Massachusetts wrote to his friend and confidant, Samuel Breck, ´´[N]ot only this Commonwealth but the union at large are in the most confused and confounded condition; we do not yet feel that sameness or unity of interest which is the only cement of any nation, and which is absolutely necessary to be felt in order to make us respectable and important; but this is not su 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/077532/bk_acx0_077532_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.