The incredible history of one of the greatest ancient civilizations of our world. When tracing the history of the development of human progress, we use the word ´´civilization´´ to refer to the rapid urban development of certain indigenous cultures - especially contrasted to other, less advanced and primitive cultures. While all Mesoamerican civilizations are regarded as having engaged in human sacrifice, the Aztecs, if their own records are anything to go by, changed it into an art form with a religious and mythological significance that cannot be emphasized enough. Moreover, there is a substantial debate between historians who cannot agree on the degree to which the Aztecs engaged in ritual sacrifice. Obviously, the Aztecs were much more than just barbaric savages - they had a thriving economy, a well-built system of roadways and irrigation, and they were aesthetically inclined, especially towards architecture. Most of the information we have about the Aztecs is through their architecture and their feats, which parallel the Egyptians and continue to baffle and astonish in equal measure. This book aims to be a detailed overview of the Aztec civilization - how it developed and thrived, its economic practices, its unique and elaborate religious myths, and finally its tragic and untimely end. Here is a preview of the book: Aztec History: The Aztec religion, culture, and mythology Aztec History: The Aztec human sacrifices Aztec History: The Spanish conquest and the decline Aztec History: An origin story Much, much more! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Theis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/073673/bk_acx0_073673_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
If you´re Irish American or African American or Eastern European Jewish American, there´s a rich literature to give you a sense of your family´s arrival-in-America story. Until now, that hasn´t been the case for Chinese Americans. From noted historian Mae Ngai, The Lucky Ones uncovers the three-generational saga of the Tape family. It´s a sweeping story centered on patriarch Jeu Dips´ (Joseph Tapes´) self-invention as an immigration broker in post-gold rush, racially explosive San Francisco, and the extraordinary rise it enables. Ngai´s portrayal of the Tapes as the first of a brand-new social type - middle-class Chinese Americans, with touring cars, hunting dogs, and society weddings to broadcast it - will astonish. Again and again, Tape family history illuminates American history. Seven-year-old Mamie Tape attempts to integrate California schools, resulting in the landmark 1885 Tape v. Hurley case. The family´s intimate involvement in the 1904 St. Louis World´s Fair reveals how the Chinese American culture brokers essentially invented Chinatown (and so Chinese culture) for American audiences. Finally, Mae Ngai reveals aspects - timely, haunting, and hopeful - of the lasting legacy of the immigrant experience for all Americans. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Angela Lin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/002613/bk_adbl_002613_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Explains the history behind the drafting of the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, and the Federalist Papers. Analyzes how the Supreme Court has used and interpreted the Federalist Papers. ´´It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force. If there be any truth in the remark, the crisis at which we are arrived may with propriety be regarded as the era in which that decision is to be made.´´ (Alexander Hamilton, Federalist number one) In 1787, delegates from the recently independent 13 colonies met in Philadelphia to try to forge a new, stronger constitution. That summer, the representatives ironed out a document that had pluses and minuses for all involved, a point noted by Ben Franklin in explaining why he assented to it at the end of the process: ´´For, when you assemble a number of men to have the advantage of their joint wisdom, you inevitably assemble with those men all their prejudices, their passions, their errors of opinion, their local interests, and their selfish views. From such an assembly can a perfect production be expected? It therefore astonishes me, sir, to find this system approaching so near to perfection as it does; and I think it will astonish our enemies, who are waiting with confidence to hear that our councils are confounded like those of the builders of Babel; and that our states are on the point of separation, only to meet hereafter for the purpose of cutting one another´s throats. Thus I consent, sir, to this constitution because I expect no better and because I am not sure that it is not the best.” 1. Language: English. Narrator: Donnie Sipes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/039024/bk_acx0_039024_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The must-have companion to Bill O´Reilly´s historic series Legends and Lies: The Real West, a fascinating, eye-opening look at the truth behind the western legends we all think we know. How did Davy Crockett save President Jackson´s life only to end up dying at the Alamo? Was the Lone Ranger based on a real lawman-and was he an African American? What amazing detective work led to the capture of Black Bart, the ´´gentleman bandit´´ and one of the west´s most famous stagecoach robbers? Did Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid really die in a hail of bullets in South America? Generations of Americans have grown up on TV shows, movies and books about these western icons. But what really happened in the Wild West? All the stories you think you know, and others that will astonish you, are here--some heroic, some brutal and bloody, all riveting. Included are the ten legends featured in Bill O´Reilly´s Legends and Lies docuseries -from Kit Carson to Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok to Doc Holliday-- accompanied by two bonus chapters on Daniel Boone and Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley. Frontier America was a place where instinct mattered more than education, and courage was necessary for survival. It was a place where luck made a difference and legends were made. Heavily illustrated with spectacular artwork that further brings this history to life, and told in fast-paced, immersive narrative, Legends and Lies is an irresistible, adventure-packed ride back into one of the most storied era of our nation´s rich history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Wopat. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/001937/bk_aren_001937_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Captain Nelson is a little man who cannot boast of being handsome, but who will, in my view, one day astonish the world. So said Sir William Hamilton to his wife Emma, when Captain Nelson first sailed into Naples Bay in 1793. Even that shrewd Ambassador could hardly have guessed how great the ´´little man´´ would become. Superb seaman and strategist, born leader of men, savior of Britain from the menace of invasion by Napoleon, he won glory at the price of disfigurement, mutilation, and death at the moment of his crowning glory at the glorious Battle of Trafalgar. Brave as a lion in battle, his private character was of gentleness and charm that captivated all who knew him; a rare quality in a fighting man. His love for his mistress, the beautiful Emma Hamilton, was as passionate as his devotion to his country, and is an unforgettable part of his heroic story. The part of Horatio Nelson is played by Edmund Pegge and the part of Emma Hamilton is played by Joanna Wake. Other parts are played by Michael Sheard and Robert Rietty. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Graham, Full Cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/berg/000004/pf_berg_000004_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Michael Korda´s Hero is the story of an epic life on a grand scale: a revealing, in-depth, and gripping biography of the extraordinary, mysterious, and dynamic Englishman whose daring exploits and romantic profile - including his blond, sun-burnished good looks and flowing white robes - made him an object of intense fascination, still famous the world over as ´´Lawrence of Arabia´´. An Oxford scholar and archaeologist, one of five illegitimate sons of a British aristocrat who ran away with his daughters´ governess, Lawrence was sent to Cairo as a young intelligence officer in 1916. He vanished into the desert in 1917, only to emerge later as one of the greatest, and certainly most colorful, figures of World War One. Though a foreigner, he played a leading and courageous part in uniting the Arab tribes to defeat the Turks, and eventually capture Damascus, transforming himself into a world-famous hero, hailed as ´´the Uncrowned King of Arabia´´. In illuminating Lawrence´s achievements, Korda digs further than anyone before him to expose the flesh-and-blood man and his contradictory nature. And as Korda shows in his brilliantly readable and formidably authoritative biography, Lawrence was not only a man of his × he was a visionary whose accomplishments - as a farsighted diplomat and kingmaker, military strategist of genius, perhaps the first modern ´´media celebrity´´ (and one of the first victims of it), and an acclaimed writer - transcended his era. Korda examines Lawrence´s vision for the modern Middle East - plans that, had they been carried through, might have prevented the hatred and bloodshed that have become ubiquitous in the region. Ultimately, as this magisterial work demonstrates, Lawrence remains one of the most unique and fascinating figures of modern times, the arch-hero whose life is at once a triumph and a sacrifice and whose capacity to astonish still remains undimmed. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robin Sachs. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/002359/bk_harp_002359_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Greatest War Stories Never Told:100 Tales from Military History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy Rick Beyer
The Greatest Music Stories Never Told:100 Tales from Music History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy Harper Rick Beyer
What form did Christianity take in the first 30 years? Before the Jewish Christians were slaughtered by Rome and before the emergence of the Pauline sect, while the faith was still under the guiding hand of James, the brother of Jesus, what did the pure and unaltered church look like? By examining the Didache, the ´´Q´´ document, and the book of James we will look back into the first years of the faith. The difference between the beliefs of the apostles and modern Christianity will astonish you. The Didache is a manual written by the early Christians, a break away sect of Judaism, instructing converts on how to be Christians and how to conduct themselves in daily life. It is a magnificent view of the beliefs and rituals of the earliest form of Christianity as propagated by those who knew Jesus best; his brother and the original apostles. By the time of the Roman massacre of the Jews (66 C.E. - 70 C.E.) there were three major division in early Christianity: the original Jewish Christians, the gnostic Christians, and the quickly growing Pauline sect that was breaking away from its more formal Jewish roots. There was a one in three chance of the Pauline sect becoming the template of the Christianity of today. Had the war between the Romans and Jews not happened or had Paul failed to convert enough gentiles to his sect to outnumber those who followed James we could have a Messianic Jewish-based Christianity today. Our canon and our worship would be different, but because it would have been accepted, orthodox, and traditional, Christians would follow it as they follow the Pauline sect now. It is only by chance, or by the hand of god that the Didache is not the main document of catechism in the church today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Prodehl. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/115283/bk_acx0_115283_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This thrilling collection of twenty-one all-original stories, by an all-star list of contributors, will delight and astonish in equal measure with their cunning twists and dazzling reversals. George R. R. Martin himself offers a brand-new A Game of Thrones tale, chronicling one of the biggest rogues in the entire history of Ice and Fire.