´´For the valley was nothing less than an enclosed paradise of amazing fertility, in which the vertical difference of a few thousand feet spanned the whole gulf between temperate and tropical´´ - James Hilton, Lost Horizon (1933) In 1933, British author James Hilton introduced the world to a new destination for journeys of the imagination: the hidden valley of Shangri-La. In doing so, Hilton built upon pre-existing fantasies, stereotypes and archetypes, many of which were centuries old, but Hilton also created something new in the form of a vision which captured the imagination of his contemporaries and has remained ever since. In Hilton´s novel, Lost Horizon, Shangri-La is a valley high in the north of the Himalayas where a monastery (more accurately, a ´´lamasery,´´ as the inhabitants were lamas not monks) dedicated to peace and study exists. The precipitously steep valley is also home to a rich variety of flora, and its inhabitants are renowned for their longevity. The Western myth of Shangri-La is part and parcel of a long-term fascination with Tibet, which even today is still seen as a land of mystery, ancient wisdom and spiritual purity on the roof of the world, all of which stands in contrast to the Western world. Even when Lost Horizon was published in 1933, Shangri-La was inseparable from the anxieties of its Western audiences, particularly given the damage done by World War I and the looming World War II. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Phillip J Mather. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/035970de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan was a United States Navy flag officer, who has been called ´´the most important American strategist of the 19th century.´´ His concept of ´´sea power´´ was based on the idea that countries with greater naval power will have greater worldwide impact; it was most famously presented in The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660 - 1783. The concept had an enormous influence in shaping the strategic thought of Navy´s across the world, especially in the United States, Germany, Japan and Britain, ultimately causing the World War 1 naval arms race. His ideas still permeate the U.S. Navy Doctrine. The Elements of Sea Power is the first book of his enormously long treatise on Sea Power. Mahan´s theories, along with many examples are detailed in this book. It is still widely read today and is required reading in many military classes around the world. The rest of his magnum opus is a detailed analysis of the tactics and strategies of sea battle that took place from 1660 to 1783 and is rarely read today. This is not included in this recording. However, the audio includes information on how to get the entire treatise free of charge. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Killavey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/jimc/000512de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The voices and sounds of World War II digitally remastered to tell the story of the most widespread war in history. 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/slnd/000107de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Rwandan Genocide served as one of the moments which the world chose to look away. This audiobook looks at what the world turned its eyes away from. In examining the United Nations’ decisions during the 1994 Rwandan genocide incident, one can clearly see issues concerning conflicting interests among key actors in the United Nations’ decision-making process. Throughout the process of the United Nations taking in demands and supports and converting those inputs into decisions, one can clearly see that a breakdown did occur somewhere in the process. The Rwandan genocide has often been seen as one of the United Nations’ greatest failures. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carl Moore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/023811de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In A Way with Words: Writing, Rhetoric, and the Art of Persuasion, widely published professor Michael D.C. Drout embarked on a thought-provoking investigation into the role of rhetoric in our world. Now, in A Way with Words II: Approaches to Literature, the renowned literary scholar leads a series of lectures that focus on the big questions of literature. Is literature a kind of lie? Can fiction ever be ´´realistic´´? Why do we read? What should we read? Professor Drout provides insight into these and other provocative questions, including those related to the role of the text, author, and audience in the reading process. Throughout, Professor Drout introduces the major schools of literary and critical thought and employs illuminating examples from the world´s most important literary works. Literature contributes to our understanding of what it means to be human in a myriad of complex ways, and for all those who appreciate the role of literature in our lives, this course proves a wonderful exploration of one of humankind´s most cherished pursuits. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Professor Michael D.C. Drout. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/reco/002063de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the acclaimed author of A Tour of the Calculus and The Advent of the Algorithm, here is a riveting look at mathematics that reveals a hidden world in some of its most fundamental concepts. In his latest foray into mathematics, David Berlinski takes on the simplest questions that can be asked: What is a number? How do addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division actually work? What are geometry and logic? As he delves into these subjects, he discovers and lucidly describes the beauty and complexity behind their seemingly simple exteriors, making clear how and why these mercurial, often slippery concepts are essential to who we are. Filled with illuminating historical anecdotes and asides on some of the most fascinating mathematicians through the ages, One, Two, Three is a captivating exploration of the foundation of mathematics: how it originated, who thought of it, and why it matters. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Byron Wagner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002623de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Before Columbus´s fateful voyage in 1492, no European had ever seen, much less tasted, tobacco or chocolate. Initially dismissed as dry leaves and an odd Indian drink, these two commodities came to conquer Europe on a scale unsurpassed by any other American resource or product. A fascinating story of contact, exploration, and exchange in the Atlantic world, Sacred Gifts, Profane Pleasures traces the ways in which these two goods of the Americas both changed and were changed by Europe. Focusing on the Spanish Empire, Marcy Norton investigates how tobacco and chocolate became material and symbolic links to the pre-Hispanic past for colonized Indians and colonizing Europeans alike. Botanical ambassadors of the American continent, they also profoundly affected Europe. Tobacco, once condemned as proof of Indian diabolism, became the constant companion of clergymen and the single largest source of state revenue in Spain. Before coffee or tea became popular in Europe, chocolate was the drink that energized the fatigued and uplifted the depressed. However, no one could quite forget the pagan past of tobacco and chocolate, despite their apparent Europeanization: physicians relied on Mesoamerican medical systems for their understanding of tobacco; theologians looked to Aztec precedent to decide whether chocolate drinking violated Lenten fasts. The struggle of scientists, theologians, and aficionados alike to reconcile notions of European superiority with the fact of American influence shaped key modern developments ranging from natural history to secularization. Norton considers the material, social, and cultural interaction between Europe and the Americas with historical depth and insight that goes beyond the portrayal of Columbian exchange simply as a matter of exploitation, infection, and conquest. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cynthia Wallace. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/028345de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It can be argued that one simple idea - the concept of freedom - has been the driving force of Western civilization and may be the most influential intellectual force the world has ever known. But what is freedom, exactly? These 36 engaging lectures tell the dramatic story of freedom from ancient Greece to our own day, exploring a concept so close to us we may never have considered it with the thoroughness it deserves. In exploring what freedom meant to Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King, and other great historical figures, you´ll probe a range of provocative issues related to a concept we in the 21st century sometimes take for granted. What does it take to be free, to have and to hold liberty? What role do the liberal arts and the world of the intellect play in the life of a free society or a free individual? How should we understand the relationship among freedom, religion, and morality? With Professor Fears guiding and informing your thinking, you explore the birth of the idea of freedom in Greece and the story of the world´s first democracy; the status and meaning of freedom in both the Roman Republic and the Empire; the role of Christianity in that flowering of freedom, and the Christian view of the true meaning of human liberation; the debates about freedom that informed the framing and ratification of the United States Constitution; its awful testing on the battlefields of the Civil War; the struggles of free peoples against domestic injustices and foreign dictatorships during the 20th century; and the questions about freedom we still face today. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Professor Rufus J. Fears. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000147de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The great voyages of discovery to the New World are here brought to life by one of the 20th century´s most eminent historians, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Samuel Morison.A master seaman himself, Morison personally retraced the voyages of the early explorers, charting his travels in maps and photographs and comparing these to the maps and travelogues of the early sailors. The resulting two-volume The European Discovery of America was widely acclaimed both for its author´s incomparable knowledge of history, cartography, and sea navigation and for the fresh immediacy of its writing.The Great Explorers abridges this great work, following the voyages of Columbus, Magellan, Drake, and many more. Here is the fascinating story of these explorers´ ventures into uncharted waters, their encounters with natives, and their joy - and surprise - at discovering new land. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Frederick Davidson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/003271de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For centuries, man has feared the bat. Its seeming ability to traverse between the worlds has inspired tales of terrible horror but also stories of great hope.This is the tale of the age-old Bat Man - from Bob Kane and Bill Finger´s creation in 1939 to Dracula and even further back into time.The image and legacy of the bat throughout history is truly emblematic of man´s dark side. This is a tale of more than just the incredible success of a superhero; it is also a unique insight into the dark nature of man himself.Relive the rise of the Batman era, from the very beginnings to the modern age - and in so doing, you´ll understand how this creation has taken on a life of its own. The dark nature of our very selves will be explored. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Philip Gardiner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/real/000035de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dreams of Other Worlds describes the unmanned space missions that have opened new windows on distant worlds. Spanning four decades of dramatic advances in astronomy and planetary science, this book tells the story of eleven iconic exploratory missions and how they have fundamentally transformed our scientific and cultural perspectives on the universe and our place in it.The journey begins with the Viking and Mars Exploration Rover missions to Mars, which paint a startling picture of a planet at the cusp of habitability. It then moves into the realm of the gas giants with the Voyager probes and Cassini´s ongoing exploration of the moons of Saturn. The Stardust probe´s dramatic round-trip encounter with a comet is brought vividly to life, as are the SOHO and Hipparcos missions to study the Sun and Milky Way. This stunningly illustrated book also explores how our view of the universe has been brought into sharp focus by NASA´s great observatories--Spitzer, Chandra, and Hubble--and how the WMAP mission has provided rare glimpses of the dawn of creation.Dreams of Other Worlds reveals how these unmanned exploratory missions have redefined what it means to be the temporary tenants of a small planet in a vast cosmos. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Matthew Josdal. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018223de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
History is made and defined by landmark events - moments that irrevocably changed the course of human civilization. They have given us spiritual and political ideas; catastrophic battles and wars; scientific and technological advances; world leaders both influential and monstrous; and cultural works of unparalleled beauty. Now a series of 36 captivating lectures explores some of the most important and definitive events in the history of the world - events after which our world would never be the same. Taught by a remarkably gifted teacher with more than 25 teaching awards to his credit, these lectures form an intriguing and engaging tour of thousands of years of human history, from the creation of the Code of Hammurabi to the Battle of Lexington to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.´s ´´I Have a Dream´´ speech and beyond. It´s a chance for you to gain new insights about world history from a truly riveting historian. Using his expert knowledge and impressive ability to draw out invaluable lessons from the past, Professor Fears has chosen the events he discusses based on three criteria: how the event in itself fundamentally changed history, how the aftermath of the event changed history, and how the event and its impact still resonate with us today. The result is a comprehensive and authoritative selection of subjects, each of which played a crucial role in transforming human civilization. Whether the event is an obvious or not-so-obvious choice, Professor Fears takes great care to tie each to the 21st century, pointing out just how influential these and other moments were in shaping who we are and how we live. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Professor J. Rufus Fears. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000319de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.