Memorial Day
Delve into Military History with These 5 Books

For many, Memorial Day is a symbol of kicking off summer fun. It is important, though, to take a moment to remember exactly why this holiday exists. Memorial Day was created to honor those who have fallen while serving our country. Take some time to hear some of their stories, learn about our world’s wartime histories, and honor these brave men and women by listening to these audiobooks:

The Best and the Brightest

David Halberstam’s masterpiece, the defining history of the making of the Vietnam tragedy, includes a new foreword by Senator John McCain.
Listen to an excerpt THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST

My Fellow Soldiers

Andrew Carroll draws on a rich trove of little-known and newly uncovered letters and diaries to create a vivid and moving account of the American experience in World War I. Featuring General John Pershing, this account also weaves in the stories of remarkable American men and women.
Listen to an excerpt MY FELLOW SOLDIERS

Last Hope Island

In this epic character-driven narrative, acclaimed historian Lynne Olson takes us back to those perilous days when the British and their European guests joined forces to combat Hitler and reclaim their continent.
Listen to an excerpt LAST HOPE ISLAND

MacArthur's Spies
Author: Peter Eisner
Read By: Peter Eisner

On January 2, 1942, Japanese troops marched into Manila unopposed by U.S. forces. While thousands of forces surrendered, thousands of other Filipinos and Americans refused and hid in the hills. This is the thrilling story of three of them and how they successfully foiled the Japanese for more than two years.
Listen to an excerpt MACARTHUR’S SPIES

Scars of Independence
Author: Holger Hoock
Read By: Scott Brick

Historian Holger Hoock shows, in this deeply researched and elegantly written account of America’s founding, the Revolution was not only a high-minded battle over principles, but also a profoundly violent civil war—one that shaped the nation, and the British Empire, in ways we have only begun to understand.
Listen to an excerpt SCARS OF INDEPENDENCE

For more military history listens, check out our Memorial Day Collection.

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Crazy Rich Asians Series is Laugh Out Loud Hilarious

If you’re looking for a hilarious, drama-filled listen to get you through the day, don’t miss the Crazy Rich Asians series, three books by Kevin Kwan. The first, Crazy Rich Asians, is being turned into a film starring Fresh Off the Boat’s main actress, Constance Wu.

In this series, listeners dive into a world of social-climbing lovesick billionaires, devastating gossip, and scheming family members. Make sure to check out the second audio, China Rich Girlfriend, before the final entry in the series, Rich People Problems, comes out on May 23.

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This Is The Author | Jeffrey Tambor

“When I was a young actor in New York, I premiered in a show called Sly Fox, which starred the great George C. Scott. I had three lines in the show. Actually, I had one line and I said it three times. It was, ‘You look wonderful, sir,’ which I added ‘oh’ to. ‘Oh, you look wonderful, sir.’ That was free of charge. I remember walking out the stage door one day and there was this legendary autograph hound that went from theater to theater, and he was standing right in front of me as I walked out, and he looked at me and he went, ‘Are you anybody?'”

Learn more about Are You Anybody?

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This Is The Author | Amy Thielen

“This story is really about homecoming. It’s about cooking and getting into the world of cooking in all its so many crazy, wild places. From home cooking to the kitchens of New York City, to farmhouse kitchens and warehouse squat kitchens, this book really shows how you can cook well or you can learn something about cooking anywhere you are.”

Learn more about Give a Girl a Knife.

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This Is The Author | John T. Edge

“It’s a food history of the modern South that begins in 1955 with the Montgomery bus boycotts. Women who baked cakes and pies and sold them literally fueled the bus boycotts. And it ends in 2015 as a newer South comes into focus. A newer South in which tamale makers of Mexican descent are as much a part of the Southern story as anyone else.”

Learn more about The Potlikker Papers.

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