June 6th, 2019 is the 75th anniversary of D-Day. As commemorations take place all over the world, itâ€™s a time to reflect and remember. Read more
“My book is about life in the Texas border country. It follows my familyâ€™s migration into Texas from Missouri in the 1850s. But in a larger sense, itâ€™s about the migration of different peoples, through a distinctly unwelcoming landscape over the last 14,000 years.”
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“It took me 10 years to write DRAW YOUR WEAPONS. I wrote it after seeing two photographs. The first photograph I saw was a picture of a man and he was holding a violin, and I read the newspaper story about him. It turned out he was a conscientious objector during World War II whoâ€™d protested the internment of Japanese Americans, and was put in prison. While he was there, he built a violin. And the newspaper story I read about him was about his grandson completing that violin and giving it to him on his birthday. And everything in my body said, ‘you have to write about this person.'”
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â€śThe historian [Louis F.] Burns once wrote, â€™To believe that the Osages survived intact from their ordeal is a delusion of the mind. What has been possible to salvage has been saved and is dearer to our hearts because it survived. What is gone is treasured because it was what we once were. We gather our past and present into the depths of our being and face tomorrow. We are still Osage. We live and we reach old age for our forefathers.â€™â€ť Read more
Did you know that many of Americaâ€™s Founding Fathers—who fought for liberty and justice for all—were slave owners?
Through the powerful stories of five enslaved people who were â€śownedâ€ť by four of our greatest presidents, this audiobook helps set the record straight about the role slavery played in the founding of America. Read more
When I first heard the premise of Elizabeth Lettsâ€™s The Perfect Horse, I will admit I was skeptical after reading the description. I thought the title Saving Private Sea Biscuit would be more appropriate. I couldnâ€™t imagine how anybody would put their life on the line in the middle of a world war save some purebred horses. Iâ€™ve read a lot of World War II stories and thought I had heard of everything, from the landings at Anzio to Operation Zitadelle. But once I had heard the story about the kidnapping of hundreds of horses told in The Perfect Horse, I realized that these horses were swept up in the war just like so many millions of people. And even though they were animals, their rescue by the U.S. Army was no less heroic. Although it does not feature the same battles as the typical World War II story, The Perfect Horse is just as interesting and thrilling. Whether youâ€™re a fan of WWII history, or of thoroughbred horses, thereâ€™s something for you to love in this audiobook.
David Potter is no audio newbie. But when it came to listening to his The Left Behinds series on audioâ€”he was nervous. He shares his reaction to hearing two-time Odyssey Award winner Kirby Heyborneâ€™s narration for the first time: Read more
On November 19th, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most famous speeches in American History. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was written for the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, PA only four and a half months after the famous battle that would turn the tide of the Civil War. Before Gettysburg, the Union Army had suffered defeat after defeat at the hands of the Confederates, and victory seemed nearly out of reach. Â After more than a year of setbacks on the battlefield, the Union had finally achieved a decisive victory against the Confederacy at Gettysburg. The tide of the Civil War was beginning to turn in favor of the Union. With victory in sight, President Lincoln’s dedication speech reminded Americans that the Civil War was about more than emancipation–it was about preserving democracy itself. President Lincoln’s speech served as a rallying cry for the Union’s cause, and continues to inspire Americans today. But the Gettysburg Address would not have been possible without a victory on the battlefield. In Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, Professor Allen C. Guelzo examines the battle in exquisite detail. If you’re interested in learning more about the Gettysburg Address on its 152nd anniversary, this audiobook is the best place to begin.