In Charles River Editors´ History for Kids series, your children can learn about history´s most important people and events in an easy, entertaining, and educational way. The concise but comprehensive book will keep your kid´s attention all the way to the end. The American Revolution had no shortage of compelling characters with seemingly larger than life traits, including men like the multi-talented Benjamin Franklin, the wise Thomas Jefferson, the mercurial John Adams, and the stoic George Washington. But no Revolutionary leader has been as controversial as Samuel Adams, who has been widely portrayed over the last two centuries as America´s most radical and fiery colonist. Among his contemporaries, Adams was viewed as one of the most influential colonial leaders, a man Thomas Jefferson himself labeled ´´truly the Man of the Revolution´´ and the one who the Boston Gazette eulogized as the ´´Father of the American Revolution.´´ Adams was an outspoken opponent of British taxes in the 1760s, one of Boston´s hardest working writers and orators, a leader of the Boston Caucus, active in the Sons of Liberty, and a political leader who organized large gatherings in settings like Faneuil Hall and the Old South Meeting House. When cousin John Adams was an Ambassador to France during the Revolution, he had to explain that he was not the ´´famous´´ Adams. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tracey Norman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/096577/bk_acx0_096577_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
If Rutherford B. Hayes´s significance as chief executive had faded in the public memory, nothing brought it back into our consciousness more than the similarities between the controversial elections of 1876 and 2000. In 1876, Hayes´s opponent, Samuel Tilden, won the popular vote and led the Electoral College, but the returns in several states were in dispute. A special electoral commission convened and handed the presidency to Hayes. Newspapers of the time cried of ´´the iniquity in Florida.´´ Yet this cry of foul was only one of several obstacles facing the new president. After years of Grant-era corruption, the Republican Party looked to the earnest and upright Hayes to revitalize their flagging and scandalized party. As the volume of protest over election results increased, the Southern Democrats threatened to oust Hayes, and so he was forced to conciliate. To the dismay of the more conservative Republicans, he struck a deal to end military occupation of the South, thus ending the Reconstruction. In retrospect, as historian Hans L. Trefousse points out, it was this decision that helped unify the country and which restored legitimacy to the Oval Office. As chief executive, Hayes´s accomplishments were mixed. His conservative financial policies helped lift the country´s economic depression, and he was able to reform the civil service and quell the 1877 labor uprising. But many of his well-intentioned goals, such as a bill that would help fund education for black children, were never realized, and many contemporary historians fault him for his lack of action on these fronts. Rather than pursue a second term, Hayes decided to retire, maintaining his reputation for temperance, authority, and stability. Ultimately, it was Hayes´s ability to compromise in order to help revitalize a floundering and factionalized nation that serves as his real legacy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ira Claffey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/000306/bk_aren_000306_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Politics, puppy dogs, and passion, oh my! When his Republican opponent outs him with a photo in a Facebook post, Senator Samuel Dalton doesn´t have many options open to him. It doesn´t matter that the photo is totally innocent. He has no choice but to come clean...until his staff suggest putting a spin on it that leaves Sam reeling. Sure, he´ll end up with a lot of sympathy, not to mention the possibility of more voters from the LGBT community, but it still seems a pretty drastic solution. Now all they have to do is persuade Gary, the other man in the photo, to play along. It sounds so easy: convince the constituents of North Carolina that he and Sam are engaged. No big deal, except for the fact that they´ve only just met.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Solo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/068465/bk_acx0_068465_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Chessa´s husband, Darren Richards, is a behind-the-scenes narcissistic abusive alcoholic. None of that changes when he becomes the leading candidate for president of the United States. Chessa´s worries about her husband reach a fevered pitch as he closes in on winning the nation´s highest office. How can she support his candidacy, even if it will mean becoming first lady? Meanwhile Darren´s opponent, Leif Mitchell, is selected from his humble life as a stable hand and country rock singer to run for political office. His charm and leadership pave the way for him to become a national hero and a real threat as the leading Republican presidential candidate. A powerful Darren will stop at nothing to bring Leif down, causing Leif to reconsider his high road approach to politics. When Chessa finds out Leif is preparing to seek revenge on Darren in an attack that not only will destroy her husband´s candidacy but will probably cost innocent lives as well, she is suddenly faced with a decision: Should she preserve peace at all costs, protecting those who would become collateral damage as a result of the ensuing battle and in turn sacrificing her freedom and risking her own life? Should she try to stop Leif, which may ruin his chances but save his soul? The Peace Maker is based on the story of David and Abigail in the Bible´s first book of Samuel, a story of hardship, struggle, courage, and faith that God will lead his people if they but let him. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elli Raven. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/039868/bk_acx0_039868_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.