The riveting story of a dramatic confrontation between Native Americans and white settlers, a compelling conflict that unfolded in the newly created Washington Territory from 1853 to 1857. When appointed Washington´s first governor, Isaac Ingalls Stevens, an ambitious military man turned politician, had one goal: to persuade (peacefully if possible) the Indians of the Puget Sound region to turn over their ancestral lands to the federal government. In return, they were to be consigned to reservations unsuitable for hunting, fishing, or grazing, their traditional means of sustaining life. The result was an outbreak of violence and rebellion, a tragic episode of frontier oppression and injustice. With his trademark empathy and scholarly acuity, Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Kluger recounts the impact of Stevens´s program on the Nisqually tribe, whose chief, Leschi, sparked the native resistance movement. Stevens was determined to succeed at any cost: his hasty treaty negotiations with the Indians, marked by deceit, threat, and misrepresentation, inflamed his opponents. Leschi, resolved to save more than a few patches of his people´s lush homelands, unwittingly turned his tribe and, most of all, himself into victims of the governor´s relentless wrath. The conflict between these two complicated and driven men and their supporters, explosively and enormously at odds with each other, was to have echoes far into the future. Closely considered and eloquently written, The Bitter Waters of Medicine Creek is a bold and long-overdue clarification of the historical record of an American tragedy, presenting, through the experiences of one tribe, the history of Native American suffering and injustice. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alan Sklar. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002559/bk_rand_002559_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this genial and challenging overview of endless debates over school reform, Rick Hess shows that even bitter opponents in debates about how to improve schools agree on much more than they realize - and that much of it must change radically. Cutting through the tangled thickets of right- and left-wing dogma, he clears the ground for transformation of the American school system. Whatever they think of school vouchers or charter schools, teacher merit pay or bilingual education, most educators and advocates take many other things for granted. The one-teacher–one-classroom model. The professional full-time teacher. Students grouped in age-defined grades. The nine-month calendar. Top-down local district control. All were innovative and exciting - in the 19th century. As Hess shows, the system hasn´t changed since most Americans lived on farms and in villages, since school taught you to read, write, and do arithmetic, and since only an elite went to high school, let alone college. Arguing that a fundamentally 19th-century system can´t be right for a 21st-century world, Hess suggests that uniformity gets in the way of quality, and urges us to create a much wider variety of schools, to meet a greater range of needs for different kinds of talents, needed by a vastly more complex and demanding society. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/002862/bk_acx0_002862_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Preparing a planet for colonization can be a deadly business. Scientists and engineers working on the Ceres project have all been poisoned from radiation. But there may still be a way to save the mission. Dr. Adrian McElroy has proposed a radical and illegal solution - the transfer of his colleagues’ intelligence into android bodies. The doctor is positive he can make his lifelong dream work. However, the scientists will soon find radiation is not the only thing threatening their lives. McElroy’s plan has raised the ire of engineer Mikola Petrovsky - a bitter opponent to artificial life. Mikola fought to come aboard the prestigious colonization mission to save face after losing his aeronautics job to robots. Now he must overcome his disgust and consent to become an android/human hybrid in order to settle his personal vendetta with artificial beings once and for all. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charles Geddes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/125040/bk_acx0_125040_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the fall of 1864, the Civil War´s outcome rested largely on Abraham Lincoln´s success in the upcoming presidential election. As the contest approached, cautious optimism buoyed the President´s supporters in the wake of Union victories at Atlanta and in the Shenandoah Valley. With all eyes on the upcoming election, Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant conducted a series of large-scale military operations outside Richmond and Petersburg, which have, until now, received little attention. In Richmond Must Fall, Hampton Newsome examines these October battles in unprecedented scope and detail. The narrative begins with one of Lee´s last offensive operations of the war at the Darbytown Road on October 7, 1864, and ends with Grant´s major offensive on October 27 to seize the South Side Railroad, the last open rail line into the Confederate stronghold at Petersburg. The October 1864 operations offer important insights into the personalities and command styles of Lee and Grant, including Lee´s penchant for audacity and overwhelming thirst to strike a blow against his opponent even against bitter odds and Grant´s willingness to shoulder heavy responsibility in the face of great risk. The narrative explores the relationships within the high command of both armies, including Grant´s sometimes strained partnership with the cautious George Meade. Drawing on an array of original sources, Newsome focuses on the October battles themselves, examining the plans for the operations, the decisions made by commanders on the battlefield, and the soldiers´ view from the ground. At the same time, he places these military actions in the larger political context of the fall of 1864. With the election looming, neither side could afford a defeat at Richmond or Petersburg. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Claton Butcher. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/008660/bk_acx0_008660_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A bitter divorce is only the beginning. First the father hires thugs to kidnap his son. Then the mother hires Spenser to get the boy back. But as soon as Spenser senses the lay of the land, he decides to do some kidnapping of his own. With a contract out on his life, he heads for the Maine woods, determined to give a puny 15 year old a crash course in survival and to beat his dangerous opponents at their own brutal game. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Prichard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/001959/bk_rand_001959_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Former US naval officer Jake Slate is on a downhill slide into alcohol, self-pity, and rage. A decade of life as a mercenary submarine commander has left him exhausted, bitter, and utterly disgusted with the world. When a drunken brawl leaves his opponent dead in the parking lot of a seedy bar, Jake needs to run away. From his crime...from his country...from himself. For international arms dealer Pierre Renard, Jake´s meltdown couldn´t possibly have come at a better time. Renard is planning to start a war against a major European military power, and he needs Jake Slate to light the fuse. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Christy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/083588/bk_acx0_083588_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Nina Granville believes her business trip to Alaska will give her a short respite from the merry-go-round that came with her engagement to Congressman Terrence Donnelly. But instead of allowing her the peace she craves, Nina´s getaway from the public eye means that no one witnesses her abduction into a very cold hell. Taken by a mountain man who calls himself Baer and then transported to a remote cabin surrounded by nothing but frozen wilderness, Nina descends into a nightmare of terror, privation, and bitter cold. Nina´s privileged life did not prepare her for imprisonment at the hands of this survivalist trapper. If she is to live - and to escape - Nina realizes she must do it on her own. Undaunted and with startling determination, Nina pits herself against her captor, her fear, and nature itself in a battle for her life - but can she win against such deadly opponents? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Teri Clark Linden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/007453/bk_brll_007453_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sometimes defending those you love means risking everything and attempting the most dangerous task in the universe: making a planetary assault against a heavily entrenched enemy. It´s grim and always ugly. But as long as men refuse to bow their heads to conquerors, they will take the fight to the enemy or die trying. Three masters of military science fiction have come together to tell harrowing tales of high-tech mayhem. In BV Larson´s ´´An Army of One´´ the Macros of the Star Force series invade from the skies, forcing a nanotized assassin into a deadly decision. David VanDyke´s ´´First Conquest´´ tells of a bitter battle as EarthFleet smashes into an alien star system in a desperate first strike to save humanity. Vaughn Heppner´s Space Marines of the Doom Star series race to the Oort Cloud in ´´Cyborgs!´´ For them, the hour of desperation has arrived.Planetary Assault drips of glorious victories and grim defeats as humanity forces its way into the galaxy through sheer fighting ability. Despite their opponents, mankind will not be denied. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Boyett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015051/bk_adbl_015051_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
There´s one attorney that rubs Peter and Suzi the wrong way most: Mister Morris Arthur, the most devious opponent they´ve ever faced in court, and one that they feel has been complicit in actions from murder to kidnapping - and getting away with it each time. But this time he attempts what attorney Peter Sharp, his young legal ward Suzi, and even Peter´s bitter ex-wife Myra feel is the worst offense: getting one of their small group of close associates in trouble with the law. They draw their line in the sand, and as far apart as Peter and his ex-wife who is now the county´s top prosecutor have become, they decide to join forces to put an end to this rogue lawyer´s despicable behavior both inside and outside the courtroom. His actions have gone unpunished for previous crimes, and he is now on the verge of succeeding in trying again in two other crimes, so it´s unanimous: he must be stopped. The only way they can succeed in stopping Morris Arthur is by tricking him and his clever attorney into painting themselves into a corner in trial, a position from which there is no favorable way out, and their success or failure may depend on a mistake made by Suzi while having a telephone conversation with the person soon to be the one that´s framed. You will enjoy the give-and-take dialogue and legal maneuvering of district attorney Myra Scot Sharp and Morris Arthur´s attorney during a civil trial that Myra hopes will result in forcing Arthur to admit his committing of two recent crimes that he is framing someone else for, especially when the surprise witness of the century is called to the stand, a person whose appearance even shocks Peter. If you enjoy shows like Law & Order you´ll surely appreciate this book, especially because unlike the TV show, it hasn´t been ´´ripped from the headlines´´. It´s been crafted by a real trial attorney. 1. Language: English. Narrator: B.J. Harrison. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/078447/bk_acx0_078447_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the American West to the Siberian coast, from Hollywood to the boxing ring, here are timeless tales of war, mystery, romance, crime, and punishment as only Louis L´Amour can tell them. These stories are vintage L´Amour: A hard-bitten cattle driver is pitted against a man trying to steal his woman, the disappearance of a thousand head of cattle, and a plot to frame him for murder....A private eye visits a remote mining town on a case involving a sexy widow, an uneasy lawman, and a fortune in gold buried in an abandoned mine shaft....A country boy with a good right hand must fight not only his vicious opponent in the ring but the ruthless gangsters who´ll do anything for profit-even commit cold-blooded murder....A young woman stranded in an isolated harbor must survive the wilderness and a brutal battle of wits with a sadistic fortune hunter. Here is the trademark blend of action, suspense, historical detail, and unforgettable characters that have made Louis L´Amour one of the world´s most extraordinary writers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terrence Mann. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003703/bk_rand_003703_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.