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.
Joanna Grey injects the deadly poison into the chamber of the syringe - time after time. She´s murdered before and she´ll do it again. She´s intelligent, educated, and beautiful. At 35, Rylee Hayes is a respected homicide detective. Her best friends are her grandparents, her coonhound, and her partner - in that order. She´s about ready to give up on the idea of a relationship. She hasn´t seen the love of her life, Kenzie Bigham, since college. At 34, Kenzie Bigham is the single mom of a 13 year old, a church secretary, and a woman who´s struggled much of her adult life with her own sexuality. Their paths will cross when Rylee´s new investigation involves members of Kenzie´s congregation. They´ll discover that the passage of time may have offered them a second chance at love - just as Joanna sights her next target. Will Rylee have what it takes to meet the challenge of a serial killer who´s proven herself to be a more than worthy opponent? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Emily Beresford. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/094336/bk_acx0_094336_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Christy Hayes is a case study in successful living. She´s won two Olympic gold medals, built a multimillion-dollar business, and landed a gorgeous and powerful CEO husband. But Christy´s dream life begins to unravel when she inherits custody of an 11-year-old girl named Renata. Suddenly she finds herself battling three formidable opponents: a treacherous business partner bent on ousting her from the company she founded, a ruthless stay-at-home mom who´ll stop at nothing to maintain her PTA power base, and a stunning single woman scheming to steal her husband. Throw in the demands of one high-maintenance spouse and it´s clear: something´s got to give. But what? Her marriage? Her career? Her sanity? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eileen Stevens. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/002573/bk_adbl_002573_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.