There can be no doubt that Stalin is one of the most notorious and controversial figures in history. He presents a puzzling paradox for both psychologists and sociologists; he was simultaneously revered, feared, loved, and hated during his lifetime. So much has been written about the life of Joseph Stalin, and yet upon closer inspection, he still seems to present us with quite an enigma. His cruelty towards his political opponents and dissidents is well known, but so are his efforts to go out of his way in lifting up the most downtrodden and desperate members of Soviet society, giving them the chance that Tsarist Russia would not. Inside you will hear about.... A Change of Weather The Real Revolution Begins From Exile to Supreme Leader A Brave New Word Stalin’s Gambit Stalin Makes a Comeback Defending the Capitol Going West Stalin is known as a brutish dictator who struck a bargain with Hitler as if he was an old friend, yet it was this same Stalin who would almost single-handedly save Europe from Nazi occupation. Who was Stalin? What did he really want? In this audiobook, we explore the complexities and nuances of the living, breathing conundrum who called himself Joseph Stalin. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Paul Aulridge, Jr.. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/107882/bk_acx0_107882_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Simple yet powerful keys for keeping your composure and the mental edge over your opponents, which will help you play with more consistency, experience less frustration, and shoot lower scores. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dr. Joseph Parent, Kristin Kalbli, Jef Holbrook. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/027004/bk_adbl_027004_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Beware of creating your worst enemy. All Joe Colsco wanted out of life was a reasonably interesting job supporting a quiet, comfortable suburban lifestyle, eventually a small family, and time to pursue hobbies. Instead, a freak accident casts him naked onto a beach of another planet inhabited by humans with technology circa 1700. In time, Joe, now known as Yozef Kolsko, makes the difficult acceptance of a new life, has a respectable position in his new society, and is married with a child on the way. But all is not rosy. He has become embroiled in a struggle beyond any dream he could have had - or any nightmare. The Narthani are a militant society intent on subjugating the Caedelli, the people he´s come to identify with. Despite Yozef´s hope to focus his life on transferring scientific knowledge and supporting a quiet life, he finds his life´s direction moving beyond his control. As his actions and ideas become more important in resisting the Narthani, he reluctantly finds himself dragged into leadership roles he doesn´t believe himself qualified - including efforts to unite the Caedelli clans. The transformation of Joseph Colsco to Yozef Kolsko is about to take another step. Unwittingly, the Narthani themselves are creating an opponent unlike any they have ever faced, an enemy beyond their conceptions. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Davis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/podm/000489/bk_podm_000489_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On a dark night in Lusaka, Zambia, an adolescent girl is brutally assaulted. In shock, she cannot speak. Her identity is a mystery. Where did she come from? Was the attack a random street crime or a premeditated act? The girl´s case is taken up by Zoe Fleming, a human rights lawyer working in Africa. A betrayal in her own past gives the girl´s plight a special resonance for Zoe, and she is determined to find the perpetrator and seek justice. Also investigating on behalf of the Zambian police is Joseph Kabuta. At first reluctant to work together, they team up. Yet their progress is thwarted at every turn and it soon becomes clear that their opponents are every bit as powerful and determined as they are corrupt. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robin Miles. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/007373/bk_reco_007373_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
November 1943. Tehran, Iran. The three allied leaders, Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin meet to discuss the invasion of Europe and final defeat of Nazi Germany. When a British Intelligence officer is murdered just days before the start of the conference, Booth Salinger, an American OSS officer, is sent to Tehran to investigate. Against this backdrop, A Spy in the Shadows unfolds exposing a tale of dedicated opponents, betrayal of allies, and a German spy, codenamed Traveler, who possesses secrets that could delay the allied invasion and change the outcome of the war. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Killavey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/009785/bk_acx0_009785_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Who was the real Atticus Finch? A prize-winning historian reveals the man behind the legend. The publication of Go Set a Watchman in 2015 forever changed how we think about Atticus Finch. Once seen as a paragon of decency, he was reduced to a small-town racist. How are we to understand this transformation? In Atticus Finch, historian Joseph Crespino draws on exclusive sources to reveal how Harper Lee´s father provided the central inspiration for each of her books. A lawyer and newspaperman, A. C. Lee was a principled opponent of mob rule, yet he was also a racial paternalist. Harper Lee created the Atticus of Watchman out of the ambivalence she felt toward white southerners like him. But when a militant segregationist movement arose that mocked his values, she revised the character in To Kill a Mockingbird to defend her father and to remind the South of its best traditions. A story of family and literature amid the upheavals of the 20th century, Atticus Finch is essential to understanding Harper Lee, her novels, and her times. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Woren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/004462/bk_hach_004462_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
First published in Russian in 2016 and written by Valentin Kirillov - Mikhail Tal´s close friend, sparring partner, team member and second - this book of memoirs describes key events from Tal´s life, portrays his mentors and opponents, and reveals previously unknown facts and funny stories about the Magician of Riga. A real collectors´ item for all true Tal fans, it provides color on Janis Kruzkops, who was Tal´s first coach and who died tragically young, Tal´s mentor Alexander Koblencs, and the chess masters to whom Tal was close, including Genna Sosonko, Aivars Gipslis, Janis Klovans, Alvis Vitolins, the young Alexei Shirov, and Kirillov himself, as well as the mysterious doctor Joseph Geikhman. It also traces the efforts of the Latvian chess community to preserve and build on Tal´s memory after his death, in particular with the attempt to establish a Tal museum and hold regular tournaments in his honor. With a foreword to the English edition by Alexei Shirov.
In October 1863, the Union Army of the Cumberland was besieged in Chattanooga, all but surrounded by familiar opponents: the Confederate Army of Tennessee. The Federals were surviving by the narrowest of margins, thanks only to a trickle of supplies painstakingly hauled over the sketchiest of mountain roads. Soon, even those quarter-rations would not suffice. Disaster was in the offing.Yet those Confederates, once jubilant at having routed the Federals at Chickamauga and driven them back into the apparent trap of Chattanooga’s trenches, found their own circumstances increasingly difficult to bear. In the immediate aftermath of their victory, the South rejoiced; the Confederacy’s own disasters of the previous summer - Vicksburg and Gettysburg - were seemingly reversed. Then came stalemate in front of those same trenches. The Confederates held the high ground, Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge, but they could not completely seal off Chattanooga from the north.The Union responded. Reinforcements were on the way. A new man arrived to take command: Ulysses S. Grant. Confederate General Braxton Bragg, unwilling to launch a frontal attack on Chattanooga’s defenses, sought victory elsewhere, diverting troops to East Tennessee.Battle Above the Clouds by David Powell recounts the first half of the campaign to lift the siege of Chattanooga, including the opening of the ´´cracker line”, the unusual night battle of Wauhatchie, and one of the most dramatic battles of the entire war: Lookout Mountain. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joseph A Williams. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/154440/bk_acx0_154440_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Brigham Young was a rough-hewn craftsman from New York whose impoverished and obscure life was electrified by the Mormon faith. He trudged around the United States and England to gain converts for Mormonism, spoke in spiritual tongues, married more than 50 women, and eventually transformed a barren desert into his vision of the Kingdom of God. While previous accounts of his life have been distorted by hagiography or polemical exposé, John Turner provides a fully realized portrait of a colossal figure in American religion, politics, and westward expansion. After the 1844 murder of Mormon founder Joseph Smith, Young gathered those Latter-day Saints who would follow him and led them over the Rocky Mountains. In Utah, he styled himself after the patriarchs, judges, and prophets of ancient Israel. As charismatic as he was autocratic, he was viewed by his followers as an indispensable protector and by his opponents as a theocratic, treasonous heretic. Under his fiery tutelage, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints defended plural marriage, restricted the place of African Americans within the church, fought the U.S. Army in 1857, and obstructed federal efforts to prosecute perpetrators of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. At the same time, Young´s tenacity and faith brought tens of thousands of Mormons to the American West, imbued their everyday lives with sacred purpose, and sustained his church against adversity. Turner reveals the complexity of this spiritual prophet, whose commitment made a deep imprint on his church and the American Mountain West. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Hoye. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/002817/bk_tant_002817_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.