Civilization and Its Enemies is an extraordinary tour de force by America´s reigning philosopher of 9/11, Lee Harris. In it, Harris focuses on the next great conflict: the war between the civilized world and the international terrorists who wish to destroy it. Harris´s brilliant tour through the stages of civilization, from Sparta to the French Revolution to the present, demonstrates that civilization depends upon brute force, properly wielded by a sovereign. Today, only America can play the role of sovereign on the world stage, by the use of force when necessary. Lee Harris´s articles have been hailed by thinkers from across the spectrum. His message is an enduring one that will change the way readers think about the war with Iraq, about terrorism, and about our future. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Barrett Whitener. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001022de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the breakthrough spirit of Against the Gods, William Bernstein´s The Birth of Plenty has the topical uniqueness and storytelling panache to literally create its own category and listener. Based upon the premise that mankind experienced virtually zero economic growth from the dawn of time until 1820, this provocative, big-picture book identifies the four conditions necessary for sustained economic progress: property rights, scientific rationalism, capital markets, and communications and transportation technology; and then analyzes their gradual appearance and impact throughout every corner of the globe. Filled with best-selling author William Bernstein´s trademark meticulous research and page-turning writing style, The Birth of Plenty explores: Where the world economy could be headed next Implications of the book´s thesis for today´s society How the absence of one or more of the conditions continues to threaten beleaguered regions Rare is the book that proposes an entirely new premise, validates that premise with inarguable research and analysis, and then explains beyond question both the relevance and the implications of its premise to the listener and the world at large. The Birth of Plenty is just such a book. From its unique, topical subject matter to its tremendous review potential, this insightful book will be one of the most talked-about volumes of the publishing season. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Grover Gardner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/graw/000032de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Winner of 2014 US Gourmand Drinks Award Taste 5,000 years of brewing history as a time-traveling home brewer rediscovers and re-creates the great beers of the past. The Brewer´s Tale is a beer-filled journey into the past: the story of brewers gone by and one brave writer´s quest to bring them - and their ancient, forgotten beers - back to life, one taste at a time. This is the story of the world according to beer, a toast to flavors born of necessity and place - in Belgian monasteries, rundown farmhouses, and the basement nanobrewery next door. So pull up a barstool and raise a glass to 5,000 years of fermented magic. Fueled by date-and-honey gruel, sour pediococcus-laced lambics, and all manner of beers between, William Bostwick´s rollicking quest for the drink´s origins takes him into the redwood forests of Sonoma County, to bullet-riddled South Boston brewpubs, and across the Atlantic, from Mesopotamian sands to medieval monasteries to British brewing factories. Bostwick compares notes with the Mt. Vernon historian in charge of preserving George Washington´s molasses-based home brew, and he finds the ancestor of today´s macrobrewed lagers in a nineteenth-century spy´s hollowed-out walking stick. Wrapped around this modern reportage are deeply informed tales of history´s archetypal brewers: Babylonian temple workers, Nordic shamans, patriots, rebels, and monks. The Brewer´s Tale unfurls from the ancient goddess Ninkasi, ruler of intoxication, to the cryptic beer hymns of the Rig Veda and down into the clove-scented treasure holds of India-bound sailing ships. With each discovery comes Bostwick´s own turn at the brew pot, an exercise that honors the audacity and experimentation of the craft. A sticky English porter, a pricelessly rare Belgian, and a sacred, shamanic wormwood-tinged gruit each offer humble communion with the brewers of yore. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Sutton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021518de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Robert Conquest has been called by Paul Johnson ´´our greatest living modern historian´´. As a new century begins, Conquest offers an illuminating examination of our past failures and a guide to where we should go next. Graced with one of the most acute gifts for political prescience since Orwell, Conquest assigns responsibility for our century’s cataclysms not to impersonal economic or social forces but to the distorted ideologies of revolutionary Marxism and National Socialism. The final, sobering chapters of Reflections on a Ravaged Century concern themselves with some coming storms, notably that of the European Union, which Conquest believes is an economic, cultural, and geographical misconception divisive of the West and doomed to failure. Winner of the Ingersoll Prize; winner of the Richard M. Weaver Prize; a New York Times Notable Book. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ron Butler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015122de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The insider knowledge London City Walking Tour. The listener is guided through the streets with stories and secrets intertwined and immersed in a world of music, interviews, and sound effects from those in the know.Take to the streets with Robert Elms to explore Camden Town, an area famous for being different. Where music lives and markets thrive. A place where million pound houses can sit next to homeless shelters. Camden Town has many stories to tell; from its famous live music pubs to secret underground shelters. Get the ultimate guided tour of the area that will forever wear its heart proudly tattooed on its arm. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Elms. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/smap/000003de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Jewish State must end, say its enemies, from intellectuals like Tony Judt to hate-filled demagogues like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Even average Israelis are wondering if they wouldn´t be better off somewhere else. A country which once restored hope to Jews world-over now feels itself slipping. Increasingly, Israelis wonder how much has really been accomplished and whether they ought to persevere. Can Israel win the next military war for survival, whomever the foe? Can Israel defuse the demographic time bomb of a growing Arab population? Can Israel, a country that´s come so far and sacrificed so much, keep up the will to fight? Daniel Gordis is confident his fellow Jews can renew their faith in the cause, and in Saving Israel, he outlines how. Gordis has written many popular personal essays and memoirs in the past, but Saving Israel is a full-throated call to arms. Never has the case for defending -- no, celebrating -- the existence of Israel been so clear, so passionate, or so worthy of wholehearted support. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Blumenfeld. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/001562de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The study of Western Civilization traditionally follows a well-known but incomplete arc: the grand achievements of Greece and Rome, several hundred years of the Dark Ages, and then the bright emergence of the European Renaissance. But amid the ´´dark´´ Middle Ages, the Abbasid Empire, which ruled the Middle East as well as much of Northern Africa and Central Asia from 750 to 1258, serves as a vitally important but often overlooked bridge between the ancient and modern worlds. The History and Achievements of the Islamic Golden Age is your opportunity to get to know the story and the accomplishments of this great period in human civilization. Taught by acclaimed lecturer Eamonn Gearon, these 24 remarkable lectures offer brilliant insights into an era too often overlooked by traditional history textbooks. You´ll meet a wealth of scholars, scientists, poets, and philosophers who paved the way for the Renaissance and continue to affect our world in surprising ways. For instance, gain insights into: The origins of the scientific method, along with the development of algebra, chemistry, physics, and astronomy as discrete fields of inquiry The invention of the modern ´´teaching hospital´´ and a medical encyclopedia that served Europe for the next 600 years The preservation and translation of the world´s great literature, from the Hadith (or sayings of Muhammad) to the master works of Greece and Rome Ontological philosophy that served future Jewish, Christian, and Muslim theologians concerned with the nature of God and the relationship between faith and reason It is nearly impossible to overstate the power and importance of this crucial 500-year history, headquartered in Baghdad but stretching around the world. While much of Europe was quietly passing the time, the Abbasid Empire was an international, multicultural hub of trade, travel, education, art, science, and much more. PLEASE N... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Professor Eamonn Gearon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000462de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
At the dawn of the 21st century, China has emerged as the ´´factory floor´´ for global production, providing the world with cheap goods at the astonishingly low ´´China price´´. But there is a very steep price to pay for these low-budget consumables - a price that very well may have dire consequences for the health and security of the planet.In this eye-opening series of lectures, business professor and best-selling author Peter Navarro dissects the coming China wars and their implications for all mankind. China´s predatory economic policies are not just about inexpensive goods pricing out the competition. China´s rapid economic growth has serious implications for issues ranging from oil prices and energy security to global warming and environmental pollution - and from U.S. political independence and financial market stability to hot-war military conflict.Napoleon once said, ´´Let China sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world.´´ Over the last 30 years, China has not merely risen from its slumber; its economic growth rate has been nothing short of astounding. Since 1980, China´s economy has grown at the white-hot pace of 10 percent a year, while the size of its economy has doubled an incredible three times during that period.Through this incredible growth process, China has now emerged as the powerhouse of global production. It sells to the world at competition-crushing low prices, often undercutting foreign competitors by 50 percent or more, and we as consumers benefit greatly.Unfortunately, this story doesn´t end with a cornucopia of cheap Chinese goods on our store shelves. Rather, it is a story about how the rapid and often chaotic industrialization of the most populous country on the planet has put China on a collision course with the rest of the world. With Professor Navarro´s course, you will receive not only a detailed analysis of the burgeoning Chinese economy, but a long-range overview of the risks facing the worl... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Navarro. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/reco/002077de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Madame Nashatyrin is fed up with violent behaviour and foul language emanating from an abusive male guest next door. She has two grown-up daughters and is concerned about their well-being when complaining to the hotel-keeper. ´Either give me other apartments, or I shall leave your confounded hotel altogether! It´s a sink of iniquity! Why don´t you get rid of the scoundrel?´ But as soon as the marital status of the scoundrel is revealed, she meditates and concludes that there´s something good in everyone after all. ´Why, whatever he may be, we ought not to despise him. Perhaps your fate is here. Change your dresses anyway,´ says Madame Nashatyrin to one of her daughters. Read in English, unabridged. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Max Bollinger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mxbo/000298de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Frequent claims of foiled plots; tighter monitoring of suspects and stronger global terror laws. On the flip side, a new safe haven emerging for terrorists in Pakistan; stories of terror cells springing up throughout North Africa; numerous recruits from Europe´s leading universities willing to sign up to the cause. Are Al Qaeda and its affiliates, responsible for the horrific attacks in New York, London and Madrid, finding it hard to be the force they once were, or should we be bracing ourselves for the next outrage? Al Qaeda: the current threat weighs up the facts. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lucy Price-Lewis, Richard Lyddon, Lisa Coleman, Stephen Pacey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pckt/000009de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.