Perfect for ages 7-10. ´´There is no substitute for victory.´´ (Douglas MacArthur) 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. This concise but comprehensive audiobook will keep your kid’s attention all the way to the end. Of all the military men America produced during the 19th and 20th centuries, it’s hard to find one as important, successful, and controversial as General Douglas MacArthur. The son of a Civil War veteran, MacArthur rose to become the most instrumental commander in the Pacific Theater during World War II. His legendary return to the Philippines in 1944 made good on one of the war’s most famous vows, and it was MacArthur who fittingly who oversaw the occupation and reconstruction of Japan following the war. Given his long and celebrated career, MacArthur was the obvious choice to lead the newly created United Nations’ troops during the Korean War, but his arguments over war strategy and policy eventually led to his controversial firing by President Harry Truman in 1951. After that, in his own words, he ´´faded away´´, living out his remaining days on the top floor of the Waldorf Hotel until his death in 1964. For many with a conservative disposition, he remains a hero who, had he been listened to, would have prevented the current impasse with the rogue state that is modern North Korea. For some liberal thinkers, he was dangerously obsessive while wholly ignorant of geopolitics, and he has been branded as a general who would have used atomic weapons and potentially triggered the third world war. The truth is far more difficult to discern and much more subtle. Douglas MacArthur was one of the most intelligent soldiers America has produced, and he was also one of the most prominent statesmen of the 20th century. He made his mark from flamboyant staff officer in the Vera 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tracey Norman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/109571/bk_acx0_109571_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In a tale replete with scandal and opulence, Luke Barr, author of the New York Times best-selling Provence, 1970, transports readers to turn-of-the-century London to discover how celebrated hotelier César Ritz and famed chef Auguste Escoffier joined forces at the Savoy Hotel to spawn the modern luxury hotel and restaurant, where women and American Jews mingled with British high society, signaling a new social order and the rise of the middle class.In early August 1889, César Ritz, a Swiss hotelier highly regarded for his exquisite taste, found himself at the Savoy Hotel in London. He had come at the request of Richard D´Oyly Carte, the financier of Gilbert & Sullivan´s comic operas, who had modernized theater and was now looking to create the world´s best hotel. D´Oyly Carte soon seduced Ritz to move to London with his team, which included Auguste Escoffier, the chef de cuisine known for his elevated, original dishes. The result was a hotel and restaurant like no one had ever experienced, run in often mysterious and always extravagant ways - which created quite a scandal once exposed. Barr deftly re-creates the thrilling Belle Epoque era just before World War I, when British aristocracy was at its peak, women began dining out unaccompanied by men, and American nouveaux riches and gauche industrialists convened in London to show off their wealth. In their collaboration at the still celebrated Savoy Hotel, where they welcomed loyal and sometimes salacious clients, such as Oscar Wilde and Sarah Bernhardt, Escoffier created the modern kitchen brigade and codified French cuisine for the ages in his seminal Le Guide Culinaire, which remains in print today, and Ritz, whose name continues to grace the finest hotels across the world, created the world´s first luxury hotel. The pair also ruffled more than a few feathers in the process. Fine dining would never be the same - or more intriguing. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006068/bk_rand_006068_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Harry Houdini´s onetime apprentice holds fantastic secrets about the greatest illusionist in the world. But someone wants to claim them...or silence her before she can reveal them on her own. Boston, 1926. Jenny ´´Wren´´ Lockhart is a bold eccentric - even for a female vaudevillian. As notorious for her inherited wealth and gentleman´s dress as she is for her unsavory upbringing in the back halls of a vaudeville theater, Wren lives in a world that challenges all manner of conventions. In the months following Houdini´s death, Wren is drawn into a web of mystery surrounding a spiritualist by the name of Horace Stapleton, a man defamed by Houdini´s ardent debunking of fraudulent mystics in the years leading up to his death. But in a public illusion that goes terribly wrong, one man is dead, and another stands charged with his murder. Though he´s known as one of her teacher´s greatest critics, Wren must decide to become the one thing she never wanted to be: Stapleton´s defender. Forced to team up with the newly formed FBI, Wren races against time and an unknown enemy, all to prove the innocence of a hated man. In a world of illusion, of the vaudeville halls that showcase the flamboyant and the strange, Wren´s carefully constructed world threatens to collapse around her. Layered with mystery, illusion, and the artistry of the Jazz Age´s bygone vaudeville era, The Illusionist´s Apprentice is a journey through love and loss and the underpinnings of faith on each life´s stage. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Amy Rubinate. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tnwd/000647/bk_tnwd_000647_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and scientist born in the city of Stagira, Chalkidice, on the northern periphery of Classical Greece. His father, Nicomachus, died when Aristotle was a child, whereafter Proxenus of Atarneus became his guardian. At 17 or 18 years of age, he joined Plato´s Academy in Athens and remained there until the age of 37 (c. 347 BC). His writings cover many subjects - including physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics, logic, ethics, aesthetics, poetry, theater, music, rhetoric, linguistics, politics, and government - and constitute the first comprehensive system of Western philosophy. Shortly after Plato died, Aristotle left Athens and, at the request of Philip of Macedon, tutored Alexander the Great beginning in 343 BC. Teaching Alexander the Great gave Aristotle many opportunities and an abundance of supplies. He established a library in the Lyceum which aided in the production of many of his hundreds of books. The fact that Aristotle was a pupil of Plato contributed to his former views of Platonism, but, following Plato´s death, Aristotle immersed himself in empirical studies and shifted from Platonism to empiricism. He believed all peoples´ concepts and all of their knowledge was ultimately based on perception. Aristotle´s views on natural sciences represent the groundwork underlying many of his works. Aristotle´s views on physical science profoundly shaped medieval scholarship. Their influence extended from Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages into the Renaissance, and were not replaced systematically until the Enlightenment and theories such as classical mechanics. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fernando Castillo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/082671/bk_acx0_082671_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A Cowboy Christmas: An American Tale is a novel of Western fiction for all ages. Masterfully crafted, the story explores the lore of the Western frontier when it was imagined to be as big and far away as the moon. The tale begins just beyond the far bank of the Mississippi, when the Stars and Bars were in tattered threads, and sweeps across Arizona and New Mexico Territories, westward to California gold. WB, not yet 16, crosses the mighty river without fear and leaves the muddy shores of civilization behind. With empty pockets, a spark for life, and a wild sense of freedom, he follows his heart, searching for adventure and fortune in a new world. Experiencing the harsh realities of the Great Plains, WB meets the love of his life, Ginny. As they are falling in love, and as fate has it, they are separated by a hostile encounter. When WB awakes, Ginny is gone. Crisscrossing the West in search of each other, WB and Ginny experience the perils of a wild frontier and a Western theater of unraveling characters. Their tale unfolds with close encounters and near misses. Overcoming the hardships of staying alive and enduring the challenges of a vast landscape - their destiny - bound by love and loyalty is tested. Ginny and WB come alive, discovering their own identities. An American tale rich in history and vivid word pictures is told in a cowboy´s flavorful soup of words with wit, grit, and humor - an inspiring adventure of discovery, strength, character, and romance. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Van Dyke. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/036840/bk_acx0_036840_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.