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Experience our world: as it was, as it is, as it might become with these audiobooks about history, the arts, culture, education, and politics. Don't miss Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel, or Fresh Air with Terry Gross: Writers, or Gwen Ifill's The Breakthrough.

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American JewBu

by Emily Sigalow; read by Rebecca Gibel

American JewBu highlights the leading role that American Jews have played in the popularization of meditation and mindfulness in the United States, and the profound impact that these two venerable traditions have had on one another. Learn More
American Journey

by Wes Davis; read by Mitch Crawford

The epic road trips―and surprising friendship―of John Burroughs, nineteenth-century naturalist, and Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, inventors of the modern age. Learn More
American Manifesto

by Bob Garfield; read by Bob Garfield

Do you fear for our democracy? Are you perplexed by Trumpism? Are you ready to throw in the towel? Don’t! This is your guidebook to reassembling our hyperpolarized American society in six (not-so-easy) steps, written by cohost of WNYC's On the Media, Bob Garfield. Learn More
American Messiahs

by Adam Morris; read by Joel Richards

Buzzfeed’s 37 Spring Reads 2019

A history with sweeping implications, American Messiahs challenges our previous misconceptions about "cult" leaders and their messianic power. Learn More
American Restoration

by Timothy S. Goeglein & Craig Osten; read by George W. Sarris

In this clear-eyed but hopeful guide to restoration, Tim Goeglein and Craig Osten explain how patriotic Americans, with God's help, can renew fifteen critical components of our culture. Learn More
American Routes

Nick Spitzer

Take a journey across the American soundscape—from the bayous to the beltways, from crossroads to crosstown, from coast to coast, embracing a wide swath of our musical culture and exploring the boundaries where genres meet and overlap. Learn More
American Sanctuary

by A. Roger Ekirch; read by Tom Zingarelli

The extraordinary story of the mutiny aboard the HMS Hermione from "one of America’s most imaginative historians" (Gordon S. Wood). Learn More
American Schism

by Seth David Radwell; read by Mike Lenz

American Schism reveals the roots of the rifts in America since its founding and what is really dividing red and blue America; the core issues that underlie all of today's bickering; and a detailed, effective plan to move forward, commencing what will be a long process of repair and reconciliation. Learn More
American Sucker

David Denby; read by Dennis Boutsikaris

Join David Denby, New Yorker critic and otherwise sensible man, on a whirlwind ride through an exuberant stock market, investment feeding frenzy, and the cataclysmic result of greed and illusion. Learn More
American Tyrannies in the Long Age of Napoleon

by Elizabeth Duquette; read by Diana Blue

F O R T H C O M I N G ! Available May

What if the American experiment is twofold, encompassing both democracy and tyranny? That is the question at the core of this book. While some nineteenth-century Americans informed their thinking with reference to classical texts, which comprehensively consider tyranny's dangers, most drew on a more contemporary source—Napoleon Bonaparte, the century's most famous man and its most notorious tyrant. Learn More
American Visions

by Edward L. Ayers; read by Brandon Pollock

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A revealing history of the formative period when voices of dissent and innovation defied power and created visions of America still resonant today.
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American Zion

by Benjamin E. Park; read by Tom Parks

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The first major history of Mormonism in a decade, drawing on newly available sources to reveal a profoundly divided faith that has nevertheless shaped the nation. Learn More
The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin

Gordon S. Wood; read by Peter Johnson

Gordon S. Wood, a leading historian of the revolutionary era, gives a convincing reappraisal of Benjamin Franklin and his remarkable life. Learn More
Americans in a World at War

by Brooke L. Blower; read by Nancy Peterson

A vivid narrative of an ill-fated Pan American flight during World War II that captures the dramatic backstories of its passengers and, through them, the impact of Americans' global connections. Learn More
Anatomy of 55 More Songs

by Marc Myers; read by Michael Butler Murray

Following his 2016 smash hit Anatomy of a Song, acclaimed music journalist Marc Myers collects fifty-five new oral histories of iconic songs from his popular Wall Street Journal column. Learn More
Anatomy of a Song

by Marc Myers; read by Jonathan Yen

Every great song has a story that needs to be told. In Anatomy of a Song, based on the ongoing Wall Street Journal column, writer and music historian Marc Myers brings to life five decades of music through forty-five transformative hits and oral-history interviews with the artists who created them. Learn More
Ancient Skies

by David Weston Marshall; read by Keith Sellon-Wright

This nonfiction narrative presents the tales of the forty-eight classical constellations, compiled from literature spanning a thousand years from Homer (c. 800 BC) to Claudius Ptolemy (c. 150 AD). Ancient Skies brings the belief systems of the classical world to shining life. Learn More

Joe Palca and Flora Lichtman; read by the authors

Two crackerjack science journalists from NPR look at why some things (and some people!) drive us crazy. Learn More

by Martin Popoff; read by Michael Butler Murray

The definitive biography of the rock 'n' roll kings of the North. Learn More
The Apache Wars

Paul Andrew Hutton; read by Jonathan Yen

In the tradition of Empire of the Summer Moon, a stunningly vivid historical account of the manhunt for Geronimo and the 25-year Apache struggle for their homeland. Learn More
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