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Good Morning, Mr. Mandela

Zelda la Grange; read by Adjoa Andoh; introduction read by the author

A powerful, intimate portrait of the late South African president and apartheid leader Nelson Mandela from the white Afrikaner woman who overcame her own upbringing and prejudice to serve as one of his private secretaries. Learn More
The Amazons

Adrienne Mayor; read by Fran Tunno

Driven by a detective’s curiosity, Adrienne Mayor unearths long-buried evidence and sifts fact from fiction to show how flesh-and-blood women of the Eurasian steppes were mythologized as Amazons, the equals of men. Learn More
Midnight in Siberia

David Greene; read by the author

NPR host David Greene travels along the Trans-Siberian Railroad, capturing an overlooked, idiosyncratic Russia in the age of Putin. Learn More
Empire of Cotton

Sven Beckert; read by Jim Frangione

The epic story of the rise and fall of the empire of cotton, its centrality in the world economy, and its making and remaking of global capitalism. Learn More
The Man Who Would Not Be Washington

Jonathan Horn; read by David Drummond

A young, enormously talented historian tells the story of why Robert E. Lee, the one soldier who most embodied the legacy of George Washington, chose to fight for the South, a decision that changed American history. Learn More
The Girl From Human Street

Roger Cohen; read by Simon Vance

An expansive yet intimate memoir of modern Jewish identity, following the diaspora of the author’s own family, that assays the impact of memory, displacement, and a pervasive sense of separateness. Learn More
Gateway to Freedom

Eric Foner; read by J.D. Jackson

The dramatic story of fugitive slaves and the antislavery activists who defied the law to help them reach freedom. Learn More
The Tutor

Andrea Chapin; read by Elizabeth Knowelden

A bold and captivating novel about love, passion, and ambition that imagines the muse of William Shakespeare and the tumultuous year they spend together. Learn More
Lincoln's Body

Richard Wightman Fox; read by Pete Larkin

A groundbreaking, magisterial study that explains why, like Walt Whitman, we "love the President personally."

In a stunning feat of scholarship, insight, and engaging prose, Lincoln's Body explores how a president ungainly in body and downright "ugly" of aspect came to mean so much to us. Learn More
Madison's Gift

David O. Stewart; ready by Grover Gardner

Overshadowed by his fellow Founders, David O. Stewart restores James Madison to his proper place as the most significant framer of the new nation, through his successive partnerships with mentor George Washington, co-author Alexander Hamilton, political ally Thomas Jefferson, successor James Monroe, and his wife, Dolley. Learn More
Washington's Circle

David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler; read by David Drummond

George Washington was a singular, often aloof man who sought out the counsel of a few, trusted men to help him share his task of governing the new nation. In WASHINGTON'S CIRCLE, David and Jeanne Heidler introduce not just the president but the group of extraordinary men who advised him. Learn More
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Nikolaus Wachsmann; read by Paul Hodgson

In a landmark work of history, Nikolaus Wachsmann offers an unprecedented, integrated account of the Nazi concentration camps from their inception in 1933 through their demise, seventy years ago, in the spring of 1945. The Third Reich has been studied in more depth than virtually any other period in history, and yet until now there has been no history of the camp system that tells the full story of its broad development and the everyday experiences of its inhabitants, both perpetrators and victims, and all those living in what Primo Levi called the gray zone. Learn More
Goebbels

Peter Longerich; translated by Alan Bance, Jeremy Noakes, and Lesley Sharpe; read by Simon Prebble

From renowned German holocaust historian Peter Longerich comes the definitive, one-volume biography of Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels. Learn More
The Negotiator

George Mitchell; read by Norman Dietz

Compelling, poignant, enlightening stories from former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell about growing up in Maine, his years in the Senate, working to bring peace to Northern Ireland and the Middle East, and what he’s learned about the art of negotiation. Learn More
Empire of Deception

Dean Jobb; read by Peter Berkrot

A rollicking story of greed, financial corruption, dirty politics, over-the-top and under-the-radar deceit, illicit sex, and a brilliant and wildly charming con man who kept a Ponzi scheme alive perhaps for longer than anyone else in history. Learn More
Buckley and Mailer

Kevin M. Schultz; read by Peter Berkrot

A lively chronicle of the 1960s through the incredibly contentious and surprisingly close friendship of its two most colorful characters. Learn More
In Search of Sir Thomas Browne

Hugh Aldersey-Williams; read by Simon Vance

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Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682) was an English writer, physician, and philosopher whose work has inspired everyone form Ralph Waldo Emerson to Jorge Luis Borges, Virginia Woolf to Stephen Jay Gould. Learn More
Dark Places of the Earth

Jonathan M. Bryant; read by Tom Zingarelli

A dramatic work of historical detection illuminating one of the most significantand long-forgottenSupreme Court cases in American history. Learn More
Our Man in Charleston

Christopher Dickey; read by Antony Ferguson

As tension over slavery and western expansion threatened to break the US into civil war, the Southern states found themselves squeezed between two nearly irreconcilable realities: the survival of the Confederate economy would require the importation of more slaves, a practice banned in America since 1807, but the existence of the Confederacy itself could not be secured without official recognition from Great Britain, who would never countenance reopening the Atlantic slave trade. How, then, could the first be achieved without dooming the possibility of the second? Learn More
The Invention of Nature

Andrea Wulf; read by David Drummond

The acclaimed author of The Brother Gardeners and Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of the visionary German naturalist whose ideas continue to influence how we view ourselves and our relationship with the natural world today. Learn More
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