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Presidents' Day

Presidents' Day

A collection of history audiobooks that speak to the many stories—from all walks of life—behind some of America's most talked about presidents.

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Washington

A Life

By Ron Chernow
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 41 hours 47 minutes

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a New York Times Bestseller, a landmark biography of George Washington.

In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. With a breadth and depth matched by no other one-volume life of Washington, this crisply paced narrative carries the... Read more »

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A People's History of the United States

By Howard Zinn
Narrated by: Jeff Zinn
Length: 34 hours 9 minutes

THE CLASSIC NATIONAL BESTSELLER

"A wonderful, splendid book—a book that should be read by every American, student or otherwise, who wants to understand his country, its true history, and its hope for the future." –Howard Fast

Historian Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States chronicles American history from the bottom up, throwing...

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John Adams - Abridged

By David McCullough
Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
Length: 9 hours 54 minutes

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling biography of America’s founding father and second president that was the basis for the acclaimed HBO series, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough.

In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent,... Read more »

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An African American and Latinx History of the United States

REVISIONING HISTORY: Book #4

By Paul Ortiz
Narrated by: JD Jackson
Length: 9 hours 3 minutes

An intersectional history of the shared struggle for African American and Latinx civil rights

Spanning more than two hundred years, An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a revolutionary, politically charged narrative history, arguing that the “Global South” was crucial to the development of America as we know it. Scholar... Read more »

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Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings

An American Controversy

By Annette Gordon-Reed
Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
Length: 12 hours 57 minutes

When Annette Gordon-Reed's groundbreaking study was first published, rumors of Thomas Jefferson's sexual involvement with his slave Sally Hemings had circulated for two centuries. Among all aspects of Jefferson's renowned life, it was perhaps the most hotly contested topic. The publication of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings intensified this... Read more »

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A Queer History of the United States

REVISIONING HISTORY

By Michael Bronski
Narrated by: Vikas Adams
Length: 10 hours 28 minutes

Winner of a 2012 Stonewall Book Award in nonfiction

The first book to cover the entirety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, from pre-1492 to the present.

In the 1620s, Thomas Morton broke from Plymouth Colony and founded Merrymount, which celebrated same-sex desire, atheism, and interracial marriage. Transgender evangelist Jemima... Read more »

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The Other Madisons

The Lost History of a President's Black Family

By Bettye Kearse
Narrated by: Karen Chilton
Length: 7 hours 47 minutes

In The Other Madisons, Bettye Kearse—a descendant of an enslaved cook and, according to oral tradition, President James Madison—shares her family story and explores the issues of legacy, race, and the powerful consequences of telling the whole truth. For thousands of years, West African griots (men) and griottes (women) have recited the stories... Read more »

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A Disability History of the United States

REVISIONING HISTORY

By Kim E. Nielsen
Narrated by: Erin Bennett
Length: 7 hours 35 minutes

The first book to cover the entirety of disability history, from pre-1492 to the present

Disability is not only the story of someone we love or the story of whom we may become; rather it is undoubtedly the story of our nation. Covering the entirety of US history from pre-1492 to the present, A Disability History of the United States is the first... Read more »

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American Lion

Andrew Jackson in the White House

By Jon Meacham
Narrated by: Richard McGonagle
Length: 17 hours 15 minutes

The definitive biography of a larger-than-life president who defied norms, divided a nation, and changed Washington forever

Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of friends, and his tumultuous times are at the heart of this remarkable book about the man who rose from nothing to create the modern presidency. Beloved and hated, venerated and... Read more »

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An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Narrated by: Laural Merlington
Length: 10 hours 18 minutes

Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the U.S. settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history.

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Lincoln

By David Herbert Donald
Narrated by: Dick Estell
Length: 30 hours 21 minutes

A masterful work by Pulitzer Prize–winning author David Herbert Donald, Lincoln is a stunning portrait of Abraham Lincoln’s life and presidency.

Donald brilliantly depicts Lincoln’s gradual ascent from humble beginnings in rural Kentucky to the ever-expanding political circles in Illinois, and finally to the presidency of a country divided by... Read more »

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The American Story - Abridged

Conversations with Master Historians

By David M. Rubenstein
Narrated by: David M. Rubenstein, David McCullough, Walter Isaacson, Ron Chernow, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Taylor Branch, A. Scott Berg, Cokie Roberts, Jay Winik, Jean Edward Smith, Bob Woodward, H.W. Brands & Carla Hayden
Length: 9 hours 52 minutes

In revealing conversations with our greatest historians, cofounder of The Carlyle Group and patriotic philanthropist David M. Rubenstein takes listeners on a sweeping journey across the grand arc of the American story.

These lively dialogues present some of the biggest names in American history exploring the subjects they intimately know and... Read more »

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Grant

By Ron Chernow
Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
Length: 47 hours 58 minutes

The #1 New York Times bestseller and New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2017

“Eminently readable but thick with import . . . Grant hits like a Mack truck of knowledge.” Ta-Nehisi CoatesThe Atlantic


Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents,... Read more »

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The Triumph of William McKinley

Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters

By Karl Rove
Narrated by: Karl Rove
Length: 15 hours 11 minutes

A fresh look at President William McKinley from New York Times bestselling author and political mastermind Karl Rove—“a rousing tale told by a master storyteller whose love of politics, campaigning, and combat shines through on every page” (Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Team of Rivals).

The 1896 political environment... Read more »

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The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

By Edmund Morris
Narrated by: Mark Deakins
Length: 26 hours 34 minutes

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time

Described by the Chicago Tribune as "a classic," The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt stands as one of the greatest biographies of our time. The publication of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt on September 14th, 2001 marks the 100th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt ... Read more »

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No Ordinary Time

By Doris Kearns Goodwin
Narrated by: Nelson Runger
Length: 39 hours 14 minutes

Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Pulitzer Prize–winning classic about the relationship between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt, and how it shaped the nation while steering it through the Great Depression and the outset of World War II.

With an extraordinary collection of details, Goodwin masterfully weaves together a striking number of story... Read more »

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Eisenhower in War and Peace

By Jean Edward Smith
Narrated by: Paul Hecht
Length: 28 hours 22 minutes

Author of the best-seller FDR, Jean Edward Smith is a master of the presidential biography. Setting his sights on Dwight D. Eisenhower, Smith delivers a rich account of Eisenhower's life using previously untapped primary sources. From the military service in WWII that launched his career to the shrewd political decisions that kept America out of... Read more »

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An Unfinished Life - Abridged

John F. Kennedy 1917-1963

By Robert Dallek
Narrated by: Richard McGonagle
Length: 9 hours 15 minutes

Drawing on previously unavailable material and never-before-opened archives, An Unfinished Life is packed with revelations large and small -- about JFK's health, his love affairs, RFK's appointment as Attorney General, what Joseph Kennedy did to help his son win the White House, and the path JFK would have taken in the Vietnam entanglement had... Read more »

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Master of the Senate - Abridged

The Years of Lyndon Johnson III
The Years of Lyndon Johnson

By Robert A. Caro
Narrated by: Stephen Lang
Length: 8 hours 33 minutes

Book Three of Robert A. Caro’s monumental work, The Years of Lyndon Johnson—the most admired and riveting political biography of our era—which began with the best-selling and prizewinning The Path to Power and Means of Ascent.

Master of the Senate carries Lyndon Johnson’s story through one of its most remarkable periods: his twelve years, from... Read more »

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Richard Nixon

The Life

By John A. Farrell
Narrated by: Dan Woren
Length: 28 hours 52 minutes

From a prize-winning biographer comes the defining portrait of a man who led America in a time of turmoil and left us a darker age. We live today, John A. Farrell shows, in a world Richard Nixon made.
 
At the end of WWII, navy lieutenant “Nick” Nixon returned from the Pacific and set his cap at Congress, an idealistic dreamer seeking to build a... Read more »

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