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The Road To Now Podcast: Featured Books From RTN Guests

We interview a lot of brilliant authors on The Road to Now and this is a list of our guests' books available on audio through! It's a great deal—you can finally read that book you've been meaning to read at the same time you support the authors, our podcast, and your local bookstore! Want to go back through our list of guests? Subscribe to The Road to Now on your favorite podcast provider or check out our episodes at!

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The End of Food

By Paul Roberts
Narrated by: William Dufris
Length: 15 hours 4 minutes

The frightening truth about the modern food system. The bestselling author of The End of Oil turns his attention to food and finds that the system we've entrusted with meeting one of our most basic needs is dramatically failing us. With his trademark comprehensive global approach, Paul Roberts investigates the startling truth about the modern... Read more »

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Utopia Is Creepy

And Other Provocations

By Nicholas Carr
Narrated by: Steven Menasche
Length: 12 hours 36 minutes

A freewheeling, sharp-shooting indictment of a tech-besotted culture. With a razor wit, Nicholas Carr cuts through Silicon Valley’s unsettlingly cheery vision of the technological future to ask a hard question: Have we been seduced by a lie? Gathering a decade’s worth of posts from his blog, Rough Type, as well as his seminal essays, Utopia Is... Read more »

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The Shallows

What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

By Nicholas Carr
Narrated by: Richard Powers
Length: 10 hours 5 minutes

“Is Google making us stupid?” When Nicholas Carr posed that question in an Atlantic Monthly cover story, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time: as we enjoy the Internet’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply?

Now, Carr... Read more »

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Showbiz Politics

Hollywood in American Political Life

By Kathryn Cramer Brownell
Narrated by: Pam Ward
Length: 11 hours 35 minutes

Conventional wisdom holds that John F. Kennedy was the firstcelebrity president, in no small part because of his innate television savvy.But as Kathryn Brownell shows, Kennedy capitalized on a tradition and stylerooted in California politics and the Hollywood studio system. Since the 1920s,politicians and professional showmen have developed... Read more »

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The Opposite of Woe

My Life in Beer and Politics

By John Hickenlooper & Maximillian Potter
Narrated by: John Hickenlooper
Length: 12 hours 23 minutes

The maverick (and very funny) governor of Colorado tells his story, from early loss to college on the ten-year plan, to remarkable business and later political success.In just over a decade, John Hickenlooper has gone from a craft-brew entrepreneur to mayor of Denver to governor of Colorado, hailed by many political analysts, the New York Times... Read more »

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Washington's Farewell

The Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations

By John Avlon
Narrated by: John Avlon
Length: 10 hours 4 minutes

“A vivid portrait…and thoughtful consideration of George Washington’s wisdom that couldn’t be timelier” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). A revealing look at the first President’s Farewell Address, a still-relevant warning against partisan politics and foreign entanglements.

George Washington’s Farewell Address was a prophetic letter he wrote to... Read more »

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The Age of Eisenhower

America and the World in the 1950s

By William I Hitchcock
Narrated by: Arthur Morey
Length: 25 hours 38 minutes

A New York Times bestseller, this is the “outstanding” (The Atlantic), insightful, and authoritative account of Dwight Eisenhower’s presidency.

Drawing on newly declassified documents and thousands of pages of unpublished material, The Age of Eisenhower tells the story of a masterful president guiding the nation through the great crises of the... Read more »

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The Moralist

Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made

By Patricia O'Toole
Narrated by: Fred Sanders
Length: 23 hours 12 minutes

Acclaimed author Patricia O’Toole’s “superb” (The New York Times) account of Woodrow Wilson, one of the most high-minded, consequential, and controversial US presidents. A “gripping” (USA TODAY) biography, The Moralist is “an essential contribution to presidential history” (Booklist, starred review).

“In graceful prose and deep scholarship,... Read more »

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Forty-Seven Days

How Pershing's Warriors Came of Age to Defeat the German Army in World War I

By Mitchell Yockelson
Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
Length: 9 hours 31 minutes

The Battle of the Meuse-Argonne stands as the deadliest clash in American history: More than a million untested American soldiers went up against a better-trained and more experienced German army, costing more than twenty-six thousand deaths and leaving nearly a hundred thousand wounded. Yet in forty-seven days of intense combat, those... Read more »

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The Book That Changed America

How Darwin's Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation

By Randall Fuller
Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
Length: 9 hours 39 minutes

A compelling portrait of a unique moment in American history when the ideas of Charles Darwin reshaped American notions about nature, religion, science and race

“A lively and informative history.” – The New York Times Book Review

Throughout its history America has been torn in two by debates over ideals and beliefs.  Randall Fuller takes us back... Read more »

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A Knock at Midnight

Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Clayborne Carson
Narrated by: Keith David & Jay Gregory
Length: 7 hours 45 minutes

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a leader and visionary of the civil rights movement, was first and foremost a preacher. This unique collection features a selection of Dr. King's best sermons - some not heard since he first delivered them - recorded at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, and in other churches where he carried his... Read more »

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Stayin' Alive

The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class

By Jefferson R. Cowie
Narrated by: Tom Perkins
Length: 17 hours 47 minutes

A wide-ranging cultural and political history that will forever redefine a misunderstood decade, Stayin' Alive is prize-winning historian Jefferson Cowie's remarkable account of how working-class America hit the rocks in the political and economic upheavals of the 1970s. In this edgy and incisive book—part political intrigue, part labor history,... Read more »

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Uncommon Grounds

The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World

By Mark Pendergrast
Narrated by: Matthew Boston
Length: 16 hours 58 minutes

Uncommon Grounds tells the story of coffee from its discovery on a hill in ancient Abyssinia to the advent of Starbucks. In this updated edition of the classic work, Mark Pendergrast reviews the dramatic changes in coffee culture over the past decade, from the disastrous "Coffee Crisis" that caused global prices to plummet to the rise of the... Read more »

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