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    • Mark Zuckerberg: The Face Behind Facebook

    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 47 mins
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    Separating fiction from fact, award-winning author Daniel Alef, tells the true story of Zuckerberg's meteoric rise and his indelible mark on the evolution of American culture through social networking and now advertising. The curly-haired wunderkind rubs elbows with Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Rupert Murdoch, Donald Graham, and other prominent players in today's business, technological, and media world and is an emerging philanthropist.

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    • Elon Musk

    • SpaceX, Tesla, and the Holy Grail
    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
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    Elon Musk is the man behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, multi-billion dollar companies he founded. Although he is now a multi-billionaire, his objective has never been to amass great wealth, but to save humanity. Writing in the Smithsonian, Carl Hoffman noted: "He does not laugh or crack a smile when he says this. There is no hint of irony."

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    • Howard Hughes

    • The Mysterious Billionaire
    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 32 mins
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    Howard Hughes was a mysterious billionaire, heroic, tragic, brilliant, mad, pathological, and extraordinarily wealthy. He was a great businessman or a terrible one; the jury is still out. But his life was fascinating and disturbing.

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    • Walt Disney: The Man behind the Mouse

    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 12 mins
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    Biographical profile of Walter Elias Disney, the man who built an empire on the back of a mouse. Imbued with an iron-like drive to succeed, Disney pushed, prodded, and pressed those around him, as he did himself, to succeed. He was always on the edge of vision and technology. An unmitigated risk taker, Disney constantly flirted with financial ruin, seemingly bent on a mission to remain in debt while his brother Roy's ambition was to harness Walt's financial excesses.

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    • J. Edgar Hoover: The FBI and the Power Behind the 'Seat of Government'

    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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    J. Edgar Hoover called the FBI the "Seat of Government", and in many way it was. He was one of the most powerful men in American history and while he was at the helm of the "Seat of Government", few dared to defy him. He was a law onto himself, the self-anointed protector of American security and virtues. Hoover's career with the FBI spanned 10 presidents, eight while he was the director. Trying to understand J. Edgar is like trying to solve a Rubic's cube with both hands tied behind the back.

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    • Ransom E. Olds

    • America's First Automotive Pioneer
    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Here's a biographical profile of Ransom E. Olds, regarded as the first of the great American automobile pioneers. He not only sold the first car manufactured in America, his company was the first of the great automobile enterprises, a model and training ground for the Dodge brothers, Henry Ford, Henry Leland (founder of Cadillac and Lincoln), and other automotive trailblazers.

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    • Henry Martyn Leland: The King of Luxury Cars Cadillac and Lincoln

    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Here's a biographical profile of Henry Leland, one of the less well-known American automobile pioneers, but who's cars are top named brands and his imprint on the development of the American automobile industry is with few parallels. If Leland had named his cars in his own image, like Ford, Chrysler, Dodge or Olds, he would be renowned - he founded Cadillac and Lincoln. When General Motors nearly went bankrupt in 1910, Leland's Cadillac division kept the company afloat.

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    • Charles Goodyear

    • The Great Vulcanizer
    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Here's a biographical profile of Charles Goodyear, the man who gave the world one of its most useful products - vulcanized rubber. Natural rubber, the milky sap of rubber trees, is not a very practical commodity. It melts in hot weather or cracks and freezes in cold weather. In 1839, Charles Goodyear came across a process that made rubber so useful it changed the world we live in. A century later there were 122 rubber factories in Ohio.

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    • Charles and Frank Duryea Brought Us America's First Gasoline-Powered Car

    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 10 mins
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    Here's a biographical profile of Charles and J. Frank Duryea, two visionaries who were among the first to recognize the potential of the automobile. In 1892 they built America's first gasoline-powered car and had it running successfully the following year.

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    • A Road Well Traveled

    • Profiles of America's Great Automobile Pioneers, Vol. II
    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
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    A Road Well Traveled offers many lessons to be drawn from the pioneers of the automotive industry and the fascinating lives they led. Some became fabulously wealthy; others died in obscurity. But they developed America's largest industry in the space of one generation and demonstrated the skills and characteristics necessary to achieve such success.

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    • James W. Packard Created the American Rolls Royce

    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 12 mins
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    Here's a biographical profile of James Ward Packard, an American automobile pioneer. Unlike many of the automobile pioneers who received their primary training with blacksmiths, or under watchful eyes of mechanics in wagon, bicycle or railroad shops, Packard and his older brother William learned their trade as engineering students at Lehigh University.

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    • Henry Ford

    • King Henry the First, a Driving Force
    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 23 mins
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    Henry Ford, an American folk hero to many, was a man with several faces. He was a genius who revolutionized the automobile industry, irrevocably altered American culture and commerce, developed mass production, and helped the middle class emerge in America. He was also an anti-Semitic autocrat who hated Wall Street, bankers and financiers with unmitigated passion.

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    • Harvey Firestone

    • Rubber and Tire Magnate
    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Here's a biographical profile of Harvey Firestone, founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. Once upon a time there were four friends who called themselves the Vagabonds. They took summer trips together, shared their thoughts, dreams and visions, and forever changed the world we live in. They were born into simple farming families but set their horizons well beyond their pastures. They were inventive and industrious, and they achieved extraordinary success.

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    • Fred and Augie Duesenberg Made America's Greatest Car

    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 13 mins
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    Here's a biographical profile of the Duesenberg brothers, Augie and Fred, who built some of America's most famous cars, cars that today sell for millions at auctions. Jay Leno, owner of an extensive classic car collection, calls the Duesenberg SJ his favorite car. He feels it is "probably the greatest American car" ever built. The Duesenberg name evokes images of a European heritage, an automobile built in the image and traditions of iconic stalwarts such as Mercedes, Benz, Bugatti and Ferrari.

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    • John and Horace Dodge

    • Automotive Pioneers
    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Here's a biographical profile of John and Horace Dodge, the fabulously wealthy Detroit automobile pioneers who reveled in yachts, estates and producing great cars. Unfortunately, John and Horace's lifestyles were unacceptable to the social elite in Detroit; they regarded the brothers as uncultured, crude and boorish. And they probably were, but it bothered the brothers not at all.

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    • A Road Well Traveled

    • Profiles of America's Great Automobile Pioneers, Vol. I
    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
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    The great American automotive pioneers were entrepreneurial inventors and visionaries who changed the American landscape and brought us a new national culture. The dawn of the automobile ushered away the ubiquitous horse-drawn carriages and the rutted, dusty and wash-boarded dirt roads they traveled on, and replaced them with cars powered by steam, electricity and gasoline.

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    • The White Bros.

    • From Steamers to Trucks
    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 13 mins
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    Here's a biographical profile of the White brothers who built steamers and trucks and developed a reputation for unique marketing concepts. "The Fight of the Century" took place in 1910, pitting Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight boxing champion against Jim Jefferies who was white. The fight was shrouded with racial tension and gave rise to the term "Great White Hope," referring to the need to find a white man capable of defeating the black champion.

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    • John D. Hertz: Yellow Cab, Trucks, and Rental Cars

    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Here's a biographical profile of John D. Hertz, a prolific industrialist and founder of several famous companies. Yellow cabs are as prosaic to America as black taxis are to London. In 1915, Hertz formed Yellow Cab in Chicago and painted his taxis yellow after the University of Chicago determined it was the most distinct color at a long distance.

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    • John M. Studebaker

    • Largest Wagon Maker Turned to Cars
    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 13 mins
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    Here's a biographical profile of John M. Studebaker, one of the largest wagon manufacturing concern in the U.S. who foresaw a new mode of transportation. Although five Studebaker brothers were involved at one time or another in the wagon and car business, the evolution of the company from wagons to cars and its enormous success is largely attributable to one brother, John Mohler Studebaker.

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    • Charles W. Nash

    • From Buick to Rambler to Ambassador
    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 14 mins
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    Here's a biographical profile of Charles Nash, an American automobile tycoon who died in 1948 in the tony city of Beverly Hills, California, leaving an estate of approximately $50 million. Not bad considering his roots: a dirt-poor farm boy whose parents split up when he was six years old and essentially abandoned him. Unimaginable today, a court indentured the six-year-old to a Michigan farmer to work for room and board until he was 21.

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