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    • The Ghosts of the British Isles: A Collection of Ghost Stories and Other Supernatural Tales from Britain and Ireland

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
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    The United Kingdom is an ancient land steeped in history and tradition, filled with prehistoric ruins, majestic castles, and a countryside sculpted from millennia of human habitation. Its rolling countryside is dotted with prehistoric burial mounds and stone circles. Medieval churches have elaborate stained glass windows and gruesome carvings, reflecting a mixture of hope and darkness. Every hamlet and village has tales that go back centuries, and folk festivals with roots in pagan times. Thus, it is not surprising that many believe the area is filled with ghosts.

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    • The Gurkhas: The History and Legacy of the Nepalese Soldiers Used by the British Empire in India

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
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    The Gurkha Regiment is without question one of the most storied regiments of the British Army. Somewhat like the French Foreign Legion, however, it has traditionally been a regiment of adventurers and soldiers of fortune, with the simple difference that the Gurkhas represent only a minor ethnicity of the wider Nepalese population, distinguished by a long and august martial tradition. Traditionally, the officer corps of the various Gurkha regiments have been drawn from the regular ranks of the British Army, with fluency in Nepali a basic requirement.

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    • The Greatest Show on Earth

    • The History of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Johanna Oosterwyk
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
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    Americans have loved traveling circuses for generations, and none represent the country's love for entertainment quite like the most famous of them all, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus. The five brothers who started a circus in Wisconsin, as well as P.T. Barnum, have had their names become synonymous with the circus, so it's only fitting that the manner in which these men entered the business and the merging of their traveling circuses together also make for great stories.

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    • Medieval Russia: The History and Legacy of the Groups That Developed the Russian State in the Middle Ages

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Tracey Norman
    • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
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    The formation of the state is a natural stage in the development of society. This is a very lengthy process, so any event that marks the transition to the state forms of life is very conditional. Primitive society could exist, guided by two basic principles that regulated social life: custom (tradition) and the right of the strong. Centuries-old traditions were rarely challenged, so there was no need for some special mechanisms to ensure their compliance. However, as primitive society gradually changed, the relations between the congeners became more and more diverse. 

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    • Fidel Castro and Che Guevara: The Legends of the Cuban Revolution

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
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    Fidel Castro is one of the most influential and controversial men of the last 50 years, equally revered and reviled by people across the globe. To the West, Castro has long been one of the prominent faces of Communism, and the main reason Cuba has been ostracized by many liberal democracies, particularly the United States. On the other hand, Castro has been admired by those who despised capitalism, and despite the fact the political platform Castro advocated has been almost universally repudiated and only maintains a weak hold even in Cuba.

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    • The Kamikazes

    • The History of Japan's World War II Suicide Pilots
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Stan Chandler
    • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
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    One of the most fascinating aspects of World War II was Japan's use of suicide pilots known around the globe as kamikazes, though the Japanese referred to them as Tokubetsu kōgekitai ("Special Attack Units"). Translated as "God Wind", "Divine Wind", and "God Spirit", kamikazes would sink 47 Allied vessels and damage over 300 by the end of the war, but the rise in the use of kamikaze attacks was evidence of the loss of Japan's air superiority and its waning industrial might.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Aretha Franklin

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
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    A certain inevitability characterizes the rise to fame of Aretha Franklin. Indeed, while it is true that neither of her parents were pop singers, they were each talented vocalists - Aretha's father, C.L., was a particularly famous preacher, with a voice so melodic that his sermons effectively doubled as musical performances. Moreover, in an age in which economic opportunities were particularly limited for African-Americans, Aretha was fortunate enough to grow up in a household of relative comfort.

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    • The Evolution of Tanks in World War II

    • The Development of New Tanks and Tactics During History’s Deadliest War
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
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    World War II was thus the culmination of a quarter century of tank development, and it would also be the first major test of tanks in mobile warfare, during which they had to face other tanks. As each new, improved model came off the assembly lines, the opposing powers rushed to create a tank that could beat it. In that regard, World War II was also a war between rival engineers. The Evolution of Tanks in World War II looks at the most important tanks from 1942 to 1945, and how doctrines changed in the wake of Germany’s conquest of Western Europe.  

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    • Machine Learning

    • An Overview of Artificial Intelligence
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Jim D Johnston
    • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
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    Machine Learning: The History of Automating Computers to Observe and Analyze Data looks at the attempts to develop machine learning, from successes to failures. You will learn about machine learning like never before. 

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    • American Legends: The Life of Red Cloud

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Joe Brookhouse
    • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
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    Among the Oglala Lakota, one of the most famous bands of the Native American Tribe known as the Sioux, the longest and most effective leader was Makhpiyaluta, better known as Red Cloud. Though he has not been remembered as vividly as another member of the Oglala Lakota, Crazy Horse, Red Cloud led the group for 40 years, in war, in peace, and on a reservation, becoming so esteemed and influential that Americans began to mistakenly take him for the leader of the entire Sioux tribe.

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    • The Scramble for Africa: The History and Legacy of the Colonization of Africa by European Nations During the New Imperialism Era

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
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    The modern history of Africa was, until very recently, written on behalf of the indigenous races by the white man, who had forcefully entered the continent during a particularly hubristic and dynamic phase of European history. In 1884, Prince Otto von Bismark, the German chancellor, brought the plenipotentiaries of all major powers of Europe together, to deal with Africa's colonization in such a manner as to avoid provocation of war.

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    • An insightful perspective into state of Africa

    • By Patrick Oduguwa on 24-07-17

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    • American Legends: The Life of Jack Lemmon

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Allison McKay
    • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
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    The great film director Billy Wilder once noted of Jack Lemmon that Lemmon "was my everyman", and Lemmon did indeed represent a great everyman to American audiences during the latter half of the 20th century. For rich, poor, and working class audiences alike, Lemmon was an accessible leading male. His wide appeal is summarized nicely by Richard T. Stanley, who noted that he "Had the personality and versatile talent to star in any era."

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    • Latin American Revolutionaries: The Life and Legacy of Fidel Castro

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
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    Fidel Castro is one of the most influential and controversial men of the last 50 years, equally revered and reviled by people across the globe. To the West Castro has long been one of the prominent faces of Communism and the main reason Cuba has been ostracized by many liberal democracies, particularly the United States.

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    • A Young Girl and Her Diary: The Life and Legacy of Anne Frank

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Tess Walsh
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
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    Anne Frank is one of the most famous individuals of the 20th century for the worst possible reason. Joseph Stalin is often quoted as saying one death is a tragedy and a million is a statistic, and while plenty of people might argue with the sentiment expressed, there's no question that Anne Frank in many ways became the face of the Holocaust.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Andy Kaufman

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Mark Linsenmayer
    • Length: 55 mins
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    Andy Kaufman never liked to call himself a comedian, so it's a testament to his skills and routines that he is nonetheless considered one of the late 20th century's most famous comedians. In fact, Kaufman's eccentric style and theatrics made him one of the most unique performers of his era, whether it was doing a song and dance routine or staying in character to the extent that nobody could tell whether he was being himself or not.

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    • The Black Dahlia Case

    • The History of the Unsolved Murder of Elizabeth Short
    • By: Charles River Editors, Zed Simpson
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
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    The latter half of the 1940s found the major cities of post-war America in a precarious position. On the one hand, population centers were reabsorbing many thousands of returning veterans into the work force, and into a social system they had not experienced for some years. Previous relationships had changed during their absence, and many were starved for female company. While making the necessary readjustments to the war's end, major cities such as New York, Chicago, Cleveland, and Los Angeles, were plagued by regionalized mob rule.

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    • The Mary Celeste and SS Baychimo

    • The Unsolved Mysteries of History's Most Famous Ghost Ships
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
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    People love mysteries, which is a good thing since history is so replete with them. This is especially true among seafaring people, and of all the mysteries of the deep, few rise to the level of the Mary Celeste. In many ways, it is a story more suited for an episode of The X-Files than it is for any history book. There is the unlucky ship that began her sailing career under a cloud of bad fortune and accident.

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    • Alhambra

    • The History and Legacy of the Moors' Most Famous Palace in Spain
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
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    At one point in time, this place had been decked out with a network of captivating castles, heavenly homes and gorgeous gardens, and a handsome military fortress envied by the city's neighboring kingdoms. This was none other than Alhambra, once so enchanting that a countless number of those who visited the place in its heyday praised it as a true paradise on earth. Today, this historic complex has become the setting and inspiration for a host of books, music, movies, and other works of art and literature.

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    • The Partition of the British Mandate of Palestine

    • The History and Legacy of the United Nations Partition Plan and the Creation of the State of Israel
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
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    The conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is technically 69 years old and counting, but it has its roots in over 2,000 years of history. Over time, it has become exceedingly difficult for even sophisticated political pundits and followers to keep track of it all. In 1947, the British delegated the issue of partitioning the British Mandate to the United Nations. The UN General Assembly eventually came up with what is now known as the UN Partition Plan of 1947.

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    • History's Greatest Artists: The Life and Legacy of Vincent van Gogh

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Jannie Meisberger
    • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
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    Vincent van Gogh is undoubtedly one of the most famous artists of all time, and though the critical establishment may not consider him the greatest artist who ever lived, there may be no artist with whom the public has a greater familiarity. Unfortunately, a great deal of that familiarity comes from the circumstances leading up to his death. Of all the things that occurred in van Gogh's tumultuous life and career, the best known thing about him might be that he cut off the lower left lobe of his ear.

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    • Wonderful introduction to the life of van Gogh

    • By Amazon Customer on 07-08-18

    Regular price: £6.59

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