Bernard Lewis examines the historical roots of the frustrations and resentments that dominate the Islamic world today and that are increasingly being expressed in acts of terrorism. He looks at the theological origins of political Islam and tells us what the Islamic doctrine of jihad has meant at different times in history. And he takes us, as only he can, through the rise of militant Islam in Iran, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, examining the impact of radical Wahabi proselytizing and Saudi oil money on the rest of the Islamic world. Crisis of Islam ranges widely through 13 centuries of history, but in particular it charts the key events of the 20th century leading up to the bitter and violent confrontations of today. The Second World War, the creation of the state of Israel, the Cold War, the Iranian Revolution, the Soviet defeat in Afghanistan, the Gulf War, and the September 11th attacks on the United States have all shaped Muslim perceptions in important ways. While hostility toward the West has a long and varied history in the lands of Islam, its current concentration on America is new. So too is the cult of the suicide bomber. Bernard Lewis helps us understand the reasons for the increasingly dogmatic rejection of modernity by many in the Muslim world in favor of a return to a sacred past. Based on his George Polk Award-winning article for The New Yorker, The Crisis of Islam is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what Osama bin Ladin represents and why his murderous message resonates so widely in the Islamic world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bernard Lewis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/000268/bk_rand_000268_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The wild, combative inside story of the most stunning upset in the history of presidential elections: Harry Truman´s 1948 victory over Tom Dewey.´´Outstanding....by far the best yet about the fateful  election.´´ -Minneapolis Star-Tribune´´Coherent, compelling.... A skillful, authoritative investigation.´´ -Kirkus ReviewsAward-winning historian David Pietrusza unpacks the most ingloriously iconic headline in the history of presidential elections - DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN - to reveal the 1948 campaign´s backstage events and recount the down-to-the-wire brawl fought against the background of an erupting Cold War, the Berlin Airlift, the birth of Israel, and a post-war America facing exploding storms over civil rights and domestic communism.´´A terrific book.... a must-read.´´ -Ron Faucheux, former editor-in-chief, Campaigns & Elections magazine ´´David Pietrusza brilliantly portrays President Harry Truman´s successful efforts to stave off the challenge of New York Gov. Tom Dewey, who was making a repeat bid as the Republican nominee.´´ -David Mark, journalist, political analyst, and author of Going Dirty: The Art of Negative Campaigning´´Sweeping... compelling.´´ -Library Journal 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Cummings. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/011288/bk_brll_011288_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Winner of the Biblical Archaeology Society’s Award for best popular book published in archaeology.On a cold, cloudy day in early February 1985, Shelley Wachsmann, then resident nautical archaeologist for the Israel Department of Antiquities and Museums, drove to Kibbutz Ginosar, an agricultural settlement near the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Two brothers, avid amateur archaeologists, had found a boat buried in the lake, its outlines revealed by receding lake waters. The boat was ´´possibly ancient,´´ according to the handwritten note placed on Wachsmann´s desk a day or two before. So begins the fascinating story of The Sea of Galilee Boat, as Wachsmann narrates the intriguing discovery and painstaking excavation of the very first biblical-era boat ever found in the Sea of Galilee.The book is published by Texas A&M University Press. The audiobook will be published by University Press Audiobooks.´´An excellent model for archaeological reporting that bridges the gap between research and the lay reader.´´ (The Biblical Archaeologist)´´Wachsmann´s pleasure in his work is evident and well conveyed by his personal reflections.´´ (American Journal of Archaeology)´´A pleasure to read; it is good science, and it is just plain fun.´´ (Biblical Archaeology Review) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charles Henderson Norman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/142596/bk_acx0_142596_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Step into the real world of the spy with this detailed and unforgettable tour of the millennia-long history and enduring legacy of espionage and covert operations. While most of us associate this top-secret subject with popular fiction and film, its true story is more fascinating, surprising, and important than you could possibly imagine. These 24 thrilling lectures survey how world powers have attempted to work in the shadows to gain secret information or subvert enemies behind the scenes. Filled with stories and insights that will change the way you think about world history´s most defining events, this course lets you peer inside a subject whose truths most people are unaware of. Professor Liulevicius introduces you to the inner workings of covert organizations, including the Oprichnina, a feared secret service established by tsar Ivan the Terrible in the 1500s in an effort to cleanse Russia of treasonous activities; the CIA, established in 1947 by President Truman to replace the Office of Secret Services to be in charge of all intelligence collection – and which had an embarrassing early history; and Mossad, Israel´s version of the CIA, which won a series of key intelligence victories during the cold war and over terror attacks and hostage crises in the second half of the 20th century. You´ll also meet famous – and infamous – spies, including Sir Francis Walsingham, Mata Hari, and Kim Philby. In this stirring series of lectures, you´ll study the psychological motives behind spies, the ethics of cyber warfare and corporate espionage, the question of whether we now live in a surveillance society, and more. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000082/bk_tcco_000082_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A candid memoir of global statecraft during one of the most consequential eras of recent history. Interventions is the inside story of a world at the brink. After 40 years of service in the United Nations, former Secretary-General Kofi Annan shares his unique perspective on the terrorist attacks of September 11; the American invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan; the wars among Israel, Hezbollah, and Lebanon; the humanitarian tragedies of Somalia, Rwanda, and Bosnia; and the geopolitical transformations following the Cold War. With eloquence and unprecedented candor, Annan finally reveals his unique role and unparalleled perspective on decades of global politics. The first sub-Saharan African national to hold the position of secretary-general, Annan has led an incredible life, an amazing story in its own right. Annan’s idealism and personal politics were forged in the Ghana independence movements of his adolescence, when all of Africa seemed to be waking from centuries of imperial slumber. Schooled in Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Europe, Annan ultimately joined the United Nations in Geneva as the lowest level civil servant in the still-young organization. Yet Annan rose rapidly through the ranks, and by the end of the Cold War he was prominently placed in the rapidly changing department of peacekeeping. As Annan shows the successes of the United Nations around the world, he also reveals the organization’s missed opportunities and ongoing challenges - thwarted actions in the Rwandan genocide, continuing violence between Israelis and Palestinians, the endurance of endemic poverty, and much else. Yet Annan’s great strength in this book is his ability to embed these tragedies within the context of global politics; demonstrating how, time and again, the nations of the world have retreated from the UN’s radical mandate. Ultimately, Annan shows readers a world in which solutions are always available, in which all we lack is the will a 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dominic Hoffman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/001945/bk_peng_001945_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Emily Johnston is gone. She´s been gone for more than a week. She´s also the daughter of Harry Starke´s one-time boss and nemesis, Chattanooga Police Chief Wesley Johnston. Harry and Chief Johnston haven´t seen eye-to-eye in a long time, but when Johnston needs help, he knows there´s only one man he can turn to. But Johnston´s jurisdiction ends at the city limits and when Emily´s body is discovered in a remote part of the county, Harry has to deal with the imperious sheriff, Israel Hands and two incompetent county detectives. So begins an investigation that will take Harry on a wild ride across Signal Mountain, a case that will include a second murder, two cold cases, sex, alternative lifestyles, and deadly danger for Harry and his friends, until...well, as always, there´s a twist in the tale. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Lennon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/066812/bk_acx0_066812_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For 40 years John Hadden and his father of the same name fought at the dinner table over politics, art, and various issues concerning America. One was haunted by what he had witnessed during his long CIA career, from Berlin to Tel Aviv; the other retreated to the Vermont woods to direct Shakespeare until finally he confronted his father at the table one last time with a tape recorder. Conversations with a Masked Man is a series of conversations Hadden had with his father about the older man´s 30-year career as a CIA officer and how American policy affected the family and the world. Father and son talk about John senior´s early life as a kid in Manhattan, his training at West Point, the stench of bodies in Dresden after the war, Berlin and Vienna in the late forties and fifties at the height of the Cold War, the follies of the Cuban missile crisis, how he disobeyed orders to bomb Cairo while he was station chief in Israel during the Six-Day War, and treacherous office politics in Washington. The story unfolds in dialogue alternating with the writer´s own memories and reflections. What emerges is hilarious, unexpectedly candid, and deeply personal. Combining the candid descriptions of the world of the CIA with intimate conversations between a father and son, this book is written for the political junkie, the psychologist, the art lover, or anybody who wonders who the hell their father really is. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Ganim. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/025264/bk_adbl_025264_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Russia, again, is on the move. The news headlines proclaim it. Georgia was first, then Ukraine and the invasion of Crimea. Meddling in the elections of the United States followed. For the fourth straight year, Forbes has ranked Vladimir Putin as the world´s most powerful person - even above the president of the United States. Like it or not, the world has descended into a new Putin-led Cold War 2.0. As the storm clouds gather, America sleeps. Russian´s hand in Syria and its closer ties to Iran are especially alarming to those who know Bible prophecy and the book of Ezekiel. Putin is poised right now on Israel´s northern border - an ominous sign of our times. What does the Bible say about our troubling times? In Russia Rising, Mark Hitchcock, popular speaker and Bible prophecy expert, explores the history of Russia and its current military moves. He will explain the biblical prophecies related to Russia, the Middle East, and the end-time. The tracks of the Russian bear lead to the Middle East and Israel. Are we on a collision course with Russia? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Souer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/010165/bk_blak_010165_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The brand-new thriller featuring Investigative Analyst Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht of the Stockholm police. On a cold winter´s day, a preschool teacher is shot to death in front of parents and children at the Jewish Congregation in Stockholm. Just a few hours later, two Jewish boys go missing on their way to tennis practice. A heavy snowstorm hits Stockholm, and the traces of the perpetrator are few and far between. Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht are faced with one of their toughest challenges ever as they hunt for a killer who seems as merciless as he is effective. The leads in the investigation are many and diverse, but in the end they all point to the same place: Israel. Someone or something called the Paper Boy keeps popping up in the police investigation. But who was he really? And could he possibly have resurfaced in Stockholm, now claiming new victims? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Maggie Mash. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/007642/bk_sans_007642_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.