West Point´s class of 1915 is the academy´s most important in history. The cadets of the United States Military Academy, West Point, are intimately twined with the country´s history. The graduating class of 1915, the class the stars fell on, was particularly noteworthy. Of the 164 graduates that year, 59 (36 percent) attained the rank of general, the most of any class. Although Dwight Eisenhower and Omar Bradley, both five-star generals, are the most recognizable, other class members contributed significantly to the Allied victory in World War I and World War II. They also played key roles either in the postwar US military establishment or in business and industry after World War II, especially in the Korean War and the formation of NATO. For more than half a century, these men exerted tremendous influence on the shaping of modern America, which remains substantial to this day. Individually, the stories of these military and political leaders are noteworthy. Collectively, they are astonishing. West Point 1915 explores the achievements of this remarkable group. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Zingarelli. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/007951/bk_tant_007951_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A new history of the Roman Republic and its collapseIn Mortal Republic, prize-winning historian Edward J. Watts offers a new history of the fall of the Roman Republic that explains why Rome exchanged freedom for autocracy. For centuries, even as Rome grew into the Mediterranean´s premier military and political power, its governing institutions, parliamentary rules, and political customs successfully fostered negotiation and compromise. By the 130s BC, however, Rome´s leaders increasingly used these same tools to cynically pursue individual gain and obstruct their opponents. As the center decayed and dysfunction grew, arguments between politicians gave way to political violence in the streets. The stage was set for destructive civil wars - and ultimately the imperial reign of Augustus.The death of Rome´s Republic was not inevitable. In Mortal Republic, Watts shows it died because it was allowed to, from thousands of small wounds inflicted by Romans who assumed that it would last forever. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Matt Kugler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/004831/bk_hach_004831_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Considering the suspicions, jealousies, bigotry, and crass opportunism inherent whenever one power occupies another, Golden Ghetto: How the Americans and French Fell in and out of Love During the Cold War pieces together an improbable tale of how fear and skepticism were crushed by trust and friendship. Award-winning journalist Steve Bassett stumbled onto this story shortly after he and his wife purchased a home in Sainte Colombe in Central France. They heard countless, somewhat mystical tales about how a huge US Air Force base transformed the political, economic, and social lives of two French and American generations lucky enough to grab onto the base’s brass ring. If ever a US military base deserved the sobriquet ´´Golden Ghetto”, it was the Déols-Châteauroux Air Station (CHAS), which for 16 years during the height of the Cold War was considered one of the most desirable postings in the world, until Charles de Gaulle booted the Americans and other NATO military out of France and the Golden Ghetto was padlocked. Based on hundreds of hours of research and interviews, Golden Ghetto is a collective memoir, a first-ever look at life on an overseas base from the perspectives of both the occupied and occupier. Professional and amateur historians as well as casual listeners will be enthralled by this bird’s-eye view of how early Communist-driven distrust and paranoia never stood a chance against handshakes, smiles, and kisses. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Fike. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/132826/bk_acx0_132826_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On April 30, 1975, Saigon and the government of South Vietnam fell to the communist regime of North Vietnam, ending - for American military forces - exactly twenty-five year of courageous but unavailing struggle. The author is a professional soldier who experienced the Vietnam war in the field and in the highest command echelons. General Palmer´s insights into the key events and decisions that shaped American´s military role in Vietnam are uncommonly perceptive. America´s most serious error, he believes, was committing its armed forces to a war in which neither political nor military goals were ever fully articulated by our civilian leaders. Our armed forces, lacking clear objectives, failed to develop an appropriate strategy, instead relinquishing the offensive to Hanoi. Yet an achievable strategy could have been devised, Palmer believes. Moreover, our South Vietnamese allies could have been bolstered by appropriate aid but were instead overwhelmed by the massive American military presence. Compounding these errors were the flawed civilian and military chains of command. The result was defeat for America and disaster for South Vietnam. General Palmer presents here an insider´s history of the war and an astute critique of America´s military strengths and successes as well as its weaknesses and failures. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gregg A. Rizzo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/026678/bk_acx0_026678_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
They helped conquer the greatest armies ever assembled. Yet no sooner had they tasted victory after World War II than American generals suddenly found themselves governing their former enemies, devising domestic policy and making critical economic decisions for people they had just defeated in battle. In postwar Germany and Japan, this authority fell into the hands of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthur, along with a cadre of military officials like Lucius Clay and the Detroit banker Joseph Dodge.In Sovereign Soldiers, Grant Madsen tells the story of how this cast of characters assumed an unfamiliar and often untold policymaking role. Seeking to avoid the harsh punishments meted out after World War I, military leaders believed they had to rebuild and rehabilitate their former enemies; if they failed they might cause an even deadlier World War III. Although they knew economic recovery would be critical in their effort, none was schooled in economics. Beyond their hopes, they managed to rebuild not only their former enemies but the entire western economy during the early Cold War.Madsen shows how army leaders learned from the people they governed, drawing expertise that they ultimately brought back to the United States during the Eisenhower Administration in 1953.The book is published by University of Pennsylvania Press.´´Offers a lively account of economic policymaking in post-World War II Germany, Japan, and the United States.´´ (Mark R. Wilson, author of Destructive Creation: American Business and the Winning of World War II)´´This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the historical roots of our current global economy and its discontents.´´ (Jeremi Suri, author of The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America´s Highest Offic 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kirk Winkler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/152980/bk_acx0_152980_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The story of a forbidden love forged in the heat of battle, a war hero haunted by PTSD, and the Dominatrix who won´t admit her love for him, yet can´t live without him kneeling at her side. Dr. Michelle Sapphire and Gunnery Sergeant Wyatt Callahan formed an unbreakable bond and an unacknowledged, forbidden attraction to each other while serving together in Afghanistan. Their lives are forever changed when a mortar attack grievously wounds Wyatt and Michelle brings him back from the brink of death. But when they both return to the civilian world, Michelle discovers that her rock-solid Marine is suffering from severe PTSD and may even be suicidal. Wyatt Callahan fell hard for the aristocratic blonde doctor the moment he laid eyes on her. After reentering civilian life in his hometown near Austin, Texas, Wyatt is plagued by nightmares of the death and suffering he witnessed during the war. He´d love to reach out to Michelle, but Michelle is a Dominatrix, and she has made it very clear to Wyatt she isn´t interested in a relationship with anyone who doesn´t accept her lifestyle. An Alpha male to the core, he can´t imagine the appeal of being submissive. At the same time, the idea of serving Michelle, of being everything she wants and needs, rings true in his wounded soul. Michelle has dark secrets of her own, and together with Wyatt she will have to battle her personal demons during their emotional journey of healing, redemption, and love. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cassie Fields. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/028033/bk_acx0_028033_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Among the soldiers who fought in the Indian Wars, perhaps none are as famous as the 7th Cavalry Regiment, but it’s typically for the wrong reasons. Since the Battle of the Little Bighorn, George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Cavalry have become associated with a relatively insignificant battle during America’s Indian Wars, but one that has become one of the country’s most mythologized events and continues to fascinate Americans more than 140 years later. That’s because the Battle of the Little Bighorn, fought in June 1876, was one of the US military’s biggest debacles. All told, the 7th Cavalry suffered more than 50 percent casualties, with more than 250 men killed and over 50 wounded. The dead included Custer´s brothers, Boston and Thomas, his brother-in-law, James Calhoun, and his nephew, Henry Reed. Custer and his men were buried where they fell. A year later, Custer’s remains (or more accurately, the remains found in the spot labeled with his name) were relocated to West Point for final interment. Of course, the military failures at Little Bighorn would be overlooked, and even though Army officers in the wake of the battle largely faulted Custer for what had happened, and men like Jesse Reno went about trying to protect their own personal reputation, the image of the 7th Cavalry as brave soldiers making a defiant last stand captured the public’s imagination and continues to be one of the popular perceptions today. Eventually, Custer and the 7th Cavalry’s ´´Last Stand” would become a symbol for American heroism in the face of overwhelming odds, and it has only been recently that historians have begun to move away from the myth to analyze that battle in a more objective manner. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/116959/bk_acx0_116959_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mike and Kate Blaise fell in love during high school in small-town Macon, Missouri. Sharing a deep sense of patriotism, they both entered the U.S. Army, she as a commissioned officer and he as an enlisted infantry soldier who later became a helicopter pilot with the Air Cavalry. Forced to accept the realities of a military marriage yet determined to stay with her husband, Kate passed up her dream assignment in the United States to be with Mike, who was deployed to Korea. But they never imagined a day like 9/11 or the military aftermath that sent them to Iraq, where Mike would lose his life in combat.A memoir unlike any other, The Heart of a Soldier captures the human side of war through the eyes of a unique insider. Delivering a candid take on life as a woman in the military as well as the grueling challenges facing all who serve, Kate Blaise takes us from the dreams of her idealistic youth to her final days with Mike, when she served in the battalion that provided support to his unit in Iraq. In vivid scenes, she describes her personal evolution as a female officer and a wife, and the incalculable price she and Mike paid in service to a country they love. Both a tribute and a work of riveting narrative, The Heart of a Soldier puts an unforgettable new face on love and war. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Melissa Edris. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/000454/bk_peng_000454_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
She pulled him up into a lip-locked kiss, nodding when she felt his cock brush against her, touch questioning. He entered her and made her feel full. She hadn´t even seen him put on the condom, and she had never been better prepared for sex than she was that evening. Months of pressure she hadn´t even begun to suspect was building up inside her was let loose, every muscle relaxed and ready to follow the steady rhythm their bodies fell into as naturally as sleep. Later, she would marvel that she had entirely forgotten.... Warning - This story has hot and steamy sexual content and is not suitable for all ages - 18+. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Theresa Stephens. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/059063/bk_acx0_059063_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.