Two political titans forge a modern city and a vibrant public sector in this history of strong leadership at a time of national crisis. City of Ambition is a brilliant history of the New Deal and its role in the making of modern New York City. The story of a remarkable collaboration between Franklin Roosevelt and Fiorello La Guardia, this is a case study in creative political leadership in the midst of a devastating depression. Roosevelt and La Guardia were an odd couple: patrician president and immigrant mayor, fireside chat and tabloid cartoon, pragmatic Democrat and reform Republican. But together, as leaders of America´s two largest governments in the depths of the Great Depression, they fashioned a route to recovery for the nation and the master plan for a great city. Roosevelt and his ´´Brain Trust´´ - shrewd, energetic advisors such as Harold Ickes and Harry Hopkins - sought to fight the Depression by channeling federal resources through America´s cities and counties. La Guardia had replaced Tammany Hall cronies with policy experts, such as the imperious Robert Moses, who were committed to a strong public sector. The two leaders worked closely together. La Guardia had a direct line of communication with FDR and his staff, often visiting Washington carrying piles of blueprints. Roosevelt relied on the mayor as his link to the nation´s cities and their needs. The combination was potent. La Guardia´s Gotham became a laboratory for New Deal reform. Roosevelt´s New Deal transformed city initiatives into major programs such as the Works Progress Administration, which changed the physical face of the United States. Together they built parks, bridges, and schools; put the unemployed to work; and strengthened the Progressive vision of government as serving the public purpose. Today everyone knows the FDR Drive as a main route to La Guardia Airport. The intersection of steel and concrete speaks to a pair of dynamic leaders whose collaboration lifted a city a 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ira Rosenberg. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013559/bk_adbl_013559_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This biography on one of history´s most storied figures takes listeners on an exciting journey through the detailed history of Julius Caesar. Julius Caesar was a man who influenced the world in unparalleled ways, and his story is one loaded with an extravagant cast of politicians, generals, and royalty. It makes for a riveting tale of intrigue and melodrama. The audiobook begins with Caesar´s early life, and the humble background from which he came. His accounts of great triumphs and great defeats are all included, as his exciting and eventful life is traced through the minutes of the book. Caesar was part of a time where record keeping was incredibly proficient, and the pieces we have to put together the life of this man and those around him are plentiful. Caesar´s story is important down to the last detail, and this book encapsulates the details that matter, and help paint a picture of this legendary figure and the tumultuous time in which he lived. The greatest forms of entertainment can be found in the truth, rather than fiction, and Caesar´s life is proof of this. It is history that tells us the most extravagant and unbelievable stories. No matter what amount of speculation or conjecture you throw into this story, the impact of Caesar´s life is undeniable. His legacy is one that must be heard, and all that you could want to know about the man lies within this audiobook. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Johnston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/061992/bk_acx0_061992_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What would it have been like to be an eyewitness to the Big Bang? In 2014, astronomers wielding BICEP2, the most powerful cosmology telescope ever made, revealed that they´d glimpsed the spark that ignited the Big Bang. Millions around the world tuned in to the announcement broadcast live from Harvard University, immediately igniting rumors of an imminent Nobel Prize. But had these cosmologists truly read the cosmic prologue or, swept up in Nobel dreams, had they been deceived by a galactic mirage? In Losing the Nobel Prize, cosmologist and inventor of the BICEP (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization) experiment Brian Keating tells the inside story of BICEP2´s mesmerizing discovery and the scientific drama that ensued. In an adventure story that spans the globe from Rhode Island to the South Pole, from California to Chile, Keating takes us on a personal journey of revelation and discovery, bringing to vivid life the highly competitive, take-no-prisoners, publish-or-perish world of modern science. Along the way, he provocatively argues that the Nobel Prize, instead of advancing scientific progress, may actually hamper it, encouraging speed and greed while punishing collaboration and bold innovation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen R. Thorne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/012964/bk_tant_012964_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the New York Times best-selling author of The Vacationers, a smart, highly entertaining novel about a tight-knit group of friends from college - their own kids now going to college - and what it means to finally grow up well after adulthood has set in. Friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth, Andrew, and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band´s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing 50, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose - about themselves and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them - can never be reclaimed. Straub packs wisdom, insight, and humor together in a satisfying book about neighbors and nosiness, ambition and pleasure, the excitement of youth, the shock of middle age, and the fact that our passions - be they food or friendship or music - never go away; they just evolve and grow along with us. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jen Tullock. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/002806/bk_peng_002806_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
One man’s quest into the afterlife to save his love turns into a supernatural war. Rohan Evans can´t live in a world without his wife, so he turns to magic—even opening himself up to a man with access to the ancient, forbidden art of necromancy. Now the only thing standing between Rohan and being reunited with his true love is a dangerous expedition to ancient temples and underground mysteries—and a crazy old man with strange ambitions. The fate of the world, both ours and the afterlife, rests on what Rohan does next. The Modern Necromancy Series is a heart-pounding supernatural thriller by bestselling duo Justin Sloan and Michael La Ronn. This three book boxset includes the following: Death Marked Death Bound Death Crowned See what readers are saying: ´´This is a really good book that holds your attention and pushes you forward where sometimes you are not sure you want to go! Give it a try and you’ll appreciate a great story.´´ - Emily P ´´This book was totally awesome! The story details the dangerous adventures of Rohan Evans, a man so enthralled by his lost fiance Sennaa, he misses her so much he´s resorted to the dark arts to bring her back. In the same vein as other bestselling authors top books ´´Death Marked´´ is an action-packed tale and a powerful page-turner that will keep you reading all day like me or through the night.´´ - bsaeagle 181 ´´Loved this book, well written, emotionally charged, action packed, Urban Fantasy, dark arts and what one person will go thru to see their deceased loved one again.´´ - Reader4Life 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Tamburrino. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/110598/bk_acx0_110598_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Frankenstein is the story of a young scientist who learns the secret of creating life. Fuelled by a burning ambition for fame and glory, Dr. Frankenstein builds a hideous patchwork body out of scavenged corpses, but no sooner does he animate the gruesome creature than he abandons it in horror.Longing for love and companionship, the monster looks elsewhere for affection, but finds himself cruelly shunned wherever he goes. At last - grotesque and misunderstood, frustrated and alone - the creature turns to violence and hate.Frankenstein´s reckless experiment is doomed to failure, ending in tragedy and ruin as the raging monster wreaks his revenge. First written 200 years ago, when the author was still in her teens, Mary Shelley´s Frankenstein is a horror story that makes its readers think as well as shudder. Alongside the horror are questions about good and evil, and about right and wrong. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colin Moody. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/000715/bk_boli_000715_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dr. Victor Frankenstein, an ambitious young scientist, is consumed by a fanatic desire to create a living being. He fashions an eight-foot-tall creature and succeeds in animating him, but, horrified by his visage, perceives his creation to be a monster and frightens him away. The monster, wandering in search of human companionship, is spurned and repulsed by all he approaches and learns to hate and to kill. He confronts his maker with a terrible choice: unless Frankenstein creates for him a mate, he will go on a rampage of destruction. Frankenstein, a masterpiece of 19th-century Gothic horror and considered to be the first science-fiction novel, is a subversive tale about the corrupt tendencies in humanity´s most ´´civilized´´ ambitions. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Templeman, Anthony Heald, Stefan Rudnicki. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/002555/bk_blak_002555_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The heir to the magnificent English trading company, the Noble House; the direct descendant of the first Toranaga Shōgun, battling to usher his country into the modern age; a beautiful young Frenchwoman forever torn between ambition and desire - their lives intertwine in an exotic land newly open to foreigners, gai-jin, and torn apart by greed, idealism, and terrorism. Their passions mingle with monarchs and diplomats, assassins, courtesans, and spies. Their fates collide in James Clavell´s masterpiece set in 19th-century Japan - an unforgettable epic seething with betrayal and secrets, brutality and heroism, love and forbidden passions. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/007664/bk_blak_007664_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.