Stamped from the Beginning Audiobook

Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Audiobook
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Written By: Ibram X. Kendi
Narrated By: Christopher Dontrell Piper
Date: February 2017
Duration: 19 hours 8 minutes

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Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Audiobook Summary

Some Americans cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society, that the election of the first Black president spelled the doom of racism. In fact, racist thought is alive and well in America–more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, if we have any hope of grappling with this stark reality, we must first understand how racist ideas were developed, disseminated, and enshrined in American society.
In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Stamped from the Beginning uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists. From Puritan minister Cotton Mather to Thomas Jefferson, from fiery abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to brilliant scholar W.E.B. Du Bois to legendary anti-prison activist Angela Davis, Kendi shows how and why some of our leading proslavery and pro-civil rights thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America.
Contrary to popular conceptions, racist ideas did not arise from ignorance or hatred. Instead, they were devised and honed by some of the most brilliant minds of each era. These intellectuals used their brilliance to justify and rationalize deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and the nation’s racial disparities in everything from wealth to health. And while racist ideas are easily produced and easily consumed, they can also be discredited. In shedding much-needed light on the murky history of racist ideas, Stamped from the Beginning offers us the tools we need to expose them–and in the process, gives us reason to hope.

A New York Times #1 Best Seller in 2020, How to Be an Antiracist is Kendi’s most popular work thus far.

Professor Jeffrey C. Stewart called it the “most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind.” Afua Hirsch praised the book’s introspection and wrote that it was relatable in the context of ongoing political events. In contrast, Andrew Sullivan and Coleman Hughes, writing for City Journal, gave negative reviews, contending that the book’s arguments were simplistic. They also criticized Kendi’s idea of transferring most government oversight to a Department of Antiracism, which Hughes called “openly totalitarian.” While Hughes praised Kendi for taking “a refreshingly strong stand against anti-white racism in the book, rejecting the fashionable argument that blacks cannot be racist because they lack power,” Hughes criticized the book for being “sloppily researched, insufficiently fact-checked, and occasionally self-contradictory.” Kelefa Sanneh noted Kendi’s “sacred fervor” in battling racism, but wondered if his definition of racism was so capacious and outcome-dependent as to risk losing its power.

Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi Reviews

“We often describe a wonderful book as ‘mind-blowing’ or ‘life-changing’ but I’ve found this rarely to actually be the case. I found both descriptions accurate for Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning… I will never look at racial discrimination again after reading this marvellous, ambitious, and clear-sighted book.”
George Saunders, Financial Times, Best Books of 2017

“An engrossing and relentless intellectual history of prejudice in America…. The greatest service Kendi [provides] is the ruthless prosecution of American ideas about race for their tensions, contradiction and unintended consequences.”―Washington Post

“A deep (and often disturbing) chronicling of how anti-black thinking has entrenched itself in the fabric of American society.”―The Atlantic

“A staggering intellectual history of racism in America that is both rigorous and …readable.”―New Republic

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Kendi has published essays in both books and academic journals, including The Journal of African American History, Journal of Social History, Journal of Black Studies, Journal of African American Studies, and The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture. Kendi is also a contributing writer at The Atlantic.

He is the author of five books:

The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965–1972
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
How to Be an Antiracist
STAMPED: Racism, Antiracism, and You
Antiracist Baby

In 2016, Kendi won the National Book Award for Nonfiction for Stamped from the Beginning, which was published by Nation Books. The book, which is titled after an 1860 speech given by Jefferson Davis at the U.S. Senate, builds around the stories of historical figures Cotton Mather, Thomas Jefferson, William Lloyd Garrison, and W.E.B. Du Bois, as well as current figure Angela Davis.

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Killing England Audiobook
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Written By: Martin Dugard, Bill O’Reilly
Narrated By: Robert Petkoff
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Date: September 2017
Duration: 11 hours 32 minutes

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This program features an introduction read by Bill O’Reilly.
The Revolutionary War as never told before.
The breathtaking latest installment in Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s mega-bestselling Killing series transports listeners to the most important era in our nation’s history, the Revolutionary War. Told through the eyes of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Great Britain’s King George III, Killing England chronicles the path to independence in gripping detail, taking the listener from the battlefields of America to the royal courts of Europe. What started as protest and unrest in the colonies soon escalated to a world war with devastating casualties.
O’Reilly and Dugard recreate the war’s landmark battles, including Bunker Hill, Long Island, Saratoga, and Yorktown, revealing the savagery of hand-to-hand combat and the often brutal conditions under which these brave American soldiers lived and fought. Also here is the reckless treachery of Benedict Arnold and the daring guerilla tactics of the “Swamp Fox” Frances Marion.
A must listen, Killing England reminds one and all how the course of history can be changed through the courage and determination of those intent on doing the impossible.

In Killing England the authors tell the story of the American Revolution through the eyes of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Great Britain’s King George III. O’Reilly and Dugard also focus on major battles such as Bunker Hill, Long Island, Saratoga and Yorktown.

Killing England Audiobook Reviews

This is another great book written by O’Reilly and Dugard. It may be the best yet. It is a history book written almost like a novel. Not as yet finished but on this Sunday with all the negative press about the NFL and not standing for the National Anthem, I had to post this. As I read what American Patriots endured, yes endured, and how thousands died to fight the British, I am even more sickened by what the privileged NFL players and NBA players and now MLB players are doing and not doing. I suggest that before someone criticize this early post, they read the book FIRST! It is both an amazing and very instructional read.

I have read all of O’Reilly’s books and Killing England is the best of them all. It is a book that for me was very hard to put down. O’Reilly laid out in great detail how the Founding Fathers of our nation where mere humans with great traits and flaws alike. How America was created by a lot of very difficult and at times torture by those fighting for our independence.

I love England but in all honesty was shocked to learn about how the British at that time treated prisoners of war. In 2017 it is just hard to understand how one human being could be so cruel to another but then look at the world today – not much has changed since 1776 in that regard.

My test of a book: Will I read it again – probably. Do I recommend it for others? ABSOLUTELY! Would I buy it as a gift? ABSOLUTELY!

By any measure, this is a highly readable yet superficial exploration of the Revolutionary era in America. While the performance by Mr. Petkoff is professional, the technical production is a distraction. There are many ‘dubs’, for whatever reason, and the changes in tone, volume and cadence is sloppy technical work.
I have great respect for Mr. O’Reilly. His spoken preface is awful. It He lacks cadence, inflection and tone. I will ponder this when I watch his broadcasts henceforth.

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Initial sales of Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s seventh book in their Killing series struggled in comparison to the other books in the series. Killing England sold just under 65,000 hardcover copies in its initial week on sale. Killing the Rising Sun (2016) sold over 144,000 copies in its first week, while Killing Reagan (2015) sold 112,000 copies. Killing Patton (2014) drew the most buyers to the series with over 163,000 copies sold.

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Band of Brothers Audiobook

Band of Brothers Audiobook
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Written By: Stephen E. Ambrose
Narrated By: Tim Jerome
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Date: February 2012
Duration: 12 hours 55 minutes

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Stephen E. Ambrose’s classic New York Times bestseller and inspiration for the acclaimed HBO series about Easy Company, the ordinary men who became the World War II’s most extraordinary soldiers at the frontlines of the war’s most critical moments. Featuring a foreword from Tom Hanks.

They came together, citizen soldiers, in the summer of 1942, drawn to Airborne by the $50 monthly bonus and a desire to be better than the other guy. And at its peak—in Holland and the Ardennes—Easy Company was as good a rifle company as any in the world.

From the rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 to the disbanding in 1945, Stephen E. Ambrose tells the story of this remarkable company. In combat, the reward for a job well done is the next tough assignment, and as they advanced through Europe, the men of Easy kept getting the tough assignments.

They parachuted into France early D-Day morning and knocked out a battery of four 105 mm cannon looking down Utah Beach; they parachuted into Holland during the Arnhem campaign; they were the Battered Bastards of the Bastion of Bastogne, brought in to hold the line, although surrounded, in the Battle of the Bulge; and then they spearheaded the counteroffensive. Finally, they captured Hitler’s Bavarian outpost, his Eagle’s Nest at Berchtesgaden.

They were rough-and-ready guys, battered by the Depression, mistrustful and suspicious. They drank too much French wine, looted too many German cameras and watches, and fought too often with other GIs. But in training and combat they learned selflessness and found the closest brotherhood they ever knew. They discovered that in war, men who loved life would give their lives for them.

This is the story of the men who fought, of the martinet they hated who trained them well, and of the captain they loved who led them. E Company was a company of men who went hungry, froze, and died for each other, a company that took 150 percent casualties, a company where the Purple Heart was not a medal—it was a badge of office.

Band of Brothers Audiobook Reviews

I’ve read this book several times and enjoyed the HBO series, so my expectations were quite high with this audiobook. Do not be put off by reviews that are dismissive of the narration. Tim Jerome’s sober narration is entirely appropriate for this powerful work of nonfiction.

As good a rifle company as any, Easy Company, 506th Airborne Division, US Army, kept getting tough assignments–responsible for everything from parachuting into France early DDay morning to the capture of Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest at Berchtesgaden. In “Band of Brothers,” Ambrose tells of the men in this brave unit who fought, went hungry, froze & died, a company that took 150% casualties & considered the Purple Heart a badge of office. Drawing on hours of interviews with survivors as well as the soldiers’ journals & letters, Stephen Ambrose recounts the stories, often in the men’s own words, of these American heroes.

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Little good comes from war, however it does tend to create heros and leaders and show people how to love and depend upon their comrades. The bonds built upon the catastrophic ruin that was World War II is the basis of Stephen E. Ambrose’s Band of Brothers.

After watching the television miniseries a couple times through and really enjoying it for its humanity, I thought it was time I gave the book a go. There isn’t much difference between the two. The timeline and events depicted in the series stay fairly true to the book, showing the birth of the legendary Easy Company as it goes through basic training, enters the war and fights through an almost endless array of seemingly impossible missions until the European theater came to a close.

Where the book and show differed was in the amount of detail and backstory that the book provided over the show. It’s not a lot of extra detail – the stories of a few soldiers that had to be passed over for brevity’s sake, as well as further personal details of the soldiers mainly focused upon – but if you’re a big fan of the show, you’re a candidate to read Band of Brothers, an admirably penned work that squeezes what good it can out of some dark days indeed.

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Empire of the Summer Moon Audiobook

Empire of the Summer Moon Audiobook
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Written By: S. C. Gwynne
Narrated By: David Drummond
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Date: September 2016
Duration: 15 hours 11 minutes

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Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award
A New York Times Notable Book
Winner of the Texas Book Award and the Oklahoma Book Award

This New York Times bestseller and stunning historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West “is nothing short of a revelation…will leave dust and blood on your jeans” (The New York Times Book Review).

Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches.

Although readers may be more familiar with the tribal names Apache and Sioux, it was in fact the legendary fighting ability of the Comanches that determined when the American West opened up. Comanche boys became adept bareback riders by age six; full Comanche braves were considered the best horsemen who ever rode. They were so masterful at war and so skillful with their arrows and lances that they stopped the northern drive of colonial Spain from Mexico and halted the French expansion westward from Louisiana. White settlers arriving in Texas from the eastern United States were surprised to find the frontier being rolled backward by Comanches incensed by the invasion of their tribal lands.

The war with the Comanches lasted four decades, in effect holding up the development of the new American nation. Gwynne’s exhilarating account delivers a sweeping narrative that encompasses Spanish colonialism, the Civil War, the destruction of the buffalo herds, and the arrival of the railroads, and the amazing story of Cynthia Ann Parker and her son Quanah—a historical feast for anyone interested in how the United States came into being.

Hailed by critics, S. C. Gwynne’s account of these events is meticulously researched, intellectually provocative, and, above all, thrillingly told. Empire of the Summer Moon announces him as a major new writer of American history.

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We live in Oklahoma – the middle of modern day Comanche County. My best friend growing up was the great-granddaughter of Chief Quannah Parker. She was even named after Cynthia Ann Parker. She has been my friend for over 60+ years. Therefore, I knew some of the history of the Comanche way of life, but from their side. I still cherish those memories of the stories told to me by her Grandmother (which was really her great-aunt, but called Grandmother by Comanche culture). She told of how afraid of the soldiers they were as children on the reservation near Fort Sill. I was a child hearing these stories, not really understanding… My family (white settlers) had settled in Oklahoma Territory from the Llano, Texas area before the turn of the century. They had lived thru the battles and loss of lives. Some went on to Arizona, but that’s another story.
EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON really awakened some of those memories – but from both sides. It was a horrible time for the settlers and the Indians! I have read many books on the subject, but this was the BEST, most accurate account, from both sides. It gives true documentation of events as they happened. We have given this book to so many family members and friends. A few weeks ago, we gave it to a Comanche friend. He said he learned so much about his people from this book. We HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone wanting to know the true history of the west from both sides.

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