Because of our shared English language, as well as the celebrated origin tales of the Mayflower and the rebellion of the British colonies, the United States has prized its Anglo heritage above all others. However, as Carrie Gibson explains with great depth and clarity in El Norte, the nation has much older Spanish roots - ones that have long been unacknowledged or marginalized. The Hispanic past of the United States predates the arrival of the Pilgrims by a century, and has been every bit as important in shaping the nation as it exists today. El Norte chronicles the sweeping and dramatic history of Hispanic North America from the arrival of the Spanish in the early 16th century to the present - from Ponce de Leon’s initial landing in Florida in 1513 to Spanish control of the vast Louisiana territory in 1762 to the Mexican-American War in 1846 and up to the more recent tragedy of post-hurricane Puerto Rico and the ongoing border acrimony with Mexico. Interwoven in this stirring narrative of events and people are cultural issues that have been there from the start but which are unresolved to this day: language, belonging, community, race, and nationality. Seeing them play out over centuries provides vital perspective at a time when it is urgently needed. In 1883, Walt Whitman meditated on his country’s Spanish past: ´´We Americans have yet to really learn our own antecedents, and sort them, to unify them”, predicting that ´´to that composite American identity of the future, Spanish character will supply some of the most needed parts.” That future is here, and El Norte, a stirring and eventful history in its own right, will make a powerful impact on our national understanding. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Thom Rivera. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/052046/bk_adbl_052046_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The companion to Ken Burns’s magnificent PBS television series—updated and expanded to coincide with the broadcast of a new, two-part ´´Tenth Inning´´ directed with Lynn Novick. The authors of the acclaimed and best-selling The Civil War, Jazz, and The War turn to another uniquely American phenomenon: baseball. Geoffrey C. Ward´s and Ken Burns’s moving and fascinating history of the game goes beyond stolen bases, double plays, and home runs to demonstrate how baseball has been influenced by, and has in turn influenced, American life. The audiobook covers every milestone of the game, from the rules drawn up in 1845 by Alexander Cartwright to the American League’s introduction of the designated hitter in 1973; from the 1924 Negro World Series to Jack Roosevelt Robinson’s major-league debut; from the first curve ball in 1867 to Nolan Ryan’s seventh and last no-hitter in 1991. This new edition brings the authors’ monumental work into the 21st century: steroids, home-run records, the rise of Latino players, the long-awaited Red Sox World Series victory, and so much more. Baseball is an audiobook that speaks to all Americans. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Burns. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002396/bk_rand_002396_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Cesar Chavez founded a labor union, launched a movement, and inspired a generation. He rose from migrant worker to national icon, becoming one of the great charismatic leaders of the 20th century. Two decades after his death, Chavez remains the most significant Latino leader in US history. Yet his life story has been told only in hagiography - until now. In the first comprehensive biography of Chavez, Miriam Pawel offers a searching yet empathetic portrayal. Chavez emerges here as a visionary figure with tragic flaws; a brilliant strategist who sometimes stumbled; and a canny, streetwise organizer whose pragmatism was often at odds with his elusive, soaring dreams. He was an experimental thinker with eclectic passions - an avid, self-educated historian and a disciple of Gandhian non-violent protest. Drawing on thousands of documents and scores of interviews, this superbly written life deepens our understanding of one of Chavez´s most salient qualities: his profound humanity. Pawel traces Chavez´s remarkable career as he conceived strategies that empowered the poor and vanquished California´s powerful agriculture industry, and his later shift from inspirational leadership to a cult of personality, with tragic consequences for the union he had built. The Crusades of Cesar Chavez reveals how this most unlikely American hero ignited one of the great social movements of our time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jackson Gutierrez. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/016908/bk_adbl_016908_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Un Viaje es una satira, una historia corta en la que se confunden las tradiciones del siglo IXX, con la burla educada de un escritor que vivio estas mismas tradiciones. Es uno de los mayores ejemplos del Costumbrismo Latino Americano. Su personaje principal el nino Goyito, es sinonimo de persona acomodada, incluso hoy. (Este comentario no tiene tildes por restricciones de Amazon) A trip is a satire, a short story where IXX century traditions mingle with the educated mockery of a writer who lived these same traditions. It is one of the major examples of Costumbrismo in Latin America. His main character, nino Goyito, is synonym of a well-to-do person, even today.Please Note: This audiobook is in Spanish. 1. Spanish. RUMI Productions LLC. http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/040719/bk_acx0_040719_sample.mp3.
Discover why Selena, the Queen of Tejano music, became one of the most celebrated Mexican-American entertainers of the 20th century! As a young girl, Selena Quintanilla sang in a band called Selena y Los Dinos with her brother and sister. The family performed at fairs, weddings, quinceañeras, and on street corners in their native Texas. Selena learned how to sing in Spanish and soon became hugely popular within the Latino community - so much so that she became the best-selling Latin artist of the 1990s.Selena was poised to be a great success, but her life was cut short after being fatally wounded by the president of her fan club. Selena´s contributions to music and fashion during her life made her one of the top Latin musicians in the 1990s, and listeners will want to know more about the woman who introduced the world to Tejano music. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kyla Garcia. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/003292/bk_lili_003292_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Gus LeGarde agrees to play piano for the high school drama club´s production of ´´Spirit Me Away´´, a ´60s-style musical he wrote in college, he doesn´t expect to face a barrage of menacing pranks played on his fiancée, Camille, and the drama club. Who´s sabotaging the show? And what do they have against Camille? Is it sex-crazed Armand, the Latino teen infatuated with her? Something happened last year that Camille won´t talk about, and it has to do with Armand. Gus wants to know what happened, but she´s not talking. Could it be Superintendent Marshall, whose past holds horrific secrets related to one of the worst crimes of the 20th century? And why did someone break into Camille´s home to steal her beloved mini-dachshund, Boris? Gus must unravel the mystery before the backstage saboteur stakes his final, deadly claim. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert King Ross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/005435/bk_acx0_005435_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Three terrorist attacks are launched from freighters against the United States. Only one fully succeeds, but in the blink of an eye all of the country west of the Rocky Mountains is transformed into the technological equivalent of the 18th century - no electricity, no computers, no electronics of anykind, or any of the amenities of modern life that depend on them. This is the story of ordinary and extraordinary people, high and low, who struggle to survive in a mortally wounded nation, as America´s enemies within and without circle for the kill. A Latino gangbanger becomes mayor of a devastated Los Angeles; a gay survivalist fights for his life in San Francisco; an ordinary Indiana housewife and her three children struggle to keep their lives together in a crashing economy; a shrimp fisherman in Louisiana watches a mushroom cloud rise over New Orleans; the admiral in charge of the military defense of the nation faces a storm of enemies from every corner of the compass; and the president of the United States and the Speaker of the House of Representatives battle for supremacy as the lives of 60 million Americans hang in the balance. Lightning Fall tells a story of terror, tragedy, and triumph that you will never forget. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Johnny Heller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/006590/bk_blak_006590_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Authors Dalton Conley and Niall Ferguson on this edition of Fresh Air. Dalton Conley is the author of the memoir, Honky, about growing up white in a predominately African American and Latino neighborhood on the Lower East Side of New York. Conley is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Advanced Social Science Research at New York University. Niall Ferguson is the author of The Pity of War: Explaining World War I Ferguson is Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Jesus College, Oxford, England. His other books include Paper and Iron and The House of Rothschild. Ferguson talks about why W.W.I was the century´s worst war and why he blames Great Britain for prolonging the war. (Broadcast Dates: November 26, 2001 and May 31, 1999) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/011126/rt_whyy_011126_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.