To win without fighting is best, Sun Tzu said. For the Chinese philosopher/general war was synchronic with life. Tzu viewed the world as a network of combat zones where the stakes were high and struggle was the primary mode of being, where no one was to be trusted, and survival depended on nothing less than unconditional victory. Actors Ron Silver and B.D. Wong narrate this 2,500-year-old work of wisdom that continues to guide and inspire people of all cultures, teaching the principles of strategy required in everything from sports, to business, to affairs of the heart. Augmented by commentary and anecdotes, this audio edition maintains the pure, near-poetic tone of the original. Cover Image: This Chinese bamboo copy of The Art of War known to have been either comissioned or transcribed in the 18th Century by the Qianlong Emporer is part of a collection at the University of California, Riverside. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ron Silver, B.D. Wong. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/dove/000498/bk_dove_000498_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Is social media destroying democracy? Are Russian propaganda or ´´fake news´´ entrepreneurs on Facebook undermining our sense of a shared reality? A conventional wisdom has emerged since the election of Donald Trump in 2016 that new technologies and their manipulation by foreign actors played a decisive role in his victory and are responsible for the sense of a ´´post-truth´´ moment in which disinformation and propaganda thrives.Network Propaganda challenges that received wisdom through the most comprehensive study yet published on media coverage of American presidential politics from the start of the election cycle in April 2015 to the one-year anniversary of the Trump presidency. Analyzing millions of news stories together with Twitter and Facebook shares, broadcast television, and YouTube, the book provides a comprehensive overview of the architecture of contemporary American political communications. Through data analysis and detailed qualitative case studies of coverage of immigration, Clinton scandals, and the Trump Russia investigation, the book finds that the right-wing media ecosystem operates fundamentally differently than the rest of the media environment. The authors argue that longstanding institutional, political, and cultural patterns in American politics interacted with technological change since the 1970s to create a propaganda feedback loop in American conservative media. This dynamic has marginalized center-right media and politicians, radicalized the right wing ecosystem, and rendered it susceptible to propaganda efforts, foreign and domestic. For listeners outside the United States, the book offers a new perspective and methods for diagnosing the sources of, and potential solutions for, the perceived global crisis of democratic politics.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: Steve Menasche. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/014616/bk_tant_014616_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
September 1942 marked the high-point of Axis conquest in World War II. In the Pacific, Japan´s soldiers had seemed unstoppable. However, the tide was about to turn. On Sunday, 6 September 1942, Japanese land forces suffered their first conclusive defeat at the hands of the Allies. At Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea, a predominantly Australian force - including 75 Squadron (fresh from their action in 44 Days ) - fought for two weeks to successfully defend a vital airstrip against a determined Japanese invasion. The victorious Australian army units were crucially supported by two locally-based squadrons of RAAF Kittyhawks. The Battle for Milne Bay and victory for the Allies was a significant turning point in the Pacific War, but while it received worldwide publicity at the time, it has since been largely forgotten... It deserves to be remembered. Michael Veitch, actor, presenter and critically acclaimed author, brings to life the incredible exploits and tragic sacrifices of these Australian heroes in another fast-paced and thrilling tale.
The treacherous White Army is on the move and only 16-year-old Queen Sarai´s personal guards remain to turn the tide. Hopelessly outnumbered, Sentrus Caroven and Mave Antwern must guide this unusual force of men and beasts to victory, or lose everything they hold dear. Meanwhile, on the outskirts of civilization, a young boy and his father protect a newly orphaned Mustela who has fallen into their care. Can they escape the whirlwind of revolution? Written and read by Shakespearean actor and award winning author Evan Hernandez, this adventure breathes like Narnia and moves like The Hunger Games. Courage, loyalty, friendship, and hope are our heroes´ truest weapons against the coming darkness. And they must prevail. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Evan Marshall Hernandez, Marianne Miller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/092009/bk_acx0_092009_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
‘It was a sweet finish after the bitter pills of floggings and bullets with which these same governments, just at that time, dosed the German working-class risings’. The Communist Manifesto is, perhaps surprisingly, a most engaging and accessible work, containing even the odd shaft of humour in this translation by Samuel Moore for the 1888 English edition. It is, of course, an essential introduction to the thoughts and theories of Karl Marx and his collaborator and editor Friedrich Engels and therefore to the development of communism. This brief but iconoclastic work, essentially a pamphlet, covers the history of the bourgeoisie, aspects of ‘class struggle’ with descriptions and analyses of numerous workers’ parties and movements up to the 1840s. It predicts and elaborates upon the defeat of capitalism and communism’s ultimate global victory. Written over 150 years ago it pulsates with energy, insight and contemporary relevance, ending with the rallying cry, ‘Workers of the World Unite.’ Greg Wagland, a history graduate and enthusiast, brings a certain freshness and energy to his reading of this far from dusty tome. A word about the narrator: born in Oxford, England, Greg Wagland is a classically trained actor, who attended St. Andrews University and drama school. He has worked in television, radio and theatre appearing in productions with the likes of Richard E. Grant, Penelope Keith, Bill Pertwee, Matt Smith, Roger Allam, Liza Goddard, Michael Denison, Dulcie Gray and Lindsay Duncan. He has recorded over 50 audiobooks, a number of those for the well-respected Talking Book Service of the RNIB. Now for Magpie Audio he is putting together an eclectic collection of classic fiction and non-fiction works and is always happy to receive suggestions for new titles. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Greg Wagland. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/magp/000002/bk_magp_000002_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In February 1945, American Marines plunged into the surf at Iwo Jima - and into history. Through a hail of machine-gun and mortar fire that left the beaches strewn with comrades, they battled to the island´s highest peak. And after climbing through a landscape of hell itself, they raised a flag. Now the son of one of the flag raisers has written a powerful account of six very different men who came together in a moment that will live forever. To his family, John Bradley never spoke of the photograph or the war. But after his death at age 70, his family discovered closed boxes of letters and photos. In Flags of Our Fathers, James Bradley draws on those documents to retrace the lives of his father and the men of his company. Following these men´s paths to Iwo Jima, James Bradley has written a classic story of the heroic battle for the Pacific´s most crucial island. But perhaps the most interesting part of the story is what happened after the victory. The men in the photo - three were killed during the battle - were proclaimed heroes and flown home, to become reluctant symbols. For two of them, the adulation was shattering. Only James Bradley´s father truly survived, displaying no copy of the famous photograph in his home, telling his son only: ´´The real heroes of Iwo Jima were the guys who didn´t come back.´´ This program is read by Golden Globe-winning actor Barry Bostwick. Bostwick starred as the Mayor in the hit ABC comedy series Spin City. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Barry Bostwick, James Bradley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bant/000293/bk_bant_000293_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It was the upset to end all upsets. On 8 April 1967 at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool, a 100-1 outsider in peculiar blinkers sidestepped chaos extraordinary even by the Grand National´s standards and won the world´s toughest steeplechase. The jumps-racing establishment - and Gregory Peck, the Hollywood actor whose much-fancied horse was reduced to the status of an also-ran - took a dim view. But Foinavon, the dogged victor, and Susie, the white nanny goat who accompanied him everywhere, became instant celebrities. Within days, the traffic was being stopped for them in front of Buckingham Palace en route to an audience with the Duchess of Kent. Fan mail arrived addressed to ´Foinavon, England´. According to John Kempton, Foinavon´s trainer, the 1967 race ´reminded everyone that the National was part of our heritage´. Foinavon´s Grand National victory has become as much a part of British sporting folklore as the England football team´s one and only World Cup win the previous year. The race has even spawned its own mythology, with the winner portrayed as a horse so useless that not even its owner or trainer could be bothered to come to Liverpool to see him run. Yet remarkably the real story of how Foinavon emerged from an obscure yard near the ancient Ridgeway to pull off one of the most talked-about victories in horseracing history has never been told. Based on original interviews with scores of people who were at Aintree on that rainswept day, or whose lives were in some way touched by the shock result, this book will use the story of this extraordinary race to explore why the Grand National holds tens of millions of people spellbound, year after year, for ten minutes on a Saturday afternoon in early spring. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jack Reynolds. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/016977/bk_adbl_016977_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What do set design, sound effects, and showmanship have to do with winning World War II? Meet the Ghost Army that played a surprising role in helping to deceive - and defeat - the Nazis. In his third book about deception during war, Paul B. Janeczko focuses his lens on World War II and the operations carried out by the Twenty-Third Headquarters Special Troops, aka the Ghost Army. This remarkable unit included actors, camouflage experts, sound engineers, painters, and set designers who used their skills to secretly and systematically replace fighting units - fooling the Nazi army into believing what their eyes and ears told them, even though the sights and sounds of tanks and war machines and troops were entirely fabricated. Follow the Twenty-Third into Europe as they play a dangerous game of enticing the German army into making battlefield mistakes by using sonic deceptions, inflatable tanks, pyrotechnics, and camouflage in more than twenty operations. From the Normandy invasion to the crossing of the Rhine River, the men of the Ghost Army - several of whom went on to become famous artists and designers after the war - played an improbable role in the Allied victory. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ron Butler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/011766/bk_brll_011766_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In a win-win action, both parties win, and a common victory is greater than it is ever possible to achieve alone. There is no upper boundary to how good the results that are possible to achieve together, compared to pursuing one´s own advantage. Real win-win thinking is never a game against the other party, from which all game theoretical solutions look to start, but involves cooperation with all the players. To act in competition with an opponent is not as successful as acting in win-win cooperation with such a party that has same values and goals as you. Also, a common dialog is needed. Win-win thinking can, in world politics, completely compensate the now prevalent violence-based power politics. For hundreds, and possibly thousands of years, political actors have acted according to its requirements. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Farinacci. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/046980/bk_acx0_046980_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.