RMS Titanic sank in 1912, a US presidential election year, and in the very first days of the great House of Commons debate on Home Rule for Ireland. The Marconi companies were heroes to the press and the public, who credited them with saving the lives that were saved. JP Morgan, who owned the shipping trust that controlled Titanic's White Star Line, was a major political target for the trust-busters. And members of the British Cabinet, including the Attorney-General who was to direct (and nobble) the Crown's case in the Titanic enquiry, were up to their necks in inside trading in Marconi shares. This is the story of how, in Titanic's loss, 1500 souls were sacrificed to the "settled science" and "scientific consensus" of marine engineering. It is also the story of how the US and British loss enquiries were shaped by party politics, corrupted by corrupt politicians and the Marconi Scandal, tainted by the politics of Irish Home Rule, and - finally - salvaged by Oliver Wendell Holmes and the US Supreme Court, and by Lord Mersey's judgement in the Board of Trade Enquiry and the subsequent International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea. Titanic sank a century ago; but she sails on, the ghost ship of modern law and politics, shaping our world in ways we don't notice. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stan Jenson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/008872/bk_acx0_008872_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Explore the captivating history of the Titanic.When thinking about the worst known maritime disaster in history, it is impossible not to think about all of the lives lost in a single night. One of the wealthiest men alive (and the wealthiest passenger aboard the ship) died in the same accident that took the life of a baby younger than five months old in steerage.More than 100 years after the disaster, the survivors have passed on, but they left behind harrowing stories that remind us that every day is something to appreciate. These stories include love, loss, hope, failure, and everything in between. It is the tales told by those who survived that convey the feelings of that fateful night and the reality of the lives lost. In Titanic: A Captivating Guide to the History of the Unsinkable Ship RMS Titanic, Including Survivor Stories and a Real Romance Story, you will discover topics such as:A predictable, preventable disasterFrom beginning of construction to the final launch into historyBasic mistakes at a high priceA jolt followed by the worst-case scenarioA more human experienceDorothy Gibson - reliving the experienceRamon Artagaveytia - well-founded fearTwo gentlemen meet their fateAnn Elizabeth Isham - for a best friendLove beyond dutyThe second-class passengersViolet Constant Jessop - survival of all three sistersThe seeds of loveSlander long after the eventsFrom the wreckageAnd much, much more!So, if you want to learn more about the Titanic, get this audiobook now! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alexander G.. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/145114/bk_acx0_145114_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jacques Futrelle's Inspector Lestrade joins Professor S.F.X. Van Dusen ("The Thinking Machine") in trying to solve a strange case involving self-mutilation. Jacques Futrelle (April 9, 1875 - April 15, 1912) was an American journalist and mystery writer. He is best known for writing short detective stories featuring Professor Augustus S.F.X. Van Dusen, also known as "The Thinking Machine" for his application of logic to any and all situations. Futrelle died in the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cameron Hinsman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/live/001096/bk_live_001096_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Buster Boppington and his talking dog have another great adventure - learning about the history of the Titanic! 1. Language: English. Narrator: James H. Kiser. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/041666/bk_acx0_041666_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A number one Sunday Times best seller (UK) A titanic battle is being waged for Europe's integrity and soul, with the forces of reason and humanism losing out to growing irrationality, authoritarianism, and malice, promoting inequality and austerity. The whole world has a stake in a victory for rationality, liberty, democracy, and humanism. In January 2015, Yanis Varoufakis, an economics professor teaching in Austin, Texas, was elected to the Greek parliament with more votes than any other member of parliament. He was appointed finance minister, and, in the whirlwind five months that followed, everything he had warned about - the perils of the euro's faulty design, the European Union's shortsighted austerity policies, financialized crony capitalism, American complicity and rising authoritarianism - was confirmed as the "troika" (the European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund, and European Commission) stonewalled his efforts to resolve Greece's economic crisis. Here, Varoufakis delivers a fresh look at the history of Europe's crisis and America's central role in it. He presents the ultimate case against austerity, proposing concrete policies for Europe that are necessary to address its crisis and avert contagion to America, China, and the rest of the world. With passionate, informative, and at times humorous prose, he warns that the implosion of an admittedly crisis-ridden and deeply irrational European monetary union should and can be avoided at all cost. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Yanis Varoufakis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/003433/bk_hach_003433_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A strange case takes Dr. Jessica Coran and her team on a 70-foot dive off the Coast of Nantucket Island to do a crime scene investigation inside a sunken yacht, the Promises Fulfilled. Within the eerie confines of the underwater sepulcher, Jessica and the others discover more questions than answers. Sadly, beyond the all-important Senator's corpse, the team must deal with, there's his wife and two young children.Even with the help of the famous undersea explorer, Dr. Bob Ballard of Titanic fame, on raising the yacht, more questions mount as there is no evidence whatsoever as to precisely how the ship went down, and later, on autopsy, Jessica discovers no one on board had saltwater in their lungs. They did not die of drowning, but were dead before the ship went under. Furthermore, they died of imploded veins, vessels, and arteries, and there is not a scratch on the hull of the ship.This mystery is one for the books, and it cannot be solved without the help of every member of the team, all pitching in, including her faithful colleague John Thorpe (JT) as well as a dogged investigative reporter named Hunt, and a "deep throat" nameless informant.The series began with Killer Instinct and Fatal Instinct, and is now up to 15 titles. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Dunsworth. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/157181/bk_acx0_157181_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In memory of Lieut.-Colonel Alexander Seton, Ensign Alex. C. Russell, and forty-eight N.C.O.s and men of the 74th Highlanders who were drowned at the wreck of HMS Birkenhead on the 26th February 1852, off Point Danger, Cape of Good Hope, after all the women and children on board had been safely landed in the ship's boats. (The inscription on a memorial in St. Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland) "To take your chance in the thick of a rush, with firing all about, Is nothing so bad when you've cover to 'and, an' leave an' likin' to shout; But to stand an' be still to the Birken'ead drill is a damn tough bullet to chew, An' they done it, the Jollies - 'Er Majesty's Jollies - soldier an' sailor too! Their work was done when it 'adn't begun; they was younger nor me an' you; Their choice it was plain between drownin' in 'eaps an' bein' mopped by the screw, So they stood an' was still to the Birken'ead drill, soldier an' sailor too" (Rudyard Kipling, "Soldier an' Sailor Too") In an emergency it is a common practice to attempt to evacuate women and children first, not simply because they're the most vulnerable but because it's an established code of honor that has been passed down through generations. This is especially the case in situations where there aren't enough resources to rescue everyone, and this concept has been made famous by disasters such as the sinking of the Titanic, which didn't have enough lifeboats onboard for everyone. Although the "women and children first" rule might seem like a common practice that has been observed for centuries, it was actually popularized by the 1852 shipwreck of the Royal Navy troopship HMS Birkenhead. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Phillip J. Mather. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/033732/bk_acx0_033732_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
No country of people's democracy has so many nationalities as this country has. Only in Czechoslovakia do there exist two kindred nationalities, while in some of the other countries there are only minorities. Consequently in these countries of people's democracy there has been no need to settle such serious problems as we have had to settle here. With them the road to socialism is less complicated than is the case here. (Tito) The World War II era produced many leaders of titanic determination, men whose strengths and weaknesses left an extraordinary imprint on historical affairs. Josip Broz Tito, better known to history as Marshal Tito, was undoubtedly one of these figures. Originally a machinist, Tito leveraged his success in the Communist Party of Yugoslavia (CPY) and a number of extraordinary strokes of luck into dictatorial rule over Yugoslavia for a span of 35 years. World War II proved the watershed that enabled him to secure control of the country, leading an ever more powerful army of communist partisans against both the Germans and other Yugoslav factions. During the war, SS leader Heinrich Himmler himself begrudgingly stated, "He has really earned his title of Marshal. When we catch him we shall kill him at once...but I wish we had a dozen Titos in Germany, men who were leaders and had such resolution and good nerves, that, even though they were forever encircled, they would never give in." During his reign, Tito managed to quash the intense national feelings of the diverse groups making up the Yugoslavian population, and he did so through several methods. He managed to successfully play the two superpower rivals, the United States and the Soviet Union, off against each other during the Cold War, and in doing so, he maintained a considerable amount of independence from both, even as he additionally received foreign aid to keep his regime afloat. All the while he remained defiant, once penning a legendary letter to Joseph Stalin w 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colin Fluxman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/083214/bk_acx0_083214_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.