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Bourbon Empire
Reid Mitenbuler
Learn about the history and development of whiskey. Are you a fan of whiskey? If you are, you’re in good company! This popular spirit has been immortalized in music and movies all over the world for decades. From whiskey tasting tours to cocktail masterclasses, bourbon has a hold on our hearts that isn’t going away any time soon. But how much do we really know about our favorite drink and its role in American history? Bourbon Empire (2015) explores the rich history of one of America’s favorite drinks.
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18 minutes
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Chernobyl: The History of Nuclear Catastrophe
Serhii Plokhy
The perfect book to learning the inside scoop on the events leading up to and following one of the most disastrous events in history. Since the debut of HBO’s Chernobyl, fans of the show have been wondering what the television series got right, and what it got wrong. With Serhii Plokhy’s book, you can now read what the television series got right. With extreme detail in how nuclear reactors work, and the events leading up to the explosion, Plokhy has researched the topic in great detail to give readers an inside look of what happened in the days leading up to the disaster, followed by the events immediately after including the denial of Soviet officials who refused to accept the gravity of the situation. With a government that failed to protect the people of their country, the events of Chernobyl revealed the true intentions of government leaders who sought economic development over the safety of its citizens.
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15 minutes
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China in Ten Words
Yu Hua
Author Yu Hua presents ten essays based on the ten words he feels best sum up the modern state of his country, and his own life experience. How do you define a country? Writer Yu Hua chooses to describe his country with an analysis of ten words. Words like “revolution”, “people”, “grassroots”, and “writing”. These words become the central theme of ten essays exploring the cultural identity and changing landscape of his country. Hua draws on sociology, economics, and his own experiences as a dentist, novelist, and participant in the 1989 Tiananmen Square Protests to paint a picture of China larger in scope and depth than we might usually see in the west.
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11 minutes
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The Great Influenza
John M. Barry
Learn about the pandemic that started it all. Today, we think of the flu as an ordinary thing, something that most of us catch at one point or another. But in 1918, nothing could be further from the truth. The Great Influenza (2004) is the comprehensive analysis of the influenza epidemic and its onset at the turn of the energy.
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14 minutes
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The House of Rothschild
Niall Ferguson
Money’s Prophets 1798-1848. You may associate the name Rothschild with wealth, success, and mystery. For the first time, however, author Niall Ferguson uncovers the mysteries of the Rothschild family and reveals the secrets behind the family’s phenomenal economic success. As you read, you’ll learn how their vast political network, immense financial success, and their Jewish lineage led to a series of family myths. Furthermore, you’ll see how one family was able to defy social stigmas and become the premier banking family of the world. Through this fascinating, deep, and detailed account of the family’s history, you’ll learn how bribery was a common means for success, how the family's key to success was communication, and how the Rothschild family had influence in just about everything.
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14 minutes
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