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  • Turning Points in American History

  • By: Edward T. O'Donnell, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Edward T. O'Donnell
  • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
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    5 out of 5 stars 4
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These 48 lectures are your chance to relive the most groundbreaking moments in the fascinating story of the United States. They offer you a different perspective on the sweeping narrative of U.S. history. Spanning the arrival of the first English colonists to the chaos of the Civil War to the birth of the computer age and beyond, this lecture series is a captivating and comprehensive tour of those particular moments in the story of America, after which the nation would never be the same again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb presenter

  • By Simon marchant on 01-06-2016

phenomenal course

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Reviewed: 19-03-2019

brilliantly presented in a very engaging style. I didn't want to stop listening. lots of information, much detail and some events I did not know about. l absolutely loved this course. highly recommended course and presenter.

  • The Coddling of the American Mind

  • How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
  • By: Jonathan Haidt, Greg Lukianoff
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Haidt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Coddling of the America Mind by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff, read by Jonathan Haidt. What doesn't kill you makes you weaker. Always trust your feelings. Life is a battle between good people and evil people. These three Great Untruths contradict basic psychological principles about well-being as well as ancient wisdom from many cultures. And yet they have become increasingly woven into education, culminating in a stifling culture of 'safetyism' that began on American college campuses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The cure for our youth and political crises

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-11-2018

enlightening

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Reviewed: 07-03-2019

this very well written and presented book answered a lot of questions regarding what is happening in our society today, particularly among young people. this book should be widely read. the authors present a clear case about how 3 untruths are shaping the current generation and what can be done about it. highly recommended for parents and educators in particular.

  • An Economic History of the World since 1400

  • By: Donald J. Harreld, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Donald J. Harreld
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
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Most of us have a limited understanding of the powerful role economics has played in shaping human civilization. This makes economic history - the study of how civilizations structured their environments to provide food, shelter, and material goods - a vital lens through which to think about how we arrived at our present, globalized moment. Designed to fill a long-empty gap in how we think about modern history, these 48 lectures are a comprehensive journey through more than 600 years of economic history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I have learnt a lot

  • By Anonymous User on 19-06-2018

An enlightening journey

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Reviewed: 05-02-2019

I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone wanting to understand the journey the world has taken to lead us to our present world economic situation. Very well presented, thorough and stimulating. I enjoyed the listen and many of my questions were answered. I learned much.

  • The Science of Energy

  • Resources and Power Explained
  • By: Michael E. Wysession, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael E. Wysession
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
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    5 out of 5 stars 37
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To better put into perspective the various issues surrounding energy in the 21st century, you need to understand the essential science behind how energy works. And you need a reliable source whose focus is on giving you the facts you need to form your own educated opinions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immediatey relevant!

  • By Robert Watkinson on 11-06-2017

very interesting and relevant

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Reviewed: 23-12-2018

very informative. challenged and changed my opinion in a number of areas. will change the way I look at and use energy and energy usage. thoroughly recommended.

  • The Strange Death of Europe

  • Immigration, Identity, Islam
  • By: Douglas Murray
  • Narrated by: Robert Davies
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
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The Strange Death of Europe is a highly personal account of a continent and culture caught in the act of suicide. Declining birth rates, mass immigration, and cultivated self-distrust and self-hatred have come together to make Europeans unable to argue for themselves and incapable of resisting their own comprehensive alteration as a society and an eventual end.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone needs to read this as soon as possible!

  • By Anonymous User on 02-06-2017

very important book

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Reviewed: 05-12-2018

a very well written book. Murray takes on a subject matter few public figures will even discuss. thought provoking, insightful and providing great concern, this book should be widely read and it's contents seriously considered.

  • The Fall and Rise of China

  • By: Richard Baum, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Richard Baum
  • Length: 24 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
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    5 out of 5 stars 89
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For most of its 5,000-year existence, China has been the largest, most populous, wealthiest, and mightiest nation on Earth. And for us as Westerners, it is essential to understand where China has been in order to anticipate its future. These 36 eye-opening lectures deliver a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Accessible overview of modern Chinese history

  • By Ronald McCoy on 20-01-2019

engrossing

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Reviewed: 05-10-2018

the best presented Great Courses series I have undertaken. fascinating, enlightening and enjoyable. the presentation was so engrossing I did not want to stop listening. presented in a TV episode story style rather than a lecture plus the material presented was fascinating, so listening for long periods easy.

  • Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us

  • By: Steven Novella, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven Novella
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
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In today's information age, medical myths are all around us. And using them to make decisions about your own health can be harmful. Even deadly. That's why it's critical to understand the accuracy of medical information and discover the truth about everyday health and well-being. That's the core of this important series of 24 eye-opening lectures from an acclaimed neurologist, educator, and science broadcaster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Take that, society!

  • By Caeril Inffall on 22-06-2017

wrong beliefs exposed

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Reviewed: 31-07-2018

very interesting. many challenging ideas. I did not realise that I had bought into so many half truths and down right falsehoods. this course was a good investment of time and money.

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  • The Art of Critical Decision Making

  • By: Michael A. Roberto, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael A. Roberto
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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Learn to approach the critical decisions in your life with a more seasoned, educated eye with this fascinating 24-lecture series that explores how individuals, groups, and organizations make effective decisions. The heart of this accessible series is a thorough examination of decision making at three key levels. First, you'll look at decisions made at the individual level, where, among the many things you'll learn is that intuition is more than just a gut instinct and, in fact, represents a powerful pattern recognition capability.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fascinating and insightful

  • By Alison on 30-06-2018

fascinating and insightful

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Reviewed: 30-06-2018

very well presented and interesting course. case studies were brilliant and eye opening. would have loved mores case studies.

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  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

  • Life Among the Lowly
  • By: Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
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Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling novel of the 19th century and the second best-selling book of that century, following the Bible. It is credited with helping fuel the abolitionist cause in the 1850s. In 1855, three years after it was published, it was called "the most popular novel of our day." A thrilling and important piece of American literature!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a masterpiece

  • By Alison on 16-05-2018

a masterpiece

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Reviewed: 16-05-2018

a true classic. a clarion call in its day. uncle tom's cabin still speaks to our present day. the narration was outstanding. I couldn't stop listening. highly recommended.

  • 36 Revolutionary Figures of History

  • By: The Great Courses, Bob Brier, Allen C. Guelzo
  • Narrated by: Allen C. Guelzo, Bob Brier
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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Alexander the Great, Jesus, Darwin, and Churchill are just a few of the many politicians, religious leaders, scientists, philosophers, authors, inventors, and generals who transformed our world in ways that still resonate today. Now, with this unique collection of 36 lectures from our extensive course catalog, meet the remarkable people without whom the world would never be the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great content, sometimes

  • By clancy on 15-07-2015

very interesting

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Reviewed: 12-03-2018

very good for the most part. there were a number of lectures I didn't enjoy, found uninteresting. other lectures made me want to find out more. the 36 revolutionary people had a number of surprises and a few I had never heard of.