We are always curious to know about the mysteries behind the events that have happened in the past.
Audiobooks are a new way of learning. Audiobooks are very helpful if you are an avid learner of history but do not like to read books.
History audiobooks will help you unravel the mysteries of the past without even buying the hardcover.
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
Written by Jack Weatherford
Narrated by Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
A New York Times Bestseller, Genghis Khan is the true history of the extraordinary man from a remote area of the world created a huge empire that led the world into the modern age.
The Mongol army under the leadership of Genghis Khan acquired lands with a raging speed that made it a powerful empire. They conquered almost every country in Asia. They brought a rise in expanded trade, cultural communication, and a blossoming of civilization. Genghis Khan acted more progressively than his Asian and European counterparts. He abolished torture, smashed feudal systems of aristocratic privilege, and granted universal religious freedom.
The book details his story, his rise from the tribal culture to the mighty Mongol civilization. This is a brilliant work of revisionist history. It is divided into 3 parts. Part 1 is about Genghis Khan and his rise to power. How a slave from an ordinary family with poor life grows.
Part 2 is about all the Mongol wars that happened in 5 decades. Part 3 is about the effects of Genghis Khan’s conquest on the world.
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SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome
BY MARY BEARD
SPQR is a sweeping and revisionist history of the Roman Empire. The great Ancient Rome was a city with modern standards. A sprawling imperial metropolis with more than a million inhabitants. It was a mix of filth and luxury, exploitation and liberty, murderous civil war and civic pride. Ancient Rome was the seat of power for an empire that stretched from Spain to Syria.
The world-renowned classicist Mary Beard narrates the unprecedented rise of a powerful civilization in her book. Ancient Rome is the base for most of our fundamental assumptions about citizenship, power, responsibility, empire, political violence, luxury, and beauty.
The book starts with the story in 63 BCE with the famous clash between the populist aristocrat Cicero and Catiline. The renowned orator and politician, Beard animates this “terrorist conspiracy”. This historic event demonstrates how a single event can be a step to lead the struggle between democracy and autocracy. This book illustrates how a classical democracy yielded to a self-confident empire.
She shows how Roman history is constantly being revised and then rewritten as our knowledge expands.
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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
By Yuval Noah Harari
An international bestseller, Sapiens is a groundbreaking narration of humanity’s creation and evolution. It explores the many ways in which history and biology have defined us and enhanced our understanding of “human”.
To be believed, approximately one hundred thousand years ago, Earth was inhabited by at least six different species of humans. Today there is only one, the homo sapiens. The question arises what happened to the others and what may happen to us.
Dr Yuval Noah Harari examines everything, ranging from the evolving humans to the rise of empires. Sapiens integrates science and history to reconsider accepted narratives, and connect past developments with contemporary concerns.
The book features 6 maps, 27 photographs, and 25 illustrations. This insightful and provocative work is sure to spark debate. “It gives you a sense of perspective on how briefly we’ve been on this earth. How short things like agriculture and science have been around, and why it makes sense for us to not take them for granted” commented President Barack Obama on the book.
It is brilliant and must be read by everyone. There isn’t a better book on the history of humans with such a vast spectrum of valuable insights and new views condensed in such a small volume. I heartily recommend the masterpiece.
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We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families
By Philip Gourevitch
This debut book gives information in chronological order about what has happened in Rwanda and neighbouring states since 1994. The Rwandan government had called on everyone in the Hutu majority to murder everyone in the Tutsi minority. Although the killing was largely done by machetes it was carried out at a shocking speed. Almost 800,000 people were killed in a hundred days.
A Tutsi pastor used the chilling phrase (which is the title of the book) in a letter to his church president, a Hutu. Gourevitch lists the horrors of Rwanda’s “genocidal logic”, the mass displacements, the impossibly crowded prisons and refugee camps, and the temptations of revenge. He focuses on the psychological and political challenges of survival. Also, on how the new leaders of postcolonial Africa went to war in the Congo when resurgent genocidal forces threatened to overrun Central Africa.
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families is the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in the Nonfiction category. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the interplay between globalization and the history of Rwanda. Philip tells the story in a very chilling and compelling way.
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A History of the World
By Andrew Marr
In his book, Andrew Marr reiterates some of the traditional epic stories. Stories ranging from classical Rome and Greece to the rise of Napoleon. Also, unpopular tales from Peru to the Ukraine, and China to the Caribbean.
A History of the World is exciting, fresh and vividly readable. He examines cultures that have faded and vanished, as well as the bases of today’s superpowers. He discovers surprising parallels across vast distances. It is a wonderful book about the great revolutionaries of history and their time.
With the help of this book, one can understand the step by step changes in the political maps of the world. For the 19th century, we know how dictatorships had gained a higher step-over religious leaderships. For example, the Mediterranean coasts have seen massive changes in followers Christianity and Islam.
It is an engaging book with the past and present of the world in a lucid and narrative style.
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The Silk Roads: A New History of the World
By Peter Frankopan
Once upon a time, fortune and fame were synonymous with the West, the Americas. Today, the East holds the seat of adventure and riches. The region stretching from Europe to Central Asia is taking the forward ground in commerce, international politics, and culture.
This region is obscure to many in the West. This is where the world’s great religions were born and civilization was established. The Silk Roads not only linked continents and oceans together, but through them flowed goods, ideas, diseases and death. The Silk Roads have begun to rise again.
The Silk Roads have shaped the global economy in the re-emerging east. The book is an attempt to accurately structure the history of the world with an emphasis on Asia throughout the ages. The book is well written with deep insight and excellent clarity. This book depicts Asia in the bigger scenario of world history.
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Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn
By Daniel Gordis
Gordis combines together historical documents, letters, interviews, and his own knowledge of the country and its people. Israel tells the story of its birth, then how the idea of a Jewish state originated. Israel has triumphed over adversity, but still faces grave challenges.
Gordis lists many of the stories about how Israelis understand themselves and their country. He introduces the formidable and passionate personalities that pioneered the country. Gordis defines how Israel became an economic, cultural, and military powerhouse. He also explains where the country made mistakes and traces the history behind Israel’s international isolation.
The book is quite authoritative and clear-eyed.
Gordis offers us a thorough history of this complex nation. “Israel” drops light on Israel’s past so we can easily understand both its present and future.
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