Over the last decade, the center of world power has been quietly shifting from Europe to Asia. With oil reserves of several billion barrels, an estimated 900 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and several centuries´ worth of competing territorial claims, the South China Sea in particular is a simmering pot of potential conflict. The underreported military buildup in the area where the Western Pacific meets the Indian Ocean means that it will likely be a hinge point for global war and peace for the foreseeable future. In Asia´s Cauldron, Robert D. Kaplan offers up a vivid snapshot of the nations surrounding the South China Sea, the conflicts brewing in the region at the dawn of the 21st century, and their implications for global peace and stability. To understand the future of conflict in East Asia, Kaplan argues, one must understand the goals and motivations of its leaders and its people. Part travelogue, part geopolitical primer, Asia´s Cauldron takes us on a journey through the region´s boom cities and ramshackle slums: From Vietnam, where the superfueled capitalism of the erstwhile colonial capital, Saigon, inspires the geostrategic pretensions of the official seat of government in Hanoi, to Malaysia, where a unique mix of authoritarian Islam and Western-style consumerism creates quite possibly the ultimate postmodern society; and from Singapore, whose ´´benevolent autocracy´´ helped foster an economic miracle, to the Philippines, where a different brand of authoritarianism under Ferdinand Marcos led not to economic growth but to decades of corruption and crime. At a time when every day´s news seems to contain some new story - large or small - that directly relates to conflicts over the South China Sea, Asia´s Cauldron is an indispensable guide to a corner of the globe that will affect all of our lives for years to come. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Prichard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/003671/bk_tant_003671_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Start-Up Nation addresses the trillion-dollar question: How is it that Israel - a country of 7.1 million, only 60 years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources - produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations like Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada, and the UK? With the savvy of foreign policy insiders, Senor and Singer examine the lessons of the country´s adversity-driven culture, which flattens hierarchy and elevates informality - all backed up by government policies focused on innovation. In a world where economies as diverse as Ireland, Singapore, and Dubai have tried to re-create the ´´Israel effect´´, there are entrepreneurial lessons well worth noting. As America reboots its own economy and can-do spirit, there´s never been a better time to look at this remarkable and resilient nation for some impressive, surprising clues. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Pratt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/000314/bk_gdan_000314_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It´s no secret that the U.S. national debt is in the tens of trillions. But did you know that America also has future unfunded obligations of over $118 trillion? Unfortunately, America´s politicians have no plan to solve our mounting fiscal and monetary crisis. But you don´t have to watch this unfold in fear of your financial future. The time for debate is over... It´s time to prepare! 21 income streams you can create now and in retirement Specific ways to inflation-proof your investment portfolio using the P.A.C.E. (Precious Metals, Agriculture, Commodities, and Energy) Method How to create a diversified six-month liquid savings reserve that uses stable foreign currencies and precious metals And the 5 Levels of Financial Freedom that Jerry has personally used to build true wealth and create complete financial security You can survive this economic crisis, but you can´t wait. It´s time to take action. Let this audiobook show you how to become a better investor and create multiple streams of income. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Pierce. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/011820/bk_acx0_011820_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Canada has the reputation of being a boring place. More tranquil than its southern neighbor, it goes along in its quiet way sustaining one of the most stable and prosperous democracies in the world, and does so with little fuss or drama. It doesn´t get in the news much, which considering the content of most news stories is a good thing. People get along, the economy is expanding, and there are no regular disasters. While all this makes Canada a pleasant place to live, it does not make it particularly interesting. But dig a little below the surface, and you´ll find a different Canada, a stranger Canada, one of murder, mystery, and paranormal experiences. The stories that follow will show that Canada, far from being a dull, staid nation where nothing much happens, is an epicenter of the mysterious. Mysterious Canada: A Collection of Hauntings, Mysteries, and Strange Creatures Across the Canadian Nation offers a sampling of the many strange stories and unexplained phenomena that make Canada such an intriguing place. It is part of an ongoing series by Sean McLachlan and Charles River Editors that covers the mysteries and oddities of various places across the world, including The Weird Wild West, Weird West Coast, Mysteries of the South, Mysterious New England, and Weird Ireland. You will learn about the weird legends and mysteries of Canada like never before. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Hare. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/100561/bk_acx0_100561_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the universally acclaimed and award-winning The Bottom Billion, Paul Collier reveals that 50 failed states - home to the poorest one billion people on earth - pose the central challenge of the developing world in the 21st century. The book shines much-needed light on this group of small nations, largely unnoticed by the industrialized West, that are dropping further and further behind the majority of the world´s people, often falling into an absolute decline in living standards. A struggle rages within each of these nations between reformers and corrupt leaders - and the corrupt are winning. Collier analyzes the causes of failure, pointing to a set of traps that ensnare these countries, including civil war, a dependence on the extraction and export of natural resources, and bad governance. Standard solutions do not work, he writes; aid is often ineffective, and globalization can actually make matters worse, driving development to more stable nations. What the bottom billion need, Collier argues, is a bold new plan supported by the Group of Eight industrialized nations. If failed states are ever to be helped, the G8 will have to adopt preferential trade policies, new laws against corruption, new international charters, and even conduct carefully calibrated military interventions. Collier has spent a lifetime working to end global poverty. In The Bottom Billion, he offers real hope for solving one of the great humanitarian crises facing the world today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gideon Emery. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/001603/bk_adbl_001603_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The bitter conflict between England and France we call The Hundred Years War, and lasting 116 years between 1337 and 1453, was fought over claims by the English kings to the French throne. By the end of this titanic struggle, it can fairly be said that the Middle Ages had come to an end. By the mid-15th century, in the place of feudal monarchies that had depended on the support of their vassals at the outbreak of the war, we find the genesis of the modern nation state with a stable, centralized government backed by a standing professional army, paid for by taxation. Volume One briefly traces the causes of the conflict and then plunges straight ahead into the military preparations and initial clashes, mainly naval. Under what many consider the leadership of England´s greatest sovereign, Edward III, Calais is seized as a port-of-entry for English arms and supplies. With Calais secure in his rear, Edward marches into the interior of France and comes to grips with Philip´s army at Crécy in 1346, an epoch changing calamity for France. After numerous sieges, marches and smaller battles, the next French King, John II, is captured by Edward´s son, the Black Prince, at the battle of Poitiers in 1356. By the time of Edward III´s death in 1377, England controls a good third of French territory. But the French doggedly resist, and the war drags on into a desultory second phase lasting well into the early 1400s. The Hundred Years War is a military history, and probably the finest English chronicle of these confusing events. Drawing upon all known English and French sources, A. H. Burne has assembled a stunning narrative that sweeps you into the military camps of the English and French kings. Volume 2 carries the story to its climactic ending in 1453. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charlton Griffin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acon/000101/bk_acon_000101_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´When I was 21 I pledged my life to the service of our people, and I asked for God´s help to make good that vow. Although that vow was made in my salad days, when I was green in judgement, I do not regret nor retract one word of it.´´ (Elizabeth II) Until the implementation of new legislation on March 26, 2015, men were given preference to women in the British royal line. This system of male primogeniture meant that women seldom inherited the throne, and even when they did, they were often dominated by male councilors. Those women who married British kings gained the title of queen, but they were queen consorts, holding the title with no power. This makes Elizabeth II one of a select few queens regnant - queens ruling in their own right - and one of even fewer to set her own course in the history of her family and its throne. Nonetheless, Queen Elizabeth II has become so much a part of British society and culture that her presence is taken almost for granted, setting the standard people now expect of a British monarch. The longest lived and second longest reigning monarch in British history, Elizabeth II has overseen her country during a time of incredible turmoil and ever-accelerating change, providing a stable figure at the heart of a nation going through seemingly endless upheavals. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lavina Jadhwani. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/037686/bk_acx0_037686_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Bound by oath to serve Princess Edera as he served her father, since the old king´s passing it has been Lord Ranin´s sacred duty to keep the naive, headstrong 18-year-old safe and her realm free. But when Edera ignores his dire warnings and rides out to meet the tyrannical Emperor Comnar on her own, her foolishness has a terrible price. Seizing the opportunity to conquer her lands without a fight, Comnar takes Edera prisoner. Ranin sets out to treaty with Comnar and bring her home, but the emperor shows no interest in negotiations. Instead he shows Ranin his stables, filled not with horses but with beautiful women from conquered nations: fillies to be trained and displayed for the emperor´s pleasure. To Ranin´s horror Edera and her ladies-in-waiting are the newest additions to Comnar´s stables, and like all the other fillies they have been stripped of their clothes and now wear nothing but bridles, harnesses, bits, and horsehair tails. To complete the humiliation of his captured enemies, Comnar commands Ranin to train Edera personally for her new role as a filly, informing him that if he does not train the princess himself, a far harsher trainer will be found for her. With no other choice, Ranin sets out to master the princess, training her with a firm hand, as he would a young filly in the royal stables of his homeland, where he was once the master of horses. Despite her great shame at her treatment, Edera is secretly comforted by Ranin´s control and attention. She soon finds herself longing for her new master to ride her long and hard, and Ranin finds in time that he can no longer resist his little filly´s charms. But when the occasion arrives to perform in front of the emperor and his people, will Edera´s training have been sufficient? Can Ranin ever free Edera from Comnar´s tyranny, or will his princess spend her life in the emperor´s stables? Cover by Korey Mae Johnson, by kind permission of Stormy Night Publications. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elliott Daniels. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/030094/bk_acx0_030094_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The future is a dangerous place. Keeping the world stable and peaceful when competing corporate interests and nation-states battle for power, wealth, and prestige has only gotten harder over the years. But that´s the United Nations´ job. So the UN has changed along with the rest of the world. When the UN´s ´´soft´´ diplomacy fails, it has harder options. Quiet, scalpel-like options: The Dead - biologically enhanced secret operatives created by the UN to solve the problems no one else can. Anwar Abbas is one of The Dead. When the Controller-General of the UN asks him to perform a simple bodyguard mission, he´s insulted and resentful: Mere bodyguard work is a waste of his unique abilities. But he takes the job, because to refuse it would be unthinkable. Anwar is asked to protect Olivia del Sarto, the host of an important upcoming UN conference. Olivia is head of the world´s fastest-growing church, but in her rise to power she has made enemies: shadowy enemies with apparently limitless resources. Anwar is one of the deadliest people on earth, but her enemies have something which kills people like him. And they´ve sent it for her. It´s out there, unstoppable and untraceable, getting closer as the conference approaches. As he and Olivia ignite a torrid affair, Anwar must uncover the conspiracy that threatens to destroy her, the UN, and even The Dead. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Noah Michael Levine. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021110/bk_adbl_021110_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.