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  • American History. Audio.
  • Smithsonian. Audio.
  • True West. Audio.

NFB Newsline (Available in Audio, Refreshable Braille, On a Website)

  • Air and Space Smithsonian.
  • Smithsonian.

On the RTB

  • The Great North, Sundays @ 4 PM.
  • Past is Prologue, Fridays @ 11 AM.


  • History of the Peloponnesian War. Thucydides. Audio, Braille. Written in the fifth century B.C. by an Athenian commander, this is a history of the twenty-seven-year conflict between Athens, a democratic state and sea power, and the states of the Peloponnese headed by Sparta, a conservative power with an efficient military force.
  • Tree Shaker: the story of Nelson Mandela. Bill Keller. Audio. Biography of Nelson Mandela, the idealistic leader who transformed politics in South Africa after he was elected president in 1994. Discusses Mandela's confrontations with apartheid as well as his strategy of nonviolence, twenty-seven years in prison, and historic presidency. For grades 6-9.
  • Blue Latitudes: boldly going where Captain Cook has gone before. Tony Horwitz. Audio, Large Print. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, accompanied by his carousing Australian friend Roger Williamson, visits Pacific sites that Cook opened to western exploration two centuries ago. Interweaves accounts of Cook's exploits taken from his journals with Horwitz's own observations of modern-day Tahiti, Bora-Bora, New Zealand, Australia, Tonga, Alaska, and Hawaii.
  • The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Christopher Columbus, his son, and the quest to build the world's greatest library. Edward Wilson-Lee. Audio. An account of the work of Hernando Colón, Christopher Columbus's illegitimate son, who traveled with Columbus on his final voyage to the New World. After his father's death, Colón worked to build a library of everything ever printed, including ephemera such as newsletters, erotica, and more.
  • The Patient Assassin: a true tale of massacre, revenge, and India's quest for independence. Anita Anand. Audio. An account of an orphan survivor from a 1919 British massacre in colonial India and his twenty-year quest for revenge on those responsible. Traces his journey through Africa, the United States, and Europe.
  • Voices from Chernobyl: the oral history of a nuclear disaster. Svetlana Alexievich. Audio, Braille. On April 26, 1986, a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station exploded. Journalist Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, spoke with hundreds of people affected by the meltdown and presents their shocking narratives here.
  • Age of Anger: a history of the present. Pankaj Mishra. Audio, Braille. Explores the origins of the great waves of paranoid hatred that persist throughout the world in the early twenty-first century. Also discusses historical periods in which similar trends occurred.
  • The Vikings: a history. Robert Ferguson. Audio. Compares the Vikings of history to their portrayal in Hollywood and popular culture. Discusses the excessive violence of Viking raids, describes Viking battles and conquests, and details the more peaceful parts of Viking life. Particularly examines the confrontation and ultimate consumption of Viking heathenism by Christianity.
  • The Real History of the End of the World. Sharan Newman. Audio. Ever since people realized that things have a beginning and an end, they have wondered if the world was fated to end. Explore the various theories of world destruction from ancient times to present day-- theories that reveal as much about human nature as they do about the predominant historical scientific, and religious beliefs of the times.
  • The Earth and its Peoples: a global history. Richard W. Bulliet, Barbara Brun-Ozuna, Cengage Learning (Firm). Braille. World history from 500 BCE to our recent past. High school textbook.

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