Benjamin Franklin

Words of Wisdom from America’s shrewdest observer of mankind and its ways. Includes: Choice of a Mistres; Reflections on Love and Marriage; Treaty with a Lady Polly Baker;...

Common Sense

“When my country, into which I had just set foot, was set on fire about my ears, it was time to stir,” wrote Paine. This pamphlet, which he had published in 1776, put into...

The Aspern Papers

The unnamed narrator of Henry James’ novella is an editor and literary critic obsessed with the life and work of Jeffrey Aspern, a long-deceased American poet, who died at an...

Andersonville Diary

John Ransom was a young Union soldier when he was captured by Confederate forces and taken to Andersonville, the worst of the brutal Civil War prison camps. Insightful,...

House

Why on earth should the nail-by-nail building of a house hold any fascination for anyone? Because when you put a lawyer, an architect, and a hippie builder together, that spells...

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

“From the poverty and obscurity in which I was born I have raised myself up.” In his own words Benjamin Franklin steps off the pages of history, brimming with candor, bright...

Benjamin Franklin

He was a publisher, printer, scientist and inventor, but Ben Franklin’s greatest success lay in his work as a diplomat. In this unique recording of his account of his...

The Republic: Book VII

"Behold! Human beings living in an underground den. Like ourselves, they see only their own shadows, or the shadows of one another, which the fire throws on the opposite wall of...

The Oregon Trail

In 1846, a young Harvard graduate named Francis Parkman set out to explore life in the uncivilized West. With his friend Quincy Adams Shaw, he traveled up the Oregon Trail to the...