General Ike is a book that John Eisenhower always knew he had to write, a tribute from an affectionate and admiring son to a great father. John chose to write about the "military Ike", as opposed to the "political Ike", because Ike cared far more about his career in uniform than about his time in the White House. A series of portraits of Ike's relations with soldiers and statesmen, from MacArthur to Patton to Montgomery to Churchill to de Gaulle, reveals the many facets of a talented, driven, headstrong, yet diplomatic, leader. Taken together, they reveal a man who was brilliant, if flawed; naive at times in dealing with the public, yet who never lost his head when others around him were losing theirs. Above all, General Ike was a man who never let up in the relentless quest to destroy Hitler. Here, for the first time, are eyewitness stories of General Patton showing off during military exercises; of Ike on the verge of departing for Europe and assuming command of the Eastern Theater; and of Churchill stewing and lobbying Ike in his "off hours". Faced with giant personalities such as these men and MacArthur - not to mention difficult allies such as de Gaulle and Montgomery - Ike nevertheless managed to pull together history's greatest invasion force and to face down a determined enemy from Normandy to the Bulge and beyond. John Eisenhower masterfully uses the backdrop of Ike's key battles to paint a portrait of his father and his relationships with the great men of his time. General Ike is a ringing and inspiring testament to a great man by an accomplished historian. It is also a personal portrait of a caring, if not always available, father by his admiring son. It is history at its best. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Edward Herrmann. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/000909/bk_sans_000909_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
During the 1965 NBA season, Wilt Chamberlain moved into 76ers owner Ike Richman’s home and suddenly Ike’s 16-year-old son, David, got a new roommate - the most famous athlete in the world. Their daily life took on a normal routine - until game time, when David’s casual friend would turn into a mighty superstar, the beloved hero of 10,000 adoring basketball fans. Wilt was at his peak and soon, the Championship was within reach. However, the enchanted tale takes a tragic turn. Ike suffers a fatal heart attack at courtside, and David’s young world is shattered.But unexpectedly, he has some profound, mystical experiences that help restore his spirit. Wilt, Ike & Me is a poignant story of epic characters, set in a bygone era. As it journeys from the everyday to the fantastic and even the metaphysical, the touching family saga is filled with triumph and tragedy. But ultimately, its true hero is the human heart, with its remarkable ability to transcend both time and death. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Richman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/123403/bk_acx0_123403_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ike Schwartz is the sheriff of Picketsville, a small town not far from Washington, D.C. A former CIA agent, Ike remains connected to the Agency through a friend who sometimes still involves him in cases on the side. Ike is also courting Ruth, the fiercely independent president of the town’s new university. All this is usually enough to bring some interesting conflicts Ike’s way.A new one arises when a body is found in Picketsville’s urgent-care clinic, a body sitting in a chair but dead for hours. Perhaps not coincidentally, there is also a break-in at the house of a new university faculty member whose expertise lies in icons. Can a specific icon called the Virgin of Tenderness be the spark to these crimes? Ike figures that any spycraft contained in the picture would be decades old. Or would it? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lloyd James. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/003888/bk_blak_003888_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ruth Harris, Sheriff Ike Schwartz’s fiancée, is involved in a near-fatal automobile accident. But Ike is convinced the crash was rigged. Even though he is embroiled in a close election, has no jurisdiction over the investigation, and can find no support in the usual law enforcement community, he places himself on leave and goes rogue to investigate and seek the person or persons responsible for putting Ruth in a coma.His efforts attract help from unexpected and irregular sources. Old friends in the covert community step up, and his loyal staff in Picketsville provide undercover assistance. The journey leads him to state’s rights organizations and then to several zealots and dissident academics before it finally ends at home in Picketsville.A Poisoned Pen Press Mystery 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lloyd James. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/004420/bk_blak_004420_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ike Schwartz, sheriff of Picketsville, Virginia, and his fiancée, Ruth Harris, president of a local university, survived a trying year of academic and local politics and now seek some peace and quiet on Scone Island, a rocky piece of land four miles off the coast of Maine. Its lack of electricity, a reliable water supply, and phone service guarantees their peaceful seclusion. The fact that there has been a suspicious accident resulting in the death of the mysterious Harmon Staley need not concern them at all. And it doesn’t - until Ike’s past as a CIA agent rolls in on him like the area’s famous 12-foot tides. Two more murders involving former colleagues elsewhere in the country have Ike’s old friend from the agency, Charlie Garland, searching the files for a connection. However, stonewalling by the CIA, as well as conspiracies, real and imagined, mean that Ike and Ruth are alone on the island and facing an unknown number of determined assassins. To complicate matters, Ruth’s mother decides to drop in on them just as the excitement begins. Late arrivals by the director of the CIA and Charlie Garland only make matters worse. Meanwhile, Ruth daydreams of Plan B - Las Vegas - in hopes that she and Ike will finally be able to get away from it all while lost in the crowds. Frederick Ramsay was born in Baltimore and received a doctorate from the University of Illinois. In addition to his Ike Schwartz mysteries and other novels, he is the author of scientific articles, tracts, and theses. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lloyd James. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/005331/bk_blak_005331_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With women's wear couture and ready-made lines, Ralph Rucci is known for a signature style that merges extraordinary craftsmanship with a sophisticated, restrained aesthetic, derived from his connoisseurship of history and art. A recipient of the 2008 National Design Award, Rucci has taken on the role of ambassador for American fashion, as the first American to show in Paris couture since the 1930s. Ike Ude is an artist and photographer, and the founder and editor in chief of the cutting-edge magazine, aRUDE. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ike Ude. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/nsty/000105/sp_nsty_000105_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Rebecca Joan Thacker had just celebrated her 11th birthday when word was received that her father had been killed in the Civil War. She was barely 13 when two bushwhackers dragged her into the barn on the family farm and raped her. The month before her 14th birthday she gave birth to a baby girl. A month prior to her 15th birthday, Becky’s mother died, leaving her all alone to raise a child. Becky’s uncles, Ike, Jesse, and Caleb Branson were lawmen in the West. One by one, the Branson brothers left the hills of Missouri and headed west. Ike and Jesse worked their way across the land working as ranch hands, Indian scouts, and finally lawmen. Caleb lost his wife and newborn child, sold his farm, and headed to Texas to try and become a Texas Ranger. Ike and Jesse Branson become deputy US marshals, Ike in New Mexico and Jesse in California. Becky Thacker’s mother was a Branson before she married. Becky was the last of the clan to leave Missouri and seek the wide open spaces of the west. Missouri provided no opportunities for Becky, so she joined a small wagon train bound for Texas and a new life away from the accusing eyes of pious neighbors. The wagon train was attacked by Indians and Becky found herself alone in the wilds with only a shotgun and her grit to sustain her and her baby daughter. After surviving a harrowing journey to Dallas, Texas, she established a life for herself and her daughter, Susan. Then her world was turned upside down when Comancheros abducted her daughter. After the men in her church and the man who represented the law refused to go after the Comancheros, Becky took the only recourse available and went after them herself. During the quest to find and get her daughter, Becky meets Kenny Branson, the son of one of her cousins. Becky and her daughter, Susan, both love Kenny but he is her uncle’s son. Nothing can come of love between first cousins. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Cunningham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/200745/bk_acx0_200745_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hollywood is indelibly printed in our minds as the ‘go-to’ place for entertainment and has been for decades. When there really did seem to be more stars in Hollywood than in heaven, Hollywood Stage had them performing films as radio plays - on the sponsor's dime, of course. Classic films now become audiobooks, with many featuring the original stars from way back when. Here's Alibi Ike starring Joe E. Brown and Helen Chandler. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe E. Brown, Helen Chandler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/copy/001024/bk_copy_001024_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the author of Plain Speaking and Lyndon, the best-selling biographies of Harry S. Truman and Lyndon B. Johnson, comes an intimate and unconventional portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower, America’s most beloved warrior. Bringing together thousands of hours of interviews with the men and women who were closest to him, Merle Miller has constructed a revealing and personal biography of the man who would become the supreme commander. Follow from his childhood in Kansas, to West Point, World War I, and Europe as he led the Allied Forces to a hard-won victory in World War II, as Ike the Soldier goes behind the historic battles and into the heart and mind of Ike Eisenhower. Miller has crafted the defining biography on the life of the 34th president, bringing more depth to the man many thought they knew. His strained relationships with his father, brothers, and son are brought into focus, as well as his love affair with his wife, Mamie, and his relationship with Kay Summersby - his driver turned companion and confidante during WWII. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Berkrot. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/033815/bk_adbl_033815_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.