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Author: NPR Narrator: Neal Conan Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Audio Theater Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 ISBN: 9781681682372
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This collection includes four complete, critically acclaimed documentaries: The Civil War, World War I, World War II, and The Vietnam War.

Here are critically acclaimed and award-winning audio documentaries:

  • The Civil War. NPR captures the battlefield action, the personal struggles, and the moral dilemmas of the war that pitted brother against brother (and sometimes sister) and friend against friend. This revealing collection of Civil War stories features gripping history and expert commentary from the likes of Shelby Foote, E.L. Doctorow, James McPherson, and many others.
  • World War I. Famously referred to by US president Woodrow Wilson as “the war to end all wars,” the first world war eclipsed all previous wars with its scale of destruction. With over twenty-seven nations involved, the battlefield horrors and political outcomes of the first truly global military conflict had repercussions that are still felt today. NPR presents a vivid portrait of what most experts consider the first modern war, including profiles of America’s flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker, unlikely savior of war-torn Belgium Herbert Hoover, and the last surviving doughboy Frank Buckles.
  • World War II. NPR reveals remarkable stories of valor, bravery, and survival from the deadliest conflict in history with this vast panorama of interviews, memories, and first person accounts from fronts in Europe, the Pacific, and at home. Harrowing, heartbreaking and deeply personal, this collection offers an intimate, engaging way to learn more about the war that changed the world.
  • The Vietnam War. NPR reported firsthand on the Vietnam War, and for the very first time presents exclusive stories on the origins of the conflict to its major battles; from the fall of Saigon to the repercussions of the war still felt today. Featuring perspectives of ordinary people affected by the conflict as well as high-ranking policy makers and military members who were there.
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  • “This production is a compilation of four previously released NPR audio documentaries on the Civil War, WWI, WWII, and the Vietnam War. They are all a smorgasbord of reports that have been presented in the past on various NPR programs such as All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Each report is itself a snapshot of a person, an incident, a topic, or perhaps a campaign or battle during one of these conflicts. They vary in length from just a few minutes to almost a half-hour and could serve as something of an introduction to each of these conflicts. These technically flawless productions are especially valuable for reference and history buffs.”

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About the Author

NPR is a mission-driven, multimedia news organization and radio program producer of news, talk, music, and entertainment programs with a strong base of member stations and supporters nationwide. Since 1971, NPR and its journalists and programs have won hundreds of awards, including some of the most prestigious honors in journalism.

About the Narrator

Neal Conan got an “A” in his junior year in high school for an incisive analysis of New York City’s mayoral election in 1966 and later paid for his sins as a City Hall beat reporter. Upon his escape from Room 9, he covered many local, statewide, and national elections—including Mario Cuomo’s first run for the statehouse in New York and Senator. Edward M. Kennedy’s challenge to President Jimmy Carter in 1980. A four-year stint as National Public Radio’s correspondent in London provided the opportunity to cover European politics, including elections in Britain, France, Austria, and West Germany. As a reporter, editor, or producer, he has been involved in NPR’s coverage of every U. S. election for the past quarter century. As a host, Conan has anchored NPR’s live coverage of political party conventions, presidential and vice-presidential debates, and, following the last election, the deliberations of the supreme courts in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. He also anchored the special midday coverage after the September 11th attacks and the recent war in Iraq. Conan was the host of Talk of the Nation, NPR’s flagship talk show, for eleven years until the program’s cancellation in 2013. He is also the author of Play by Play: Baseball, Radio and Life in the Last Chance League.