Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 087

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"Certitude is not the test of certainty." This pithy phrase is from Jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr's essay on Natural Law, one of twenty nonfiction pieces chosen by their readers for inclusion in volume 087. Selections from Pascal, Josiah Royce, and C.S. Peirce also delve philosophical themes. Builders, warriors, artists, and activists, the many faces of mankind, are illuminated in selections on Ferdinand De Lesseps, Stanislaus Koniecpolski, Jan Karol Chodkiewicz, Mark Twain, Charlie Chaplin, Frederic Edwin Church, the 14th century citizens of Liège, who vanquished Sir Radus' castle, and Simon Pokagon's The Red Man's Rebuke. Major moments in U.S. history are visited in the Civil War Battle of Chickamauga and the Great Chicago Fire. An oft forgotten player in history, the mule, is not neglected, nor are the small turning points along the road of life, epitomized by a New England farm auction. For those in search of humor, there is The Senator's Offer and The Proper Way to Sit. Armchair travelers can visit The Old Town of Edinburgh. And, for the weary, there is a monograph On Being Tired. Summary by Sue Anderson (6 hr 2 min)


After Icebergs with the Painter Frederic Edwin Church (1861) 25:03 Read by Sue Anderson
Along New England Roads 33:36 Read by Mahimaraj
Between My Actions and the Actions of My Model 11:40 Read by Craig Campbell
The Case of the Mule (1911) 24:57 Read by Mary in Arkansas
Chickamauga, Useless, Disastrous Battle 40:18 Read by Jeffery
Ferdinand De Lesseps--Chief Promoter of the Suez Canal 9:21 Read by Availle
Jan Karol Chodkiewicz (1560-1621) 4:27 Read by Piotr Nater
Letter from the Great Chicago Fire Written In 1871 37:24 Read by David Wales
Mark Twain 6:56 Read by Tom Merritt
Natural Law 9:15 Read by Sean Dalton
A Neglected Argument For the Reality of God 44:11 Read by Sean Dalton
The Old Town of Edinburgh 20:11 Read by BettyB
On Being Tired 44:29 Read by Rapunzelina
The Proper Way to Sit 3:14 Read by BettyB
The Real Chaplin 5:38 Read by Tom Merritt
The Red Man's Rebuke 26:50 Read by Larry Wilson
The Senator's Offer (1923) 3:03 Read by Dale Grothmann
Stanislaus (Stanisław) Koniecpolski (1591-1646) 3:26 Read by Piotr Nater
Studies on Pascal (excerpt) 5:14 Read by Craig Campbell
Vanished Castles 3:13 Read by Dale Grothmann