Short Nonfiction Collection Vol. 002


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A collection of ten short nonfiction works in the public domain. The essays, speeches and reports included in this collection were independently selected by the readers, and the topics encompass history, politics, religion, science and humor. Included in this collection are the "Oath of Hippocrates" and "The Funeral Oration of Pericles" along with Patrick Henry's "The Call to Arms," and Jack London's eyewitness account of the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake in 1906. On the lighter side, we have Jerome K. Jerome's "Should Women Be Beautiful," a short address by Mark Twain to The Author's Club in NYC, and the anonymous "Miseries," a lighthearted lament on subjects such as the difficulties of eating a peach gracefully in public and finding a suitable length of twine when you need one. In this collection you will also find "A Free Man's Worship" by Bertram Russell, "Obstacle-Cause" from "Sophisms of the Protectionists" by Frédéric Bastiat, and an essay by T. H. Huxley on the science of palaeontology. (summary by J. M. Smallheer)

(2 hr 44 min)

Chapters

The Call to Arms 11:18 Read by Robert Scott
A Free Man's Worship 23:53 Read by ML Cohen
Funeral Oration of Pericles, from The History of the Peloponnesian War 20:33 Read by ML Cohen
Miseries Nos. 1-4 from Autumn Leaves, edited by Anne Wales Abbot 25:01 Read by Bryan Ness
The Oath and Law of Hippocrates, Charles Eliot, Editor 7:29 Read by Leon Mire
Obstacle–Cause from Sophisms of the Protectionists 12:09 Read by Robert Scott
Our Children and Great Discoveries 4:12 Read by Robert Scott
The Rise and Progress of Palaeontology 31:51 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Should Women Be Beautiful? 12:38 Read by Peter Yearsley
The Story of an Eye Witness 15:10 Read by Lee Ann Howlett