Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 069

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(3.2 stars; 3 reviews)

"It seemed as if a total dissolution of nature was taking place" is the way 15-year old Alexander Hamilton described living through a hurricane ("The West Indian Hurricane of 1772"). Other natural and man-made disasters chronicled in vol. 069 are "The Eruption of Mt. Asama of 1783," "The Great Chicago Fire," and "The Siege of Nicaea (1096-1097)." Society and social reform are treated from a variety of viewpoints: "Tatlings: Epigrams (1922)," "Wooed a 'Marjorie Daw' for 14 Years," Petty Management" (Florence Nightingale), "The Public Schools of Today," "What a Colored Man Should Do to Vote," "Patriotism and Government" (Tolstoy), the "Prison Journal of Stephen F. Austin," and Fichte's "My Will is Mine." Books and reading are given their due in "Women Writers of the 17th and 18th Centuries," "The Art of Reading," and Benchley's humorous "The Most Popular Book of the Month." The tenets of Calvinism are explained in a short essay. Oliver Goldsmith presents his novel theory about the origin of marine fossils found on dry land. Listeners are introduced to the exploits of San Francisco resident Joshua Norton, who proclaimed himself "Norton I, Emperor of the United States." And, finally, an essay on "The Art of Packing" dating from the era of steamer trunks should bring a smile to today's backpack and roller bag travelers. Summary by Sue Anderson (6 hr 56 min)


The Art of Packing (1906) 8:18 Read by BettyB
The Art of Reading 38:47 Read by David Wales
Calvinists 5:01 Read by ChadH94
The Eruption of Mt. Asama of 1783 9:15 Read by Availle
The Great Chicago Fire, A Letter 28:24 Read by Anita Sloma-Martinez
The Most Popular Book Of The Month 9:26 Read by Dale Grothmann
My Will Is Mine 7:35 Read by Craig Campbell
Of Fossil Shells and Other Extraneous Fossils 16:15 Read by Craig Campbell
Norton I: Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico 29:05 Read by TriciaG
Patriotism and Government 52:40 Read by Josh Mitteldorf
Petty Management 12:03 Read by ChadH94
Prison Journal of Stephen Austin, 1833-1835, Part 1 36:06 Read by Sue Anderson
Prison Journal of Stephen Austin, 1833-1835, Part 2 45:26 Read by Sue Anderson
The Public Schools of Today (1906) 7:04 Read by BettyB
The Siege of Nicaea (1096-1097) 10:19 Read by Michael MacTaggert
Tatlings: Epigrams (1922) 44:58 Read by David Wales
West Indian Hurricane of 1772 10:43 Read by KevinS
What a Colored Man Should Do to Vote 8:55 Read by Michael MacTaggert
Women Writers in the 17th and 18th Centuries 15:36 Read by KevinS
Wooed a "Marjorie Daw" for Fourteen Years 20:30 Read by Colleen McMahon


(3 stars)

Good readers but many tedious items . Thanks to LibriVox and readers nonetheless.