[Free eBook] Into the Darkness Laughing: The Story of Jeanne Hébuterne, Modigliani’s Last Mistress by Patrice Chaplin [Early 20th C Artist Biography]

Into the Darkness Laughing: The Story of Jeanne Hébuterne, Modigliani’s Last Mistress by British author Patrice Chaplin is her historical arts figure biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1990 by Virago. This biography of Jeanne Hébuterne, an aspiring artist who was also the lover and frequent model of early 20th century painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani, who both died tragically young, examines her life and their relationship.

The author, a journalist as well as novelist, drew upon previously unseen documents and artworks, as well as interviews with Hébuterne’s surviving friends and their families.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, History Essays, Historical Fiction]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 22nd, are as follows:

  • The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez, is her young adult historical literary fiction coming of age novel, set during the 1960s and based on a real-life child evacuation program known as Operation Pedro Pan, starring a Cuban girl and her brother sent alone to the U.S. to flee Castro’s revolution, and their experiences adjusting to a new life; from Ideal Audiobooks, read by Kyla Garcia
  • The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois, is his classic seminal compilation of literary essays about the history and experience of African-American life in the generations shortly after the abolition of slavery; from Dreamscape Media, read by Rodney Gardiner

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 22nd, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook & Audiobook] Velfærd by Carsten Jensen [Danish Academic Social Welfare Political Essay]

Velfærd (Welfare) by Carsten Jensen, a professor in the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University, is the 50th in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays intended to introduce laypersons to assorted academic topics, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This political science essay examines the social welfare state in Denmark.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through June 16th, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Creating Freedom: Power, Control, and the Fight For Our Future by Raoul Martinez [Political Philosophy]

Creating Freedom: Power, Control, and the Fight For Our Future by London-resident author Raoul Martinez, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and artist, is his political philosophy treatise cum awareness activism manifesto, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Canongate Books.

This is the book which accompanies the eponymous 2012 documentary which netted him a Best Documentary nom at the London Raindance Film Festival and won the Hollywood Artist Festival’s Activist Spirit 2012 Award, and is being made free as part of a special publisher giveaway to help spread political awareness for the current British elections.

The book focuses on the historical roots and ensuing development of certain conditions which are hot topics in current events especially the dichotomy between so-called “freedom” in present society and actual liberty.

Offered in the UK only, possibly just through June 8th to coincide with the British elections, available at multiple retailers. An additional audio interview with the author is available worldwide.

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[Free eBook] The Dancing Bear by Frances Faviell [Vintage WWII Postwar Germany Memoir]

The Dancing Bear by Frances Faviell, a pseudonym for the late author and painter Olivia Faviell Lucas, is her vintage historical personal expat memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dean Street Press.

This was originally published in 1954 by Rupert Hart-Davis under the title The Dancing Bear: Berlin de profundis — An account of the author’s experiences in Berlin, 1946-49, and this reprint edition includes an afterword by the author’s son, and contains never before published sketches by the author made while they lived in Berlin.

The memoir covers the experiences of postwar conditions and daily life in Berlin during the years immediately after World War II, where the author’s husband, a British civil servant, was posted as part of the reconstruction efforts alongside his family. Some of the observations about their German friends and neighbours eventually formed the basis of Faviell’s literary fiction novel A House on the Rhine, which has previously been offered free.

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[Free eBook] The Other Side of the Moon: The Life of David Niven by Sheridan Morley [Classic Actor Biography]

The Other Side of the Moon: The Life of David Niven by the late British author Sheridan Morley, a broadcaster and drama critic who briefly had a theatre biography prize named for him, is his show business celebrity biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dean Street Press.

This was originally published in 1985 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

This comprehensive biography of the classic Hollywood actor David Niven, who starred in many popular films including an installment of the James Bond franchise (and was author Ian Fleming’s preferred choice to play the role), draws upon specially-conducted interviews with many of Niven’s colleagues, as well as friends and members of his family, and was originally published shortly after his death.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] The Dragonflies: The Story of Helicopters and Autogiros 1919-1970 by Robert Jackson [Aviation History]

The Dragonflies: The Story of Helicopters and Autogiros 1919-1970 by Yorkshire-born British author Robert Jackson, a former pilot turned prolific author of military & aviation thrillers and history, is his vintage aviation history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1971 by Arthur Baker Ltd under the title The Dragonflies: The Story of Helicopters and Autogiros. This book covers the history of helicopters in modern times, with a brief overview of early medieval and Renaissance attempts at envisioning this form of flight, and then going on to the actual 20th century development of viable versions of it and various uses (primarily focused on military and search & rescue operations, but also a few chapters for travel and news reporting, etc.) up until the then-present day (circa 1971).

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Past Vulnerability: Vulcanic eruptions and human vulnerability in traditional societies past and present [Earth Science & Natural Disaster Response History]

Past Vulnerability: Vulcanic eruptions and human vulnerability in traditional societies past and present edited by Felix Riede, an associate professor in the Department of Archaeology at Aarhus University, is a collection of academic essays on the link between geological and human activity, free for a limited time courtesy of the Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This collection of essays explores past volcanic events from 10,000s of years ago to relatively recent times, and their effects on the local cultures surrounding, via a combination of geological and archaeological and literature studies approaches to examine their physical and social impacts.

There are some pretty nifty ones which do things like look through old Icelandic literature (and the Bible and Quran) for reports on tales of eruptions handed down through various means before being recorded into an official historical document, and how people coped with the after effects (and maybe an explanation for the fabled Fimbulwinter of Norse mynthology), as well as directly examining the remains of archaeological evidence from hunter-gatherers several thousands of years BCE.

Offered worldwide through May, available from the university’s website as their featured English-language Free Book of the Month selection.

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[Free eBook] Konkurrencestatens pædagogik: En kritik og et alternativ by Brian Degn Mårtensson [Danish Education Philosophy Critique]

Konkurrencestatens pædagogik: En kritik og et alternativ (The Competition State’s Education: A criticism and alternative) by Brian Degn Mårtensson, an education philosopher and PhD fellow at Aarhus University, is his Danish-language academic book about the present Danish education system, free for a limited time courtesy of the Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This book provides an overview and critique of the current competition-oriented education system provided in Denmark, as well as an urge for reform towards a more socially and culturally-oriented curriculum with less focus on competitiveness über alles.

Offered worldwide through May, available from the university’s website as their featured Danish-language Free Book of the Month selection.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult Horror Novel, Crime & Social Issues Non-Fiction]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 25th, are as follows:

  • Shadow House: The Gathering by Dan Potocki, the 1st novel in a tween/young adult horror adventure trilogy trapped in an eerie haunted house, trying to find a way out; from Scholastic Audiobooks, read by Dan Bittner
  • In Our Backyard: Human Trafficking in America and What We Can Do To Stop It by Nita Belles, a non-fiction book and advice guide which provides background information and true stories about human trafficking, as well as tips on how to recognize it when it occurs around you and fight back by taking action in various ways; from Oasis Audio, read by Nicol Zanzarella

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 25th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).