[Free eBook] Cleopatra by Ernie Bradford [Vintage Biography & Historiography]

Cleopatra by the late English author Ernie Bradford, a noted mid-20th century historian who specialized in Mediterranean and naval topics, is his vintage royalty historical biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1971 by Hodder & Stoughton. The book is an older, accessibly-written scholarly work which examines the sources then-available during the mid-20th century to present a picture of the life and deeds of last Queen of ancient Egypt contrary to the then-popular public perception of her as a notoriously infamous seductress, and also contains a touch of historiography as the author reflects upon her past portrayals throughout earlier times.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

Continue reading “[Free eBook] Cleopatra by Ernie Bradford [Vintage Biography & Historiography]”

[Free eBook] Trading in Death: Weapons, Warfare and the Modern Arms Race by James Adams [Military Industry History]

Trading in Death: Weapons, Warfare and the Modern Arms Race by English author James Adams, a former Sunday Times journalist who apparently had significant ties to the intelligence community, is his business and technology history of the military-industrial complex, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1990 by Century Hutchinson and later picked up by Macmillan’s Pan imprint. The book provides an in-depth look at the past and recent history of weapons of modern warfare (up to 1990) and their lucrative worldwide trade, with international case studies and a look at technological and usage developments throughout the decades.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

Continue reading “[Free eBook] Trading in Death: Weapons, Warfare and the Modern Arms Race by James Adams [Military Industry History]”

[Free eBook] Mothers: Their Power and Influence by Ann Dally [Vintage Psychology & Self-Help]

Mothers: Their Power and Influence by the late English author Ann Dally, a psychiatrist turned medical historian, is her vintage behavioural psychology book, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1976 by Weidenfeld and Nicolson. This was intended at the time (during the 1970s) to be an accessibly-written in-depth guide to parent and child behaviours and environmental influences intended to aid mothers to better understand the psychological underpinnings of their relationships with their children.

The text draws upon the author’s extensive observations from her psychiatric practice, with true accounts of the mothers and children she encountered, as well as selected excerpts from literary authors who wrote expressively about the effects of their own relationships with their mothers.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

Continue reading “[Free eBook] Mothers: Their Power and Influence by Ann Dally [Vintage Psychology & Self-Help]”

[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, WWII, History, Memoir, 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, which have a theme of World War II homefront wartime atrocities and the enduring spirit of humanity, available until 7am Eastern Time on August 10th, are as follows:

  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, is her young adult historical fiction novel set in the Soviet Union, starring an artistic Lithuanian girl whose family is separated and sent to Siberian work camps, where she records everything that happens in secret drawings; from Listening Library, read by Emily Klein
  • In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Opdyke with Jennifer Armstrong, is the memoir of a Catholic Polish woman who as a teenaged girl was forced to work for the German Army, and ended up using her position to secretly steal supplies for Jewish persons in the ghettoes, some of whom she was eventually able to help to hide and smuggle out; from Listening Library, read by Hope Davis

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on August 10th, 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] Airborne: A Sentimental Journey by William F. Buckley, Jr. [Ocean Sailing Travel Memoir]

Airborne: A Sentimental Journey by the late William F. Buckley, Jr., an influential and controversial right-wing intellectual who founded the National Review and also happened to win a National Book Award for one of his spy thriller novels, is his vintage ocean sailing travel memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1970 by Macmillan.

This vintage travelogue cum memoir recounts a 1960s-era voyage sailing across the Atlantic Ocean in the company of his son in a sailboat, during which he reaches back through his memories to also recall other journeys he has experienced even as he records this one.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

Continue reading “[Free eBook] Airborne: A Sentimental Journey by William F. Buckley, Jr. [Ocean Sailing Travel Memoir]”

[Free eBook] Becoming a Marihuana User by Howard S. Becker [Vintage Academic Drug Culture Sociology]

Becoming a Marihuana User by Howard S. Becker, an influential sociologist and professor at Northwestern University for decades before he retired, is his vintage sociology article, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for July.

The article, which is an in-depth look exploring the users and culture and various other issues surrounding marijuana during the 1950s, was originally published in the American Journal of Sociology in 1953, and this edition includes a new preface.

Offered worldwide through the month of July, directly from the University Press’ website.

Continue reading “[Free eBook] Becoming a Marihuana User by Howard S. Becker [Vintage Academic Drug Culture Sociology]”

[Free eBook] E. M. Forster: A Biography by Harry T. Moore [Vintage 20th Century Literature Study]

E. M. Forster: A Biography by the late Harry T. Moore, a university professor and literary critic who was twice the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, is his vintage early 20th century author biography cum literature study, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1965 by Columbia University Press as #10 in their Columbia Essays On Modern Writers series.

This literary biography examines the life and outlook of early 20th century English author E. M. Forster—who wrote such classic novels as A Passage to India, A Room With A View, and Maurice—using selected works including his novels and more, to flesh out a portrait of his writing and personality as seen via his creations.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

Continue reading “[Free eBook] E. M. Forster: A Biography by Harry T. Moore [Vintage 20th Century Literature Study]”

[Free eBook] Sean O’Casey: A Life by Garry O’Connor [20th C Irish Political Playwright Biography]

Sean O’Casey: A Life by British author Garry O’Connor, an award-winning playwright and novelist also known for his theatre biographies, is his biography of the titular late Irish playwright, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1988 by Hodder & Stoughton.

This biography apparently focuses on the early/mid-20th century Irish playwright and memoirist Séan O’Casey‘s reinvention of his identity as he embraced his national heritage and mingled political and social consciousness with his creative work, becoming the first to write plays about Dublin working class folk, among other pioneering contributions to drama.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

Continue reading “[Free eBook] Sean O’Casey: A Life by Garry O’Connor [20th C Irish Political Playwright Biography]”

[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, Drama Novel, Non-Fiction, Health & Nutrition, Food Science]

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, which have a theme of food and health, available until 7am Eastern Time on July 20th, are as follows:

  • Sugar: A Novel by Deirdre Riordan Hall, her contemporary teen life drama novel starring a girl with a difficult relationship with food and nutrition, who begins to make friends with people who care more about her personality and less about her weight, even as she comes to terms with her own struggles battling a family tendency towards obesity; from Brilliance Audio, read by Tara Sands
  • The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor by Mark Schatzker, an award-winning Canadian journalist,, is his non-fiction food technology exposé, looking into the decades-old roots of what he perceives to be a contributing factor in the modern tendency towards poor health and increasing incidences of heart attack, diabetes, and obesity—leeching the flavour out of food and blaming carbs and fat while ignoring their benefits in moderation, instead artificially creating substitute “healthy” food which is nutritionally empty; from Dreamscape Media, read by Chris Patton

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on July 20th, 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] The Personality of Chaucer by Edward Wagenknecht [14th C Author Literature Study & Biography]

The Personality of Chaucer by the late Edward Wagenknecht, a prominent professor and literary critic who taught at Boston and Harvard University, among others, is his academic literary analysis cum quasi-biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1968 by University of Oklahoma Press.

This is a reasonably accessibly-written academic study of the seminal 14th century Middle English author Geoffrey Chaucer, who wrote The Canterbury Tales alongside many other early literary classics, striving to recreate a picture of the man behind the words via examining the references and themes in his work. The author seems careful to note just how much of his derived conclusions are basically glorified conjecture extrapolated from the few known facts (apparently comparatively little information actually survives about Chaucer other than his work), and includes extensive annotations.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

Continue reading “[Free eBook] The Personality of Chaucer by Edward Wagenknecht [14th C Author Literature Study & Biography]”