[Free eBook] The Last Hero: A Biography of the Explorer Bill Tilman by Tim Madge [20th C Mountaineering Travel Writer]

The Last Hero: A Biography of the Explorer Bill Tilman by British author Tim Madge, an historian and journalist, is a 20th century explorer and travel writer biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1995 by Mountaineers Books and this edition contains a brand-new foreword by the author musing about the explorer’s relevance to the 21st century.

This covers the life and times and accomplishments of the late British explorer, mountaineer, and travel writer Bill Tilman, a recipient of the Royal Geographical Society’s Founder’s Gold Medal who climbed Mount Kenya in Africa in the 1920s, participated in early Mount Everest and other Himalayan expeditions in the 1930s, and after WWII took up deep sea sailing to Arctic and Antarctic waters in search of new mountains to climb, where his last ship mysteriously disappeared during the 1970s.

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[Free eBook] Nelson the Sailor by Russell Grenfell [Vintage 18th C Military Biography]

Nelson the Sailor by the late British author Russell Grenfell, a naval officer and Naval Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, is a standalone 18th century military figure biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1949 by Faber & Faber.

The book presents a biographical overview relating the personal character of 18th century British naval officer Horatio Nelson to milestones throughout his military career, developing as he was influenced by his surroundings and acquaintances, striving for a balanced perspective on his virtues and flaws which sometimes challenges then-popular (circa the 1940s) views on the iconic Napoleonic Wars hero.

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[Free eBook] Douglas Bader: A Biography by Robert Jackson [WWII Amputee Fighter Pilot]

Douglas Bader: A Biography by Yorkshire-born British author Robert Jackson, a former pilot turned prolific author of military & aviation thrillers and history, is a 20th century aviation figure biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1983 by Arthur Baker Ltd.

The biography covers the life and legacy of Sir Douglas Baker, a much-decorated British flying ace who accomplished his World War II victories while equipped with artificial legs (having lost them prior to the war), and later became a controversial dabbler in politics.

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[Free eBooks] Hundreds of freebies from Simon & Schuster [All Genres]

As a special promotion in conjunction with $0.99 and $1.99 sales on a large chunk of their catalogue, Simon & Schuster (one of the “Big 6” publishers) are giving away literally over a thousand titles from their various imprints.

All genres are represented, both fiction and non, and there are a lot of good titles free and on sale, especially if you happen to like history, politics/current affairs, cookbooks, mystery/thrillers, literary fiction, paranormal romance, and children’s picture books. Also, there are some Spanish-language titles (both translated and original), if you’re interested.

In addition to all the freebies, many worthwhile books are discounted to dirt-cheap, such as British science historian James Burke‘s excellent and highly recommended Connections TV series tie-ins The Knowledge Web and American Connections; children’s novels by award-winning authors Susan Cooper, E. L. Konigsburg, and Zilpha Keatley Snyder; hot Scandinavian mystery/thriller authors Mons Kallentoft, Jo Nesbø, Camilla Grebe & Åsa Träff, and Anders de la Motte, the popular Everything series of DIY books, TV tie-ins for Star Trek, Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, CSI, and much more.

The freebies and deals seem to be valid in the US only, and I’m guessing they’ll only last until Monday, which is when Simon & Schuster usually seems to rotate their sale offerings.

I’m including links for all the imprints I’ve spotted freebies in for Kobo, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble, since those stores allow searching by publisher and sorting by price, but they should also be available via Google Play and iTunes if you prefer.

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