[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.

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[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.

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[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] 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.

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[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.

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[Free eBook] Winston Churchill: An Informal Study of Greatness by Robert Lewis Taylor [Vintage Historical Biography]

Winston Churchill: An Informal Study of Greatness by the late Robert Lewis Taylor, a novelist and journalist who won the 1959 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, is his vintage historical figure biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1952 by Doubleday.

This biography of the iconic mid-20th century British Prime Minister focuses more on his earlier private life than his later publicly-renowned deeds, starting with the historical background of his immediate family and the influence of their ancestry, and going on to explore the years Churchill spent as a student, journalist, and soldier before entering politics.

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[Free eBook] The Years of Endurance: 1793-1802 by Arthur Bryant [Britain Napoleonic Wars History]

The Years of Endurance: 1793-1802 by the late British author Arthur Bryant, a once highly-popular and now mildly controversial historian who was the favourite of several mid-20th century prime ministers, is his vintage British history of the Napoleonic Wars, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1942 by William Collins and had been reprinted many times over the next half-century with paper editions right up until 2001.

This history covers Britain in the years up to and during the Napoleonic Wars, and is the 1st installment of what was intended to be a comprehensive 3-volume set. At the time of original publication during the 1940s, it apparently received attention for making comparisons between the then-current situation of WWII and Britain’s struggle during the 18th century.

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[Free eBook] The Political Origins of Inequality: Why a More Equal World Is Better for Us All by Simon Reid-Henry [Political Science History & Current Affairs]

The Political Origins of Inequality: Why a More Equal World Is Better for Us All by Simon Reid-Henry, a lecturer in geography (both historical and political) at the University of London, is his accessibly-written political history and analysis, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

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

This book covers the historical roots leading to present-day global issues with development and various forms of inequality—economic, social, authoritative, and otherwise—between various groups, and also contains an exhortation to greater individual political awareness and action.

Offered worldwide through June, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Hamsuns sultekunstner by Peer E. Sørenson [Norwegian Literature Study & Artistic Influence]

Hamsuns sultekunstner (Hamsun’s hunger artist) by Peer E. Sørenson, a professor emeritus from the Nordic Institute as well as Aarhus University, is his Danish-language book about Norwegian literature studies and international art history, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is their featured Danish-language Free Book of the Month selection for June. This lavishly-illustrated Danish-language book focuses on the late Norwegian Nobel Prize-winning author Knut Hamsun‘s famous novel Sult (Hunger) and its enduring artistic influence, which was international in scope and hailed as a precursor to certain 20th century modern literary styles.

Apparently this is specifically not an analysis of the actual novel, but instead concentrates on its reception and effect, which includes contributions to modernism & surrealism, and trickle-down influence on assorted later authors from around the world. It’s also illustrated with quite a lot of pictures of what are either artworks directly inspired by the novel and its themes, or the works of artists somehow influenced by it, in the author’s view.

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

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[Free eBook] Mobile Bodies, Mobile Souls: Family, Religion and Migration in a Global World [Academic Anthropology & Culture Essays]

Mobile Bodies, Mobile Souls: Family, Religion and Migration in a Global World edited by Mikkel Rytter, a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at Aarhus University, & Karen Fog Olwig, a professor in the Anthropology Institute at the University of Copenhagen is the is the 7th title in the in the Proceedings of the Danish Institute in Damascus series of mixed historical archaelogical and current cultural anthropology studies, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is their featured English-language Free Book of the Month selection for June. This volume contains ethnographic essays focusing on modern culture and the how the intermingling subtitular factors affect each other and shape the domestic and social lives of migrating persons.

The essays cover not only the experiences of immigrants from the Middle East to the Nordic countries, as one might expect, but also people in areas like the Caribbean and Peru, and focused subgroups such as women and the families of “guest workers” imported for labour who later became middle-class in ensuing generations.

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

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