[Free eBook] Thomas Hardy’s World: An Illuminating Biography by Molly Lefebure [19th C Literary Author Biography & Cultural History]

Thomas Hardy’s World: An Illuminating Biography by the late British author Molly Lefebure, a WWII London Blitz reporter turned novelist and scholar who was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, is her literary author biography with a touch of cultural history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1996 by Carlton Books.

This biography of the late British novelist and poet Thomas Hardy, whose classic novels have been studied and adapted to many media, looks into both the man himself and his personal life and relationships, as well as the greater Victorian social and political milieu which surrounded and influenced him and his works.

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[Free eBook] Desperate Journey by Francis Clifford [Vintage WWII Military Escape Travelogue Memoir]

Desperate Journey by Francis Clifford, the crime-writing pseudonym for the late British author Arthur Leonard Bell Thompson, a former SOE operative during WWII who eventually drew upon his wartime experiences for his award-winning mystery and thriller novels, is his vintage military experience travelogue memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1979 by Hodder & Stoughton.

This WWII memoir was originally written in 1944 shortly after the events experienced, but posthumously published decades later, with an introduction providing context to Captain Thompson and the Karen Company’s prolonged retreat from Japanese-occupied Burma in 1942, a difficult journey through hostile territory and debilitating conditions over many months, as the escaping survivors supported and aided each other.

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[Free eBook] A Portrait of Lord Nelson by Oliver Warner [Vintage 19th C Military Biography]

A Portrait of Lord Nelson by the late British author Oliver Warner, considered a distinguished naval historian during the mid-20th century, is his vintage military historical figure biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1958 by Chatto & Windus.

This vintage biography explores the life and times and achievements of the 19th century British admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, a legendary figure from the Napoleonic Wars, and his lasting cultural impact.

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[Free eBook] Tradition and Agency: Tracing cultural continuity and invention [Academic Anthropology Essays]

Tradition and Agency: Tracing cultural continuity and invention edited by Ton Otto, a Professor in the School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University, & [Poul Pedersen][coeditor-link], an associate professor at the same, is a collection of anthropology essays, 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 September.

This anthology of ethnographic essays looks at various contemporary cultures around the world, covering both traditions maintained throughout the generations as well as nearly-forgotten ones revived in modern times and/or invented to fill a cultural need, with case studies as diverse as Papua New Guinean artifacts to cheesemaking in France.

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[Free eBook] Antikkens verden: Videnskab, kultur, myter, religion og de fremmede [Danish Classical Western Antiquity History & Culture Overview]

Antikkens verden (The Ancient World: Science, culture, myths, religion, and strangers) edited by Birte Poulsen & Ole Høiris is a volume in the Verdensboger (World Book) series of Danish-language self-contained titles which provide a comprehensive introductory overview to particular cultural and historical periods, 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 September. The Danish-language series is fully equivalent in style and content to the Oxford University Press’ The Oxford Illustrated History of… or Routledge’s The World of… English series.

This volume contains a comprehensive introduction to the world of western classical antiquity, mostly in and around the Mediterranean and the Greek, Roman, and later Egyptian cultures that held sway, as well as some later “barbarians”, filled with essays on various cultural and historical topics, illustrated lavishly with many photographs of relevant artifacts from the corresponding places and times.

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[Free eBook] The Classical Greek Reader by Kenneth J. Atchity [Ancient Greece Historical Source Texts Introduction]

The Classical Greek Reader by Kenneth J. Atchity, a former professor of comparative literature and classics who later became a film producer, introductory historical source text sampler, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant.

This was originally published in 1996 by Henry Holt & Co as part of their Henry Holt Reference Books line, credited as by Kenneth John Atchity, and later picked up by Oxford University Press as part of their Oxford Paperbacks line.

This introductory reader contains excerpted translated period writings from various sources, both well-known and obscure, across many topics throughout the classical era of Ancient Greece, accompanied by brief pieces about each author and giving more contextual information to aid in understanding their times.

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[Free eBook] King Henry VIII’s Mary Rose by Alexander McKee [16th Century Ship History & Archaeology Memoir]

King Henry VIII’s Mary Rose by the late British author Alexander McKee, a journalist, military historian, and amateur diver who discovered the wreck of the Tudor warship Mary Rose, is his vintage naval history cum underwater archaeology memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1973 by Souvenir Press.

This combined naval history and personal memoir gives the backstory of the sunken 16th century Tudor warship Mary Rose and the author’s own subsequent search for and discovery of its wreck, as well as the efforts put forth towards exploring and excavating it by both himself and assorted archaeological teams.

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[Free eBook] A Great and Godly Adventure: The Pilgrims and the Myth of the First Thanksgiving by Godfrey Hodgson [Holiday Origins Cultural History]

A Great and Godly Adventure: The Pilgrims and the Myth of the First Thanksgiving by British author Godfrey Hodgson, a journalist who was The Observer’s foreign correspondent for the White House and later taught at Oxford University, is his cultural history cum historiography book, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2006 by Perseus Books’ PublicAffairs imprint.

The book explores the roots of Thanksgiving in the US via the reality of the historical accounts of what happened to the Pilgrims, both before and after arriving upon colonial shores, and its subsequent mythologizing into the holiday as it has been celebrated since, and viewed today.

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[Free eBook] Hitler’s Rise to Power: The Nazi Movement in Bavaria 1923-33 by Geoffrey Pridham [Political History]

Hitler’s Rise to Power: The Nazi Movement in Bavaria 1923-33 by British author Geoffrey Pridham, a lecturer in European Politics at the University of Bristol, is his vintage political history cum analysis, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1973 by Hart-Davis, MacGibbon Ltd.

The book examines the reorganization and rise of what would eventually become the Nazi party from a grassroots level, drawing upon archival material to illustrate and explain the various surrounding factors—political, religious, social, and other—which helped enable its growing success over the course of one key decade.

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[Free eBook] Fall of France: May-June 1940 by Robert Jackson [WWII Military History]

Fall of France: May-June 1940 by Yorkshire-born British author Robert Jackson, a former pilot turned prolific author of military & aviation thrillers and history, is his vintage military and political history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1975 by Arthur Baker Ltd.

The book covers not only the key military campaigns invasion, but also the preceding political events and other lead ups to the invasion, and also provides some views from the troops on the battlefield as well as an overview of the situation.

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