[Free eBooks] 5 free nonfiction from Verso Books [History, Political Theory, Activism, Economics.]

As a special treat to accompany their Student Reading sale through Wednesday, September 30th, 5 quasi-academic nonfiction ebooks are free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Verso Books.

Each free title in the giveaway is a selection from their themed suggested student reading lists (also on sale for 40% off print and ebooks), on various topics of history, political theory, economics, and activism from notable authors worldwide, and include:

  • How to Be an Anti-Capitalist in the 21st Century by the late Erik Olin Wright, a Vilas Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin
  • The Groundings with My Brothers by the highly influential Guyanese intellectual and 1960s anti-colonial activist Walter Rodney, who was later assassinated
  • Work: The Last 1,000 Years by Andrea Komlosy, a professor in the Department of Economics and Social History at the University of Vienna, Austria
  • Considerations on Western Marxism by British essayist Perry Anderson, Professor of History and Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles
  • The Return of the Political by Belgian political theorist Chantal Mouffe, Professor of Political Theory at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster

Offered worldwide through Wednesday, September 30th until just before midnight Eastern Time, available @ the publisher’s dedicated blogpost (watermarked but otherwise DRM-free ePub & Mobi bundle, requires account signup with valid email and billing address, but no payment info; click to switch each book’s tab from Hardcover or Paperback to Ebook to add the freebies to your cart).

[Free eBook] American Girls in Red Russia: Chasing the Soviet Dream by Julia L. Mickenberg [20th C Cross-Cultural Biographical Expat Travel History]

American Girls in Red Russia: Chasing the Soviet Dream by Julia L. Mickenberg, a professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Texas, is a 20th century cross-cultural biographical history, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

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

This accessibly-written biographical and cultural history provides a look at the motivations and deeds of American women who for a variety of reasons were drawn to travel to and experience life in Soviet Russia—some performing charity works in an early form of voluntourism, others seeking perceived greater social and gender equality in the wake of the Russian Revolution and the egalitarian promise of early communism—with in-depth sketches of several featured women including dance pioneer Isadora Duncan, Hollywood screenwriter and Broadway playwright Lillian Hellman, international relief workers trying to alleviate the effects of a disastrous famine, idealistic joiners of a colony settlement in Siberia, and various others who flirted with and embraced or became disillusioned with how the reality lived up to images and expectations.

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

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[Free eBook] The Camera Does the Rest: How Polaroid Changed Photography by Peter Buse [Art Technology Business & Cultural History]

The Camera Does the Rest: How Polaroid Changed Photography by Peter Buse, Dean of the School of Arts at the University of Liverpool, is a retrospective photography technology and iconic business history, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

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

This combined art technology cum cultural and business history takes a retrospective look over the photographic innovations of Polaroid‘s pioneering instant snapshot cameras, first invented in the 1940s, and their impact in popular culture bringing easy quick photos to the masses, as well as the changing fortunes of the company as they first capitalized on its popularity over several decades, but later failed to understand the growing digital camera market in more recent times.

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

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[Free eBook] The Mahabharata: Peter Brook’s Epic in the Making by Garry O’Connor [Indian Myth-Based Theatre & Film Creative Process Memoir]

The Mahabharata: Peter Brook’s Epic in the Making by British author Garry O’Connor, a former director of the Royal Shakespeare Company turned novelist, biographer, and theatre critic, is a semi-biographical behind the scenes theatrical creative process memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1989 by Hodder & Stoughton.

The book provides an insider’s behind the scenes look at the creative and practical processes behind the making of award-winning British playwright and film director Peter Brook‘s The Mahabharata, originally a play based upon the ancient Sanskrit Hindu mythological epic which was then turned into television and film, following from start to finish its conception and writing and initial media reception, to the global theatrical tour and subsequent decisions made adapting from stage to film and shooting on location during the 1980s, etc.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] The Dream-Hunters of Corsica by Dorothy Carrington [Occult Folk Tradition History Travelogue]

The Dream-Hunters of Corsica by the late British author Dorothy Carrington, a lifelong expat who was a leading authority on Corsican history and culture, is a regional folkloric history cum travelogue, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1995 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

The book was written later in the author’s life, based upon travels she undertook during the 1940s and 1950s, while gathering information about the local Corsican folkloric magical traditions and claimed supernatural phenomena dating back to the Stone Age, and is accompanied by a scene-setting contextual history of the island and its cultural influences, alongside an investigation into the present-day (circa the mid-20th century) state of lingering beliefs.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Nut Country: Right-Wing Dallas and the Birth of the Southern Strategy by Edward H. Miller [US Political History & Analysis]

Nut Country: Right-Wing Dallas and the Birth of the Southern Strategy by Edward H. Miller, an assistant teaching professor at Northeastern University Global, is a 20th century political history, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

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

The accessibly-written book examines the history and lingering impact behind the US Republican Party’s “Southern strategy” begun during the 1960s as the party began to appeal to ultraconservative, religious, and special interest groups displeased by the sweeping changes of the decade in order to increase its political support, with especial attention paid to the seeds and rise of the movement in Dallas, Texas, in the wake of the assassination of Democrat President John F. Kennedy.

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

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[Free eBooks] 10 nonfiction books from Verso [Art, Architecture, History, Philosophy, Environment, Social Issues, Political Theory, Etc.]

As a special tie in to their “50 % off Student Reading Sale”, publisher Verso Books are giving away free ebook copies of selected non-fiction titles in their quasi-academic line of philosophical, political, artistic, and social history, commentary, and analysis.

The selection includes the following 10 titles across various subjects, which you can claim via the blog announcement page by switching to “Ebook” tab for each book and clicking “Add to Cart” (DRM-free watermarked ePub/Mobi, requires account signup with valid email address but no payment info):

  • Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School by Stuart Jeffries (20th C intellectual movement history)
  • Beyond Black and White: From Civil Rights to Barack Obama by Manning Marable (race relations)
  • The Formation of the Economic Thought of Karl Marx: 1843 to Capital by Ernest Mandel (economic theory)
  • Metaphilosophy by Henri Lefebvre (French philosopher manifesto)
  • The Exform by Nicholas Bourriad (art theory and criticism)
  • Women’s Oppression Today: The Marxist/Feminist Encounter by Michèle Barrett (contemporary feminism)
  • Marx and Human Nature: Reflections of a Legend by Norman Geras (philosophy)
  • Screened Out by Jean Baudrillard (journalist essays)
  • All Over the Map: Writing on Buildings and Cities by Michael Sorkin (urban architecture)
  • Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future by Jeff Mann and Joel Wainwright (environmental political issues)

Offered DRM-free worldwide until just before midnight Pacific Time on September 30th, available directly from the publisher.

[Free eBook] Wasted World: How Our Consumption Challenges the Planet by Rob Hengeveld [Ecology Science Issues & Sociopolitical History]

Wasted World: How Our Consumption Challenges the Planet by Rob Hengeveld, a biologist and former honorary professor in the Department of Animal Ecology at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, is environmental and social science current affairs and history, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

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

This accessibly-written book explains the natural and industrial processes of resource usage and recycling, also tracing the human connection and effects of overconsumption, overpopulation, and pollution and their consequences throughout worldwide history as well as in current and potential future times.

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

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[Free eBook] The Appian Way: Ghost Road, Queen of Roads by Robert A. Kaster [Historical Ancient & Modern Rome Travel]

The Appian Way: Ghost Road, Queen of Roads by Robert A. Kaster, a Professor of Classics Emeritus at Princeton University, is his joint historical exploration cum modern experience travelogue, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for August and is part of their *Culture Trais: Adventures in Travel” series of history, literary, and pop culture-inspired travel essays.

The book traces a combined historical and modern journey along the ancient Roman Via Appia, an important road in Italy since its beginnings as a key strategic military route in 312 BC, as the author travels it himself, following in the footsteps of common soldiers and traders and pilgrims throughout the centuries, as well as more distinguished literary figures who’ve written about their own experiences on the Appian Way.

Offered worldwide through August (maybe also through the holiday long weekend), available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Worlds Apart: My Experiences in China (1953-5) and the Soviet Union (1962-5) by Humphrey Trevelyan [20th C Diplomat Expat Travel Memoir]

Worlds Apart: My Experiences in China (1953-5) and the Soviet Union (1962-5) by the late British author Humphrey Trevelyan, a notable ambassador to many key international diplomatic posts during his long career, is a mid-20th century historical political events cum expat life memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1971 by Macmillan.

This diplomatic career memoir covers Lord Trevelyan’s experiences as the British Ambassador to China in the 1950s after the Communist Revolution, and in the Soviet Union during the 1960s at the height of the Cold War, giving an inside view of both the various tense political situations which his embassy dealt with, as well as travel and everyday life in Peking and Moscow and surrounding regions both in the expat compounds and the local area attractions, with insightful retrospective political analysis of the times and cultures involved.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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