[Free eBook] Maverick: The Story of Robert Six and Continental Airlines by Robert J. Serling [Aviation Business Biography]

Maverick: The Story of Robert Six and Continental Airlines by the late Robert J. Serling, a novelist and aviation writer who was also the brother of screenwriter Rod Serling of The Twilight Zone fame and occasionally contributed technical consultation on the show, is an aviation personality and business history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1974 by Doubleday.

The book relates the life and times of mid 20th-century aviation pioneer Robert J. Six, a self-educated character with a colourful personality and adventures, with a focus on the business he co-founded from the 1930s onward to the post-WWII years and the changes in the airline industry over the ensuing decades.

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[Free eBook] How We See the Sky: A Naked-Eye Tour of Night and Day by Thomas Hockey [DIY Astronomy Cultural History & Travelogue]

How We See the Sky: A Naked-Eye Tour of Night and Day by Thomas Hockey, a professor of astronomy at University of Northern Iowa and recipient of the Donald E. Osterbrock Book Prize for his science writing, is a DIY astronomy guide cum globe-trotting science and culture history, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

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

The book is an accessibly-written and lavishly-illustrated introductory guide to the core concepts of astronomy as seen from a ground-eye view in many locations worldwide, explaining various phenomena such as eclipses and seasons and lunar cycles which are visible without specialized equipment, and exploring their scientific causes and cultural impact in modern times as well as throughout history via anecdotes, literary references, as well as the author’s personal experiences traveling to observe some of them.

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

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[Free eBook] Vanishing Primitive Man by Tim Severin [Indigenous Anthropology & Migration History]

Vanishing Primitive Man by British author Tim Severin, an historian and explorer who has received the Royal Geographic Society’s Gold Medal, is the 9th volume in the Search series of histories of exploration and adventure travel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1973 by American Heritage Publishing.

This volume is a bit of a departure from the usual famous explorer and trade route histories, instead focusing on the prehistorical migrations, early modern encounters with, and current societal situation (circa the 1970s) of ten surviving indigenous cultures with Stone Age roots, including the Aborigines of Australia, the Ainu of Japan, the Inuit of Canada and Greenland, the Sami of Lappland, the Xavante of Brazil, and several others, introduced with a foreword by noted anthropologist Colin M. Turnbull, known for his work among the pygmy tribes of Zaire and consultant for this book, and a list of further recommended reading.

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[Free eBook] Explorers of the Mississippi by Tim Severin [Historical Adventure Travel]

Explorers of the Mississippi by British author Tim Severin, an historian and explorer who has received the Royal Geographic Society’s Gold Medal, is the 8th volume in the Search series of travel histories retracing important exploration journeys of the past, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1967 by Alfred A. Knopf.

This volume covers historical explorations and voyages along the Mississippi River, from the 16th century onwards, as the discovery of the New World made it an important trade and transportation route not only for the local Native Americans, but also the incoming and competing Spanish conquistador, French-Canadian, and American colonial settlers and their descendants, as well as colourful figures such as the 19th century Italian tourist Giacomo Beltrami, presented in engaging mini-biographies of the people and their places and times.

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[Free eBook] The Golden Antilles: The Search for a Promised Land by Tim Severin [Travel Adventure History]

The Golden Antilles: The Search for a Promised Land by British author Tim Severin, an historian and explorer who has been honoured with the Royal Geographic Society’s Gold Medal, is the 6th history in his Search series of books retracing important exploration journeys of the past, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1970 by Alfred A. Knopf.

This volume covers historical explorations in and around the Caribbean Sea and the colonial areas claimed by the former Spanish Empire, as English and Scotsmen tried to claim their own foothold or simply go on adventures, including Elizabethan explorer Sir Walter Raleigh, renegade priest Thomas Gage whose accounts of his travels in Mexico and Central America may have inspired Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell’s “Western Design” during the English Civil War era, Welsh surgeon Lionel Wafer whose reports of his idyllic life among the Panaman natives led his countrymen to establish a doomed colony, among others.

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[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] Long Voyage Home: True Stories from Britain’s Twilight Maritime Years by Tim Madge [British 20th C Military & Merchant Naval History]

Long Voyage Home: True Stories from Britain’s Twilight Maritime Years by British author Tim Madge, an historian and journalist, is a history of the British Navy and merchant fleets in the 20th century, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1993 by Simon & Schuster and has been updated with a new foreword and afterword for this reprint edition, commenting on the state of naval affairs which has developed in the past 25 years.

This history provides an overview of the British Navy and civilian merchant fleets throughout the 20th century (with a brief update addressing developments in the 21st), from the rise of British marine power in the late Victorian era, drawing upon first-hand accounts to provide a picture of the experiences of the officers and crews of the ships in war and peace, as well as examining the economic and psychological ramifications of modern technological changes.

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