[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] 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 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] Legend and Legacy: The Story of Boeing and its People by Robert J. Serling [Aviation Business History]

Legend and Legacy: The Story of Boeing and its People 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 business corporate history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1992 by St. Martin’s Press.

This corporate history covers over 75 years of the personal and professional history of aircraft company Boeing, from its roots during the WWI years, to its troubles during the interwar decade, and the eventual development of its famous jet airliners and involvement in the space program, following the decisions of its engineers and executives throughout the decades as they developed and expanded the business and its related industries, with behind the scenes insights and anecdotes.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] From the Captain to the Colonel: An Informal History of Eastern Airlines by Robert J. Serling [Aviation Business & Travel History]

From the Captain to the Colonel: An Informal History of Eastern 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 a standalone aviation business history and biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1980 by The Dial Press (now a Random House imprint).

The book is an historical business biography of the now defunct Eastern Airlines, once one of the largest US commercial airlines and the official airline of Disney, centred around its colourful founder Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, a former WWI flying ace, covering his feuds with competing rival airlines and political figures, as well as the various travel innovations pioneered by Eastern such as hourly commuter air shuttles between major cities.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[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.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Food by Jennifer A. Jordan [Botanical & Agricultural Sociocultural History]

Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Food by Jennifer A. Jordan, a professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin, is a botanical and agricultural-focused social 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 book is an accessibly-written combined social, scientific, and food industry history which spotlights selected fruits and vegetables both common and uncommon, as they go from global luxuries to local staples or vice versa over the centuries—gaining or losing popularity with changing tastes, becoming hybridized for convenient selling qualities for the mass market or preserved in “heirloom” forms for upscale consumption and otherwise evolving in physical form and cultural meaning—interwoven with the author’s observations of the associations the foods evoke in people from the hobby gardeners and professional farmers who grow them, to the end consumer who eats them, to the national identities they may be tied to (as in the case of the US and apple pie).

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

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[Free eBooks] 15 titles from Verso Books [Academic, Culture, History, Philosophy, Politics, Etc.]

As a special treat to mark the end of back-to-school month, publisher Verso Books are offering a repeat of the 15 titles from their September flash giveaways accompanying their still-ongoing 50% off Student Reading sale, in case anyone missed them earlier.

The titles include a mix of quasi-academic history (ancient and recent), political and economic philosophy, arts & culture, social and gender studies, and other related topics written by authors worldwide, selected from their promotional recommendation lists during the Student Reading sale.

This is the list, and you can pick them all up from their dedicated promo blogpost here (wait for everything to load, then click to switch to “Ebook” for each title before adding to cart; requires account signup with billing address but no payment info) through this weekend:

  • Capitalism, Socialism, Ecology by André Gorz, from the Environment & Ecology recommended reading list
  • Bad New Days by Hal Foster, from Art & Aesthetics
  • Darkwater by W.E.B. Du Bois, from Race & Ethnicity
  • Building the Commune by George Ciccariello-Maher, from Sociology
  • Fictitious Capital by Cédric Durand, from Economics
  • Invisibility Blues by Michele Wallace, from Feminism and Gender
  • Democracy Against Capitalism by Ellen Meiksins Wood from Political Theory
  • Read My Desire by Joan Copjec, from Psychoanalysis
  • Good Neighbors by Sylvie Tissot, from Architecture & Cities
  • Peasant-Citizen and Slave by Ellen Meiksins Wood, from History (is about ancient Greece)
  • Politics and Letters by Raymond Williams, from Cultural & Literary Theory
  • Cultural Capital by Robert Hewison, from Film & Media
  • The Left Hemisphere by Razmig Keucheyan, from Critical Theory
  • The Philosophy of Marx by Etienne Balibar, from Philosophy
  • Homo Juridicus by Alain Supiot, from Anthropology

Offered worldwide through 11:59 PM Eastern Time on September 30th, available DRM-free (ePub & Mobi, watermarked with your email address but otherwise freely transferrable to all your devices) directly from the publisher.

[Free eBook] That’s the Way It Is: A History of Television News in America by Charles L. Ponce de Leon [Media Industry & Cultural History]

That’s the Way It Is: A History of Television News in America by Charles L. Ponce de Leon, a professor of history at California State University, is a social history of the media industry and surrounding culture, 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 social history covers the origins and gradual evolution of TV news broadcasting and audience reception in the US from the 1940s to the present day, dispelling popular notions of a golden age of reporting which has declined into exploitative celebrity-obsessed frivolity—instead presenting the mixed reality of serious journalism, silly gossip, and politicization which has existed since the beginning, alongside entertaining anecdotes about key figures in media history.

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

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