[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] 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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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[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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