[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 Polarizers: Postwar Architects of Our Partisan Era by Sam Rosenfeld [US Political History & Current Affairs]

The Polarizers: Postwar Architects of Our Partisan Era by Sam Rosenfeld, an assistant professor of political science at Colgate University, is his history of US political party development, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for September, and is described as an intellectual and institutional history of party polarization in the post-WWII United States, exploring the deliberate trending away over the decades from bipartisanship towards increasingly polarized ideology in both the Democratic and Republican camps and the various actors and agendas behind the shifts, focusing on overlapping periods from the 1945 to 2000, with an epilogue summarizing developments through 2016.

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

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[Free eBook] Who Do Serve, Who Do You Protect?: Police Violence and Resistance in the United States [Current Affairs Essays & Journalism]

Who Do Serve, Who Do You Protect?: Police Violence and Resistance in the United States edited by Joe Macaré, Maya Schenwar, & Alana Yu-lan Price, with a foreword by #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Alicia Garza is a topical essay collection, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Haymarket Books.

The book is a collection of reports and essays written by community organizers, legal activists, and journalists exploring the topic of police violence and miscarriages of justice against black, Latino, and indigenous communities and also persons with mental illness and other conditions in the US, as well as attempts at reform and keeping communities safe via other means.

This is being offered in conjunction with their 30% off themed sale on “Haymarket Books Against Policing & Mass Incarceration”, and they also offer a free downloadable PDF study guide for their award-winning From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation volume which is part of the sale.

Offered through Friday, June 5th (probably until just before midnight Pacific Time), available DRM-free worldwide directly from the publisher.

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[Free Audiobooks] Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert & Secret Soldiers: How the U.S. Twenty-Third Special Troops Fooled the Nazis by Paul B. Janezck [YA Contemporary Drama & WWII History]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of artists living in the shadows cast by dramatic events, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on May 13th.

  • Secret Soldiers: How the U.S. Twenty-Third Special Troops Fooled the Nazis by Paul B. Janeczko, read by Ron Butler, from Brilliance Audio. A non-fiction World War II history book focusing on the activities of the Twenty-Third Headquarters Special Troops, known as “The Ghost Army”, a unit of actors, technicians, and artisans tasked with making believable counterfeits of the Allied armed forces to fool the Nazis into making mistakes, using inflatable tanks and other tricks to create the false impression of battlefield movements.

  • Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert, read by James Chen, from Dreamscape. A YA contemporary Asian-American teen drama novel starring an aspiring artist who discovers a hidden secret in his family past which he must come to terms with, even as he worries about his relationship with his best friend which was was strained by a recent tragedy among his peer group.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 13th, available worldwide.

[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] 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 United States Airforce: A Turbulent History 1907-1975 by Herbert Molloy Mason [Aviation Military History]

The United States Airforce: A Turbulent History 1907-1975 by Herbert Molloy Mason, Jr., a former U.S. Marine during WWII and later aviation editor for a magazine, is an aviation military history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1976 by Mason/Charter Publications.

The book covers the emergence of the use of aviation for military purposes by the U.S., from Orville Wright’s failed demonstration for the Army to early training at the beginning of the 20th century to the rise in prominence during the two World Wars and beyond, drawing upon the recountings of engineers, pilots, and decision-makers throughout the decades.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] The Friendless Sky: The Great Saga of War in the Air, 1914-1918 by Alexander McKee [Aviation Military History]

The Friendless Sky: The Great Saga of War in the Air, 1914-1918 by the late British author Alexander McKee, a journalist, military historian, and diver who was awarded an OBE for discovering the underwater archaeological site of the sunken Tudor warship Mary Rose, is a standalone military aviation history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1962 by Souvenir Press.

This history, meant for a popular audience, relates anecdotes about the colourful personalities of the WWI aviation age, including the famous flying aces as well as commentary on their commanders and civilian policy-makers of Britain, Germany, and France, alongside tracking the developments in aircraft technology and tactics throughout the war years, with brief source notes on the then-available vintage autobiographies and diaries containing first-hand experiences from which this was drawn.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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