[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] 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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[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] A Close Run Thing: The Navy and the Falklands War by Richard Freeman [1980s Military History Essay]

A Close Run Thing: The Navy and the Falklands War by Richard Freeman, an historical novelist and naval historian, not to be confused with the cryptozoologist or the economist of the same name, is an historical military conflict essay, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1992.

This essay serves as a quick introduction, with brief retrospective analysis and further reading recommendations, to a particular naval operation during the summer of 1982 in the Falklands War conflict with Argentina, as the British Royal Navy sought to reclaim the islands with an ambitiously large amphibious landing.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Spearhead of the Fifth Army: The 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Italy, from the Winter Line to Anzio by Frank Van Lunteren [WWII Military History]

Spearhead of the Fifth Army: The 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Italy, from the Winter Line to Anzio by Dutch author Frank Van Lunteren, an historian and honourary member of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, is a military group and event history, free for a limited time courtesy of specialist publisher Casemate.

This is the 2nd in the author’s sequence of books following the exploits of the US Army’s 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment during World War II, and covers the Italian theatre in 1944 as they enter Naples, drawing upon war diaries, personal journals, letters, and interviews with veterans to flesh out their activities and experiences and those of their allies.

Offered in Canada, the UK, Australia, and possibly other countries worldwide (excluding the US and Europe), available at Kobo.

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[Free eBook] Military Heritage of America: From Colonization to Korea by R. Ernest Dupuy & Trevor N. Dupuy [Vintage Military History & Philosophy]

Military Heritage of America: From Colonization to Korea by the late Ernest R. Dupuy, a veteran of both World Wars whose voice announced the Normandy landings as part of the PR division, and his son, the equally late Trevor N. Dupuy, a retired US Army colonel turned military historian and former professor at Harvard University, is the standalone history in a of the US’ military roots, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1956 by McGraw-Hill.

The book gives an accessibly-written overview of the roots and legacy of the US’ military history, with a brief look at inspirations from the classical world before focusing on conflicts from the Colonial era onwards to the then-present 1950s, with musings on lessons to be learned in terms of technique and strategic philosophy, and features an introduction by WWII General Douglas MacArthur.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Aces’ Twilight: The Air War in the West – 1918 by Robert Jackson [WWI Military Aviation History]

Aces’ Twilight: The Air War in the West – 1918 by Yorkshire-born British author Robert Jackson, a former pilot turned prolific author of military & aviation thrillers and history, is a WWI military aviation history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1988 by Little, Brown and Company’s Sphere imprint.

The book is a narrative nonfiction-styled history of the rise in prominence of aerial warfare and the development of the profession of fighter pilot near the end of World War I, as the newly-formed British Royal Air Force began a shift in focus from the individual tactics of various famous air aces’ victories to more group-oriented strategies.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Elusive Victory: The Arab-Israeli Wars, 1947-1974 by Trevor N. Dupuy [Military & Political History]

Elusive Victory: The Arab-Israeli Wars, 1947-1974 by the late Trevor N. Dupuy, a retired US Army colonel turned military historian and former professor at Harvard University, is a topical overview of mid-20th century Middle East history and politics, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1978 by Harper & Row.

This in-depth overview covers five of the various wars between Israel and its neighbours Egypt, Jordan, and Syria during the mid-20th century, attempting to give a fact-based, balanced view of the underlying conflicts from both sides as well as outsider perspectives and dispelling then-common myths (at the time of writing, this was also a topical current affairs book in the wake of the 1973 Yom Kippur War), including political analyses and drawing upon personal interviews with various parties involved.

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[Free eBook] Ark of Empire: The American Frontier: 1784-1803 by Dale Van Every [US West History]

Ark of Empire: The American Frontier: 1784-1803 by the late Dale Van Every, an early Hollywood screenwriter and film producer, is the 3rd volume in the The Frontier People of America quartet of vintage histories of the western US in the 18th and 19th centuries, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1977 by Arno Press.

This volume looks at the post-Revolutionary War period and the expansion from the Appalachians to the Mississippi River, covering conflicts with competing British and Spanish interests, as well as the local Native Americans, with chapters devoted to various influential characters from all sides such as Mohawk leader Joseph Brant half-Scottish métis Creek leader Alexander McGillivray and others who shaped the West, as well as the ordinary settlers of Kentucky and Tennessee.

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