[Free eBook] White Mischief: A Cultural History of Cocaine by Tim Madge [History & Current Affairs]

White Mischief: A Cultural History of Cocaine by British author Tim Madge, an historian and journalist, is a cultural and political history of the drug, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2001 by Mainstream Publishing and this reprint comes with a brand new foreword commenting on the changes (or lack of them) in policy in the past two decades.

This covers the history of the uses and abuses of various forms of cocaine, from its origins as the revered coca leaf in South America and early favourable image as a miracle drug in 19th century Europe and the US to its eventual banning and subsequent re-emergence as a 20th century recreational drug for high-rollers, as well as exploring the policies which arose as a result of the modern “war on drugs”.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] The Reluctant Belligerent: American Entry into World War II by Robert A. Divine [Political History]

The Reluctant Belligerent: American Entry into World War II by Robert A. Divine, a professor emeritus at the University of Texas, is a vintage World War II history book, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1965 by McGraw-Hill and was later updated with a second edition in 1979, which is now reprinted here.

The book focuses more on the diplomatic aspects of international relations between the US and others during the lead up to World War II in the 1930s, drawing upon then-current research findings (circa the 1970s) to examine the possibility that the US’ ostensibly neutral foreign policy at the time may have added to the eventual severity of the war, as well as the various factors contributing to the policy.

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[Free eBook] Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything by Philip Ball [Science & Cultural History]

Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything by British author Philip Ball, an award-winning science writer and former editor of the Nature journal, is an accessibly-written science and technology development history, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press

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

The book explores the history of the rise of modern science, focusing on the 16th through 18th centuries as curiosity and questioning of the established worldview became more acceptable in the western world, leading to increased popularity of scientific notions and methods with a look at the early scientists and inventions that were inspired by them, as well as the ensuing influence on literature, culture, and international relations sparked by the new interest, alongside musings on the role of curiosity in the present day.

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

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[Free eBook] The New Spies: Exploring the Frontiers of Espionage by James Adams [20th C Global Espionage History]

The New Spies: Exploring the Frontiers of Espionage by English author James Adams, a former Sunday Times journalist who apparently had significant ties to the intelligence community, is a 20th century recent history and analysis of global intelligence agencies, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1994 by Hutchinson, and was later reprinted by Pimlico with a new preface providing an update on developments in the then-current Aldrich Ames CIA case.

The book comprehensively examines and explains post-Cold War developments in global intelligence agencies and how they were adapting and changing to then rapidly-altering political climate (circa the early 1990s) as well as their goals and methods, paying attention to the many uses of espionage, including for economic purposes as well as drugs and terrorism tracking.

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[Free eBook] Invested: How Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger Taught Me to Master My Mind, My Emotions, and My Money (with a Little Help from My Dad) by Danielle Town [Personal Finance]

Invested: How Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger Taught Me to Master My Mind, My Emotions, and My Money (with a Little Help from My Dad) by Danielle Town, co-host of the InvestED podcast, & Phil Town, a motivational speaker and hedge fund manager, is a personal finance self-help guide cum memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ William Morrow imprint.

This book recounts the author’s year-long journey about learning to invest, with assorted advice and financial lessons for taking control of one’s personal finances by studying the strategies of successful investors, presented in a straightforward, anecdotal manner, as she began to understand and become more comfortable with managing her money directly after having previously avoided doing so.

Offered in the UK only, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Dirty Rotten Scoundrels by Matthew Benns [Australian True Crime History]

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels by Australian author Matthew Benns, a journalist and author of assorted nonfiction bestsellers, is an Australian true crime history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins.

This book, which is tilted towards the pop entertainment side but provides plenty of dates and references, gives an account of con artists in Australia throughout history, from the 19th century to the present day and ranging in type from relatively harmless literary hoaxers to devastating personal scammers and financial fraudsters, with case studies detailing their exploits and methods and the lasting effects upon their victims.

Offered in the US only, available at Kobo only, from the looks of it.

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[Free eBook] Bourbon and Stuart: Kings and Kingship in France and England in the 17th Century by John Miller [History]

Bourbon and Stuart: Kings and Kingship in France and England in the 17th Century by British author John Miller, an emeritus professor at the University of London, is a comparative political history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1987 by George Philip.

The book examines and compares the 17th century monarchic dynasties ruling England and France, respectively, with a bit of mini-biography of the various kings and their close associates and the influence of their private lives upon their public decision-making, as well as the lingering effects of the monarchy upon the government and people, and vice versa, in the wake of the eventual French Revolution and the English Civil War.

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[Free Audiobooks] Solo by Kwame Alexander & The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea [YA Fiction & Award-Winning Journalism]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of journeys and tragedies, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 10th, are as follows:

  • Solo by Kwame Alexander, a YA contemporary/literary fiction novel about a budding musician struggling with the effects of drug addicted washed-up rock star father on his life and the absence of his deceased mother, making a journey to Ghana to uncover his true history after family secrets come to light; read by the author himself, with audio performances by singer Randy Preston, from Blink, available worldwide
  • The Devil’s Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea, an investigative journalism account of a 2001 tragedy in which a group of 26 Mexican immigrants attempted to cross into Arizona via a grueling path, with only 12 survivors remaining afterwards, which won the Laman Literary Award winner and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; read by the author himself, from Hachette Audio, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 10th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook] Cowboys of the Americas: The Realities of Life as a Cowboy by Richard W. Slatta [Award-Winning World Cultural History]

Cowboys of the Americas: The Realities of Life as a Cowboy by Richard W. Slatta, a former history professor at NC State University, is his globe-trotting cultural/professional history of the cowboy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Frontier imprint.

This was originally published in 1990 by Yale University Press and won the National Cowboy Hall of Fame’s Western Heritage Award for Non-Fiction.

This combined cultural & professinoal history covers both continents of the Americas, from North to South, using first-hand historical accounts of various aspects of cowboy and ranch life on the Canadian Prairies, the US Wild West, and throughout Latin America, from the cowboys’ early beginnings as wild cattle hunters through to their roles in various frontier wars and indigenous conflicts, to their eventual decline as farmers and other settlers took over the plains, contrasting their everyday lives with their mythologized image in pop culture.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] A Way Through the Wilderness: The Natchez Trace and the Civilization of the Southern Frontier by William C. Davis [US Southwest Trade Route & Cultural History]

A Way Through the Wilderness: The Natchez Trace and the Civilization of the Southern Frontier by William C. Davis, an award-winning historian specializing in the Civil War and former Professor at Virginia Tech, is his frontier place and community history, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1995 by HarperCollins and was later reprinted by the Louisiana State University Press.

This targeted history focuses on the development of the Natchez Trace (nowadays maintained as a spin-off heritage hiking trail) which led to the US South West frontier, during the period from the Revolutionary War to the 1830s, as it became an important migration and trade route, and also explores the various people who used the trail in various ways and the communities which sprang up around it, drawing upon colourful anecdotes, as well as dispelling popular factual misconceptions.

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