[Free eBook & Audiobook] Velfærd by Carsten Jensen [Danish Academic Social Welfare Political Essay]

Velfærd (Welfare) by Carsten Jensen, a professor in the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University, is the 50th in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays intended to introduce laypersons to assorted academic topics, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This political science essay examines the social welfare state in Denmark.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through June 16th, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Homer’s Iliad: The Shield of Memory by Kenneth Atchity [Classical Greek Literature Studies]

Homer’s Iliad: The Shield of Memory by Kenneth Atchity, a former professor of comparative literature and classics who later became a film producer, is his vintage classical literature studies text, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant Books.

This was originally published in 1978 by Southern Illinois University Press as part of their Literary Structures series and credited as by Kenneth John Atchity and contains a foreword by series editor the late John Gardner, who was a notable novelist and literary critic in his own right.

The book thoroughly examines and interprets the titular classic ancient Greek epic from what was hailed as a fresh perspective at the time, and as Atchity’s Ph.D. dissertation, was awarded Yale University’s John Addison Porter Prize.

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[Free eBook] Creating Freedom: Power, Control, and the Fight For Our Future by Raoul Martinez [Political Philosophy]

Creating Freedom: Power, Control, and the Fight For Our Future by London-resident author Raoul Martinez, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and artist, is his political philosophy treatise cum awareness activism manifesto, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Canongate Books.

This is the book which accompanies the eponymous 2012 documentary which netted him a Best Documentary nom at the London Raindance Film Festival and won the Hollywood Artist Festival’s Activist Spirit 2012 Award, and is being made free as part of a special publisher giveaway to help spread political awareness for the current British elections.

The book focuses on the historical roots and ensuing development of certain conditions which are hot topics in current events especially the dichotomy between so-called “freedom” in present society and actual liberty.

Offered in the UK only, possibly just through June 8th to coincide with the British elections, available at multiple retailers. An additional audio interview with the author is available worldwide.

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[Free eBook] The Dragonflies: The Story of Helicopters and Autogiros 1919-1970 by Robert Jackson [Aviation History]

The Dragonflies: The Story of Helicopters and Autogiros 1919-1970 by Yorkshire-born British author Robert Jackson, a former pilot turned prolific author of military & aviation thrillers and history, is his vintage aviation history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1971 by Arthur Baker Ltd under the title The Dragonflies: The Story of Helicopters and Autogiros. This book covers the history of helicopters in modern times, with a brief overview of early medieval and Renaissance attempts at envisioning this form of flight, and then going on to the actual 20th century development of viable versions of it and various uses (primarily focused on military and search & rescue operations, but also a few chapters for travel and news reporting, etc.) up until the then-present day (circa 1971).

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[Free eBook] Past Vulnerability: Vulcanic eruptions and human vulnerability in traditional societies past and present [Earth Science & Natural Disaster Response History]

Past Vulnerability: Vulcanic eruptions and human vulnerability in traditional societies past and present edited by Felix Riede, an associate professor in the Department of Archaeology at Aarhus University, is a collection of academic essays on the link between geological and human activity, free for a limited time courtesy of the Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This collection of essays explores past volcanic events from 10,000s of years ago to relatively recent times, and their effects on the local cultures surrounding, via a combination of geological and archaeological and literature studies approaches to examine their physical and social impacts.

There are some pretty nifty ones which do things like look through old Icelandic literature (and the Bible and Quran) for reports on tales of eruptions handed down through various means before being recorded into an official historical document, and how people coped with the after effects (and maybe an explanation for the fabled Fimbulwinter of Norse mynthology), as well as directly examining the remains of archaeological evidence from hunter-gatherers several thousands of years BCE.

Offered worldwide through May, available from the university’s website as their featured English-language Free Book of the Month selection.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult Horror Novel, Crime & Social Issues Non-Fiction]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which 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, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 25th, are as follows:

  • Shadow House: The Gathering by Dan Potocki, the 1st novel in a tween/young adult horror adventure trilogy trapped in an eerie haunted house, trying to find a way out; from Scholastic Audiobooks, read by Dan Bittner
  • In Our Backyard: Human Trafficking in America and What We Can Do To Stop It by Nita Belles, a non-fiction book and advice guide which provides background information and true stories about human trafficking, as well as tips on how to recognize it when it occurs around you and fight back by taking action in various ways; from Oasis Audio, read by Nicol Zanzarella

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 25th, 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] Scotland Yard Casebook by Joan Lock [19th-20th C British Police History]

Scotland Yard Casebook by British author Joan Lock, a former policewoman, is her history of early policing in the UK, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1993 by Robert Hale under the title Scotland Yard Casebook: The Making of the CID, 1865-1935.

This history of British law enforcement focuses especially on the creation of Scotland Yard’s Criminal Investigation Department which replaced the previous scandal-ridden Detective Branch, and covers some of its early cases, as well as the decades following its formation during which various crime-solving technologies and innovations were adopted, and social changes such as the introduction of women detectives and the difficulties they faced.

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[Free eBook] Norman Mailer: The Last Romantic by Carl Rollyson [20th C Literary Biography]

Norman Mailer: The Last Romantic by Carl Rollyson, a professor of journalism at the The City University of New York, is his literary biography of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning author, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1991 by Paragon House under the title The Lives of Norman Mailer: A Biography and later reprinted in 2008 by the author himself via self-publishing service iUniverse, in an updated version with extra material covering Mailer’s later work.

This biography of 20th century literary figure Norman Mailer, twice the recipient of the Pultizer Prize and the National Book Award for Lifetime Achievement, was notable back when first published for making use of the author’s unpublished letters and manuscripts, as well as interviews with his friends and foes. The book draws connections between various formative influences and life events and Mailer’s creative output, also using them to trace the roots of assorted personal and professional controversies, and received favourable reviews from various outlets.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult Novel, Documentary Memoir]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic, 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, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 18th, are as follows:

  • Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes, a teen contemporary fiction novel about young people in the inner city learning to express themselves when a teacher begins an “open mic” night for poetry, from Recorded Books, read by a full cast
  • Teenage Diaries: Then and Now by National Public Radio, an award-winning personal history documentary programme which followed a group of teens as they recorded interviews, audio journals, and daily life experiences, and then revisited them 16 years later to find out how their lives turned out, from Highbridge Audio, hosted by Joe Richman

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 18th, 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] Freedom, Glorious Freedom: The Spiritual Journey to the Fullness of Life For Gays, Lesbians, and Everybody Else by John J. McNeill [LGBT Religion Self-Help]

Freedom, Glorious Freedom: The Spiritual Journey to the Fullness of Life For Gays, Lesbians, and Everybody Else by the late John J. McNeill, an academic theologian and former Jesuit priest turned psychotherapist and LGBT rights activist, is his religious spirituality self-help guidebook, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This was originally published in 1994 by Beacon Press. The book was intended to help religious LGBT persons and supporters reconcile their Christian beliefs and their sexual orientation in a positive manner, providing spiritually uplifting reassurance in the Christ-like message of love for all, with some examination and interpretation of the actual scriptures regarding various things, plus the obligatory 12-step DIY self-help program.

NB: Although quite a number of things have changed for the better since this was originally written, unfortunately, a number of others haven’t, so quite possibly some of the advice given in this remains valid to this day. YMMV.

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