[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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[Free eBook] Dirty Poole: A Sensual Memoir by Wakefield Poole [1970s Gay Theatre & Porn Director Autobiography]

Dirty Poole: A Sensual Memoir by Wakefield Poole, a Broadway choreographer and theatrical director who became a pioneering gay pornography film director during the 1970s, is an autobiographical memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This was originally published in 2000 by Alyson Books and was later adapted into the documentary film I Always Said Yes: The Many Lives of Wakefield Poole in 2013.

This is the 2011 updated edition with a new afterword by the author, who was a respected Broadway choreographer and theatrical director who became a pioneering director of gay pornography films, and covers his experiences in both, with reminisces about vintage theatrical celebrities and life on and off stage, as well as the rise of the porn industry during the sexual revolution of the 1970s.

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[Free eBook] You Feel So Mortal: Essays on the Body by Peggy Shinner [Cultural Images & History]

You Feel So Mortal: Essays on the Body by Peggy Shinner is is her themed collection of non-fiction essays, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for March. Several essays were originally published in literary magazines including Chicago Review and Alaska Quarterly Review.

These essays explore various aspects of the human body from hair to feet, pre and post-death, both as life experiences and cultural images, examining the worldwide historical context of the accumulated folklore and beliefs in various societies about the body throughout the ages, as well as more philosophical musings about the author’s own relationship with her body and heritage.

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

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[Free eBook] Galateo: Or, The Rules of Polite Behaviour by Giovanni Della Casa [16th C Etiquette Manual]

Galateo: Or, The Rules of Polite Behaviour by the late medieval Italian author and diplomat Giovanni Della Casa is his vintage etiquette manual, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month selection for December. The manual was originally published in 1558 as Il Galateo, overo de’ costumi and was highly influential back in the day, widely circulated for centuries after its initial publication in assorted translations, and can be considered a precursor to modern etiquette authorities such as Miss Manners.

This edition is newly translated by M. F. Rusnak, and contains a facsimile of the frontispiece of the older 1576 English translation, alongside all sorts of wittily-presented practical advice for ordinary Renaissance persons aspiring to gentlemanly refinement on conversation, fashion, table manners, as much for How Not To Do It as well as how to.

Offered worldwide through December (will probably stay free a day or two longer due to the New Year’s holiday), available directly via the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Romantik 5 [18th-19th C Romanticism Era Literature & Culture Studies]

Romantik 05 edited by Robert W. Rix and a number of others from various universities in Europe is the 5th issue in the Romantik: Journal for the study of Romanticisms series of academic journals featuring multi-disciplinary articles and reviews on the topic of various aspects of the Romantic Era of the late 18th to mid 19th century and/or publications about them, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is their featured English-language Free Book of the Month selection for November.

This issue is focused on mainly literature and adjacent arts, but also features essays on nationalistic history-building and other diverse related topics, as well as reviews of recent Romanticism-related books.

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

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[Free eBook] Granada Window by Marguerite Steen [Vintage Spain Cultural Travelogue]

Granada Window by the late English author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is her vintage cultural history cum travelogue memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1949 by The Falcon Press.

The book is a combined introductory cultural history and personal travelogue memoir of Spain, a country which the author would later settle in, which combines a look at its literature, history, and heritage alongside a tour of the region of Andalusia, sprinkling in her own experiences encountering the Andalusian people during her travels, and observations of cultural differences between Britain and Spain.

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[Free eBook] A New Grand Tour: How Europe’s Cities Made Our World Great by Godfrey Hodgson [Travel History & Culture Essays]

A New Grand Tour: How Europe’s Cities Made Our World Great by British author Godfrey Hodgson, a journalist who was The Observer’s foreign correspondent for the White House, and later taught at Oxford University, is his part-travelogue book of destination essays, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1995 by Penguin’s Viking imprint.

The book consists of cultural exploration essays which are part-travelogue, exploring the history and ways of life, etc., of selected European cities in an homage to the traditional Grand Tour of bygone ages, incorporating both observations from the accounts of travelers in previous centuries as well as musings from the author’s own personal experiences visiting them during the course of his career.

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[Free eBook] Vegetables: A Biography by Evelyne Bloch-Dano [Award-Winning Culinary Botanical History with Recipes]

Vegetables: A Biography by Evelyne Bloch-Dano, a francophone author and journalist, is her culinary botanical and cultural history cum recipes, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month selection for October and was a recipient of the Prix Brazier de l’essai gourmand in its original form as La Fabuleuse histoire des légumes, which was published in 2008 by Grasset, now translated from French by Teresa Lavender Fagan.

This book explores the scientific, cultural, and culinary histories via mini-biographies of 11 selected vegetables and their origins and uses in various countries throughout the world from the past to the present day, including a brief selection of illustrative vintage recipes showing several ways in which some have been cooked and served over the centuries.

Offered worldwide through October, available directly via the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Industrial Heritage in Denmark: Landscape, Environments and Historical Archaeology [Urban Architectural Guide]

Industrial Heritage in Denmark: Landscape, Environments and Historical Archaeology edited by Caspar Jørgensen & Morten Pedersen is their local architecture and archaeology book, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is their featured English-language Free Book of the Month selection for October, and may be useful as a local sightseeing guide, if you are interested in visiting the areas showcased.

This is an accessibly-written coffee table-like book which presents 25 nicely-illustrated case studies of significant industrial and manufacturing sites in Denmark, from the 1840s-1970s, giving their development and conservation histories as well as more general information on cultural preservation strategies.

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

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