Private Spies: The Secret World of Industrial Espionage by the late British author Ronald Payne, a journalist who was a foreign correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and considered a world authority on espionage and terrorism topics, is his vintage history and then-current affairs topical analysis of industrial spying, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.
This was originally published in 1967 by Arthur Barker.
The book was a contemporary hot topic exploration (circa the 1960s), focusing primarily on then-recent case examples of industrial espionage, but also referring back to its roots among the historical attempts to uncover trade secrets of old silk and pottery industries, with some speculation and suggestions about methods, motivating rationale, prevention, and deterrence.
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Trading in Death: Weapons, Warfare and the Modern Arms Race by English author James Adams, a former Sunday Times journalist who apparently had significant ties to the intelligence community, is his business and technology history of the military-industrial complex, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.
This was originally published in 1990 by Century Hutchinson and later picked up by Macmillan’s Pan imprint. The book provides an in-depth look at the past and recent history of weapons of modern warfare (up to 1990) and their lucrative worldwide trade, with international case studies and a look at technological and usage developments throughout the decades.
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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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Statistik: viden fra data (Statistics: Knowledge from Data) by Jens Ledet Jensen, a Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Aarhus University, is his Danish-language introductory guide to statistics, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This is a guide intended for the not-particularly mathematically-inclined, providing a grounding in understanding the basics as well as selected example models often used in research reports and economic policy write-ups.
Offered through the month of March, available DRM-free worldwide.
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Things from the Town: Artefacts and Inhabitants in Viking-age Kaupang edited by Dagfinn Skre, a Professor of Archaeology at the Museum of Cultural History at the University of Oslo in Norway, is a collection of academic essays about Viking Age archaeological finds, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher the Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This is the 3rd volume in the Kaupang Excavation Project series collecting academic essays pertaining to an extensive project from the University about the excavations carried out on the eponymous Viking Age marketplace excavation site in Norway. This volume covers assorted uncovered artifacts and their relation to the inhabitants’ daily lives and wider world. It’s very comprehensive volume , and not only showcases assorted finds of metalwork, precious jewellery, glassware, textiles, and more, but also placing them in context in the townspeoples’ lives of how they were made locally or acquired via trade, etc.
Offered through the month of December, available worldwide DRM-free.
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Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones, a Professor of Geography at the University of Hawaii, is his non-fiction sociopolitical book about the current refugee crisis, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Verso Books.
This is an accessibly-written pop academic title which covers the various recent crises involving refugees, examining the global responses to and underlying contributing factors of, with a special focus on cross-border mobility as related to economic disparity.
Offered DRM-free worldwide, available through midnight GMT on November 19th. ETA: this offer appears to have been quietly extended through the weekend.
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Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities by award-winning author and activist Rebecca Solnit, a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine, is her combined memoir and recent history of political and other activism, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Haymarket Books.
This is an updated version of the original 2004 book, with a new foreword and afterword and covers political, environmental, and other issues. Apparently, the original was a highly influential motivational memoir & mini-history of global activism experiences in recent decades which analyzed both surface and underlying issues and presented derived life lessons for helping to change and improve the world.
Offered DRM-free worldwide, available through November 16th.
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In tribute to the late Aaron Swartz, a computer programmer and social activist who was involved with developing projects like the Creative Commons, the Markdown markup language (which, incidentally, most of this blog’s posts were written in) and others, 5 (6 outside of North America) non-fiction books related to technology, intellectual property, social activism, and other subjects important to him are free for a limited time, courtesy of his publisher VersoBooks.
This is being offered to celebrate the publication of Shwartz’ own writings, and the books are (mostly) available worldwide through March 31st.
available worldwide DRM-free through March 31st
The Nation-State in Transformation: Economic Globalisation, Institutional Mediation and Political Values edited by Michael Böss is an academic anthology on the theme of globalization, in the MatchPoint series of social sciences titles, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This anthology appears to pay particular attention to the effects of globalization on local economies and democratic institutions, and many of the case studies seem to be focused on Ireland and Denmark, if you have particular interest in those areas. Offered through the month of March, available worldwide DRM-free.
available worldwide DRM-free through March