[Free eBook REPEAT] Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones [Sociopolitical Current Affairs]

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 again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Verso Books.

This is part of a promotional event to help support the “Families Belong Together” rallies protesting for more humane treatment of migrants, and is accompanied by a reading list of other related picks from their catalogue, if you’re interested.

The book 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. This edition has been updated with a discussion of Brexit and the Trump administration.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available through midnight EST on July 10th.

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[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] 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] 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 Audiobooks UPDATE] 6 audiobooks from Libro.fm [Fiction, Non-Fiction, & Young Adult]

UPDATE: Libro.fm has extended part of the offer through May 1st, for Brain Rulesfor Aging Well and the two audio samplers.

As part of a special promotion to celebrate the annual Independent Bookstore Day on April 28th this year, audiobook retailer Libro.fm is offering six full-length audiobooks and two samplers from publishers Macmillan and Penguin Random House, mostly available worldwide in DRM-free MP3 format (requires account signup with billing address but no payment info). If you like, you can also get extra copies for your friends, if you enter a valid email address to send the gift link to.

The six books being offered are a mix of fiction and non-fiction, from children to adult:

There are also two freebie audio samplers, exclusive for Bookstore Day:

  • Macmillan Audio Sampler with essays and short stories by Luvvie Ayaji, bestselling thriller authors Jeffrey Archer and Lisa Scottoline, literary fiction author Jeffrey Eugenides, Francesca Serritella, and Lara Williams
  • Penguin Random House Audio Story Sampler with excerpts from popular works from their bestselling and classic authors.

Offered DRM-free worldwide (mostly) through April 28th, probably just through Eastern Time, and you can read more about the offer on its main page @ Libro.fm.

[Free eBook] The House of Lords: An Anecdotal History by John Wells [British History Humour]

The House of Lords: An Anecdotal History by the late British author John Wells, an actor and satirist who was a contributing co-founder of the satirical magazine Private Eye, is a humorous history of the British political institution, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1997 by Hodder & Stoughton.

The book was a favourably-reviewed bestseller when originally published and is a humorously informative historical study of the British peerage system and the government institution of the House of Lords through which it still influences official government power, from its early days during the Anglo-Saxon period through to the 1960s.

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[Free eBook] Statens idéhistorie: Magt, vold og politik by Mikkel Thorup [Danish Academic Political Theory History]

Statens idéhistorie: Magt, vold og politik by Mikkel Thorup, a professor in the School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University, is his academic book about the history of political ideas related to the modern state, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is their featured Danish-language Free Book of the Month selection for December. The book focuses on the subtitular trifecta of core threads in the formation of states and their enduring influence and results of their application.

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

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[Free eBook] Hitler’s Rise to Power: The Nazi Movement in Bavaria 1923-33 by Geoffrey Pridham [Political History]

Hitler’s Rise to Power: The Nazi Movement in Bavaria 1923-33 by British author Geoffrey Pridham, a lecturer in European Politics at the University of Bristol, is his vintage political history cum analysis, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1973 by Hart-Davis, MacGibbon Ltd.

The book examines the reorganization and rise of what would eventually become the Nazi party from a grassroots level, drawing upon archival material to illustrate and explain the various surrounding factors—political, religious, social, and other—which helped enable its growing success over the course of one key decade.

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