[Free eBook] Cleopatra by Ernie Bradford [Vintage Biography & Historiography]

Cleopatra by the late English author Ernie Bradford, a noted mid-20th century historian who specialized in Mediterranean and naval topics, is his vintage royalty historical biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1971 by Hodder & Stoughton. The book is an older, accessibly-written scholarly work which examines the sources then-available during the mid-20th century to present a picture of the life and deeds of last Queen of ancient Egypt contrary to the then-popular public perception of her as a notoriously infamous seductress, and also contains a touch of historiography as the author reflects upon her past portrayals throughout earlier times.

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[Free eBook] Trading in Death: Weapons, Warfare and the Modern Arms Race by James Adams [Military Industry History]

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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[Free eBook] The Personality of Chaucer by Edward Wagenknecht [14th C Author Literature Study & Biography]

The Personality of Chaucer by the late Edward Wagenknecht, a prominent professor and literary critic who taught at Boston and Harvard University, among others, is his academic literary analysis cum quasi-biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1968 by University of Oklahoma Press.

This is a reasonably accessibly-written academic study of the seminal 14th century Middle English author Geoffrey Chaucer, who wrote The Canterbury Tales alongside many other early literary classics, striving to recreate a picture of the man behind the words via examining the references and themes in his work. The author seems careful to note just how much of his derived conclusions are basically glorified conjecture extrapolated from the few known facts (apparently comparatively little information actually survives about Chaucer other than his work), and includes extensive annotations.

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[Free eBook] Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. [Celebrity Historical Literary Novel]

Elvis in the Morning: The Story of His Life, From a Fan by the late William F. Buckley Jr., an influential and controversial right-wing intellectual who founded the National Review and also happened to win a National Book Award for one of his spy thriller novels, is his historical literary fiction coming of age novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2001 by Harcourt. This is an historical literary fiction coming of age novel, which is also semi-biographical treatment of Elvis Presley, and includes a foreword with a bibliography of the author’s non-fiction sources.

The story is set during the 1950s onwards, starring a boy who becomes a fan of the King and grows up alongside him, with his idol’s life experiences reflecting upon his own in a culturally-changing America, after a chance encounter leads to an unexpected friendship between them.

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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] 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] Sold: The Revolution in the Art Market by Nicholas Faith [Business & Culture History]

Sold: The Revolution in the Art Market by British author Nicholas Faith, a former senior editor at The Economist, is his business history of a company and its field cum biography of its leader, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1985 by Hamish Hamilton. The book covers the history and rise of British auction house Sotheby’s under its chairman Peter Wilson, OBE, who from the 1960s onwards helped changed the art market into the profitable commodity it is now, and the ensuing effects on the societal perception of the value of the art world. The author, a journalist, combines historical research with personal reminisces from people who worked in the field.

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