[Free eBook] From the Captain to the Colonel: An Informal History of Eastern Airlines by Robert J. Serling [Aviation Business & Travel History]

From the Captain to the Colonel: An Informal History of Eastern Airlines by the late Robert J. Serling, a novelist and aviation writer who was also the brother of screenwriter Rod Serling of The Twilight Zone fame and occasionally contributed technical consultation on the show, is a standalone aviation business history and biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1980 by The Dial Press (now a Random House imprint).

The book is an historical business biography of the now defunct Eastern Airlines, once one of the largest US commercial airlines and the official airline of Disney, centred around its colourful founder Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, a former WWI flying ace, covering his feuds with competing rival airlines and political figures, as well as the various travel innovations pioneered by Eastern such as hourly commuter air shuttles between major cities.

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[Free eBook] Vanishing Primitive Man by Tim Severin [Indigenous Anthropology & Migration History]

Vanishing Primitive Man by British author Tim Severin, an historian and explorer who has received the Royal Geographic Society’s Gold Medal, is the 9th volume in the Search series of histories of exploration and adventure travel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1973 by American Heritage Publishing.

This volume is a bit of a departure from the usual famous explorer and trade route histories, instead focusing on the prehistorical migrations, early modern encounters with, and current societal situation (circa the 1970s) of ten surviving indigenous cultures with Stone Age roots, including the Aborigines of Australia, the Ainu of Japan, the Inuit of Canada and Greenland, the Sami of Lappland, the Xavante of Brazil, and several others, introduced with a foreword by noted anthropologist Colin M. Turnbull, known for his work among the pygmy tribes of Zaire and consultant for this book, and a list of further recommended reading.

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[Free eBook] Explorers of the Mississippi by Tim Severin [Historical Adventure Travel]

Explorers of the Mississippi by British author Tim Severin, an historian and explorer who has received the Royal Geographic Society’s Gold Medal, is the 8th volume in the Search series of travel histories retracing important exploration journeys of the past, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1967 by Alfred A. Knopf.

This volume covers historical explorations and voyages along the Mississippi River, from the 16th century onwards, as the discovery of the New World made it an important trade and transportation route not only for the local Native Americans, but also the incoming and competing Spanish conquistador, French-Canadian, and American colonial settlers and their descendants, as well as colourful figures such as the 19th century Italian tourist Giacomo Beltrami, presented in engaging mini-biographies of the people and their places and times.

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[Free eBook] The Golden Antilles: The Search for a Promised Land by Tim Severin [Travel Adventure History]

The Golden Antilles: The Search for a Promised Land by British author Tim Severin, an historian and explorer who has been honoured with the Royal Geographic Society’s Gold Medal, is the 6th history in his Search series of books retracing important exploration journeys of the past, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1970 by Alfred A. Knopf.

This volume covers historical explorations in and around the Caribbean Sea and the colonial areas claimed by the former Spanish Empire, as English and Scotsmen tried to claim their own foothold or simply go on adventures, including Elizabethan explorer Sir Walter Raleigh, renegade priest Thomas Gage whose accounts of his travels in Mexico and Central America may have inspired Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell’s “Western Design” during the English Civil War era, Welsh surgeon Lionel Wafer whose reports of his idyllic life among the Panaman natives led his countrymen to establish a doomed colony, among others.

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[Free eBook] Long Voyage Home: True Stories from Britain’s Twilight Maritime Years by Tim Madge [British 20th C Military & Merchant Naval History]

Long Voyage Home: True Stories from Britain’s Twilight Maritime Years by British author Tim Madge, an historian and journalist, is a history of the British Navy and merchant fleets in the 20th century, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1993 by Simon & Schuster and has been updated with a new foreword and afterword for this reprint edition, commenting on the state of naval affairs which has developed in the past 25 years.

This history provides an overview of the British Navy and civilian merchant fleets throughout the 20th century (with a brief update addressing developments in the 21st), from the rise of British marine power in the late Victorian era, drawing upon first-hand accounts to provide a picture of the experiences of the officers and crews of the ships in war and peace, as well as examining the economic and psychological ramifications of modern technological changes.

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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] Character and Characters: The Spirit of Alaska Airlines by Robert J. Serling [Aviation Business History]

Character and Characters: The Spirit of Alaska Airlines by the late Robert J. Serling, a novelist and aviation writer who was also the brother of screenwriter Rod Serling of The Twilight Zone fame and occasionally contributed technical consultation on the show, is an aviation history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2008 by Documentary Media.

The book is a comprehensive aviation travel history/business biography of Alaska Airlines, from its beginnings as a small local bush plane venture in the 1930s to becoming a major carrier worldwide, covering its unconventional beginnings and various aspects of its history, from clever marketing campaigns to ground-breaking international flights to innovating online ticket sales, as well as the personalities behind the operations.

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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] 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 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] 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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