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Old 07-01-2013, 11:46 AM   #1
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Free and bargain Non-Fiction in July 2013

As requested, here is an outline of the purpose of this thread:

We point out free and bargain Non-Fiction to each other, and occasionally recommend certain books that are/were free (or the opposite!).

Because Kindle freebies are easiest to find, the majority of the books listed are from Amazon, but freebies and bargains from other retailers and in other formats are more than welcome!

In case no retailer is specifically mentioned in a post, it is safe to assume it's for Amazon US.

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First one for the month:

God: The Autobiography
Franco Ferrucci

At the center of Franco Ferrucci's God: An Autobiography is one tender, troubled character: God. In the beginning is God's solitude, and because God is lonely he creates the world. He falls in love with Earth, plunges into the oceans, lives as plant and reptile and bird. His every thought and mood serve to populate the planet, with consequences that run away from him—sometimes delightfully, sometimes unfortunately. Witty, thought-provoking, and beautifully translated, this playful and irresistible Short will leave you wondering where philosophy ends and fiction begins, while it recounts thousands of years of religious thought—and reminds you that above all else, God knows how to tell a good story.

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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer is on sale at Amazon (again) this month for $1.99
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When the Third Reich fell, it fell swiftly. The Nazis had little time to cover up their memos, their letters, or their diaries. William L. Shirer's definitive book on the Third Reich uses these unique sources. Combined with his personal experience with the Nazis, living through the war as an international correspondent, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich not only earned Shirer a National Book Award but is recognized as one of the most important and authoritative books about the Third Reich and Nazi Germany ever written. The diaries of propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels as well as evidence and other testimony gained at the Nuremberg Trials could not have found more artful hands.

Shirer gives a clear, detailed and well-documented account of how it was that Adolf Hitler almost succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich has become one of the most authoritative books on one of mankind's darkest hours. Shirer focuses on 1933 to 1945 in clear detail. Here is a worldwide bestseller that also tells the true story of the Holocaust, often in the words of the men who helped plan and conduct it. It is a classic by any measure.

The book has been translated into twelve languages and was adapted as a television miniseries, broadcast by ABC in 1968. This first ever e-book edition is published on the 50th anniversary of this iconic work.
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A very nice freebie from Stackpole today:

Lavender: How to Grow and Use the Fragrant Herb, 2nd Edition by Ellen Spector Platt
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The leaves, stems, buds, and flowers of lavender are valuable for a variety of uses. This revised and updated edition of the best-selling guidebook gives instructions for growing and harvesting the popular aromatic herb, with ideas for using it in the garden landscape, in crafts, and in recipes. Projects are included for making potpourris, wreaths, garlands, arrangements, and even lavender-spiced chicken, halibut, potato salad, madeleines, and bread. An added section on festivals and farms offers travel opportunities for those who want to experience lavender culture. A full list of sources completes this definitive book.
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First one for the month:

God: The Autobiography
Franco Ferrucci

At the center of Franco Ferrucci's God: An Autobiography is one tender, troubled character: God. In the beginning is God's solitude, and because God is lonely he creates the world. He falls in love with Earth, plunges into the oceans, lives as plant and reptile and bird. His every thought and mood serve to populate the planet, with consequences that run away from him—sometimes delightfully, sometimes unfortunately. Witty, thought-provoking, and beautifully translated, this playful and irresistible Short will leave you wondering where philosophy ends and fiction begins, while it recounts thousands of years of religious thought—and reminds you that above all else, God knows how to tell a good story.

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Looks like you and Kenny both beat me to the punch on this one. But I'm not proud. Having already written it, I'm going to post my take on it here.

Throughout the month of July The University of Chicago Press is offering God: The Autobiography by Franco Ferrucci for free. If you'd like to pick up a DRM-free copy for the price of an email address, click here. This short book promises to be a fun, lighthearted look at the "Let there be light" moment in the career of the Creator.

Contents:
I....For long stretches at a time I forget
II...Whenever I move someplace new
III..Once out of my aquatic prison
IV...A decisive turning point in my story
V....I had forgotten that I had made such an animal

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God: The Autobiography is a DRM-free EPUB, readable on a wide range of devices. All titles in the Chicago Shorts series are DRM-free with no artifical ingredients or preservatives.

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An excellent book on math, The Joy Of X, is a daily deal at Amazon UK for £1.49. No US sale yet. I read this in April, highly recommended.

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Several repeats and one new freebie from FT Press:

The Death of Corporate Reputation: How Integrity Has Been Destroyed on Wall Street by Jonathan Macey

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Why did the financial scandals really happen? Why are they continuing to happen? In The Death of Corporate Reputation, Yale's Jonathan Macey reveals the real, non-intuitive reason, and offers a new path forward. For over a century law firms, investment banks, accounting firms, credit rating agencies and companies seeking regular access to U.S. capital markets made large investments in their reputations. They treated customers well and sometimes endured losses in transactions or business deals in order to sustain and nurture their reputations as faithful brokers and “gate-keepers.” This has changed completely . The existing business model among leading participants in today’s capital markets no longer treats customers as valued clients whose trust must be earned and nurtured, but as one-off “counter-parties” to whom no duties are owed and no loyalty is required . The rough and tumble norms of the market-place have replaced the long-standing reputational model in U.S. finance.

This book describes the transformation in American finance from the old reputational model to the existing laissez faire model and argues that the change came as a result of three factors: (1) the growth of reliance on regulation rather than reputation as the primary mechanism for protecting customers and (2) the increasing complexity of regulation, which made technical expertise rather than reputation the primary criterion on which customers choose who to do business with in today’s markets ; and (3) the rise of the “cult of personality” on Wall Street, which has led to a secular demise in the relevance of companies’ reputations and the concomitant rise of individual “rain-makers” reputation as the basis for premium pricing of financial services. This compelling book will drive the debate about the financial crisis and financial regulation for years to come -- both inside and outside the industry.
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  • Gluten-Free 101: Master Gluten-Free Cooking with 101 Great Recipes by Perrin Davis
  • Baked In: Creating Products and Businesses That Market Themselves by Alex Bogusky and John Winsor
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Looks like you and Kenny both beat me to the punch on this one. But I'm not proud. Having already written it, I'm going to post my take on it here.

Throughout the month of July The University of Chicago Press is offering God: The Autobiography by Franco Ferrucci for free. If you'd like to pick up a DRM-free copy for the price of an email address, click here. This short book promises to be a fun, lighthearted look at the "Let there be light" moment in the career of the Creator.

Contents:
I....For long stretches at a time I forget
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III..Once out of my aquatic prison
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V....I had forgotten that I had made such an animal
Gotta be fast!

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Several repeats and one new freebie from FT Press:

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Thanks, sadly the two collections don't appear to be free at B&N although the other 4 books are.
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Try again later in the week - on Monday the only new one free on Kindle wasn't free at B&N, but was on tues.
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Try again later in the week - on Monday the only new one free on Kindle wasn't free at B&N, but was on tues.
Yeah, I noted them and figured I'd keep trying. Still not free at B&N although several of the titles in the collections have been given away individually.
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newly free from stackpole:

Panzer Tactics: German Small-Unit Armor Tactics in World War II by Wolfgang Schneider
Fighting Today's Wars: How America's Leaders Have Failed Our Warriors by David G. Bolgiano and James M. Patterson

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Panzer Tactics: German Small-Unit Armor Tactics in World War II by Wolfgang Schneider
Fighting Today's Wars: How America's Leaders Have Failed Our Warriors by David G. Bolgiano and James M. Patterson

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I would love to have had those books, buy they aren't showing as free anymore. They surely weren't for very long.
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As an FYI, the collections are now showing up as free at B&N.
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