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Subject: History e-books
Date Posted: 1/16/2012 7:02 PM ET
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Any suggestions on non-fiction history books available in e-edition? We got a no-frills Kindle and I'm still trying to warm up to it. Great deals / freebies would be appreciated, but anything that caught your eye!

Date Posted: 1/16/2012 7:40 PM ET
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The University of Chicago Press has a free eBook every month.  Subjects vary widely.  Over on the side column.

Oh.  It has ADE DRM.  Don't know how Kindles feel about that.

Last Edited on: 1/16/12 7:42 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/16/2012 9:09 PM ET
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You can go to Amazon, chose "Kindle Store" and type in a keyword for it to search on. Then when it pulls something up, at the right is a button to chose how to sort the items. You'll want to chose "Price: Low to High"

I've got a link that sorts "History" and "Low to High" Here.

(It's pretty long, hope it works!)

If you have a favorite era of History, then try a search on that.

Date Posted: 1/21/2012 3:42 PM ET
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This book is free for the Kindle today:


A Child al Confino


Eric Lamet was only seven years old when the Nazis invaded Vienna—and changed his life and the lives of all European Jews forever. Five days after Hitler marched in, Eric Lamet and his parents fled for their lives. Unable to remain together, the family split—he and his mother hid out in Italy, while his father returned to his native Poland and an even darker fate.

In this remarkable feat of memory and imagination, Lamet recreates the Italy he knew from the perspective of the scared and lonely child he once was. We not only see the hardships and terrors faced by foreign Jews in Fascist Italy, but also the friends Eric makes and his mother's valiant efforts to make a home for him.

In a style as original as his story, the author vividly recalls a terrible time yet imbues his recollections with humor, humanity, and wit. With a rare compassion toward friend and foe alike, little Eric Lamet shows us that there is light to be found in the darkest places—and that we should remember the good as well as the bad.

Date Posted: 1/29/2012 2:56 PM ET
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If you're interested in recent history, this book is free on Kindle right now:


Title: Band of Sisters: American Women At War In Iraq

From Booklist

Holmstedt started studying the experience of women marines when she lived near Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Her research became a master's thesis in creative writing and the most up-to-date discussion of women in the current war. Unblushingly in favor of women in combat, she doesn't whitewash their experiences or exaggerate their achievements. Their male colleagues aren't universally accepting, but many of them admit that the women are performing effectively; since 20 percent of the troops currently in Iraq are women, they must. Following the tradition of American soldiers before them, they say that they are "just doing the job." That is, they are flying F-18s into enemy ground fire, driving Hummers and trucks that may be ambushed at any moment, and playing invaluable roles in intelligence operations and in the nation building that is one of the more positive aspects of a seemingly interminable and frustrating conflict. Nearly 500 female soldiers have been killed or wounded in Iraq. Invaluable as well as readable. Green, Roland


Date Posted: 1/30/2012 12:57 PM ET
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If you are looking for books with historical pictures-ebooks aren't that great for that unless you read them on a computer or maybe a tablet.  I got one on my basic kindle keyboard and the pictures suck.  I moved it to my laptop. 

(I like historical true crime books and they usually have pictures)

Date Posted: 1/30/2012 4:01 PM ET
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I really enjoyed reading "Night Bombing with the Bedouins" it is about a WWI bomber squadron. I had no idea that they were doing bombing raids at night during WWI, I also had no idea that there was a bomber during that time that was capable of carring over 1000 lbs of bombs.

I also enjoyed "One Young Man" which is subtitled " The simple and true story of a clerk who enlisted in 1914, who fought on the western front for nearly two years, was severely wounded at ... and is now on his way back to his desk.

These are free public domain books.


Last Edited on: 1/30/12 4:08 PM ET - Total times edited: 3
Date Posted: 2/11/2012 10:39 PM ET
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Try Obooko.com.  Sometimes they have some interesting history books.

Date Posted: 2/12/2012 10:48 AM ET
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Try here: archive.org