Thursday, August 12, 2010

Planet iPad Daily Free Book Alert for Thursday, August 12, 2010: Summer Reading Meets the Summer Game, a History of the US Invasion of Iraq by Today's Sponsor

We're down to the last few weeks of summer beach reading, and the last couple of months of the summer game, and today's latest addition to our list of over a hundred free iPad-compatible titles in the Kindle Store hits the sweet spot where these two pleasures meet...

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(Editor's Note: Left, right, Democrat, Republican, coffee house or tea party, US citizen or citizen of the world, it doesn't matter. We would all do well to understand the US government's long history in Iraq, and Nicolas J.S. Davies' book nails it. -SW)

From a Kindle reader's 5-star review:

If the Iraq occupation lasts another 50 years, it's doubtful a better account of it will be produced than this one. Davies puts the invasion and occupation of Iraq into a framework not only of history but also of law. 'Blood on Our Hands' is packed with critical information that never made into the so-called first draft of history, the U.S. media. This is a thoroughly documented account of the motivations, launching, and the conduct through several stages of the Iraq War, a war that any one of these periods shows to have been, above all else, a massive crime.
From the publisher's description page:

The invasion and occupation of Iraq wasn't just a tragic mistake. It was a crime.

From the planning of aggression in 2002 through years of hostile military occupation, the United States systematically violated the United Nations Charter, the Geneva Conventions and virtually every principle of international law and order.

America's crimes against the people of Iraq were shielded from public scrutiny by what senior U.S. military officers called the "quiet, disguised, media-free approach" developed in Central America in the 1980s. The echo chamber of the Western corporate media fleshed out the Pentagon's propaganda to create a virtual Iraq in the minds of the public, feeding a political discourse that bore no relation to the real war it was waging, the country it was destroying or the lives of its inhabitants.

In an easily readable and flowing narrative, Nicolas Davies has carefully taken apart the wall of propaganda surrounding one of history's most significant military disasters and most serious international crimes: non-existent WMDs; the equally fictitious "centuries-old sectarian blood feud" in Iraq; and the secrecy of the dirty war waged by American-led death squads. Unlike other writers, Davies has firmly placed each aspect of the war within a coherent context of illegal aggression, hostile military occupation and popular resistance, to uncover the brutal reality of a war that has probably killed at least a million people. 

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Free Listings in the US Kindle Store!
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Once Upon a Fastball
by Bob Mitchell
From Publishers Weekly: Seth Stein is a Harvard history professor whose grandfather, Papa Sol, disappeared two years earlier at Yankee Stadium, during Game 7 of the 2004 American League Championship series. Left behind were a cryptic poem and a baseball, but Seth cannot figure out the meaning of either until he grips the ball. He is catapulted back in time, where he silently witnesses his grandfather at the New York Giants' Shot Heard 'Round the World game of 1951. The ball takes Seth on further trips to historic games as he tries to learn Papa Sol's present whereabouts. Sports novelist and nonfiction writer Mitchell (Match Made in Heaven) keeps the baseball action exciting and loaded with lore, but the two-hanky denouement is unconvincing.

Every Zombie Eats Somebody Sometime: A Book of Zombie Love Songs

Suspense Thriller - by Craig Larsen

Your Money Milestones: A Guide to Making the 9 Most Important Financial Decisions of Your ...

Flowers For Elvis
Flowers For Elvis
by  Julia Schuster
"Quirky Southern fiction with a literary edge, surprising humor and an uplifting spirit."
Young Adult
by Melody Carlson (the Diary of a Teenage Girl series)

A Little Death In Dixie
By Lisa Turner

"Memphis, the Mississippi River, and the underbelly of human nature they're all exposed in the dark brew of this fast-paced Southern Gothic suspense. Page-turning and atmospheric, this tightly-plotted novel turns the screws and sends readers racing to its surprise conclusion." ~Michael Finger, Senior Editor, Memphis Magazine
The Blues were born out of need, anger and pride. Murder comes from those same dark places. Memphis has both. One of Memphis' most seductive and notorious socialites has vanished. Either she's off on another drunken escapade or the disappearance is something much more frightening. What begins as an ordinary day's work for Detective Billy Able quickly grows into a complex spider's web of tragedy, mystery, suspicion, and sordid secrets including a few of Billy's own. With the help of Mercy Snow, the estranged sister of the missing socialite, Billy follows a twisted trail of human frailty and corruption to disturbing truths that undermine everything he thought he knew about himself and the people he loves.

New from Harper Collins, Inc. 
(Pre-Order Now and the Free Book Will Download 
Automatically to Your Kindle on October 12, 2010):

Mysterious Profile #24: Ian Rutledge by Charles Todd

New from Harper Collins, Inc. 
(Pre-Order Now and the Free Book Will Download 
Automatically to Your Kindle on September 7, 2010):

Buddha: With Bonus Material 
by Deepak Chopra 

New from Harper Collins, Inc. 
(Pre-Order Now and the Free Book Will Download 
Automatically to Your Kindle on August 31, 2010):
The Girl on the Beach: A Bess Crawford Mystery
By Charles Todd, 
author of A Duty to the Dead 

The Postcard Killers (Special Free Preview: Book One) by James Patterson and Liza Marklund
(About 87 pages in print)

(That's the good news. The bad news is that Patterson and his agency model publisher, Hachette, have priced pre-orders for the ebook's August 16 release at the exorbitant and unsustainable price of $14.99.)

Paris is stunning in the summerNYPD detective Jacob Kanon is on a tour of Europe's most gorgeous cities. But the sights aren't what draw him--he sees each museum, each cathedral, and each cafe through the eyes of his daughter's killer.

The killing is simply marvelous
Kanon's daughter, Kimmy, and her boyfriend were murdered while on vacation in Rome. Since then, young couples in Paris, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, and Stockholm have been found dead. Little connects the murders, other than a postcard to the local newspaper that precedes each new victim.

Wish you were here
Now Kanon teams up with the Swedish reporter, Dessie Larsson, who has just received a postcard in Stockholm--and they think they know where the next victims will be. With relentless logic and unstoppable action, The Postcard Killers may be James Patterson's most vivid and compelling thriller yet.

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Here's a list of the categories in today's Free Book Alert:

Crime and Suspense
Writing and Publishing
Children/Young Adult/Teen
Contemporary Fiction
Christian Spirituality and Christian Fiction
Science Fiction and Fantasy
Historical Fiction and Romance 
Gay and Lesbian 
Memoir, Biography, Personal Story

Harper Collins Pre-Order for July 30, 2010 - Suspense
Harper Collins Pre-Order for August 24, 2010 - Suspense

Writing and Publishing
Publish on Amazon Kindle with the Digital Text Platform
Publish on Amazon Kindle with the Digital Text Platform

by Rick Riordan
Contemporary Fiction
The Hunters
The Hunters

Spirituality and Christian Fiction

Science Fiction and Fantasy
 Bright of the Sky (Entire and the Rose, Book 1)
 First Flight: A Tor.Com Original
Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith #3: Paragon
Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith #3: Paragon
Swashbuckling Fantasy: 10 Thrilling Tales of Magical Adventure
Swashbuckling Fantasy: 10 Thrilling Tales of Magical Adventure

Historical Fiction and Romance
The Wicked House of Rohan
The Wicked House of Rohan - Historical Fiction by Anne Stuart
 Hide in Plain Sight

Memoir, Biography, Personal Story
More Blood, More Sweat and Another Cup of Tea

Samples and Sneak Previews
Shaken (Teaser Chapters) (Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Mysteries)
 The Lost Hero Chapter Sneak Peek
by Rick Riordan

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