Described as, “a history book that is reassuringly epic in scope but refreshingly short in length,” today’s Free Fridays selection is the bestselling A Short History of the World by Christopher Lascelles.


There are thousands (maybe millions?) of book pages devoted to Abraham Lincoln. Same could be said for Churchill, the Mayans, and more. But what Christopher Lascelles aims to do in his compact compendium is offer a history of the world that fits our time-strapped lives. Leave the doorstop biographies to serious historians; this book gives the rest of us just the ammunition we need for our next cocktail party conversation.


Rather than just listing dates and places, Lascelles turns world history into a story. His narrative starts with the Big Bang and hits all of the high notes between then and now. You’ll easily remember everything he covers, because the people and places come vividly to life thanks to the author’s talent for spinning a good yarn. Visual learners will especially appreciate the 32 specially-drawn maps that help put the historical events into context.  



Free Fridays Recommends


Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what Christopher recommends:




NOOK owners: go to shop and search for “Christopher Lascelles” to download this illuminating and accessible history book.


by AliciaDean_1835 on ‎10-19-2012 10:58 AM

Awesome! I'm a bit of a dunce when it comes to history, and this should be an easy-to-follow, all-in-one-place way to learn lots of interesting facts.


I agree, it's about the time of year for a Halloween/Horror/Fall offering. Maybe next Friday.


Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Reading!



Alicia Dean

aka Winter Frost

Author of Suspense

and Paranormal

by on ‎10-19-2012 11:07 AM

Fascinating history, well worth reading.


As always, thanks to all the posters with other free offerings.

by michealep91 on ‎10-19-2012 11:20 AM

Thanks everyone!

by PH03N1X on ‎10-19-2012 11:27 AM

Fridays always make my week better no matter what happens. Thank you everyone that posts books :smileyhappy: I am loving my library now!!


by Wildworld on ‎10-19-2012 11:31 AM

I hope you like these, This is my first time posting.    Enjoy the seasonal books.


Halloween freebies:

The Day After Halloween Fright

A Guest for Halloween (Lex and Ricky Mystery Series)

The Halloween Collection

3 for Poe (Horror/Halloween Anthology)

Halloween Prayers

Halloween's Perfect Storm

Halloween-Rezepte. 10 tolle Ideen für die gruselige Party zu Halloween (written in German)

Bloody Halloween: An Akeldama Story

Halloween in Moriches

The Haunted Mirror

The Haunted Corn Maze

Scary Mary


Cemetery Village


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls (Chapter 1)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls (Chapter 2)

A Feast of Flesh: Tales of Zombies, Monsters, and Demons

Valley of Death, Zombie Trailer Park

Backyard Zombies

Zombie Tales: Primrose Court Apt. 502

Zombie Tales: Primrose Court Apt. 205

Zombie Tales: Primrose Court Apt. 305

The Zombie's Bride

Kill-basa: New Flavors in Zombie Horror

Necromancer: A Novella


Cities of the dead freebies:

What are Little Zombies Made of? (Cities of the Dead)

The Undeath of Rob Zombie (Cities of the Dead)

Detroit Motor City (Cities of the Dead)

Fight Club (Cities of the Dead)

Comedy of Horrors (Cities of the Dead)

Days Go By (Cities of the Dead)

The Lazarus Question (Cities of the Dead)

Killing Country Music (Cities of the Dead)

Gold Guns Girls (Cities of the Dead)

The War on Horror (Cities of the Dead)

Death Takes a Holiday (Cities of the Dead)

The Third Time is the Harm (Cities of the Dead)

Waiting for the Great Leap Forward (Cities of the Dead)

All Hell Breaks Loose (Cities of the Dead)


Thanksgiving freebies:

Turkey Time: Recipes for a Home Cooked Thanksgiving Meal

Big Tom: A Thanksgiving Story

Finding Thanksgiving

Thank God For Turkeys (Thanksgiving Poetry)

Shannon and Ally Love Fall


by AvidReader35 on ‎10-19-2012 11:34 AM

Thanks Jeremy and everyone else who took the time to post the free books.


A special thanks to you Texia.


I grabbed your Skinny Seafood book!! I don't eat meat so I am hoping this book will help me to shake up my meal plan a bit. :-)

by DF2349 on ‎10-19-2012 11:36 AM

Thanks to B&N for a great product! And for the freebies you post. Thanks to all of those who took the time to post the found freebies!! I can't read fast enough these days! But it's like a treasure hunt finding all the "goodies" hidden within these posts!  Thanks again!!

by DClark on ‎10-19-2012 12:21 PM
Thanks to all!
by Evilynn on ‎10-19-2012 12:47 PM

Thank you, everyone for the great new books!

by BethAnnCullen on ‎10-19-2012 01:06 PM

Thank You! :cathappy:

by 18holes on ‎10-19-2012 01:09 PM

Thank you everyone for your contributions! After getting all of these freebies every Friday I have opened my book horizons to new genres other than mysteries.

by GoCats on ‎10-19-2012 01:19 PM

Wow--from world history to murder mystery to cookbooks--what a haul! This has got to be a record Free Friday for me. Thanks to all who contributed to the many free nook books.



by greenup2save on ‎10-19-2012 02:12 PM

Thank you big time for all the great postings today! love the new sci-fi and cookbooks.Got a ton,huge smile on my face.

by Jewel32mn on ‎10-19-2012 04:35 PM

I've read all the Cities of the Dead stories - good individually and as a whole.

by pioneercynthia on ‎10-19-2012 04:40 PM

Good variety this week; there should be something for everyone.


I've been off line for a week or so, and it's nice to be back and reading everyone's comments.