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 Rxtech06 on ‎10-19-2012 05:02 PM
I have to share a great book titled "Bewitching Kisses" by Rainey Kirkland. It is based on the Salem witch trial. I stayed up all night with this book. Please forgive me for not posting a link, I'm running out the door :smileyhappy:
by rbymtn on ‎10-19-2012 08:58 PM

Thanks, Jeremy, for a great selection. I got this one awhile back when it was a Daily Find, and it's a great book. As a scifi and fantasy fan, it's nice to see JfroJeff back this week, and thanks also to Spec and everyone else who posts finds here on Fridays and throughout the week over in the forum.

by kah9932 on ‎10-19-2012 11:20 PM

Thanks Texia

Love the cook books - Makes a great addition to free fridays

by mikesmartha on ‎10-20-2012 12:17 AM

Love our Free Fridays. On the weeks like this, that isn't going into my library, I just remind myself that they don't have to do this for us....just saying.....Thanks to do for what you do. Love it when I read thru the extras thinking "oooh this sounds good!.....then it tell me You Already Own This" Yep, knew it sounded good! Have a great weekend guys.

by trish13051 on ‎10-20-2012 10:54 AM

Got so busy yesterday I forgot to check for free books.  Thanks all for the wonderful suggestions! Now that I have more books on my Nook than I can read, I am getting picky about which ones I download.  There were a few gems for me this week.  Thanks again!

by scrappinwiz on ‎10-20-2012 11:54 AM

THANKS EVERYONE!!!!!  I really love free fridays and all the hard work you guys do to find the books for us.....again


THANK YOU :smileywink:

by Ziggyed on ‎10-21-2012 11:56 AM

Thanks again for the free Friday selections:smileyhappy:

by NanaRo on ‎10-22-2012 10:48 AM

Awww - I missed it! Didn't get on until today (Monday) and it is no longer free. I hate when that happens. Thanks for all the other freebies.

by ozwiz on ‎10-22-2012 10:58 PM

thought these were supposed to be fre all week

by on ‎10-23-2012 09:13 AM

Sorry, Ozwiz.  Technically, B&N only commits to Friday itself.  As a general rule, the Free Fridays offering is good through the weekend, but not past that.  As for the various other free offerings that other people post. timing varies.  Check each one before ordering.

by GrammyUp on ‎10-26-2012 07:52 AM

I'm not seeing where "A Short History of the World" is free - every time I hit on it to "purchase" it's coming up at $7.99 - Not Free - what's up with that?

by GrammyUp on ‎10-26-2012 08:08 AM

I cannot get "A Short History of the World" for free - it shows $7.99 to purchase...what's up?  What am I doing wrong?

by PattyannTX on ‎11-02-2012 08:04 AM

I enjoyed this book and am planning on getting more History in an Hour books.  Short,to the point, and yet still learned new information!