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 TarHeelGirl00 on ‎10-19-2012 07:55 AM

A compact history of the world sounds like an excellent addition to my Nook's history and reference shelf!  Thanks Jeremy and B&N!


Also thanks to Spec for consolidating the freebie list each week, to Butterflly13 for all of the extras as well, and to all the others who contribute.


Have a great weekend reading everyone!:smileyhappy: 

by Eros-Ashima on ‎10-19-2012 07:56 AM

I like non-fiction books at night before I go to sleep. This should fit the bill nicely. I got the daily find yesterday about Lincoln so I should have many evenings of reading now. Thanks to all that post here.

by spec on ‎10-19-2012 07:59 AM
Here's additional freebies, a.k.a Free Friday's Extras, that many good people found and shared since last Friday. As usual all the books were free at the time of submitting this post, please verify the price before clicking Buy.

Suckerpunch: Round One in the Woodshed Wallace Series by Jeremy Brown

The Burning City by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Religion & Spirituality
The NIV Gospel of John: With Devotional Notes by Zondervan
Live Free: Eliminate the If Onlys and What Ifs of Life by Kendra K. Smiley, Kent Carol (Foreword by)

Cooking, Food & Wine
Soup and Bread Cookbook: Building Community One Pot at a Time by Martha Bayne

Golden Seduction (Rarities Incorporated, Book One) by Taige Crenshaw
Vampire Justice (d'Argent Honor Series #1) by Ann Jacobs
The Ghost Exterminator by Vivi Andrews

Pictures of the Mind: What the New Neuroscience Tells Us About Who We Are by Miriam Boleyn-Fitzgerald

Mystery & Thrillers
Dead Men Kill by L. Ron Hubbard
Waterfall Glen by Davie Henderson

Religious Fiction
Patchwork Dreams by Laura Hilton
Leave It to Chance: A Novel by Sherri Sand
The Edge of Grace by Christa Allan
Before the Scarlet Dawn: Daughters of the Potomac, Book 1 by Rita Gerlach
Gone to Green: The Green Series #1 by Judy Christie
The Voyage of Promise: Grace in Africa Series #2 by Kay Marshall Strom
Delivered With Love by Sherry Kyle

Business & Investing
If You Will Lead: Enduring Wisdom for 21st-Century Leaders by Doug Moran
Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business by Luke Williams
Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of Great Leaders by Srinivasan S. Pillay M.D.
Moods and Markets: A New Way to Invest in Good Times and in Bad by Peter Atwater
Practical Solutions for Healthcare Management and Policy (Collection) by Brett E. Trusko, Carolyn Pexton, Praveen Gupta, Jim Harrington, Douglas A. Perednia
Building Sustainability Into Your Organization (Collection) by Peter A. Soyka, Arthur V. Hill, Robert Palevich
Presenting to Win: The Art of Telling Your Story: Updated and Expanded Edition by Jerry Weissman
The Rules of Management, Expanded Edition: A Definitive Code for Managerial Success by Richard Templar
Trading Commodities, Commodity Options and Currencies (Collection) by Carley Garner

On Haunted Ground: The Green Ghost and Other Spirits of Cemetery Road by Lisa Rogers


Please laurel this post if the list is useful to you.

by JfroJeff on ‎10-19-2012 09:03 AM

Very busy these days, but with my favorite genre's under represented I felt compelled to make a list today.




They Don't Come In Peace






Far From Home 1: Legend


Duster and a Gun: Reaper




Phantom Squad


Games People Play



My Life Undecided: Prequel & Chapters 1-5


No Escape




Dragon's Pupils - The Sword Guest




Cougar Cub Tales: I'm Just Like You




Fun Facts about Pets

by Lucy_PR on ‎10-19-2012 09:03 AM

Good Morning Everyone:


Today its a rainy day at Puerto Rico, but I hope all of you have a great day ..

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎10-19-2012 09:10 AM

Jeremy and B& thanks.

You know History was always very boring in school and it's a shame that I had to wait until I grew up to find how learning history in novels is my way to go.

But I'm always willing to give non-fiction a try, there are some that I really loved.

And it's a way to hang out with all the great peeps here at the Nook room too.

Happy Friday everyone 

by judy9569 on ‎10-19-2012 09:19 AM

Thanks Jeremy, Jeff, and B&N!  Also thanks to Spec for consolidating the freebie list each week and to Butterflly13 for all of the extras as well.   I really enjoy the chance to find new genres to try as well as my favorite. :smileyhappy:


What is the daily find?  Don't know about that.



by mariak22 on ‎10-19-2012 09:26 AM

Judy9569, the Daily Find is something B&N has been doing. They showcase a different book every day and sell it at a discounted price for just that day, usually for $1.99 or $2.99. You can find it by going to the Nook Books area.It will be listed near the top of the menu on the left.


You may also want to make a habit of checking the Freebies discussion thread that Spec mentions in his post. Many books (especially those Baker publishing) are only free for a day or so, so by the time Friday rolls around they're no longer free.


Also, thanks to Jeremy, Spec, JroJeff and Butterfly13 for posting the other freebies every wek.

by butterflly13 on ‎10-19-2012 09:29 AM
by StubyHobo on ‎10-19-2012 09:33 AM

I would like to see a more seasonal selection of books.  While this is a cool free friday book, I would have much rather had something Halloween, Horror, Fall themed.

by moontan on ‎10-19-2012 09:33 AM

Thanks to everyone for the free books this week..Glad to see you back Jeff.  Hope everyone has a great reading weekend.

by Reincarnation on ‎10-19-2012 09:45 AM

Wow, this book has been on my ewish list, this is great!!! Thanks to BN and all posters.

by butterflly13 ‎10-19-2012 09:52 AM - edited ‎10-19-2012 09:53 AM

Spec, thank you so much I have been on a bit of a downloading dry spell when it comes to "freebies" found A BUNCH of them! Thank you, looking forward to starting them.


I also am so happy when people find stuff that has been on thier wish list.  It is an awesome feeling!

by texicana on ‎10-19-2012 10:13 AM

FREE Cookbooks and Kitchen Related  (NOTE:  This is my virgin voyage of posting links on this blog comment page so please be patient and kind.):


The Soup and Bread Cookbook:


Skinny Seafood:


Skinny Pizza:


A Cookbook by Ted:


Things A Monkey Could Cook:


Christmas Dessert Decadence:



Savvy Holiday Entertaining:


Savvy Spring Entertaining:


Savvy Summer Entertaining:



How to Bake:  Yeast and How it Works:


The Dinner Party Cookbook:


Seasoning Cast Iron:

by JazzyRJS on ‎10-19-2012 10:56 AM

My thanks to all who contribute to this weekly!  While getting some of the other books, I found this one...