June’s last batch of free books


Before June evolves into July, take a look at the most up-to-date list of our books for free give-away.

We invite you — students, alumni, and friends of the Core — to peruse the list of books below. If you would like any of them, they are yours for the asking!

All you have to do is email the Core office, letting us know what book you want, and to what mailing address we should send it. (Or if you’re in the Boston area or plan to be soon, you can let us know that, and we’ll set the book aside for you to pick up in person.

If you’re feeling particularly thankful for the free book(s) from Core,we would be grateful if you’d consider making a donation to the EnCore alumni fund. By doing so, your donations to BU will go directly to support our community life programs, including the intellectual social activities of the undergraduate Word & Way Society, the monthly book club meetings of the alumni association, and the annual Devlin Award book prize for undergraduate writing. This donation is entirely voluntary;these books are genuinely available with no strings attached.It isn’t the amount that you donate that matters as much as that you donate at all. Alumni giving sends a powerful message to the University officers, that Core provides an experience for students that they stay connected to even long after graduation. To that end, even a donation of $5 is worth it.


  1. China Violations of Human Rights: Prisoners of Conscience & the Death Penalty in the People’s Republic of China, by Amnesty International
  2. Holy Wednesday: A Nahua Drama from Early Colonial Mexico, by Burkhart
  3. Easy French Phrase Book, by Dover
  4. A Survey of Buddhism: Its Doctrines and Methods Through the Ages , by Sangharakshita
  5. The Red and the Black, by Stendhal
  6. China After Mao, by A. Doak Barnett
  7. Traditions of Meditation in Chinese Buddhism (Studies in East Asian Buddhism, No 4) , by Alan Sponberg
  8. The Liberation of the Jew, by Albert Memmi
  9. Communism, by Alfred G. Meyer
  10. Complex Organizations: A Sociological Reader, by Amitai Etzioni
  11. Touch the Water, Touch the Wind, by Amos Oz
  12. Under This Blazing Light, by Amos Oz
  13. Feminism and Art History: Questioning the Litany, by and Garrard Broude
  14. Behind the Mud Walls, by and Wiser Wiser
  15. The Innocent Eye: The Life of Robert J. Flaherty, by Arthur Calder-Marshall
  16. The Essential Schopenhauer, by Arthur Schopenhauer
  17. Science and Human Behavior, by B.F. Skinner
  18. European Historical Statistics, by B.R. Mitchell
  19. A.J. Ayer: A Life, by Ben Rogers
  20. Spring Symphony Op44 Vocal Score, by Benjamin Britten
  21. Chinese Communism and the Rise of Mao, by Benjamin I. Schwartz
  22. Communism and China Ideology in Flux, by Benjamin I. Schwartz
  23. Voyagers to the West, by Bernard Bailyn
  24. The Emergence of Modern Turkey, by Bernard Lewis
  25. The Assistant, by Bernard Malamud
  26. Saffron Days in L.A.: Tales of a Buddhist Monk in America, by Bhante Piyananda
  27. Box Man: A Professional Thief’s Journey, by Bill Chambliss
  28. Hammarskjold, by Brian Urquhart
  29. Ecological Resistance Movements: The Global Emergence of Radical and Popular Environmentalism, by Bron Raymond Taylor
  30. The Dynamics of Modernization, by C.E. Black
  31. A Genius For War, by Carlo D’Este
  32. Ideology and Politics in Contemporary China, by Chalmers Johnson
  33. Aloft, by Chang-rae Lee
  34. Culture and Poverty, by Charles A. Valentine
  35. Beijing Turmoil: More Than Meets the Eye, by Che Muqi
  36. Personality in nature, society, and culture , by Clyde Kluckhohn
  37. Mountain people, by Colin Turnbull
  38. Peasant Cooperatives and Political Change in Peru, by Cynthia McClintock
  39. The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra: A Discussion, by Daisaku Ikeda
  40. Rights in Conflict : Chicago’s 7 Brutal Days, by Daniel Walker
  41. Falun Gong’s Challenge To China: Spiritual Practice or Evil Cult?, by Danny Schechter
  42. Hogarth, by David Bindman
  43. The Psychosocial Analysis of a Hopi Life-History, by David Friend Aberle
  44. NGOs, States and Donors: Too Close for Comfort?, by David Hulme
  45. Akwe-Shavante Society, by David Maybury-Lewis
  46. The Savage and the Innocent , by David Maybury-Lewis
  47. The Wind Will Not Subside: Years in Revolutionary China 1964-1969, by David Milton
  48. Robert M. La Follette and the Insurgent Spirit, by David Thelen
  49. Health, Lifestyle & Environment: Countering the Panic, by Digby C. Anderson
  50. Sociological Theory and Philosophical Analysis, by Dorothy Emmet
  51. Rural Small-Scale Industry in the People’s Republic of China, by Dwight Perkins
  52. Population and History, by E.A. Wrigley
  53. As We Are, by E.F. Benson
  54. Secret Lives, by E.F. Benson
  55. Our Brother’s Keeper: The Indian in White America, by Edgar S. Cahn
  56. Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmund Rostand
  57. The Puritan Family, by Edmund S. Morgan
  58. Looking Backward, by Edward Bellamy
  59. The Hidden Dimension, by Edward T. Hall
  60. Return to Laughter, by Elenore Smith Bowen
  61. Anthropology and Community Action, by Elizabeth Hegeman
  62. The Monkey as Mirror , by Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney
  63. Pastoral Production and Society, by Equipe Ecologie
  64. Rendezvous with Destiny: A History of Modern American Reform, by Eric Goldman
  65. Spell of Steam, by Eric Treacy
  66. Documentary: A History of Non-Fiction Film, by Erik Barnouw
  67. Nations and Nationalism, by Ernest Gellner
  68. Operation Sail 1976, by Evelyn Chisolm
  69. Ireland Since the Famine, by F.S.L. Lyons
  70. Primitive Revolutionaries of China, by Fei-Ling Davis
  71. The Social Role of the Man of Knowledge, by Florian Znaniecki
  72. Readings in Cross-Cultural Methodology, by Frank W. Moore
  73. On Religion: Speeches to its cultured despisers, by Friedrich Schleiemacher
  74. The Western World and Japan, by G.B. Sansom
  75. The Complete Films of Rita Hayworth, by Gene Ringgold
  76. Language and Communication, by George A. Miller
  77. Literature in Revolution, by George Abbott White
  78. Education and Culture: Anthropological Approaches, by George D. Spindler
  79. Political Anthropology, by Georges Balandier
  80. The Story of a Montagnard Village in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, by Georges Condominas
  81. Reflections on Violence, by Georges Sorel
  82. The White House Transcripts, by Gerald Gold
  83. Linden Hills, by Gloria Naylor
  84. The Analysis of Social Change: Based on Observations in Central Africa, by Godfrey & Monica Wilson
  85. Kabloona, by Gontran de Poncins
  86. Reflets: Methode de francais, by Guy Capelle
  87. Pierre and Jean, by Guy Maupassant
  88. An Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics, by H.A. Gleason
  89. The Tiwi of North Australia, by Hart and Goodale Pilling
  90. Tropics of Discourse: Essays in Cultural Criticism, by Hayden White
  91. With a Heigh-heigh-ho: Stories and Verse for Children, by Helen Creighton
  92. Kurozumikyo and the New Religions of Japan, by Helen Hardacre
  93. Shinto and the State, 1868-1988, by Helen Hardacre
  94. Italian Hours, by Henry James
  95. The London Life , by Henry James
  96. The Reverberator, by Henry James
  97. The Getting of Wisdom, by Henry Richardson
  98. Communication and Cultural Domination, by Herbert I. Schiller
  99. The Urban Villagers: Group and class in the life of Italian-Americans, by Herbert J. Gans
  100. Don’t Stop the Carnival, by Herman Wouk
  101. Wolfram’s “Parzival”: Five Essays, by Hermann Weigand
  102. Vienna’s Golden Autumn, by Hilde Spiel
  103. Government and Politics in Tribal Societies, by I. Schapera
  104. Japsnese Religion Past & Present , by Ian Reader
  105. The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, by Ivan Morris
  106. Origins and Growth of Sociology, by J.H. Abraham
  107. Contemporary Republic of China: The Taiwan Experience 1950-1980, by James C. Hsiung
  108. Serenade, by James Cain
  109. Conformity & Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology, by James P. Spradley
  110. The Hunger Wall (Uncorrected Proof), by James Ragan
  111. Perspectives on Political Philosophy Volume III: Marx through Marcuse, by James V. Downton
  112. Symbolic Anthropology: A Reader in the Study of Symbols and Meanings , by Janet Dolgin
  113. A Seventh Man, by Jean Mohr
  114. The Blue Nowhere: A Novel, by Jeffery Deaver
  115. Agrarian Revolution, by Jeffery M. Paige
  116. Prophetic Religions and Politics: Religion and the Political Order, by Jeffrey K. Hadden
  117. Where’s Dan Quayle?, by Jim Becker
  118. Action in Late Ming Thought: The Reorientation of Lu K’un and Other Scholar- Officials , by Joanna Handlin
  119. Honour, by Joanna Murray-Smith
  120. Bringing Out the Dead, by Joe Connelly
  121. Life in a Turkish Village, by Joe Pierce
  122. Zapata and the Mexican Revolution, by John Womack
  123. Communitarian Societies, by John A. Hostetler
  124. Language in Use: Readings in Sociolinguistics, by John Baugh
  125. Constituting Communities: Theravda Buddhism and the Religious Cultures of South and Southeast Asia , by John Clifford Holt
  126. Daniel Martin, by John Fowles
  127. China’s Economy and the Maoist Strategy, by John G. Gurley
  128. The Last Juror, by John Grisham
  129. The Pelican Brief, by John Grisham
  130. Culture Against Man, by Jules Henry
  131. Non Governments: NGOs and the Political Development of the Third World, by Julie Fisher
  132. Socialism in the Chinese Countryside: Rural Societal Policies in the People’s Republic of China 1949-1979 , by Jurgen Domes
  133. The Chinese Cultural Revolution: Selected Documents, by K.H. Fan
  134. Edwin H. Sutherland on Analyzing Crime, by Karl Schuessler
  135. The Great British Bed and Breakfast, by Ken Plant
  136. Mambu Paperback, by Kenelm Burridge
  137. New Heaven, New Earth: A Study of Millenarian Activities, by Kenelm Burridge
  138. The Meaning of the 20th Century: The Great Transition, by Kenneth E. Boulding
  139. Slavery in the New World: A Reader in Comparative History, by Laura Foner
  140. The Road to Democracy: Taiwan’s Pursuit of Identity, by Lee Teng-hui
  141. Scripture of the Lotus Blossom of the Fine Dharma: The Lotus Sutra , by Leon Hurvitz
  142. Makers of Modern Science Georg Simmel, by Lewis A. Coser
  143. Falun Gong: Principles and Exercises for Perfect Health and Enlightenment , by Li Hongzhi
  144. The Idea of the City in Roman Thought, by Lidia Mazzolani
  145. Worlds of Pain: Life in the Working-Class Family, by Lillian Breslow Rubin
  146. Scoundrel Time, by Lillian Hellman
  147. Bright Blue: Rabbi Lionel Blue’s Thoughts for the Day, by Lionel Blue
  148. Warring States, by Liu Xiang
  149. Blu’s Hanging, by Lois-Ann Yamanaka
  150. Portrait in Brownstone, by Louis Auchincloss
  151. Rates of Exchange, by Malcolm Bradbury
  152. Stepping Westward, by Malcolm Bradbury
  153. The Shouting Signpainters, by Malcolm Reid
  154. Primitive and Peasant Economic Systems, by Manning Nash
  155. Blackberry Winter: My earlier years, by Margaret Mead
  156. The Wilding, by Maria McCann
  157. The San Juan Islands: Crown Jewels of the Pacific Northwest, by Mark Gardner
  158. Life in the English Country House: A Social and Architectural History, by Mark Girouard
  159. Nest in the Wind, by Martha Ward
  160. Sex, Evolution, and Behavior, by Martin Daly
  161. Red Pottage, by Mary Cholmondeley
  162. Perspectivas, by Mary Ellen Kiddle
  163. Gender and Distorder in Early Modern Seville , by Mary Perry
  164. A Study of Dogen: His Philosophy and Religion , by Masao Abe
  165. Beaumarchais, by Maurice Lever
  166. Savage and the Innocent, by Maybury-Lewis D
  167. Buddhism in Contemporary Tibet: Religious Revival and Cultural Identity, by Melvyn Goldstein
  168. The Snow Lion and The Dragon: China, Tibet, and the Dalai Lama, by Melvyn Goldstein
  169. Future Positive: International Co-operation in the 21st Century, by Michael Edwards
  170. The Camera Age: Essays on Television, by Michael J. Arlen
  171. Coming of Age in New Jersey, by Michael Moffatt
  172. Introduction to Spanish for Translation, by Mildred Basker-Seigel
  173. The Drugging of the Americas: How Multinational Drug Companies Say One Thing About Their Products to Physicians in the United States, and Another Thing to Physicians in Latin America , by Milton Morris Silverman
  174. Death, Afterlife, and the Soul, by Mircea Eliade
  175. Good Company: A Study of Nyakyusa Age-Villages, by Monica Wilson
  176. Marginal Natives: Anthropologists at Work , by Morris Freilich
  177. Linguistic Anthropology, by Nancy Parrott Hickerson
  178. Theory of Collective Behavior, by Neil J. Smelser
  179. Never Come Morning, by Nelson Algren
  180. The Pity of War, by Niall Ferguson
  181. The Learning of Political Behavior, by Norman Adler
  182. The Crisis of Industrial Society, by Norman Birnbaum
  183. The Visitor’s Guide to France: Provence & Cote d’Azur, by Norman Brangham
  184. The History of Popular Culture to 1815, by Norman F. Cantor
  185. Black Jack Vol. 1, by Osamu Tezuka
  186. Teppztlan Village in Mexico , by Oscar Lewis
  187. The Autobiography of a Tibetan Monk, by Palden Gyatso
  188. The Ghost Road, by Pat Barker
  189. James Miranda Barry (copies x 3), by Patricia Duncker
  190. Paul Scott: Images of India, by Patrick Sweden
  191. Teach Yourself German, by Paul Coggle
  192. Division of the Spoils, by Paul Scott
  193. Staying On, by Paul Scott
  194. The Day Of The Scorpion, by Paul Scott
  195. The Tower of Silence, by Paul Scott
  196. Japanese Culture, by Paul Varley
  197. Babyhood, by Penelope Leach
  198. The Second Billion, by Penny Kane
  199. Venice: Pure City, by Peter Ackroyd
  200. The Life of Berlioz, by Peter Bloom
  201. True History of the Kelly Gang, by Peter Carey
  202. Hometown: A Portrait of an American Community, by Peter Davis
  203. Institutions of Democracy & Development, by Peter L. Berger
  204. The Definitive Biography of P.D.Q. Bach, by Peter Schickele
  205. The Mechanics of Submission, by Phil Tabakow
  206. Distant Mirrors: America as a Foreign Culture, by Philip R. DeVita
  207. The Pursuit of Lonliness , by Philip Slater
  208. Centuries of Childhood: A Social History of Family Life, by Philippe Aries
  209. Video Night in Kathmandu: And Other Reports from the Not-So-Far East, by Pico Iyer
  210. Social and Cultural Mobility, by Pitirim A. Sorokin
  211. The Lost Grove, by Rafael Alberti
  212. The Chinese Economy: Past and Present, by Ramon H. Myers
  213. Moments in Eden; Garden Photographs, by Richard Brown
  214. Meanings of Madness, by Richard Castillo
  215. The Quest for El Cid, by Richard Fletcher
  216. No Way But Gentlenesse, by Richard Hines
  217. The Restructuring of Social and Political Theory , by Richard J. Bernstein
  218. Empire Falls, by Richard Russo
  219. Encountering the Dharma: Daisaku Ikeda, Soka Gakkai, and the Globalization of Buddhist Humanism, by Richard Seager
  220. The Hidden Injuries of Class, by Richard Sennett
  221. Hill Farms and Padi Fields: Life in Mainland Southeast Asia, by Robbins Burling
  222. Man’s Many Voices: Language in its Cultural Context, by Robbins Burling
  223. Elites in the People’s Republic of China, by Robert A. Scalapino
  224. Getting Saved from the Sixties, by Robert Bellah
  225. The Zen Monastic Experience, by Robert Buswell
  226. The Island Civilizations of Polynesia, by Robert C. Suggs
  227. The Return of a Native Reporter, by Robert Chesshyre
  228. The Search for Order, by Robert H. Wiebe
  229. Tennyson: The Unquiet Heart , by Robert Martin
  230. In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam, by Robert McNamara
  231. Sociology as an Art Form, by Robert Nisbet
  232. Mr. Dooley’s Philosophy, by Robert Russell
  233. Kinship and Marriage, by Robin Fox
  234. Season Ticket, by Roger Angell
  235. A Short History of Africa, by Roland Oliver
  236. Comparative Political Systems: Studies in the Politics of Pre-Industrial Societies, by Ronald Cohen
  237. On the Frontiers of Management, by Rosabeth Kanter
  238. Commitment and Community: Communes and Utopias In Sociological Perspectives, by Rosabeth Moss Kanter
  239. Liberation Theology: Human Hope Confronts Christian History and American Power, by Rosemary Ruether
  240. Pigs for the ancestors : ritual in the ecology of a New Guinea people, by Roy A. Rappaport
  241. Pigs for the ancestors : ritual in the ecology of a New Guinea people, by Roy Rappaport
  242. Nonverbal communication , by Ruesch and Kees
  243. Sources of Japanese Tradition, by Ryusaku Tsunoda
  244. Portrait of Max An Intimate Memoir of Sir Max Beerbohm, by S.N. Berhman
  245. Gardening with Prairie Plants, by Sally Wasowski
  246. Three Novels by Samuel Beckett, by Samuel Beckett
  247. Generative Phonology, by Sanford A. Schane
  248. The Rich Man’s Table, by Scott Spencer
  249. Poor White, A Novel, by Sherwood Anderson
  250. The Sun Never Sets, by Simon Winchester
  251. Mao and China: A Legacy of Turmoil, by Stanley Karnow
  252. Illegal Action, by Stella Rimington
  253. Gilgamesh, by Stephan Mitchell
  254. China’s Industrial Revolution: Politics, Planning, and Management 1949 to the Present, by Stephen Andors
  255. The Emperor of Ocean Park, by Stephen Carter
  256. The Ghost Festival in Medieval China , by Stephen Teiser
  257. Government in Business, by Stuart Chase
  258. Dudley Murphy: Hollywood Wild Card, by Susan Delson
  259. The Prints of Suzanne Caporael, by Suzanne Caporael
  260. Peasants and Peasant Societies, by Teodor Shanin
  261. Angels of Mercy or Development Diplomas?, by Terje Tvedt
  262. Mademoiselle de Maupin, by Theophile Gautier
  263. Church-State Relations: Tensions and Transitions, by Thomas Robbins
  264. Greater China and U.S. Foreign Policy: The Choice Between Confrontation and Mutual Respect, by Thomas A. Metzger
  265. Carlyle: Selected Writings, by Thomas Carlyle
  266. The Theory of the Leisure Class, by Thorstein Veblen
  267. Keep the River on Your Right, by Tobias Schneebaum
  268. A Man in Full, by Tom Wolfe
  269. Work in America, by U.S. Department of Health
  270. Guerrillas, by V.S. Naipaul
  271. Mount Vernon: An Illustrated Handbook, by Various Authors
  272. Land Reform and Economic Development in China, by Victor D. Lippit
  273. State and Society in Contemporary China , by Victor Nee
  274. Sports illustrated: Racquetball, by Victor Spear
  275. Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner
  276. The Burned-over District (copies x2), by Whitney R. Cross
  277. The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community, by William McNeill
  278. The Harvard Book, by William Bentinck-Smith
  279. The Art of Kissing, by William Cane
  280. The Celebration of Heroes , by William Goode
  281. At the Edge of History: Speculations on the Transformation of Culture, by William Irwin Thompson
  282. A History of Economic Thought, by William J. Barber
  283. American Indians, by William T. Hagan
  284. Dojo: Magic and Exorcism in Modern Japan, by Winston Davis
  285. The Second World War- Volume V: Closing the Ring, by Winston S. Churchill
  286. Rococo to Cubism in Art and Literature, by Wylie Sypher
  287. How the World Changed, by Amit Ghosh
  288. The Srimad-Bhagavad-Gita: A perfect guide for a successful human life made easy to learn and to benefit from, by Anil Jha
  289. Tematica E Structura Dell’eneide Di Virgilio, by E. Coleiro
  290. The World of the Shining Prince, by Ivan Morris
  291. Language and Social Context, by Pier Gigioli
  292. As a Peace-Loving Global Citizen, by Reverend Sun Myung Moon
  293. English Declarations of Indulgence 1687 and 1688, by Richard E. Boyer
  294. Plunkity of Tammy Hall, by Willaim Riordon

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We have hundreds more books available, and will be posting updates to the list of give-away titles via Facebook, Twitter, and email. If you’d like to be sure you are notified when a new batch is announced, visit our Alumni page to make sure your contact information is up-to-date.

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