FKBook_CoverFree Knowledge: Confronting the Commodification of Human Discovery
Patricia W. Elliott and Daryl Hepting, eds.

“An emerging area of concern that has both scholarly and activist dimensions…. A book on the cutting-edge of current debates.” – Dr. Ian Angus, Simon Fraser University, author of Emergent Publics and Love the Questions: University Education and Enlightenment

Alarms are being sounded around the globe over the increasing commercialization of public knowledge for private profit. Whether you are a farmer, a university student, a medical patient, or a library user, these developments impact your daily life. Free Knowledge is a book on the front lines in the shared project of creating and protecting our Knowledge Commons.

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The White Umbrella: A Woman’s Struggle for Freedom in Burma
Patricia W. Elliott

“Full of historical, political and Coverhuman insight.” – Jane Rule, author of After the Fire and Desert Hearts

Suspenseful and intensely moving, no other book captures the tapestry of Asian history quite like The White Umbrella, a dazzling true tale of modern Burma told through the life story of Sao Hearn Hkam.

Born into royalty, sold in marriage, she fought against tradition, foreign invaders, and the brute power of a crazed general to gain freedom for her people. Her journey from Princess, to Member of Parliament, to rebel leader, to exile is an inspiration and a revelation – about Burma, about Southeast Asia, and about the games of superpowers played out in real life.

“Triumphant!” – The Bangkok Post

“Wonderful!” – Andrew Marshall (The Cult at the End of the World)

“Enthralling!” – L.R. Wright (Prized Possession, The Menace)

“Compelling…Reads like a novel.” – Lyn Hancock (Nunavet)

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