Gift Shopping Guide 2013

Looking for some gift ideas for the history buffs on your list? Here are some recommendations from the editors of World History Group. And remember—a magazine subscription is a gift that can be enjoyed all year long. Click on a magazine’s title to see its subscription information.

American History

  • Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, by Jill Lepore
  • Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks That Saved the Nation, by Steve Vogel
  • Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America, by Peter Andreas 
  • Camelot’s Court: Inside the Kennedy White House, by Robert Dallek
  • Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion, by Robert Gordon

America’s Civil War

  • Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors and Stagehands at Ford’s Theatre, by Thomas A. Bogar
  • Searching for George Gordon Meade: The Forgotten Victor of Gettysburg, by Tom Huntington
  • The Letters of General Richard S. Ewell, Stonewall’s Successor, by Donald C. Pfanz
  • Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey, by Peter Carlson
  • Glorious War: The Civil War Adventures of George Armstrong Custer, by Thom Hatch

Aviation History

  • Sopwith Camel, by Jon Guttman
  • Mustang: Thoroughbred Stallion of the Air, by Steve Pace
  • Project Terminated: Famous Military Aircraft Cancellations of the Cold War and What Might Have Been, by Erik Simonson
  • SR-71: The Complete Illustrated History of the Blackbird, the World’s Highest, Fastest Plane, by Col. Richard H. Graham, USAF (ret.)
  • Whittle: The Jet Pioneer, (DVD) Shelter Island, 77 minutes plus extras

British Heritage

  • The First English Revolution: Simon de Montfort, Henry III and the Barons’ War, by Adrian Jobson
  • Foundation: The History of England From Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors, by Peter Ackroyd
  • The Many Not the Few: The Stolen History of the Battle of Britain, by Richard North
  • Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain, by John Darwin
  • The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England, by Dan Jones

Civil War Times 

  • Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation, by Robert Wilson)
  • Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, by Allen C. Guelzo
  • Lincoln’s Citadel: The Civil War in Washington, DC, by Kenneth J. Winkle
  • Don’t Hurry Me Down to Hades: The Civil War in the Words of Those Who Lived It, by Susannah J. Ural
  • Lee’s Army During the Overland Campaign: A Numerical Study, by Alfred C. Young III and Gordon C. Rhea

Military History

  • The Guns at Last Light, by Rick Atkinson
  • Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II, by Wil Hylton
  • The War That Ended Peace, by Margaret MacMillan
  • Command and Control, by Eric Schlosser
  • The Last Battle, by Stephen Harding

MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History

  • The Book of Gun Trivia: Essential Firepower Facts, by Gordon L. Rottman
  • Smithsonian Civil War: Inside the National Collection, edited by Neil Kagan and Stephen G. Hyslop

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  • Tunesmith Chronicles: A Musical History Tour, by Lem Genovese (reviewed in August 2013)
  • Vietnam: A View from the Front Lines, by Andrew Wiest (reviewed in August 2013)
  • Death Zones and Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting, by Beverly Deepe Keever (reviewed in February 2014)
  • True Faith and Allegiance: An American Paratrooper and the 1972 Battle for An Loc, by Mike McDermott (reviewed in August 2013)
  • Hanoi’s War, An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam, by Lien-Hang T. Nguyen (reviewed in April 2013)

Wild West

  • Geronimo, by Robert M. Utley
  • The McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona: An O.K. Corral Obituary, by Paul Lee Johnson
  • When Law Was in the Holster: The Frontier Life of Bob Paul, by John Boessenecker
  • The Last Camel Charge: The Untold Story of America’s Desert Military Experiment, by Forrest Bryant Johnson
  • Light on the Prairie: Solomon D. Butcher, Photographer of Nebraska’s Pioneer Days, by Nancy Plain ***YOUNG ADULT BOOK***

World War II

  • World War II – The First 25 Years (DVD-ROM)
  • The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, by Rick Atkinson
  • Out of the Rat Trap: Desert Adventures with Rommel, by Max Reisch, translator Alison Falls
  • Forgotten Ally: China’s World War II, 1937-1945 by Rana Mitter
  • Timeline World War 2 with Robert MacNeil; Ballista Media (app; available on iTunes)

HistoryNet webteam’s suggestions

  • Dallas 1963, by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis (Twelve) – Chris Howland’s nephew
  • Loyal Forces: The American Animals of World War II, by Toni M. Kiser and Lindsey F. Barnes
  • The Guerrilla Factory: The Making of Special Forces Officers, The Green Berets, by Tony Schwalm
  • Rome’s Last Citizen: The Life and Legacy of Cato, Mortal Enemy of Caesar, by Rob Goodman and Jimmy Soni
  • Armor and Blood: The Battle of Kursk, The Turning Point of World War II, by Dennis E. Showalter

And, finally, from Santa’s little helpers here at World History Group



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