Gift Shopping Guide 2013

By HistoryNet Staff
12/5/2013 • HistoryNet

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