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MHQ Reviews: Gift Books for the 2012 Holiday Season

Originally published by MHQ magazine. Published Online: November 28, 2012 
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Bernard "Monty" Montgomery looks over the 1942 El Alamein battlefield. (Office Of War Information/National Archives)
Bernard "Monty" Montgomery looks over the 1942 El Alamein battlefield. (Office Of War Information/National Archives)

Holiday Gift Books: War in Pictures

Eyewitness to World War II, Unforgettable Stories and Photographs From History's Greatest Conflict, by Neil Kagan and Stephen G. Hyslop. A rich visual timeline of the action on the front and at home.

War Photography, Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath, by Anne Wilkes Tucker and Will Michels, with Natalie Zelt (Yale, $75). Issued in conjunction with an exhibit traveling the country through 2014, this book features the work of such famous photojournalists as Mathew Brady, Robert Capa, and Chris Hendros.

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Great Empires, An Illustrated Atlas, by Stephen G. Hyslop and Patricia Daniels (National Geographic, $40). A roundup of the people, ambitions, and battles that created history's greatest powers, from ancient Greece through the 20th century.

Fit Men Wanted, Original Posters From the Home Front, introduction by Nigel Steel (Thames & Hudson, $29.95). A fun peek at British propaganda posters during World War II, courtesy of the Imperial War Museum's collection.

The Civil War and American Art, by Eleanor Jones Harvey (Yale, $65). The book, part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, showcases some of the masterpieces from 1859 to 1876 and illustrates the influence of the war on painting and photography.

Colors of Confinement, Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II, edited by Eric L. Muller with photographs by Bill Manbo (University of North Carolina, $35). Poignant images of pickup baseball, judo matches, parades, and other daily life in a Wyoming internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II.




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One Response to “MHQ Reviews: Gift Books for the 2012 Holiday Season”

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    Dennis says:

    Ok, this has to be the worst 'book' list ever. Why would you make a list of a bunch of picture books and think its a good recommendation for a gift.

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