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Omicron variant getting you down? Ready to retreat to your couch and gift yourself a quiet night of reading and relaxation under your weighted blanket?

The editors here at HistoryNet have got you covered.

From tales of the wild Wild West to the jungles of Vietnam and everything in between, there’s something for every bibliophile in this book gift guide.

And if you’re in the giving mood — ‘tis the season, after all — even better! What better way to show that you care than by buying your loved one a book about downed B-17 aviators that details romance and resistance in wartime France?

Below are some of the top 2020-2021 book suggestions from the editors here at HistoryNet. We hope you enjoy. If you have any recommendations you think should be on this list, reach out to us at

Wild West

Texas Jack: America’s First Cowboy Star, by Matthew Kerns

Blood and Treasure: Daniel Boone and the Fight for America’s First Frontier, by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

America’s National Historic Trails: Walking the Trails of History, by Karen Berger, photography by Bart Smith

The Guns of John Moses Browning: The Remarkable Story of the Inventor Whose Firearms Changed the World, Nathan Gorenstein

Civil War

Lincoln in Private: What His Most Personal Reflections Tell Us About Our Greatest President, by Ronald C. White Jr.

Ends of War: The Unfinished Fight of Lee’s Army After Appomattox, by Caroline E. Janney

General John A. Rawlins: No Ordinary Man, by Allen J. Ottens  

World War II

Island Infernos, John McManus

Escape from Paris, Stephen Harding


Death in the Highlands: The Siege of Special Forces Camp Plei Me, J. Keith Saliba