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Looking for a gift for a history enthusiast? Try this list of suggested books, DVDs and other items, provided by the editors of World History Group’s magazines—and remember, a magazine subscription is a gift that lasts all year! To learn more about gift subscriptions to one of our magazines, just click on its name.

American History

  • The Day in Its Color: Charles Cushman’s Photographic Journey Through a Vanishing America, by Eric Sandweiss
  • The Great American Hall of Wonders: Art, Science, and Invention in the Nineteenth Century, by Claire Perry
  • George Rogers Clark: “I Glory in War,” by William R. Nester
  • Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man, by Walter Stahr
  • A Nation of Deadbeats: An Uncommon History of America’s Financial Disasters, by Scott Reynolds Nelson

America’s Civil War

  • Shiloh 1862, by Winston Groom
  • September Suspense: Lincoln’s Union in Peril, by Dennis Frye
  • The Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom, by James McPherson
  • American Experience: Death and the Civil War, PBS, DVD
  • Annals of the War

Aviation History

  • Bombs Away! The World War II Bombing Campaigns Over Europe, by John R. Bruning
  • Airlines of the Jet Age: A History, by R.E. Davies
  • The German Aces Speak: World War II Through the Eyes of Four of the Luftwaffe’s Most Important Commanders, by Colin Heaton and Anne Marie Lewis
  • Into the Blue: American Writing on Aviation and Spaceflight, edited by Joseph Corn
  • Skygirls: A Photographic History of the Airline Stewardess, by Bruce McAllister and Stephan Wilkinson

British Heritage

  • Reprobates: The Cavaliers of the English Civil War, by John Stubbs
  • Katherine the Queen: The Remarkable life of Katherine Parr, the Last Wife of Henry VIII, by Linda Porter
  • The Ploughman’s Lunch and the Miser’s Feast: Authentic Pub Food, Restaurant Fare, and Home Cooking from Small Towns, Big Cities and Country Villages Across the British Isles, by Brian Yarvin
  • Queen Elizabeth II: A Diamond Jubilee Souvenir Album, by Jane Roberts
  • London: A Social and Cultural History, 1550–1750, by Robert O. Bucholz and Joseph P. Ward

Civil War Times

  • Terrible Swift Sword: The Life of General Philip H. Sheridan, by Joseph Wheelan
  • Corinth 1862: Siege, Battle, Occupation, by Timothy H. Smith
  • Freedom’s Cap: The United States Capitol and the Coming of the Civil War, by Guy Gugliotta
  • The Union Forever: Lincoln, Grant, and the Civil War, edited by Glenn W. LaFantasie
  • The Maps of Antietam, by Bradley Gottfried
  • This Great Struggle, by Steven E. Woodworth
  • Tarnished Victory: Finishing Lincoln’s War, by William Marvel
  • War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861–1865, by James McPherson

Military History

  • The Generals, by Thomas E. Ricks
  • Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year, by David Von Drehle
  • Shattered Genius: The Decline and Fall of the German General Staff in World War II, by David Stone
  • Military History: The Definitive Visual Guide to Objects of Warfare, Gareth Jones, senior editor
  • The Lost History of 1914: Reconsidering the Year the Great War Began, by Jack Beatty



  • The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo—and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation, by James Donovan
  • The Wehrmacht Retreats: Fighting a Lost War, 1943, by Robert M. Citino
  • Shiloh 1862, by Winston Groom
  • Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius of Leadership, by Barry Strauss
  • Geronimo, by Robert M. Utley


  • Waiting for Sunrise, by William Boyd
  • 1356, by Bernard Cornwell

See a more complete list at MHQ’s Reviews: Gift Books for the 2012 Holiday Season


  • The Boys of ’67: Charlie Company’s War in Vietnam, by Andrew Wiest
  • Hanoi’s War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam, by Lien-Hang T. Nguyen
  • What it is Like to Go to War, by Karl Marlantes
  • Agent Orange: History, Science and the Politics of Uncertainty, by Edwin A. Martini
  • Soldiering on in a Dying War: The True Story of the Firebase Pace Incidents and the Vietnam Drawdown, by William J. Shkurti

Wild West

  • Geronimo, by Robert M. Utley
  • Ned Wynkoop and the Lonely Road to Sand Creek, by Louis Kraft
  • The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo—and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation, by James Donovan
  • After Custer: Loss and Transformation in Sioux Country, by Paul L. Hedren
  • So Rugged and Mountainous: Blazing the Trails to Oregon and California, 1812–1848, Vol. 1 in the Overland West series, by Will Bagley
  • Maverick: The Complete First Season (1957) DVD. The long awaited first season of Maverick, the best TV Western of all time.

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