We’ve asked our editors what books are showing up on their radars this holiday season. The following titles should give you or a loved one solid ideas for stocking stuffers over a wide variety of historical topics. This list is sorted by magazine title.

American History

  • Making Haste From Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World, by Nick Bunker
  • American Insurgents, American Patriots: The Revolution of the People, by T.H. Breen
  • Rival Rails: The Race to Build America’s Greatest Transcontinental Railroad, by Walter Borneman
  • The Long Way Home: An American Journey From Ellis Island to the Great War, by David Laskin
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson

Aviation History

  • Eyes in the Sky: Eisenhower, the CIA and Cold War Aerial Espionage, by Dino A. Brugioni
  • The Battle of Britain, by Kate Moore
  • Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds, by Robin Olds with Christina Olds and Ed Rasimus
  • DC-3: A Legend In Her Time-A 75th Anniversary Photographic Tribute, by Bruce McAllister
  • Aces High, by Bill Yenne

British Heritage

  • The History of Christmas Food and Feasts, by Claire Hopley
  • The Cambridge Companion to The Beatles, edited by Kenneth Womack
  • 1688: The First modern Revolution, by Steve Pincus

Civil War Times

  • The New York Times Complete Civil War, 1861-1865, edited by Harold Holzer and Craig L. Symonds
  • Sickles at Gettysburg: The Controversial Civil War General Who Committed Murder, Abandoned Little Round Top, and Declared Himself the Hero of Gettysburg, by James A. Hessler
  • The Day Dixie Died: The Battle of Atlanta, by gary Ecelbarger
  • America’s Civil War Valley Thunder: The Battle of New Market and the Opening of the Shenandoah Campaign, May 1864, by Charles R. Knight
  • Libby Prison Breakout: The Daring Escape From the Notorious Civil War Prison, by Joseph Wheelan


  • Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, by Timothy Snyder
  • The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, and Indian Allies, by Alan Taylor
  • How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, by Gideon Rose

Military History

  • Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45, By Max Hastings (Knopf, 2008)
  • General George Washington: A Military Life, By Edward G. Lengel (Random House, 2005)
  • The Training Ground: Grant, Lee, Sherman, and Davis in the Mexican War, 1846-1848, By Martin Dugard (Little, Brown, 2008)
  • Air Power: The Men, Machines, and Ideas that Revolutionized War, from Kitty Hawk to Iraq, By Stephen Budiansky (Viking Penguin, 2004)
  • The Echo of Battle: The Army’s Way of War, By Brian McAllister Linn (Harvard University Press, 2007)


  • The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
  • Sergeant Back Again, by Charles Coleman, Ph.D.
  • Search and Destroy: The Story of an Armored Cavalry Squadron in Viet Nam, 1/1 Cav, 1967-1968, by Keith W. Nolan
  • Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War, by Bruce Henderson
  • Next Stop Is Vietnam: The War on Record, 1961-2008, 14 CD anthology with 304-page accompanying book, by Hugo Keesing

Wild West

  • The New Encyclopedia of the American West, edited by Howard R. Lamar
  • The American Military Frontiers: The United States Army in the West, 1783-1900, by Robert Wooster
  • Tough Towns: True Tales from the Gritty Streets of the Old West, by Robert Barr Smith
  • The Oxford History of the American West, edited by Clyde A. Milner, Carol A. O’Connor and Martha A. Sandweiss

For more recommended books, see the list provided by the editor of Armchair General magazine.

For even more book recommendations, as well as games, DVDs, and other stocking stuffers, see our Holiday Shopping Guide 2010: Games, Books, and More.