Books That Make Great Gifts for History Buffs

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1776: The Illustrated Edition

by David McCullough

What more do I need to say? It's David McCullough, it's the Revolutionary War. It contains facsimiles of records, maps, and loads of photographs.


Lincoln: The Presidential Archives

by Chuck Wills

While this is a very fine biography of our 16th President, it doesn't stop there. This book includes facsimiles of Lincoln's marriage license, patent application, and various letters. It also includes maps and very rare photographs... an excellent gift for the history buff in your life.


My Fellow Americans: The Most Important Speeches of America's Presidents, from George Washington to George W. Bush

edited by Michael Waldman, narrated by George Stephanopoulos

My friend owns this and has allowed me the privilege of borrowing it. And what a privilege it was. This wonderful set is a must-have for any history buff. To listen to George Stephanopoulos read the Gettysburg Address brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful gift.


The Illustrated Alamo 1836: A Photographic Journey

by Mark Lemon, foreword by Craig R. Covner

One of the most historic, and misunderstood, of America's icons, this book examines how it's changed (dramatically) over the years, starting almost immediately after the famous battle.


The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp through Civilization's Best Bits

by Steve Wiegand, Erik Sass

If you are a fan of Mental Floss magazine or their wonderful blog, you must have this fun look at history.


The New York Times: The Complete Front Pages: 1851-2008

introduction by Bill Keller

Get ready to spend hours of fun, educational time with this 456-page tome. I was leafing through it in the store, and didn't want to go. Time just disappeared.

This book also appears on Books That Make Great Gifts for Men


The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945

by Ken Burns, Geoffrey C. Ward

This is the companion book to Ken Burns' PBS series. The photographs are incredible.