Gift-worthy history books?
December 3, 2007 10:06 AM Subscribe
My dad has mentioned that he would like a history book for Christmas. Help me find one that will really knock his socks off!
posted by Metroid Baby to education (45 answers total) 41 users marked this as a favorite
I asked my dad what he'd like for a Christmas gift, and he mentioned that he'd be into a history book. He particularly expressed interest in ancient Greece, Rome, or Egypt, and I know he's a fan of US history, particularly the Civil War. I'm keeping those subjects in mind, but I'd really like to find something a little more unusual - the kind of topics that someone might not know much about, but would find fascinating. Basically, the history-themed version of that elusive perfect "I would have always wanted this but never knew it existed" gift. I'm the last thing from a history buff, so of course I've no idea where to begin.
Besides having a riveting subject matter, my ideal gift book would be accessible to the layperson, but respected by experts, and I'd rather err on the side of a photos-galore coffee-table book than a dry academic text - though pictures are certainly not a requirement. It doesn't have to be a book, either; if there's a DVD set, magazine subscription, or other gift he's likely to enjoy, I'm open to suggestions.
Though he loves the Civil War, I'm hesitant to get him anything Civil War-related unless I'm sure it's something he wouldn't have already come across.
A few bits of info about Metroid Dad that may or may not be helpful: he enjoys sports, especially college football, he's into genealogy (but probably knows all about it already), he has an offbeat and sometimes awesomely twisted sense of humor that I love, and he owns decades and decades of National Geographic. He's also the only Republican in the nuclear family, so I'd like to avoid giving anything that might be perceived as having a liberal bias; I'm not sure if that's anything I should even worry about in this situation, but obviously "A History of Hippies" is out.
Thanks in advance; I'm anticipating some awesome suggestions that Dad and I am sure to love!