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Gift Guide: 8 Beautiful Books for History Buffs

Gift Guide: 8 Beautiful Books for History Buffs

If you’re struggling with gift ideas for the history buff in your life, fear not. This Christmas we’re looking back at a selection of our beautiful history books, packed with intriguing photography and a wealth of great facts. From the royal wedding to the D-Day landings, from medieval maps to Google Earth, there’s something for every history fan.

1. Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family

Royalists will love Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family, a magnificent tribute to the longest reigning British monarch. This book features beautiful photography and is up-to-date with the latest events in the royal household, including the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and the birth of the couple’s second child, Charlotte. This book is a gift fit for a queen.

2. History

A truly epic timeline from the origins of humanity to the rise of the internet, History is the ultimate story of human life. Bringing events and icons to life with fresh analysis of how history continues to shape the present day, History celebrates great inventions, explores significant ideologies, and deconstructs major historical events. 

3. World War II: The Definitive Visual Guide

Gathering together events and maps year-by-year, World War II: The Definitive Visual Guide is a uniquely accessible account of history’s most devastating conflict, covering major events including the rise of Hitler, Pearl Harbour, Hiroshima, and the D-Day landings. This compelling and wide-ranging book is the perfect gift for any history enthusiast.

4. Great Maps

From medieval maps to Google Earth, Great Maps explores our own efforts at charting the world we live in. This beautiful book features stunning illustrations that explore the history of the world, one map at a time. 

5. The American Civil War: A Visual History

One of the most controversial conflicts of our time, the American Civil War and its effects continue to influence our world today. The American Civil War: A Visual History is an invaluable resource and a vital addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in military and social history. 

6. The Train Book

Embark on a journey through the history of trains from the first steam engines to modern bullet trains with The Train Book. Hop on board for a truly international view of the history’s most impressive rail routes and travel from South Africa to Siberia, discovering the history of the world’s most famous journeys and the anatomy of the trains that made them. 

7. History of the World in 1,000 Objects

Celebrate humanity’s extraordinary creative legacy with History of the World in 1,000 Objects. Discover inventions from the Viking wooden comb to a 1950s fridge freezer and understand how our priorities have changed from early civilisation to the modern world.

8. Photography

From the dawn of photography to the digital age, Photography is the definitive visual history of this art form. Celebrate the most iconic photos from genres such as portrait photography and war photography with this picture-perfect gift.

No matter what historical era you're interested in, we've got it covered. Take some historical inspiration and give a truly timeless gift this year.

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