After a nice Thanksgiving weekend, I am greeting you this Cyber Monday with a continuance of the For Aslan Christmas Gift Guides. Below you will find a series of gifts, arranged according to price, that are sure to please your favorite History Buff. While a nice trip to a Civil War battle site or a museum would be great gifts for history buffs, you can’t give those gifts from a laptop while sitting on your couch in your underwear. Everything on this list, you can.
GIFTS FOR HISTORY BUFFS – $0-$25
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque – $10.20
This is one of the best war novels of all time. This book captures the horrors of trench warfare, and it accurately represents the German sentiments during World War I. You could also get them the film, which is a classic.
Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate over Science and Religion by Edward Larsen – $11.53
This book concerns the Scopes Trial in Dayton, TN. This trial captured the cultural shift of the United States as Christian fundamentalism retreated from the public square. This book is fair and balanced.
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic 1789-1815 by Gordon Wood – $13.37
Gordon Wood is one of the premier American historians. This book covers a fascinating era of American history, and every American needs to know more about the War of 1812.
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond – $17.82
Guns, Germs, and Steel is required reading for many college history classes. It is a general world history book concerning the three main downfalls of society: guns, germs, and steel.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown – $18.45
A helpful balance to the white-man’s version of American history so many of us received growing up. This book details the horrid things done to the Native Americans in the name of Manifest Destiny.
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer – $19.79
William Shirer was a reporter in Germany during the 1930s and 1940s. He provides excellent firsthand accounts of the rise and fall of the Nazi regime.
GIFTS FOR HISTORY BUFFS – $25-50
The Civil War: A Narrative (3 Vol. Set) by Shelby Foote – $47.33
Shelby Foote is just great. He is a fantastic storyteller. If you (or your favorite history buff) are interested in the Civil War, these are the books to read. They are entertaining and informative.
Various Historic Memorabilia from Ebay
There are tons of interesting things online from all periods of history. Just be careful not to buy a reproduction, unless that’s what you’re shopping for.
GIFTS FOR HISTORY BUFFS – $50+
The Second World War (6 Vol. Set) by Winston Churchill – $74.55
Winston Churchill was one of the great heroes of World War II. In this 6 volume set, he recounts the history of the second world war as only Winston Churchill could.
Netflix (1 Year Subscription) – $84
Netflix? Really? Oh yeah. If your history buff does not have Netflix, give them a subscription. There are tons of documentaries. Ken Burns’ Baseball, The Civil War, The War, and Jazz make it worth the price alone. Plus, there are many other great non-Ken Burns documentaries.
Until later friends…