Holiday book gift guide: History
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Holiday book gift guide: History

The History of England From Henry VIII to Elizabeth I

Peter Ackroyd
Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s, $29.99

Novelist and historian Ackroyd relays the story of the English Reformation and the making of the Anglican Church.

 (St. Martins Press)

Lawrence in Arabia
War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East

Scott Anderson
Doubleday, $28.95

The complicated tale of T.E. Lawrence and the main players involved in the Middle Eastern theater of World War I.


Year Zero
A History of 1945

Ian Buruma
Penguin Press, $29.95

A look at the radical transformations of the international political landscape that took place after the end of World War II.

 (Darren Haggar Jac / Penguin Press)

Trees in Paradise
A California History

Jared Farmer
W.W. Norton, $35

A history of redwoods, eucalyptus, orange and palm trees and the role each has played in California’s culture.

 (W.W. Norton & Company)

The Bully Pulpit
Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism

Doris Kearns Goodwin
Simon & Schuster, $40

The award-winning biographer explores the relationships between presidents Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft and the muckraking journalists of their era, examining how they influenced one another and the nation.

 (Simon & Schuster)

Harlem Nocturne
Women Artists and Progressive Politics During WWII

Farah Jasmine Griffin
Basic Civitas, $26.99

A look at how three African-American women -- a dancer, pianist and novelist -- blossomed during the Harlem Renaissance.

 (Basic Civitas Books)

A Dreadful Deceit
The Myth of Race From the Colonial Era to Obama’s America

Jacqueline Jones
Basic, $29.99

A look at how racial mythologies connect to power relations, as seen through the stories of six black Americans across different eras.

 (Basic Books)

The Discovery of Middle Earth
Mapping the Lost World of the Celts

Graham Robb
W.W. Norton, $28.95

Using new research, Robb proposes that 2000 years ago, the cultural empire of the Celts stretched across Europe.

 (W.W. Norton & Company)

My Promised Land
The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

Ari Shavit
Spiegel & Grau, $28

In this book that is part memoir and part history, Shavit looks at the state of Israel through its defining conflicts as well as his personal experiences.

 (Spiegel & Grau)

The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins
Justice, Gender and the Origins of the L.A. Riots

Brenda Stevenson
Oxford University Press, $29.95

How the 1991 murder of a 15-year-old African American girl by a Korean shop owner seeded the racial tensions that exploded during the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

 (Oxford University Press)

The Collaboration
Hollywood’s Pact With Hitler

Ben Urwand
Belknap Press/Harvard University Press, $26.95

A chronicle of the secret dealings between Hollywood movie studios and Nazi Germany during the 1930s to alter films exposing the persecution of Jews.

 (Jacket photograph Hulton-Deutsch / The Belknap Press of Harvard University)

O My America!
Six Women and Their Second Acts in a New World

Sara Wheeler
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $26

This book follows in the footsteps of six 19th century women who reinvented themselves as they journeyed across America.

 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)