Gifts for History Buffs: World War 2 Books to Gift in 2015

11 Nov 2015

World War II was a horrifying time in history, and is an era that fascinates history buffs today. If you know a history lover who often delves into World War 2 books, this is the set of gift ideas for you. All of these books are brand new, and make excellent gifts for history buffs!

Gifts for History Buffs: World War 2 Books to Gift in 2015

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Never Surrender: Winston Churchill and Britain’s Decision to Fight Nazi Germany in the Fateful Summer of 1940

John Kelly

Winston Churchill’s six-month decision process in 1940, wherein he debated whether British troops would join Allied forces to fight Hitler, are documented in vivid detail in Never Surrender. John Kelly dives into government documents, memoirs, and personal diaries to tell the story of Britain’s entrance into World War 2.

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Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes, at Home and at War

Linda Hervieux

Stories of Jim Crow America are not generally told in the context of World War 2. Forgotten tells the story of a unit of African-American soldiers, the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, who landed in Normandy on D-Day. Author Linda Hervieux uncovers the unrecognized efforts of these soldiers.

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Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge

Antony Beevor

The Battle of the Bulge is one of the most famous battles from World War 2. Hitler’s final gamble through snow-covered Belgium resulted in heavy casualties and was ultimately one of the greatest battles of the war. Antony Beevor’s work is incredibly well-researched and makes for a fantastic read.

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To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1949

Ian Kershaw

This new book in the Penuin History of Europe series spans from World War 1 to World War 2’s aftermath. This period of dischord and turbulence is a study in violence. Ian Kershaw, acclaimed scholar, presents a masterful analysis of this period in European history.

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The German War: A Nation Under Arms, 1939–1945

Nicholas Stargardt

World War 2 was a bit unique in the sense that, early on, an Allied victory seemed relatively clear. Germany managed to prolong the war for more than three years after a winner became apparent. Nicholas Stargardt explores Germany’s wartime perspective, motivations, and what kept soldiers fighting against a seeminly unwinnable cause.

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Taylor loves books with a heavy dose of absurdity, hilarity, and beautiful prose. She is a marketer, adventurer, nature-lover, Hufflepuff, wannabe world traveler, and advocate of laughter.