Christmas is almost here and time is running out to get all of your holiday shopping complete. For any one of your family and friends that are absolutely fascinated by history and historical events, consider getting them one (or more) of these 7 incredible history books:

 

1. Game Of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe by Sarah Gristwood

This book examines the massive influence that several female Tudors, such as Anne Boleyn and Isabella of Castile, had on the 16th century. It takes a closer look at their power over society and their rise to greatness.

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2. Ten Restaurants That Changed America by Paul Freedman

With over hundreds of years of immigration and emigration of people in the United States, so to have we seen influx of culinary culture. Food plays a major role in society and culture throughout the world, constantly reflecting and reshaping our national identity. In this book, Freedman identifies 10 restaurants that played an integral role in the evolution of the U.S. food industry.

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3. How To Survive A Plague: The Inside Story Of How Citizens And Science Tamed AIDS by David France

The outbreak of HIV in the 1980’s was one of the greatest medical catastrophes of all time. It required huge amounts of funding and research to understand this virus that was seeming to target a select group of people. This book celebrates the activists and scientists who came together and took on the challenge to develop understanding and treatment of this horrible killer.

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4. Turner: The Extraordinary Life And Momentous Times Of J.M.W. Turner by Franny Moyle

As one of the most famous artists in Western History, this biography explores what made painter J. M. W. Turner so amazing, and also covers how his life and works were shaped by the fast- changing European society.

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5. Love For Sale: Pop Music In America by David Hajdu

The United States is arguably the capital of the global music industry, especially the increasingly popular pop music genre. The author of this book traces the history and trajectory of American hits from the iconoclasts of Vaudeville, to the songs of protest from the 1960’s.

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6. Eleanor And Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped A First Lady by Susan Quinn

The marriage between Theodore and Eleanor Roosevelt was a shaky one, and became more of a practical business relationship than a romantic one. The First Lady had a number of romantic affairs during her time, but her relationship with Lorena Hickok, the reporter assigned to cover various media stories about her, became a meaningful support for her during her difficult years in the White House. This book explores their intimate and romantic relationship.

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7. Who Killed These Girls?: Cold Case: The Yogurt Shop Murders by Beverly Lowry

The year was 1991 when four girls were found murdered in the back of a yogurt shop in Austin, Texas. This book explores the emotional and difficult investigation to find their killers. As technology and research changes over the years, frustration arises as officials continue to struggle to successfully prosecute those responsible for their murders.

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 So, if you, or anyone you know, loves history and science, why not look at grabbing one of these 7 incredibly written books?

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