Ready or not, the gift-giving season is upon us! Whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or any other opportunity to give presents during the dark days of the winter solstice, we’ve got ideas aplenty. As in previous years, the ABC Staff has looked through their sections and hand-picked various choice literary jewels for your gift-giving pleasure.
We will present these titles in a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month. We hope you will find some inspiration in them, but please remember that these titles only represent a tiny fraction of the books on offer in our stores. Be sure to stop by to see what else there is in the area of your interest!
“The title is self-explanatory and this has been a steady ABC Favorite for quiet a while now. We managed to get a good deal on hardcover copies, so these are now only 15.99!” - ABC The Hague’s Early History buyer Jouke on Vanished Kingdoms.
“For afficionados of Dutch Colonial History. Also: not for the squeamish…” - Jouke on Batavia’s Graveyard.
“Scholar Tom Holland focuses on the interplay between empire and religion, from the collapse of the Persian and Roman superpowers to the aftermath and beyond.” – Jouke on In the Shadow of the Sword.
“The Financial Times chose it as one of their Best Books last year, and I’ve had trouble keeping it on the shelves all this year! It’s an absolute brick of a book, though, so bring a sturdy bag…” - ABC The Hague’s Military History buyer Sophie on Strategy.
“A personal account of a UN Peacekeeper’s rather mad life on various continents, in various war-torn localities. You can’t make this stuff up.” - Sophie on Wrong Place, Right Time.
“You can be forgiven for thinking the world has gone quite mad these past few months. I think a reminder of the time before world wars should be required reading for any government official anywhere, in the hopes the same path to war isn’t taken in this day and age.” - Sophie on 1913.
*The Military Fiction section can be found at ABC The Hague. At ABC Amsterdam you can find these books in the Historical Fiction and the “regular” Fiction sections.
Ebook available for Redeployment.
“The absolute King of military historical fiction just keeps adding to his Warrior Chronicles. You can’t beat Cornwell for exciting battle scenes that teach you a thing or two about history to boot.” - ABC The Hague’s Military Fiction buyer Sophie on The Empty Throne.
“Another long and very successful series, on Rome this time, has a new chapter added to it.” - Sophie on Brothers in Blood.
“Military Fiction also includes books that deal with what happens after you return home from war. Redeployment comes highly recommended by my colleagues Renate and Reinoud.” - Sophie on Redeployment.