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Gift Ideas for Historians

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

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!

In this post we highlight books for the historian in your neighborhood from our Mythology and Early and World History sections, as well as from the Military History and Military Fiction sections.

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit to 2013 and beyond), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.

Mythology

Ebook available for The Norse Myths (Penguin edition), Mythology and Bulfinch’s Mythology.

Early History

Ebook available for Vanished Kingdoms and Batavia’s Graveyard.

“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.

World History

Military History

Ebook available for Strategy and 1913.

“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.

Military Fiction*

*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.

Gift Ideas for Artists

Monday, October 20th, 2014

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!

Let’s start off with gifts for the artistic soul in your life with books from our Music, Art, Street Art, Tattoo and Fantasy Art sections.

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit to 2013 and beyond), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.

Music

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ABC’s Gift Ideas for 2014

Monday, October 20th, 2014

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 (see below).  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!

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit to 2013 and beyond), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.

Blog Posts

  • Gift Ideas for Artists
  • Gift Ideas for Historians
  • Gift Ideas for Geeks
  • Gift Ideas for Social Scientists
  • Gift Ideas for Chefs
  • Gift Ideas for the Littlest Ones
  • Gift Ideas for Nature Lovers
  • Gift Ideas for Fringers
  • Gift Ideas for Non-Readers
  • Gift Ideas for Spiritualists
  • Gift Ideas for Sleuths
  • Gift Ideas for Travelers
  • Gift Ideas for Business People
  • Gift Ideas for Avid Readers
  • Gift Ideas for Thinkers
  • Gift Ideas for Film and TV Buffs
  • Gift Ideas for Tweens and Young Adults
  • Gift Ideas for Fashionistas

Recommendation Lists

ABC’s Gift Ideas: Travel, True Crime, Young Adult Fiction

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

The gift-giving season is upon us – hooray!

The ABC Staff has rummaged through their sections and order lists, and come up with another year’s worth of wonderful gift ideas for you: from fiction to history to cookbooks to children’s books to travel to non-books and onwards.

In a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month, you will find what we think will make great gifts, whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas or just like giving books to people. And since we’re a bookstore, these posts will be alphabetical by subject. :-)

Today we’ve reached the end of our alphabet and you’ll find gift ideas for Travel, True Crime and Young Adult Fiction as picked out by section buyers Tom, RonG and PeterL. Bear in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg – come to either one of our stores to browse many, many more titles in any of these subjects.

We are ready as ever to be your personal shoppers again this year, and hope you will find our selections useful and inspiring!

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit pas 2013), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.

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ABC’s Gift Ideas: Sports, Street Art, Tattoo

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The gift-giving season is upon us – hooray!

The ABC Staff has rummaged through their sections and order lists, and come up with another year’s worth of wonderful gift ideas for you: from fiction to history to cookbooks to children’s books to travel to non-books and onwards.

In a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month, you will find what we think will make great gifts, whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas or just like giving books to people. And since we’re a bookstore, these posts will be alphabetical by subject. :-)

Today you’ll find gift ideas for Sports, Street Art and Tattoo as picked out by section buyers Martijn and Paul. Bear in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg – come to either one of our stores to browse many, many more titles in any of these subjects.

We are ready as ever to be your personal shoppers again this year, and hope you will find our selections useful and inspiring!

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit pas 2013), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.

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