When it comes to in-home entertainment, coffee table books about history offer a refined and stylish way to pass the time. Historically themed coffee table books bring more to the table than just pictures, both literally and figuratively. These compendiums offer quick and engaging dives into world history, ranging from ancient times all the way up to the 20th century.
Some historically minded coffee table books cover human history through specific mediums, such as architecture or art, while others depict specific eras using visual cues from that time. When it comes to choosing the perfect coffee table book for a history nerd, try perusing some of the volumes located below. From histories of ancient human travel to modern hip-hop music, there's a gorgeous coffee table book for every person's living room.
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If you lack the patience to watch Ken Burns's exhaustive documentary on PBS, The War: An Intimate History presents an easy-access compendium to how WWII played out. The book focuses on the vantage point of ordinary Americans, creating an intimate and accessible experience for any reader.
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A history that almost never made it to print, Unseen... provides a glimpse into the stories of Black Americans that the New York Times failed to turn into headlines.
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Conflict makes for great reading, and Battles That Changed History delivers the most decisive "conflicts" of any story ever told. This coffee table book explores all aspects of military and warfare, from weaponry, strategy, and the individuals responsible for tremendous victories - and defeats.
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The Age of the Silk Roads lets readers dive into the historical trade routes that formed the initial points of contact between Europe and Asia, leading to exchanges of goods, religions, and customs in the ancient world.