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Holiday Gift Guide

December 10, 2014

My wrists are still bothering me, so instead of doing one or two giant gift guide posts, I’m just going to post a book a day from now until Christmas Eve (which I will be working at LP if anyone local needs a last minute gift.)
So, for December 10 my recommendation is:
WWIWorld War I in 100 Objects by Peter Doyle
The “—- in 100 Objects”  is one I fully support. As an anthropologist I really love material culture. I like to see the objects that permeated daily life. And WWI is so recent and yet so very, very different. Can you imagine being a nurse, wading through mud, blood, and debris in a floor length woolen gown? Can you imagine having water cooled guns that you had to pour any available liquid over to keep from overheating? It’s all so fascinating to me.
The very first object in the book is the car Archduke Ferdinand was riding in when he was shot. The rest of the objects range are usually more general like the patriotic badges from Britain or field equipment from the Americans. German material culture is also represented.
If you have someone on your list who enjoys history or artifacts I highly recommend this book.

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