Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Books

Heavy, tangible, and unencumbered by electricity, real-world books have enduring appeal: Books are art, books can be left in the bathroom for future reading, and great books never become obsolete. Below, we've identified new works for every type of personality.

For Lapsed Music Majors
360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story, by Sean Wilentz

In his day job at Princeton, Wilentz is an acclaimed interpreter of 19th-century politics, but he moonlights as the "official historian" of His extracurricular musical interests serve him well in this monumental, photo-strewn chronicle of Columbia Records, the label behind icons such as Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Bessie Smith, Johnny Cash, and Beyoncé.

Photos courtesy of the publishers
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