The Vine: December 19, 2008
I'm hoping you and your readers will be able help me and my colleagues out. A treasured co-worker is leaving us to return home after working here in America for the last three years. We're getting him some personal in-joke gifts, but we also want to give a main gift that fits with his interests and reminds him of his time working in the United States.
Our budget is in the $100-200 range. He's an economist/lawyer by trade but loves modern American history — civil rights, post-WWII Presidents, that sort of thing. I know he's listened to podcasts of speeches by past Presidents while commuting. He also loves political scandals. Needless to say, he's a bit of a geek, so if there's a great history book or set of DVDs, even if they are a bit dense, he'll love it. I was trying to find a book or a series books or multiple books which I could maybe buy nice hardback editions of, but any ideas that are not books would be very welcome.
And yes, we will be checking with his wife to make sure he doesn't already have what we plan to get him.
Not Quite Santa
Dear Not Quite,
Off the top of my head, I'd go with the oral history of RFK, which I believe is — well, not "written," but collated, I guess, by the same peeps who did Edie.It's not in print as far as I know but maybe it's possible to find a copy; let me look…
Ah, here it is: American Journey: The Times of Robert Kennedy.I don't know how he feels about oral histories, but I love them; they offer a dimension that straight bios sometimes don't, or can't.If you can find a hardcover copy in good condition, it's a good gift for content and for form (a vintage book is its own gift packaging).
Check half.com and see what's on offer — or see what my readers have to say.Readers?
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