10 best holiday gift book ideas

Looking for that extra-special something for a book-loving friend? Here are 10 Monitor staff recommendations of gift books that stand out from the crowd.

3. "The Economics Book," edited by Niall Kishtainy

From Aristotle to Adam Smith and well beyond, "The Economics Book" joins other volumes – "The Philosophy Book," "The Politics Book," "The Psychology Book," and "The Religions Book – in DK's marvelous "Big Ideas, Simply Explained" series. With colorful graphics and clear, simple explanations, everything from dependency theory to the Keynesian Multiplier suddenly becomes accessible. (DK Publishing, $25, 352 pp.)

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