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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

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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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