8 Coffee Table Books You Should Have

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While we have Instagram and Pinterest right at our finger tips, sometimes having something physical that we can actually touch can change the dynamics of how we feel and interact with others in the room.

Coffee table books are great for those of us who want to add some decorative pieces to our living area and also let our guests have a little insight of the things that inspire us.

Here are 8 coffee table books that would make for a wonderful addition to your home decor.

  1. Tom Ford by Tom Ford
  2. Animals: Fascinating Wildlife from around the World by David Alderton
  3. Dinosaurs by Amber Books
  4. Heroes: The Greek Myths Reimagined by Stephen Fry
  5. The Marines by Marine Corps Heritage Foundation
  6. Air Force by Air Force Historical Foundation
  7. The Navy by Naval Historical Foundation
  8. The Army by Army Historical Foundation

I love this collection as it’s a combination of things that matter to me. Your coffee table book should speak to who you are as a person. So if you love traveling, pick a book that has amazing photography of different places from all over the world.

If you’re passionate about people, choose biographies or books that discuss anthropology.

If cooking is your hobby, choose a book about recipes with mouth watering images or something with a behind the scene look into the world of your favorite chef.

If you’re looking to add to your decor with a simple piece, try to pick a book that has an intriguing cover. If you’re hoping to foster conversation with the book, pick a topic that guests would find interesting.

The number one coffee table book that I’ve found that always get a skim through is one that has anything to do with animals and pets.

Choose the books that resonates with you and your interest and also throw in at least one photo rich animal book if you want a pique your guests interests and get them off their phone.

Overview

Tom Ford by Tom Ford and Bridget Foley

Can be found here on Amazon.

Tom Ford has become one of fashion’s great icons. He transformed Gucci from a moribund accessories label into one of the sexiest fashion brands in the world. His designs have increased sales at Gucci tenfold and have helped build the Gucci brand into the luxury goods conglomerate that it is today.

Ford brought a hard-edged style synonymous with 21st century glamour to his clothes, and Hollywood sat up and took note. This book is a complete catalogue of Ford’s design work for both Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent from 1994 to 2004.

It chronicles not only Ford’s clothing and accessories designs for both houses, but also explores Ford’s grand vision for the complete design of a brand, including architecture, store design, and advertising.

Tom Ford features more than 200 photographs by Richard Avedon, Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Terry Richardson, Craig McDean, Todd Eberle, and numerous other photographers including many previously unpublished images.

Published to coincide with his departure from Gucci, this book has been created with Ford’s full cooperation and every page reflects his exceptional taste. It is Ford’s testament to a career of singular moments reinventing the boundaries of style and sensuality in clothing.

Animals: Fascinating Wildlife from around the World by David Alderton

Can be found here on Amazon.

OVER 400 ANIMAL SPECIES

Features a diverse selection of more than 400 of the world’s animals drawn from all continents and all climates, from apes to snakes, bears to mollusks, and toads to tropical fish.

Packed with information on the anatomy, habitat, lifecycle, and diet of each animal, and with special fact boxes and maps.

Includes more than 1200 detailed illustrations and over 400 photographs of the animals in their natural habitats.

Dinosaurs by Amber Books

Can be found here on Barnes and Noble.

More than 300 Primal Beasts

From the flying Dimorphodon to the duck-billed Anatotitan, the carnivorous Tyrannosaurus to the herbivorous Diplodocus, and the chicken-sized Compsognathus to the enormous Argentinosaurus—all kinds of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals are featured in this collection of incredible animals that roamed the earth millions of years ago.

INCLUDES:
• Over 450 color illustrations and photographs.

• A timeline throughout showing how dinosaurs evolved from
the Permian through to the Quaternary period.

• Fact boxes containing information on diet, weight, length, height,
and meaning of name.

Locator maps showing where fossils have been discovered.

Heroes: The Greek Myths Reimagined by Stephen Fry

Can be found here on Amazon

In this sequel to the bestselling Mythos, legendary author and actor Stephen Fry moves from the exploits of the Olympian gods to the deeds of mortal heroes.

Perseus. Jason. Atalanta. Theseus. Heracles. Rediscover the thrills, grandeur, and unabashed fun of the Greek myths. Whether recounting a tender love affair or a heroic triumph, Fry deftly finds resonance with our own modern minds and hearts.

Illustrated throughout with classical art inspired by the myths, this gorgeous volume invites you to explore a captivating world with a brilliant storyteller as your guide.

• Each adventure is infused with Fry’s distinctive voice and writing style.
• Connoisseurs of the Greek myths will appreciate this fresh-yet-reverential interpretation, while newcomers will feel welcome.
• Retellings brim with humor and emotion.

The Marines by Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

Can be found here on Amazon

Semper Fidelis, “always faithful,” is much more than a motto to the U.S. Marine Corps; it is a way of life. Since 1775, the Marines’ success as an elite fighting force has been due to their strong code of character and esprit de corps, the spirit of devotion to the Corps and to their fellow Marines.

Now, for the first time, the spirit and essence of the Marine Corps is celebrated in a definitive, magnificently illustrated book.

Written by an outstanding team, including past and present Commandants of the Marine Corps, as well as other distinguished Marines and Marine scholars, The Marines has 360 pages of riveting and informative text and stories of the Corps experience: from the history and future of the Corps; to the uniforms, weaponry, amphibious landing craft and aviation; to the Marine Band; the Commandants; and even Hollywood’s portrayal of the Marines.

The thoughtful incorporation of full-color and vintage photography, portraits, recruiting posters, and historically inspired paintings complements the text while adding the excitement that only spectacular illustrations can bring to a book.

Air Force by Air Force Historical Foundation

Can be found here on Barnes and Noble

While the Army Air Force was established in June 1941, and the U.S. Air Force in September 1947, the indomitable spirit and courage to be America’s fliers goes back to the first Wright brothers flights in 1903. Since this first flight, men and women—Billy Mitchell, Jimmy Doolittle, Chuck Yeager–have answered America’s call to defend the nation and its allies by dominating its enemies in the sky.

Now, more than 50 years after its founding, the spirit and essence of the United States Air Force is celebrated for the first time in a definitive, magnificently illustrated, large-format book published with the Air Force Historical Foundation.
 
Written by an outstanding team, including historians, authors, and experts associated with the Air Force, Air Force Academy, as well as several distinguished active and retired Air Force generals, The Air Forcehas over 350 pages of riveting and informative text and stories of the Air Force experience.

Essays on Air Force History and today’s aviators, focus not only on the planes, helicopters, and rockets, but especially on the people that make it all work. The thoughtful incorporation of full-color and vintage photography, portraits, recruiting posters, and historically inspired paintings complements the text while adding the excitement that only spectacular illustrations can bring to a book.

The Navy by Naval Historical Foundation

Can be found here on Amazon

“Honor, Courage, Commitment” are much more than words included in Navy Recruiting commercials. These are the core values instilled in those who serve the nation as sailors in the United States Navy.

The words reflect the magnificent efforts and accomplishments of millions of men and women who left hometowns from Maine to Hawaii to go to sea in defense of freedom and democracy.

Now, over 225 years after the Continental Congress approved an Act to establish a Continental Navy, the spirit and essence of the United States Navy is celebrated for the first time in a definitive, magnificently illustrated, large format book published in conjunction with the Naval Historical Foundation.

The Navy is too large, too technically complex, and too historic to be adequately discussed by one or two persons. Written by an outstanding team, including historians, authors, and experts associated with the Naval Historical Center, U.S. Naval Academy, National Defense University, Naval War College, United States Naval Institute, Naval Aviation Association, Naval Historical Foundation, and Navy Memorial Foundation, as well as several distinguished retired naval officers including six Admirals.

The Navy has 320 pages of riveting and informative text and stories of the Navy experience: essays on U.S. Navy history and today’s fleet, focusing not only on the ships and weapons, but especially on the people that make it all work.

The thoughtful incorporation of full-color and vintage photography, portraits, recruiting posters, and historically inspired paintings complements the text while adding the excitement that only spectacular illustrations can bring to a book.

The Navy enables the history of America’s fleet to be cherished permanently in a handsome package that every sailor will be proud to own and–with its unique medallion-inlaid cover–to display. This book will be read again and again by past and present sailors, their families and friends, and the countless others that have been inspired by the exploits of the United States Navy.

The Army by Army Historical Foundation

Can be found here on Barnes and Noble

In 1775, determined and angry colonists took up arms against a common foe, and their battle cries signaled the birth of the United States Army. The Army has been forged in the fires of revolution, tested on continental battlefields, battered at the shores of Normandy, and hardened on the sands of the Persian Gulf. From its first stand at Lexington, the Army has always had a non-negotiable contract with the American people to fight and win the nation’s wars.

Now, over 225 years after the founding of the Continental Army, the spirit and essence of the United States Army is celebrated for the first time in a definitive, magnificently illustrated, large format book published with the Army Historical Foundation.

The Army is too large, too technically complex, and too historic to be adequately discussed by one or two persons. Written by an outstanding team, including historians, authors, and experts associated with the Army Historical Foundation, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the United States Army War College, as well as several distinguished retired Army officers, The Army has over 350 pages of riveting and informative text and stories of the Army experience. Essays on U.S. Army history and today’s soldiers focus not only on the tanks, helicopters, vehicles, and weapons, but especially on the people that make it all work. The thoughtful incorporation of full-color and vintage photography, portraits, recruiting posters, and historically inspired paintings complements the text while adding the excitement that only spectacular illustrations can bring to a book.

The Army enables the history of America’s military to be cherished permanently in a handsome package that every soldier will be proud to own and–with its unique medallion-inlaid cover–to display. This book will be read again and again by past and present soldiers, their families and friends, and the countless others that have been inspired by the exploits of the United States Army.

Final Thoughts

Finding the right set of books that not only add style to your home but can also be an ice breaker or inspiration for your guests is a perfect match while sipping on your favorite cup of coffee.

Allow your books to spark conversations and don’t forget, you can never have too many.

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