Gift Ideas for the Socially Aware

Ready or not, the gift-giving season is upon us! Whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or any other opportunity to give presents during the dark days of the winter solstice, we’ve got ideas aplenty. As in previous years, the ABC Staff has looked through their sections and hand-picked various choice literary jewels for your gift-giving pleasure.

We will present these titles in a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month. We hope you will find some inspiration in them, but please remember that these titles only represent a tiny fraction of the books on offer in our stores. Be sure to stop by to see what else there is in the area of your interest!

Today we have some gift ideas for those active and engaged members of society that you know, from our Social Science, Political Science, and Gay sections.

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit to 2013 and beyond), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.

Social Science

Ebook available for This Changes Everything and Exodus.

“Naomi ‘No Logo’ Klein tells us that capitalism, and not carbon emissions, is the most important cause of climate change, and shows the necessary ways to change everything in order to save our future.” – ABC Amsterdam’s Social Science buyer Maarten on This Changes Everything.

Political Science

Ebook available for On Anarchism, The Origins of Political Order, No Place to Hide.

“Almost-immortal linguist and political activist Chomsky (re)defines anarchism as something relevant and perhaps necessary for our troubled times.” – ABC Amsterdam’s Political Science buyer Maarten on On Anarchism.

“Now that part 2 is out, we offer part one for a nice price! This book covers the evolution of political thought from our earliest beginnings up till the French Revolution. Essential reading for Political Science students.” – Maarten on The Origins of Political Order.

“Greenwald, one of the original journalists who revealed Snowden’s leaks last year, did a remarkably good job on going over the history of U.S.’s surveillance tactics. In No Place to Hide he briefly goes over his adventures/experience on meeting with Edward Snowden and revealing the NSA surveillance program. Greenwald explains the difficulties and obstacles that were involved before the story went live, mostly by reluctant lawyers, and news agencies such as NYT and Washington Post.” – ABC Facebook helmswoman Sigrid on No Place to Hide.

“”Spinfluence will appeal to crooked politicians, media manipulators, advertising men and corporate big-wigs alike, in fact anyone interested in how to exploit people for profit or power.” – Sigrid on Spinfluence.

“It is probably the best current manifesto on the proper roles for market and state…. This book is also the single best statement of the thesis that these days government simply is not working very well, and that such an insight is recognized by many voters better than by many intellectuals. Definitely recommended.” – Sigrid on The Fourth Revolution.


*The Gay section can be found at ABC Amsterdam.  At ABC The Hague these books can be found in the Art, Film and Fiction sections.

“Lots of naked guys frolicking in the sun, before going to war in Europe or Asia, unaware of the horrors that were awaiting them.  Sexy and highly erotic. Hardly posed, never photoshopped, all pretty natural.” – ABC Amsterdam’s Gay buyer PeterL on My Buddy: World War II Laid Bare.

“Tell-all book (reprint) about the golden years of Hollywood, and especially about Henry Willson, who had a stable of male ‘studs’, actors in the movies, from which quite a few turned out be gay. Secrets, lies and Rock Hudson. Loved this book.” – PeterL on The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson.