Saturday, December 12, 2009

Day Twelve: Front Page Compilations

It's Day Twelve in The 24 Days of Books, and we've decided to cheat, but only just a wee bit. Today we're going to talk about two fabulous books, instead of one, because they share a theme of sorts. The New York Times Complete Front Pages, 1851-2009 is an oversize volume that includes more than 300 facsimile front pages, plus three DVDs with all 54,693 (!) front pages and links to full articles. Also included are essays by twenty writers, including William Safire, Frank Rich, and Gail Collins. This terrific gift will provide hours upon hours of intellectual entertainment for someone with a fondness for history.

As Monty Python would say, “Now for something completely different.” The irrepressible Onion newspaper has just published their version of front pages: The Onion Presents Our Front Pages: 21 Years of Greatness, Virtue, and Moral Rectitude from America’s Finest News Source, 1988-2008. From their “Super Special Gum Disease Issue” to “Staten Island Historians Piece Together Geneaology of Wu-Tang Clan”, we love ‘em all. This wonderful gift will provide hours upon hours of entertainment of an entirely different ilk.

From the serious to the somewhat-less-than-serious, we've got front page compilations for all! For many more gift-giving ideas, check out our gargantuan December newsletter, which you can read by clicking here.

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