The Five Coffee Table Books Every Guy Should Own

The stuff on your coffee table says a lot about who you are and what you care about. For the sake of keeping up appearances—not to mention the overarching value of fancy book learning—it's a good idea to have some quality reading material on hand. Here, we offer the five coffee table book categories every guy should have covered.

Tricking out your coffee table doesn’t mean giving up on the stuff you care about. It’s more about taking your interests to the next level. Think of it this way: The week-old empty pizza box becomes “Pizza: From Its Italian Origins to the Modern Table,” and Bob Marley the dorm room poster gets replaced with “Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae 1975-1976.” Fun, right? Your coffee table is one big opportunity...

To Bone Up on History...

We recommend: Hemingway: A Life in Pictures, King: The Photobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., and LIFE: World War II: History's Greatest Conflict in Pictures

To Awaken the Style Icon Within...

We recommend: Hollywood and the Ivy Look and 100 Years of Menswear

To Become an Art and Architecture Buff...

We recommend: Golden Gate Bridge: History and Design of an Icon and The Ultimate Picasso

To Celebrate Popular Culture...

We recommend: Who Shot Rock and Roll: A Photographic History, 1955-Present and Baseball Americana: Treasures from the Library of Congress

To Journey to the Great Beyond...

We recommend: Apollo: Through the Eyes of the Astronauts and The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton, and Antarctic Photography

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