Holiday Gifts: Coffee Table Books

Includes more than 300 vintage black-and-white and color photographs that bring more than 50 years of television memories to life. The accompanying DVD includes more than 150 minutes of actual television clips that correspond to the book's text.

The Beatles Anthology By: The Beatles Publisher: Chronicle Books Price: $35.00

What should be the final word on the Beatles has arrived. It takes the form of a massive oral-history tome, its contents derived mostly from recorded conversations with Paul, George, and Ringo for the recent TV documentary The Beatles Anthology.

James Bond: The Legacy By: John Cork and Bruce Scivally Publisher: Abrams Price: $49.95

Published to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Dr. No, the first James Bond film, James Bond: The Legacy is the official, definitive guide to the 007 phenomenon. Loaded with anecdotes, facts, and illustrations, the book provides features on the key actors, from Sean Connery to Pierce Brosnan, directors, costume and set designers, and others working behind the scenes. Without a doubt, this is the book of the Bond World.

In Search of America By: Peter Jennings & Todd Brewster Publisher: Hyperion Price: $50

In Search of America explores the basic ideals that drive and define the American character. Exquisitely designed, lavishly illustrated with photographs, and peppered with fascinating side trips, the volume offers a superb blend of eyewitness reporting informed by history

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Asia Grace Photographer: Kevin Kelly Publisher: Taschen Price: $40

Co-founder of the digital culture magazine Wired, Kevin Kelly leads a double life: cyber-culture editor and independent photographer. For the past 30 years, and completely independently of his work on Wired, he has been traveling the far reaches of Asia photographing the ins and outs of daily life.

The Architecture of Philip Johnson Photographer: Richard Payne; Foreword by Philip Johnson, Essay by Hilary Lewis Publisher: Bulfinch Price: $85.00

With a foreword by Johnson himself, an essay by his biographer Hilary Lewis, and nearly 400 color and black-and-white photographs accompanied by detailed building descriptions presented in chronological order, this is the book on Philip Johnson's architecture.

The Art of Film Noir: The Posters and Graphics From the Classic Era of Film Noir By: Eddie Muller Publisher: Overlook Press Price: $50

Film noir is about style as much as it is about crime. The poster art from the noir era has a bold look and an iconography all its own. The 275 dazzling posters, lobby cards, and other promotional material in this book range from the classics Out of the Past, Touch of Evil and The Big Sleep, to rare archive films such as the Devil Thumbs a Ride and Blonde Kiss. Noir expert Eddie Muller provides background information for the illustrators, most of whom have never before received credit for their work.

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