I got my grandfather a book for Christmas called A Team for America: The Army-Navy Game that Rallied a Nation by Randy Roberts. The book details the perhaps most important game in the history the legendary match-up, which took place on December 2, 1944, right in the middle of World War II. Simultaneously, the country suffered shortages of turkey and pie for Thanksgiving, and President Roosevelt was only a few months away from death. During West Point's quest to win the national championship, Americans were also reading about the military's march to Berlin and Tokyo, forever linking these two conquering battles in their minds.
The book is, of course, excellent -- a story told in the style of Black Beauty, from the horse's point of view and starting from his early days as a colt. It also has something of a message -- not just how horses should or shouldn't be treated, as Anna Sewall was trying to do, but how terrible and pointless war is.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up Death in the City of Light -- it looked a lot like The Devil in the White City, even with a similar title, so I was hoping it was another example of creative historical nonfiction.
Flappers 2 Rappers is a great book, chock full of information on the slange of each decade of the 20th century. I got interested in this book because I was doing some research on the 1920s, and found this guide to jazz age slang. The authors of this website have put together a great list of 1920s slang, but they do say that there is even more contained in one of their primary sources, Flappers 2 Rappers.