Taschen produce loads of great books, thick volumes loaded with pictures and multilingual commentary. If you’d like to buy me a birthday present you could do worse than one of the volumes from their History of Men’s Magazines series. The Amazon link to the left is for volume 6: The Seventies under the counter. From Taschen’s bumpf about the series-
Open your notebooks, sharpen your pencils, and get ready for a history lesson like none you’ve ever experienced. You’re about to learn everything you could ever want to know about the world history of men’s magazines- not magazines about sports, not fashion, not hunting or fishing or how to build a birdhouse in ten easy steps, but those titillating periodicals embracing the subject dearest to all heterosexual men’s hearts and other body parts: the undraped female form. Former men’s magazine editor Dian Hanson traces its development from 1900 to 1980 in six massive and informative volumes.