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It’s December and the holidays are fast approaching. If you’re searching for that special gift, let the Federal Government help you find something practical and unique. The Government Printing Office offers publications for sale covering many subjects of interest, including history, art, health, education, and lots more.

A Botanic Garden for the Nation: the United States Botanic Garden

Publisher: Congress, Architect of the Capitol, United States Botanic Garden

Description: This beautifully illustrated book presents the first comprehensive look at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. Conceived by the nation's founders as a resource for collecting and studying plants, the U.S. Botanic Garden is closely linked to the history and development of the capital city. Through historical documents and colorful photos, A Botanic Garden for the Nation tells an important story about this special place. Through sumptuous photographs, it offers a tour of the Conservatory, starting with the formal Garden Court, with its fountains and special flower collections, and continuing through every plant environment, including the lush Jungle, colorful Orchid House, and spare World Deserts. The engaging text explores ecosystems and reveals details about interesting plants and plant collections.

Year/Pages: 2007: 180 p.; ill.

Price: $69.00 Add To Cart

United States Senate Catalogue of Graphic Art

Publisher: Senate, Commission on Art

Description: This is the first comprehensive publication of the almost one thousand prints in the holdings of the United States Senate. Presents a rich array of the 19th and early 20th century images portraying the events, people, and settings that mark the history of the U.S. Senate and Capitol Buildings.

Year/Pages: 2006: 519 p.; ill.

Price: $49.00 Add To Cart

200 Notable Days: Senate Stories, 1787 to 2002

Publisher: Senate, Senate Historical Office

Description: 200 Notable Days: Senate Stories, 1787 to 2002 is comprised of 200 readable and informative historic vignettes reflecting all areas of Senate activities, from the well known and notorious to the unusual and whimsical. Prepared by Richard A. Baker, the Senate's Historian, these brief sketches, each with an accompanying illustration and references for further reading, provide striking insights into the colorful and momentous history of “The World's Greatest Deliberative Body”. Read collectively, the stories in 200 Notable Days provide lasting impressions about the forces, events, and personalities that have shaped the United States Senate.

Year/Pages: 2006: 231 p.; ill.

Price: $46.00 Add To Cart

Nisei Linguists: Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service During World War II (Paperbound)

Publisher: Defense Dept., Army, Center of Military History

Description: Chronicles the establishment and achievements of U.S. Army Military Intelligence Service, the organization that trained and employed uniformed Japanese American linguists. Tells the story of second-generation Japanese Americans (Nisei) who served as interpreters and translators in World War 2. It describes how the War Department recruited soldiers from an ethnic minority and trained them in a secret school to use the Japanese language.

Year/Pages: 2006: 530 p.; ill.

Price: $29.00 Add To Cart

Interpreting Old Ironsides: An Illustrated Guide to the USS Constitution

Publisher: Defense Dept., Navy, Naval Historical Center

Description: This work is a training manual for members of the crew of the 1797 United States frigate Constitution, the world's oldest warship in commission. The venerable vessel, which earned its nickname, “Old Ironsides,” during the War of 1812, is today permanently berthed in the Charlestown Navy Yard, across the Charles River from its building site in Boston. The historic frigate is open to visitors year round, with tours provided by the crew, active sailors in the United States Navy. The lessons in the manual are divided among three groups, corresponding to the three skill levels of the tour guides.

Year/Pages: 2007: 157 p.; ill.

Price: $33.00 Add To Cart

World Factbook 2007

Publisher: Central Intelligence Agency, Office of Public Affairs

Description: Provides brief information on the geography, people, government, economy, communications, and defense of countries and regions around the world. Contains information on international organizations. Designed to meet the specific requirements of United States Government Officials in style, format, coverage, and content. Includes 3 unattached maps.

Year/Pages: 2007: 740 p.; ill., 3 folded maps.

Price: $99.00 Add To Cart

Women in Congress, 1917-2006 (Clothbound)

Publisher: House, Committee on House Administration, Office of the Clerk

Description: Provides the most comprehensive source available on the 229 women who have served in U.S. House of Representatives and Senate from the first woman elected to Congress, Jeannette Rankin of Montana, to the members of the 109th Congress. Covers the breadth of the story of congressional women. Includes photographs.

Year/Pages: 2006: 1015 p.; ill.

Price: $59.00 Add To Cart

Anchor of Resolve: A History of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Fifth Fleet

Publisher: Defense Dept., Navy, Naval Historical Center

Description: This illustrated history covers the history of the U.S. Navy in the Middle East. From the establishment of the Middle East Force (MEF) in 1949 through the beginning of the 21st century, the U.S. Navy served as a force for stability and peace in the region. The Navy's presence helped prevent regional crises from escalating into wars, enforce international sanctions, and minimize damage done by regional conflicts to American and allied interests. The work concentrates on the Navy's command relationships, roles and missions, and operations in the period leading up to the First Gulf War, the war itself, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Year/Pages: 2007: 140 p.; ill.

Price: $20.00 Add To Cart

A Healthier You: Based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Publisher: Health and Human Services Dept., Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Description: brings together nutrition science and expertise to help Americans make smart choices from every food group, find balance between food and physical activity, and get the most out of the calories we consume.

Year/Pages: 2005: 355 p.; ill.

Price: $15.00 Add To Cart

Symbols of the United States Government: Ben's Activity Book

Publisher: Government Printing Office

Description: This activity and coloring book is full of information, illustrations, and activities that teach students of all ages about symbols of the United States Government. Created as a supplement to the Government Printing Office's educational website, “Ben's Guide to the United States Government,” this activity book can also be useful as a stand alone instructional tool.

Year/Pages: 2004: 47 p.; ill.

Price: $6.50 Add To Cart

Mypyramid For Kids: Eat Right; Exercise; Have Fun (Poster)

Publisher: Agriculture Dept.

Description: Provides age-appropriate information about the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The MyPyramid symbol represents the recommended proportion of food from each group and focuses on the importance of making smart food choices every day. Includes tips on daily physical activity and nutrition.

Year/Pages: 2005: Poster.

Price: $6.50 Add To Cart

Pentagon 9/11 (Paperback)

Publisher: Defense Dept., Office of the Secretary, Historical Office

Description: Contains the most comprehensive account to date of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon and the aftermath, including unprecedented details on the impact on the Pentagon building and personnel and the scope of the rescue, recovery, and caregiving effort. Evocative narrative is based on firsthand accounts of survival, tragedy, and heroism drawn from hundreds of interviews, with 32 pages of photographs and more than a dozen diagrams and illustrations not previously available.

Year/Pages: 2007: 290 p.; ill.

Price: $31.00 Add To Cart

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