Coffee Table Books Every Man Should Own - IMBOLDN
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Let’s face it: We need things for our stuff. It’s silly, but some things looked naked or boring without a touch of personality. Your coffee table is very much one of these things. Why? Well, it needs to look as if you not only drink coffee at the coffee table, but read books there too.

So where do you begin when it comes to purchasing books for your coffee table? Well, most of it comes down to your personality, but we’re going to make some fantastic suggestions to get you started. Here’s a look at some excellent books that would not only look great on your coffee table, but worth a read as well.

David Bowie Is

The book David Bowie Is happens to be one of the best books about the legendary performer/pioneer and his life. No stone is left unturned as it covers David's music, fashion, addictions, and so much more. Since much of the content is from David's personal archives, you'll be combing over several sketches and photos that haven't been widely circulated in the press.

Bond By Design: The Art of the James Bond Films

This coffee table book covers over fifty years of costume designs, storyboards, and technical sketches from the 007 franchise. With much of the content being released specifically for the book, one could imply that the published works inside is for "your eyes only" (I'll shut up now.)

Greatest Of All Time: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali

The 650 page tribute to the great Muhammad Ali features thousands of photos of this iconic figure. In addition to photos, there's fifty years of interviews that offer a glimpse into the life of the charismatic athlete and social justice advocate. If you're looking to spend more money on this book, an autographed copy will set you back a few dozen pay-per-views.


This book is about the many joys of allowing your first born to be raised by wolves. Just kidding, it's scarier than that because it's about sharks. Michael Muller traveled the world and took pictures of sharks so you could look at them from the safe distance of your home. Muller takes his photos with NASA-developed equipment so you can see every jagged ridge on each shark tooth and be thankful you're on dry land.

Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture

Do you want to show your guests that you know what you're talking about when it comes to fashionable footwear? If so, leave this book on your coffee table - but don't forget to read it. Covering almost two centuries of sports footwear, this book is filled with interviews, essays, and pictures that will keep shoe enthusiasts glued to every page.


This book delivers exactly what the title states: Surfing. If you're in it for the pictures, the photography in this book is absolutely stunning. If you're in it for the words, there's research that goes all the way back to the 1700s. The book is also enormous. If you're looking to prop up a table or a couch, this book could be an excellent temporary replacement for a leg.

Vargic's Miscellany of Curious Maps

Have you ever been in a conversation and wanted to say "Oh, (insert area here) has a significant amount of tractors" to impress your friends? If so, you're in luck. Being known as the "Atlas of everything you never knew you needed to know", this book is filled with detailed maps of heavy metal bands, sex, tractors, and so much more. If all else fails and you can't find a way to fit what you've learned into casual conversation, you'll be the first pick on trivia night.