If, like me, you love the satisfaction of reading a book but don’t like all the words involved, you should really look into coffee table photo books. They’ve got enough words in them to qualify as as something you have to read, but the vast majority of the pages are taken up by big, beautiful photographs.  Titan Books and Marcus Hearn, who brought us the nice Art of Hammer poster book we already told you about have teamed up again to release The Avengers: A Celebration. Like the other coffee table photo books in their collection, this book is lavishly illustrated with a wonderful mixture of episodic and behind the scenes photos.

The Avengers: A Celebration

The Avengers was a hit television show that aired on the ITV Network in the United Kingdom from 1961 through 1969, racking up 161 well received episodes. The show followed Ministry agent John Steed, a clever super spy in London during the Cold War. Often paired with a beautiful partner, Steed used a wide variety of Bondian gadgets and nifty tricks during the hour long run time.

The show was well received at the time and still has quite the following today, leading up to the release of The Avengers: A Celebration fifty years after the show first ran. If you’re a fan of the spy series, this is definitely a book to warm up your coffee table. The 160 full color pages are filled to the edge with hundreds of spectacular photos of the cast. This book makes a wonderful addition to any collection for fans of the series or just fans of nice coffee table picture books. The list price is around $30, but if you shop through Amazon you’ll find it for under $20.

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