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If you're looking for a Christmas gift for a local history buff, Amazon might have you covered. Here are five books you can buy right now.

It turns out that Rockford has a long history of criminal activity, even going back to the days of Prohibition.

Secret Rockford examines the hidden history of the Forest City. Readers will discover unconventional, gritty and sometimes shocking truths.

Follow local historian and “Ghost Lady” Kathi Kresol as she researches the spirits, curses, and curiosities from the Forest City’s shadowy past.

This book features a collection of roughly 240 postcards that document Rockford's coming of age from 1900 through WWI.

Did you know a Rockford team once beat the Washington Nationals? OK, so it wasn't those Washington Nationals, but it's still cool. You can learn all about Rockford's rich baseball tradition in this book.