There have a been a few really excellent cocktail books out there lately amidst all the dross: First one is "How's Your Drink ?" by Eric Felten, a second highly recommended book is David Wondrich's "Imbibe !" and the third and last Is Simon Difford's Cocktail Guide #7 While there are vast differences in the style and content of all three books they share a few common traits; They are all immensely well written,readable, entertaining,and useful in a practical sense If you buy any or all of these books for yourself or as gifts it is money well spent and whoever gets them will enjoy, and perhaps more importantly use them - maybe even to mix a cocktail or two for whoever got them the book(s).
My extended commentary and reviews of them can be found on: http://www.spiritsreview.com/reviews-books.htm
and a interview of Eric Felten can by found by clicking this link: