Big History: From the Big Bang to the Present by Cynthia Stokes Brown
An ambitious, exciting history of the earth, from its origins to the development of civilizations to the spread of computers.
Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky
Kurlansky takes us on an entertaining and informative romp through the centuries, showing the enormous influence of a humble item – salt.
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
This sweeping and controversial account of trends which led to European dominance in recent human history makes a compelling, thought-provoking and highly readable case for environment as opposed to biology.
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
With his trademark humor and entertaining style, Bryson tackles a vast subject: the history of life on earth.