If you’re up for a harrowing journey through the annals of human history, I highly encourage you to pick up Guns, Germs, and Steel. Exhaustively researched but never quite exhausting to read, it manages to be both informative as well as interesting. And unlike that other book about the storied history of mankind, Jared Diamond’s work is based on sound science, archaeological evidence, with a dash of anthropological field studies thrown in for good measure.  Happy reading!