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March 27, 2012 6:49 AM Subscribe
What are the Sarah Vowell/Mary Roach/John Ronson books of world history?
posted by whodatninja to Media & Arts (19 answers total) 64 users marked this as a favorite
I like pop nonfiction books, especially in the vein of Sarah Vowell's US history books, Mary Roach on science and John Ronson. I'm looking for more books that I would enjoy reading, while also learning something, and a big hole in my general knowledge is world history. Who are the authors writing readable, sometimes funny, somewhat personally involved books on world history? Ancient through 20th century, Europe, Asia, Africa, etc, all work for me. I do want the nonfiction to be accurate and interesting, but I like the aspect of the author's personal quest to understand it that is common in the authors here, which keeps me engaged.