Dear Chris.  Feel free to ignore any books that don't fit on your list. 





Philip Norrie - A History of Disease in Ancient Times:  More Lethal Than War


Eric C. Cline - 1177 B.C. :  The Year Civilization Collapsed


David W. Anthony  - The Horse, The Wheel, and Language:  How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World.


Christopher I. Beckwith - Empires of the Silk Road:  A History of central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present


Barry Cunliffe - The Extraordinary Voyage of Pytheas the Greek  [this is a really neat little book]


J.P. Mallory - The Tarim Mummies:  Ancient China and the Mystery of the Earliest Peoples from the West [interesting book full of diagrams/photgraphs/maps]


Tom Holland - Persian Fire:  The First World Empire and the Battle for the West


Adrienne Mayor - The Amazons:  Lives and Legends of Warroior Women Across the Ancient World


Adrienne Mayor - Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, and Scorpion Bombs:  Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World


Adrienne Mayor - The Poison King - The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy


Richard Miles - Carthage Must Be Destroyed:  The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization


Douglas T. Price - Europe Before Rome:  A Site-by-Site Tour of the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages


Robin Waterfield - Dividing the Spoils:  The War for Alexander the Great's Empire


Justin Pollard - Wonders of the Ancient World:  Antiquity's Greatest Feats of Design and Engineering


Ian Wilson - Before the Flood:  The Biblical Flood as a Real Event and How It Changed the Course of Civilization [NOTE:  NOT a religious book, title does not accurately reflect the contents of the book]





Lars Brownworth - Lost to the West:  The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Resued Western Civilization [cronological introduction to the Byzantium Empire]


Judith Herrin - Byzantium:  The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire [thematically organised introduction to the Byzantium Empire, with slightly more information than the Brownworth book]


Roger Crowley - Constantinople:  The Last Great Siege, 1453 [fast paced book that looks at the history of Constantinople and its demise]






Roger Crowley - Empires of the Sea:  The Final Battle for the Mediterranean, 1521-1580


Christopher Clark  - Iron Kingdom:  The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947


Norman Davies:  Vanished Kingdoms:  The History of Half-Forgotten Europe


Geoffrey Hindley - The Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons


Alice Roberts - The Celts


John Kelly - The Great Mortality:  An Intimate History of hte Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time.


Frances & Joseph Gies - Catherdral, Forge and Waterwheel:  Technology and the Invention in the Middle Ages


Margaret MacMillan - The War that Ended Peace:  The Road to 1914


Margaret MacMillan - Paris 1919:  Six Months that Changed the World


Alexander Watson - Ring of Steel:  Germany and Austria-Hungary at War, 1914-1918


John Man - The Gutenberg Revolution:  How Printing Changed the Course of History


Giles Milton:  White Gold:  The extraordinary Story of Thomas Pellow and North Africa's One Million European Slaves


Joseph F. O'Callaghan - A History of Medieval Spain.


Peter Heather - Empires and Barbarians:  Migration, Development and the Birth of Europe


Peter Heather - The Fall of the Roman Empire


Peter Heather - The Restoration of Rome:  Barbarian Popes & Imperial Pretenders


Heather Pringle - The Mummuy Congress:  Science, Obsession, and the Everlasting Dead


Howare Reid - In Search of The Immortals:  Discovering the World's Mummy Cultures


Thomas Hager - TenDrugs:  How Plants, Powders, and Pills Have Shaped the History of Medicine.


John Gaudet - The Pharaoh's Treasure:  The Origin of Paper and the Rise of Western Civilization


Toby Faber - Stradivari's Genius:  Five Violins, One Cello, and Three Centrueis of Enduring Perfection.


Stephen R. Wilk - Medusa:  Solving the Mystery of the Gorgon

Alexander Jones -  A Portable Cosmos: Revealing the Antikythera Mechanism, Scientific Wonder of the Ancient World [technical]

David P. Clark - Germs, Genes, and Civilization:  How Epidemics Shaped Who We Are Today.


Barry Cunliffe - Europe Between the Oceans: 9000 BC - AD 1000*


Barry Cunliffe - By Steppe, Desert, and Ocean:  The Birth of Eurasia*


Barry Cunliffe - On the Ocean:  The Mediterranean and the Atlantic from Prehistory to AD 1500*

*I think these books are meant to function as text books.  The are large, fat and have numerous maps and colour photographs/illustrations.






Dan Keoppel - Banana:  The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World


Mark Kurlansky - Salt:  A World History


John Reader - The Untold History of the Potato


Reay Tannahill - Food in History






Radu Florescu & Raymond McNally - Dracula, Prince of Many Faces:  His Life and Times


John B. Freed - Frederick Barbarossa:  A Prince and the Myth


Derek Wilson - Charlemagne


Andrea Wulf - Invention of Nature:  The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt


Jane Glover - Mozart's Women:  His Family, His Friends, His Music


Peter Green - Alexander of Macedon, 356-323 BC:  A Historical Biography


Brigitte Hamann - The Reluctant Empress:  A Biography of Empress Elisabeth of Austria


Bettany Hughes - Helen of Troy:  The Story Behind the Most Beautiful Woman in the World


Hannah Pakula - An Uncommon Woman:  The Life of Princess Vicky:  THe Empress Frederick


Jan Swafford - Beethoven:  Anguish and Triumph