Ben Hubbard, The Viking Warrior, The Raiders, Pillagers, and explorers who terrorized Medieval Europe (London: Amber Books, 2017). A picture book of Viking history.
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (New York: Barnes & Noble, 2003). Fiction but based on the experiences of the author into Belgian Congo. Paints a grim picture of imperialism in Africa.
Marco Polo, The Travels of Marco Polo (New York: Fall River Press, 2012). A coffee table style edition of the Yule Cordier translation of the works of Marco Polo.
Hanna Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism (New York: Harcourt, 1951). I was assigned this book as a freshman in college and read the first 50 pages. Saw it in the bookstore and gave it another try. Rather long, deep and slow-reading ( I often read a passage twice). Very insightful and thoughtful analysis of the form of government of Hitler and Stalin.
Oleg V. Khlevniuk, translated by Nora Seligman Favorov, Stalin, New Biography of a Dictator (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015). An interesting medium length biography. As it is a translation it at times was like reading the news, but was generally very readable and informative.
Robert Fagles, The Odyssey by Homer (New York: Penguin Books, 1996). This book is shown on a web site called The Greatest Books as the fourth on the list and the third on the list is supposed to be based on it.
John Man, Marco Polo, The Journey that Changed the World (New York: Harper Collins, 2009).
Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (New York: Henry Holt, 2014). A discussion of past extinction events in earth’s geological past and the idea that humans are currently being the cause of a new extinction event.
Colt McAnlis & Aleks Haecky, Understanding Compression (Sebastopol, Calif.: O’Reilly, 2016). A discussion of some algorithms used by computers to compress data.
David McCullough, 1776 (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005). An historical account of the first year of the American Revolution.