[ADT} Angus Deaton The Great Escape, Princeton Univ. Press, 2013. Subtitled: health, wealth, and the origins of inequality.
[GGS] Jared Diamond Guns, Germs, and Steel, Norton, 1997-2005. Subtitled: The Fates of Human Societies.
[COLL] Jared Diamond Collapse, Viking, 2005. Subtitled: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.
[FERG] Niall Ferguson, Civilization: The West and the Rest, Penguin, 2011.
[EG] Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, first published in 1788.Note: I use the 1978 reprint of the 1910 Everyman's Library (Dutton: New York) unabridged edition with comments by Oliphant Smeaton.
[KIRS] Jonathan Kirsch, God Against Gods, Viking, 2004. Subtitled: The History of War between Monotheism and Polytheism.
[MORR] Ian Morris Why the West Rules - For Now, Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2010. Subtitled: The Patterns of History and what they Reveal about the Future.
[PNKR] Steven Pinker The Better Angels of our Nature, Viking, 2011. Subtitled: Why Violence has Declined.
[WRT] Robert Wright, The Evolution of God, Little, Brown, New York, 2009.