The list author says: "Most of the newly-minted adults entering the wide world each year are schooled, but precious few are educated. I certainly wasn't. These are the books that helped me make up the difference.
This list spans the depth and breadth of human civilization. It includes spot treatments of a particular subject, broad thematic surveys, literary sources and historical fiction. There's no way to create a definitive history reading list, but these books provide a place to begin a lifelong journey of historical reading."