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Barbecue: A Global History (Edible) Hardcover – April 15, 2014
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Speaking of global history, the word "barbecue" comes from an Arawak word. They were Native Americans populating many of the islands when the Spanish arrived in the 1490s, and the Spanish absorbed the word. It is somewhat related to the word "buccaneer." The book describes barbecue in New Zealand, Hawai'i, places in Africa and elsewhere. Barbecue goes way back, although part of that depends on how you define the word.
I found the most interesting portion to be the regional variations of American barbecue. Chapters include Barbecue beginnings; Man and feast; Poles, holes, the technology of barbecue; A world of barbecue; Competition and connoisseurship; Sauces and sides.