Originally Posted by Kabouter
I'd say Guns, Germs and Steel is pretty much required reading for history, even if I don't fully agree with its explanations all the time. Very interesting book.
Have to agree with you there. From the same author comes Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Revised Edition.
I think it's equally interesting book to read. History
The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal.
This book deals with both human evolution and anthropology but I would place it in the latter category. anthropology
The Selfish Gene.
People might not like Dawkins but before his crusade against religion he wrote great popular science books and The Selfish Gene is probably his best work. Good popular science book that talks lot about Gene-centered view of evolution and it coined the term meme. evolutionary biology
Adaptation and Natural Selection.
It's bit more advanced then your typical popular science book but I guess that's not a problem? Evolution
Two great books by Sean B. Carroll. Evolutionary Biology
Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo
The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution