As vacation reading, I’ve bought Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond. I also have his fairly recent book Collapse waiting.
So far (50 pages or so) Guns, Germs and Steel is enjoyable. His writing is fluent and he certainly catches my attention with his content.
I’m kind of surprised I haven’t run into Diamond before. He seems to have the kind of alternative perspectives that I so much appreciate.