He nailed it.
Brian Wood: Northlanders Vol. 1: Sven The Returned
Another strong, dark comic series; this one abut Vikings. I am just getting into the comic, which tells a standalone story lines over six to eight issues. You can get each series reprinted in a single paperback on Amazon.
Bryan J. L. Glass & Michael Avon Oeming: Mice Templar #1 (Mice Templar, 1)
Issues 1-6 of this dark comic. The characters may be talking animals, but that doesn't stop them from lopping off body parts in battle. It can get a little violent, but the story line is solid and has plenty of twists.
Aidan Hartley: The Zanzibar Chest
A first-person account of a journalist experiencing modern Africa with two embedded tales of the past.
Rajiv Chandrasekaran: Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone
A great inside account of the first year of the U.S. occupation in Iraq.
Correlli Barnett: Hitler's Generals
It is easy to see parallels between von Blomberg's purge of military leadership with that of Donald Rumsfeld. Many U.S. military careers were ended as Rumsfeld aggressively rewarded those he felt were ideologically and politically loyal and marginalized those he felt were not.
Neil Gaiman: The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1
"the most acclaimed comic book title of the 1990s." For good reason. A thinking person's comic book, ideal for history buffs with a taste for science fiction.
Francis Parkman: Montcalm and Wolfe: The Riveting Story of the Heroes of the French & Indian War (Modern Library)
Parkman is a great read. He wears his bias on his sleeve, but you cannot beat getting close to the original sources (Parkman wrote this in the mid-1800s). Everyone after him on this subject cites him.
David McCullough: Brave Companions
A good read, an easy read. McCullough profiles of 17 different indiviudals whose stories are sure to give you some energy.