The assigned texts in my intro to Roman history course were:
Makers of Rome - Plutarch
Murder Trials - Cicero
The Twelve Caesars - Suetonius
The History of the Church - Eusebius
The War with Hannibal - Livy
Roman Society - Henry C. Boren
A History of the Roman People - Ward, Heichelheim, & Yeo
A History of the Ancient World - Starr
The Livy and Starr were excellent, while the rest were interesting or ok.
Excellent reading lists from the MIT OpenCourseWare project:
I don't read much history, but I thoroughly enjoyed "The Last Two Million Years" by the reader's digest association 1973 edition. Mostly it was interesting reading about the state of the world in that time what with the Soviet Union still considered a major superpower and at odds with the U.S. The book also covered (very roughly of course) the history of man from pre-human ancestry through every stage of civilization up until the time of publication.
I thought about that but some of the reviews seem to indicate that he took some "liberties" when drawing from his sources. I HATE it when authors decide to extrapolate and form wild conclusions as opposed to giving pros and cons of the information, forming a conclusion, and allowing the reader to evaluate the decision and deciding ultimately what they think is right.