Books may not be more interesting these days (or even better written), but a quick spin through their dust jackets makes one thing clear: Their subjects are crucialcrucialto the very bedrock upon which our civilization rests. Some recent titles:
Oak: The Frame of Civilization by William Bryant Logan
Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky
How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization by Thomas E. Woods Jr.
How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europes Poorest Nation Created Our World and Everything in It by Arthur Herman