One book on the list:
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill BrysonRead about another book on McEuen's list.
How does a writer of humorous travelogues pen one of the best books about science ever written? Answer: He focuses on the antics of the scientists as much as their science. The stories of J.B.S. Haldane and his exploding dental fillings are unforgettable. Trust me: Read this book.
A Short History of Nearly Everything is on Linda Greenlaw's list of favorite books.