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I have a suggestion for a Christmas present for your son. The Story of Civilzation by Will and Ariel Durant. It has eleven volumes and won't be cheap. I am finally reading the last volume, after thirty years of enjoying them all. The first volume "Our Oriental Heritage" will give him an appreciation of all of the cultures and philosophy and religions of the world. It opened my eyes to the narrowness of the histories that I had read before. Another suggestion would be "The History of Western Civilization" by Winston Churchill. It comes in three volumes and gives an interesting view of American History from a continental perspective. I would read the entire phone book if Churchill wrote it. There is a reason that the language is called English instead of American. If the entire sets are beyond reach, you might start with one volume a year. I would recommend "Our Oriental Heritage" first. It can turn a man into a human being. Best of luck!
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