Because I'm just a smarty fancypants who thinks he's better than you, I'm now reading A History of Western Philosophy (Strangely, my copy of the book uses "The" instead of "A" on the cover and spine, but "A" on the title page, and some editions seems to omit the in/definite article all together, so who knows what the actual title is!) by Bertrand Russell. So good! Get back to me, though, when I'm still slogging through to page 836. Thing is long!