Went thru Clancy until I got to the ghost writers. I often found I needed a bookmark with the characters explained.
Working thru the classics, I highly recommend The Count of Monte Cristo. Uncle Tom's Cabin is one of the few books that has brought a tear to my eye. A River Runs Thru It is a short story and it is clearer in the book that we can't help those we want to help the most. The Three Musketeers series is light and fun. 90% thru War and Peace. It is not bad, a good combination of history and opinion with some fiction thrown in. It hasn't been as hard a read as I expected. I should have gotten a version where the French was translated.
For gunowners, self protection people and military I highly recommend a book by Dave Grossman called "On Killing". It is a combination of history and psychology with recommendations regarding our current era. It starts a history prior to the revolutionary war.