London: The Biography
by Peter Ackroyd
I've been a fan of Ackroyd since reading The Plato Papers more than a decade ago. He's a British writer who has steeped himself in the rich heritage of his culture, and has made a career of turning that appreciation into both novels and nonfiction. Until this point, I've only read his novels. London is his most monumental work of nonfiction, and as its title suggests is a broad scope of history pertaining to one of the world's most famous and enduring cities.