[quote="mdgspencer, post:3, topic:216014"]
When I was in my 20s, I enjoyed reading histories of the Catholic Church. Here are the ones I recommend. They are all by Catholic authors. It is a good idea to ask for recommendations here--if you picked a history of the church or a more general history at random you may very well find that the writer takes a dim view of Catholicism.
Here are shorter one-volume popular ones meant for the general reader.
Hughes, Philip. "A Popular History of the Catholic Church." Unfortunately it doesn't cover the most recent decades.
Croker, H. W. "Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church." This recent publication is well-regarded and has been on my to-read list. However, I would recomment the Hughes book above first.
Here are longer multivolume ones for the more serious reader.
Hughes, Philip. "History of the Church." In three volumes. However, I was disappointed after getting to the third volume to find this history only goes to 1517.
Carroll, Warren H. "History of Christendom." The fifth volume only gets to 1815, since the author died before he could finish his history. This history too is well-regarded.
I am confused do you mean Warren Carroll died? I have just looked him up and cannot find anything about his death. He seems to be alive from my research.:confused: with a sixth volume coming out soon.