Not sure if they're yet available in ebook, Stan, but I'd highly recommend anything by the late James Michener or Edward Rutherfurd.
Their work tends to be lengthy and tremendously researched. Both authors will pick a city and then, using interlinked short stories, follow the progress of families leaping a few hundred years at a time from the very dawn of civilisation to the present day. Absolutely fascinating. I've re-read everything several times aned can never get enough of it.
Good luck. Neil