A pretty interesting history of the early days of science fiction, centered around the magazine Astounding. I would have rated it fairly boring but as I became more familiar with the characters it became more engaging. Admittedly, some of the most interesting was when it got into the forming days of dianetics and Scientology. I say "admittedly" because I regard these as trash topics and don't really think that it is worthwhile to spend time learning about them, but it seems that I the same inner urges as most do to rubber-neck that wreck.
Reading this did make me want to go back and read some of the discussed works. I have already read the main three parts of Asimov's Foundation stuff, and Heinlein's Starship Troopers. I should probably go for a couple of the latter's other Hugo winners. Also it made me want to see what the old pulp magazines were like. The Internet Archive does have some that I might read through, but I think I am almost as interested in the physical details as in the contents. So I may pick up a year of them sometime for $50 or so on eBay. It would also just be interesting to have some old stuff like that.