Alright, so I am still waiting on an email with the writing style guidelines that the Lexham Bible Dictionary uses, but I perused through my personal library as well as checked out the entire collection (4 books) that the public library had on ANE history. Here is a tentative bibliography for writing a Mesopotamian history:
(Note: this only contains books. I have not yet searched peer reviewed periodicals and journals)
Arnold, Bill T. Who Were the Babylonians? Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2004.
Arnold, Bill T, and Bryan Beyer. Readings from the Ancient Near East: Primary Sources for Old Testament Study. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2002.
Bauer, S. Wise. The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007.
Coogan, Michael, ed. The Oxford History of the Biblical World. 1st ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.
Van De Mieroop, Marc. A History of the Ancient Near East ca. 3000-323 BC. 1st ed. Blackwell Hisotry of the Ancient World. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2004.
Drews, Robert. The End of the Bronze Age: Changes in Warfare and the Catastrophe ca. 1200 B.C. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1993.
Foster, Benjamin R, and Karen Polinger Foster. Civilizations of Ancient Iraq. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009.
Grant, Michael. A Social History of Greece and Rome. New York: Scribner : Maxwell Macmillan International, 1992.
Green, Peter. The Hellenistic Age: A Short History. New York: Modern Library, 2007.
Hallo, William H., and William Kelly Simpson. The Ancient Near East: A History. 1st ed. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., 1971.
Kramer, Samuel Noah. The Sumerians: Their History, Culture, and Character. 1st ed. London: The University of Chicago Press, 1963.
Kuhrt, Amelie. The Ancient Near East: c. 3000-330 BC (2 Volume Set). New edition. Routledge, 1997.
Peters, F. E. The Harvest of Hellenism: A History of the Near East from Alexander the Great to the Triumph of Christianity. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1971.
Roaf, Michael. Cultural Atlas of Mesopotamia and the Ancient Near East. New York: Facts on File, 1990.
Roux, Georges. Ancient Iraq. Third. London; New York: Penguin Books, 1992.
Van Seters, John. In Search of History: Historiography in the Ancient World and the Origins of Biblical History. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 1997.
Sherratt, Andrew, and Grahame Clark. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Archaeology. New York: Crown Publishers, 1980.
Sparks, Kenton L. Ancient Texts for the Study of the Hebrew Bible. 1st ed. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 2005.
Does anyone have any advice for me? Is anyone aware of any hugely influential books that I should seek out in order to write this? I have not researched through all of this material yet, but does anyone see anything glaringly wrong with this tentative bibliography? Thanks!