1. Richard A. Arenberg, Congressional Procedure: A Practical Guide to the Legislative Process in the U.S. Congress. You know, this stuff matters a lot more than it used to.
2. Timothy Larsen, John Stuart Mill: A Secular Life. Covers the evolution of religion in Mill’s life, and stresses that toward the very life he turned back to a religiously-oriented world view. Arguably all of the (< 12) people at Mill’s funeral were Christians. As a side benefit, the book has an illuminating treatment of the romance with Harriet Taylor. I’ve since ordered four other of Larsen’s books, the ultimate compliment.
3. Daniel Walker Howe, The Political Culture of the American Whigs. An excellent history book in its own right, this is also one of the best sources for understanding the 19th century roots of our current dilemma. Reading everything by Daniel Walker Howe is in fact a good algorithm for proceeding in life.
Daniel S. Hamermesh, Spending Time: The Most Valuable Resource is a good introduction to what economists know about the allocation of time, both evidence and theory.
Adam Zamoyski, Napoleon: A Life I read only some parts of, and found very well-written and entertaining, but it wasn’t sufficiently conceptually innovative to hold my interest.
Jacy Reese has a new book The End of Animal Farming: How Scientists, Entrepreneurs, and Activists are Building an Animal-Free Food System. It is overstated, but still better than the near-unanimous ignoring of these issues which goes on in the economics profession.