David Dickson, Dublin: The Making of a Capital City. Yes this is Dublin only, but still one of the best books on Irish history I know.
Jing Tsu, Kingdom of Characters: The Language Revolution That Made China Modern. A little slow to start, but a good book on how China used technological innovation to adapt Chinese characters to the advent of the typewriter and the telegraph. The danger to the Chinese language seems entirely to be past.
Useful is Philip Keefer and Carlos Scartascini, Trust: The Key to Social Cohesion and Growth in Latin America and the Caribbean. You can download it for free.
Tom G. Palmer and Matt Warner, Development with Dignity: Self-Determination, Localization, and the End to Poverty is a good classical liberal short book on economic development.
My colleague lives his words, here is Todd B. Kashdan The Art of Insubordination: How to Dissent & Defy Effectively.
I agree very much with Tim Kane’s new pro-immigration book The Immigrant Superpower: How Brains, Brawn, and Bravery Make America Stronger.
I have not had a chance to read Bruce Clark, Athens: City of Wisdom, a history of the city through the ages, but it looks good.
Most of all, I have been reading about the history of Ireland to prep for my forthcoming Conversation with Roy Foster.