I have somewhat recently read “Quicksilver” by Neal Stephenson and “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell.
Quicksilver changed my impression of Neal Stephenson; his talents are much broader than I thought. Cryptonomicon and Snow Crash are both very easy to relate to for a computer nerd such as myself. Quicksilver demonstrated that Stephenson not only understands a lot about technology but that he has also studied a lot of history. Cool.
The Tipping Point is an easy to read book about difficult-to-explain phenomena, such as sudden changes in crime rates. It is full of very detailed examples that make it a lot of fun to read. I definitely recommend this one.