Michael Lewis
An assessment of the events in the mortgage industry that lead to the 2008-2011 deep recession in the US.

Quang Van Nguyen
The autobiography of a Vietnamese healer and his stories of training and the characters who trained him.

George Friedman
A geo-political forecast of what resources and events will shape our globe in the coming eras.

Cormac McCarthy
A harrowing meditation on the post-apocalyptic US and the compassion of a father and son.

Malcolm Gladwell
An observation of the qualities of men and woman who stand out dramatically in their achievements.

Tal Ben-Shahar
I recommended this book to the employees at my company after I read it.  It places the accountability for happiness squarely on an individual's shoulders.

Thich Nhat Hanh, Arnold Kotler, and H. H. the Dalai Lama
A simplified set of considerations on leading a more meaningful life, minute-to-minute.

Eric Weiner
A pithy rundown of some of the happiest regions of the earth and what the author finds when he travels to them.

Henri Charriere
The true story of a French convict and his unbelievable struggle to be free from a South American prison.