Here are some books I've heard good things about, in no particular order.
Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, has written a memoir. Apparently he really doesn't like the other co-founder, watzizname, but other than that it's a fine book. Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft.
Michael Korda has written a very good biography of Lawrence of Arabia, Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia. Given that the things Lawrence dealt with are very much still with us, it's probably worth the time.
Having mentioned those two books, it occurs to me that a while ago a reader asked what sort of books are on my wish list. Well, it's a long list, it continually gets longer, and life is not going to be long enough for all of it, so there's no actual danger that by sharing it will disappear, is there. So here are a handful of the specimens:
Norman Geras, Crimes against Humanity: Birth of a Concept
Edward Dolnick, The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World
Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams, by Charles King
The Koran: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Michael Cook
A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles by Thomas Sowell
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
Why the West Rules--for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future by Ian Morris
Sayyid Qutb and the Origins of Radical Islamism (Columbia/Hurst) by John Calvert
The Origins of the Inquisition in Fifteenth-Century Spain by Benzion Netanyahu (Bibi's dad)
As Meat Loves Salt (Harvest Original) by Maria McCann
I dare anyone to come up with a common thread, except for the fact that they're all available on Amazon.