Recently I was introduced to Anne Fadimann, a brilliant author who will make you fall in love with the joy of reading. I went through her slim volume Ex Libres in one sitting and each essay is something that will make you want to reach out and touch the characters Anne sketches. A brilliant book from a brilliant author. Don't miss this one.
'The righteous mind' by Jonathan Haidt is a fascinating insight into why 'good' people get polarised and convinced that their point of view is righteous and all those who oppose them are 'bad'. A must read to understand why conflict is hard-wired into our DNA and how we might perhaps better understand our adversaries and those we are trying persuade!
Another great book by the same author is The Happiness Hypothesis in which he explores the search for truth in the modern context by digging into ancient texts. Jonathan explains that our cognitive & recently evolved mind is not really the 'rider' controlling the 'elephant' (the subconscious biases and preferences wired into us). Instead it is more of a 'press secretary' who tries to justify the actions of the elephant!
Both books highly recommended!