You didn't mention in your thread that you enjoyed economics but as I am an economics professor so it's pretty much all I read so here's what I recommend. None of these are scholarly works, which means that you can actually understand them.
Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt.
How Capitalism Saved America by Thomas Dilorenzo.
Free to Choose by Milton Friedman.
These books are about economics, but they discuss history and philosophy as well. One thing is for sure, there is no romance in them at all!
If you like science, try The Dancing Wu Li Masters by Gary Zukav. An outstanding translation of Quantum Mechanics into layman's terms and a very interesting perspective on how modern physics and ancient eastern religions are finding common ground.
Very disturbing. But the fact that he killed himself after it came out that it was mostly fiction kind of colors it.
Second OARSMAN on reading about Hannibal and the Punic Wars. I'd recommend a book called Cannae, by a British historian, Adrian Goldsworthy, quick read about Hannibal's greatest victory, great look at hand-to-hand combat in the ancient world, lavish illustrations, even if the battle diagrams are kind of shitty.
Robert Kaplan's Balkan Ghosts is good, read that recently.
anything by Hunter S Thompson is preety crazy. I also just finished "Romo" by Bill Romonasoki, That book definetly changed my outlook on some things, Mainly the fact that 99.9% of men besides romo are pussies. Including me.
I like Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye is his best, but it was the second of his books that I'd read and it kind of tainted them, because Ham on Rye was so good. Post Office, Women and Pulp are great too.
I also like A Confederacy of Dunces, won a Pulitzer -- off-color book.
And a million little pieces, too bad it's bullshit, but still a good read -- James Frey has a cool writing style.
If you're into History, you might check out 'Team of Rivals' by Doris Kearns Goodwin. It's about Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet.
This book trumps ZMA for a good night's sleep (JK).
Other recent books to recommend would be 'Europe Central' by William T. Vollman or maybe if you liked 'The Davinci Code' I'd recommend Dan Brown's 'Angels and Demons' which I thought was better than 'Davinci'.
If you're down with History, I would say go with a book about the Ultimate T-Man.....I'm not talking about Romo, although his book was pretty interesting. I'm talking about T. Roosevelt - 'The River of Doubt' - it was on top of my Christmas book list and nobody got it for me - looks really good. Kind of like a 'Heart of Darkness' type of recollection of one of Roosevelt's adventures.
I can see a lot of us like the same books. Gates of fire, black hawk down, and a bridge too far are all excellent books. Because of "gates of fire" I went on to read the history of peloponnesian war by thucydides which is also very good. I can also reccomend "a bear goes over the mountain" a book about the soviet invasion of afghanistan. "on killing" by david grossman. and finally 'Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!' (Adventures of a Curious Character)
And thanks to everyone for all of the suggestions so far. Please keep them coming!