If you liked Freakonomics (and the genre that that book essentially spawned) you might like Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. Great read, not quite in the same vein as Freakonomics, but really good book.
It's about EH (economic hitmen) that go to various countries and convince their governments to take on loans from the US that the governments could never repay. When those countries default on their loans, the US calls in "favors" - military or political.
I won't give anything away but you might really enjoy that. Definitely different material than what's typically on the shelves.
I agree that was a copout. Fiction or creative non-fiction might aim to make the reader see the same viewpoint as the author or the characters in the story, but with books like Freakonomics and Gladwell's stuff, the books are written to convince the reader (usually with data) of an unconventional or unpopular argument. This is especially true when there is data present; because why else would data be brought into the writing? Come on.
I do like Gladwell in general, though.