Time for the second item on the list. See my home page for the first one.
In "Guns, germs and steel" Jared Diamond (one of my favorite authors) tries to answer one of the most debated questions of modern times: why have some Eurasian civilizations managed to conquer others, and not the other way around? It's a book for those who have a very convincing answer to it: some kind of Eurasian intellectual, moral or genetic supremacy. As convincing as wrong, as a matter of fact. And it's also a good read for those who think the previous answer is wrong, and as a consequence are right, but lack a convincing explanation for that claim.
Finally, it's a book for anyone who's always wondered what the answer to that question is but has never managed to find it.
This gem has been around for more than twenty years and has been read by lots of people, yet there still seems to be plenty of confusion about its topic. Read it and spread the word!
P.S. this is just the first of Jared Diamond's works on this list.