I have collected lists of various books that I found to be enlightening. Rather than one huge list I broke the list into three.
For reference, I checked whether amazon.com has each book (though of course they do not have to be obtained there); if a book is listed then I provided a link as that site provides customer reviews. Amazon will sometimes move its files to another path but hopefully these links still work as a convenience. Obviously anyone can do their own search.
The date shown in parentheses is the date that page was last changed.
I grouped them as:
books about science and mythology (08/12/2011)
books about Zen and religion (03/02/2008)
books about politics (04/28/2013)
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