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Book recommendations non-fiction, anything weird, unusual or just plain interesting
I intend to buy a bunch of books for myself as an early christmas treat.
Since I still have about 2 shelves of unread novels, I want to enlarge my collection of unread non-fiction now.
I am interested in history, social sciences, politics, natural science, mythology and weird shit, but I prefer books with some unique angle on the topic at hand.
Or just books that are really well written and that you would want anyone to read, no matter what topics.
I am not too interested in math or physics, so any book from that direction would have to be super awesome.
Stuff I have read or ar familiar with include the Stephen Hawking books, Naomi Klein's No Logo, Jared Diamond, Joseph Campbell, just to give a general idea.
EDIT: Bonus points if someone can recommend an entertaining book about chess that would appeal to someone with only rudimentary knowledge of the game.