There will always be a mystery unsolved, all absolutes are beyond our reach

Man, Beast, and Zombie: What Science Can and Cannot Tell Us about Human Nature

by Kenan Malik

well presented arguments, a comprehensive account of the historical inquiry and opinions on the subject and a balanced view of the issues involved make this an accessible guide to the way forward in these uncertain times. Enlightened view of a possible future for human societies where the freedoms of human individuals are reliant of choices made by individuals and their capacity to understand the responsibilities of consequences of the choices made. the balance and correct application of methods of inquiry for the differing fields of science is an important point and is well supported by erudite and cohesive arguments

The Coming Anarchy: Shattering the Dreams of the Post Cold War

by Robert D. Kaplan

well presented arguments for a realistic view of world affairs written by an author who demonstrates authority and understanding of his subject of study. an antidote to the mediocre and stunted version of media reporting and entertainment based news reporting of current issues now prevalent. A no holds barred vision of the realities facing the ever increasing ignorant masses reliant on expected outcomes of so called peace. a grave warning to those that make the idealist peace fantasy their mission and inspiration. a reminder that complacency is the enemy of cooperation and competition, a better understanding of both is required to complete an active involvement in progressive understanding. should be on every secondary schools reading list.

A Wicked Company: The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment 

by Philipp Blom 

an exceptional account of the radical element in the enlightenment period of human development, a balanced and readable text that would do much to help inform contemporary opinions , which are often still entrenched with unseen prejudices based on cultural norms that have their origin in a belief system that is based on acceptance of an obvious fantasy.

The Idea of Justice by Amartya Sen

a must read for those who wish to expand their understanding of the idea of justice, the concepts of nyaya ant niti I found particularly helpful. a comprehensive insightful and broad ranging work of relevance to many contemporary contentious issues.

The invention of Nature Alexander Humbolt's New World by Andrea Wulf

Amazing journey, Learnt more of the period of history Humbolt lived through than from any other book i have read, a broad connecting style of content that matches Humbolt's attitude to information.

Able Seacat Simon, The wartime hero of the high seas by Lynne Barret Lee

A moving account of a very brave cat, wonderfully told and engaging all the way through. interesting historical details from a less well known event in the Yangtse river at a delicate time in English / Chinese relationship

Straw Dogs, Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals by John N. Gray

A masterpiece in exploring the human experience of living, clear expression of ideas pulled together in an appealing and informative way. John Grays approach to a challenging inquiry makes this work accessible to many who may struggle with more academic writings.

A Guided Tour of Hell: A Graphic Memoir by Samuel Bercholz

an incredible work of insightful genius, a journey to hell and back. Left me with a sense i understood some issues of repentance and punishment i never had thought about before.

The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman

informative and a pleasure to read, you will never look at birds the same again after reading this.  Inspired me to research further and interact with the wild birds around me in a more enlightened way, excellent challenges to our too often narrow view of intelligence.

Wholeness and The Implicate Order By David Bohm

David Bohm makes accessible to non scientists some of the puzzles of quantum physics and advanced theories of reality. His ideas and thoughts on reality are an inspiration to those who feel the human perspective of reality needs a move to the holistic perspective to accommodate a more joined up approach to our scientific understanding of reality. The effects of this type of thinking, i feel, could bring about social changes that are much needed in the current crisis of the human condition and its continued overuse of vital  shared resources for profit to the few and to the detriment of the inseparable needs of the organic whole.